This morning I sent this email out to my family and friends. I wanted to post it here to since I get the feeling someone out there may need a little encouragement/hope today…
I was sitting at my kitchen island this morning doing my bible time and I had this burden to right to you and encourage you with God’s word. Seeing that’s it’s only 8:15 in the morning, I was debating if it was really HIS nudging me or just my blurry morning mind at work. But, the more I prayed over it, the more He gave me the words to share.
I’ve been praying over what has been going on in country since last week and also just conversations I’ve had with people. This is time in our lives where anxiety can creep in and start to really weigh on our hearts.
Proverb 12:25 says
” Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs it down, but an encouraging word makes it glad.”
To be honest, I have felt that way on and off alot lately. I realized that when I would sit down and watch the news – even to just do a little ‘catch me up’ – I would get anxious. I would be seeing the world through the eyes of man and I’d get scared – who wouldn’t- it’s a mess.
But I realized that when I would just turn it off and silently pray – I’d find peace again. I would get back to walking by faith – believing in the things I can’t see, rather then walking by the flesh and being anxious about the things I do see. I would be reminded that I MUST PRAY. Pray for our country, our leadership that GOD has put in place, and pray for those who don’t know the TRUE HOPE can “Change” the world.
I realized that even though I was watching what my family considers to be ‘fair and balanced’ news, it was still man’s words, man’s ideas, man’s thoughts and speculations of the future.
I realized that even the ‘good’ information can be harmful.
2 Corinithians 11:14 – 15a
“And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. It is not surprising, then, if his servants masquerade as servants of righteousness. “
Now I’m not saying that the news is evil – don’t send me emails on that one..LOL. I’m just saying that we need to be careful of what we are subjecting ourselves too.
I remember awhile back starting to read the Screwtape letters by C.S. Lewis. I didn’t finish it, but I was so blow away at his imagination of how the enemy uses people in our lives to distract us from God. He even uses so called ‘good’ things – blurring our vision and discernment. Making things look like ‘righteous’ things or ideas and they are not.
I apologize. I didn’t mean to turn this into some sermon or something. Just wanted to encourage you.
Philippians 4:8 says
“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”
I also like the way the Amplified says it –
“For the rest, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is worthy of reverence and is honorable and seemly, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely and lovable, whatever is kind and winsome and gracious, if there is any virtue and excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think on and weigh and take account of these things [fix your minds on them].”
Let us fix our mind on the true,just, pure, and lovely today!
Will all the love of Christ that is in me..