Be Encoruaged... in His Word 5-18-2020

 I love that even when we are feeling completely worn out, frazzled out, stressed out, or zoned out, from life right now we can find encouragement in the Word.

Paul sent his encouraging letter to the Philippians first encouraging them that they are precious to him. This struck me as it is how I feel God has been encouraging me this week as I have suffered through a physical trial of sorts. Sometimes it is hard to admit to ourselves when we are weak in body. We try to keep going ignoring symptoms and realize when we cannot get up that there is an issue. Thank God that we have Him and His people to encourage us today!
Paul was trying to help people to settle an agreement but the words beyond this first paragraph will hopefully encourage you in this time we live even more!
 Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stay true to the Lord. I love you and long to see you, dear friends, for you are my joy and the crown I receive for my work.  Now I appeal to Euodia and Syntyche. Please, because you belong to the Lord, settle your disagreement. And I ask you, my true partner, to help these two women, for they worked hard with me in telling others the Good News. They worked along with Clement and the rest of my co-workers, whose names are written in the Book of Life. Philippians 4:1-3

When we are encouraged by those we work along side in times of trouble, it strengthens the bond of friendship. It can give us physical strength to endure hardship if we have someone walking along in it with us. The key is that at least one of us is full joy encouraging the other and reminding them of the scriptures that will lift us up! Psalm 91 is one of the psalms my friends have reminded me of lately. It has helped me through this shut down time to remember that He is with us and is our refuge.
Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice! Let everyone see that you are considerate in all you do. Remember, the Lord is coming soon. Philippians 4:4

When we think of other people, we are considerate of them, then we can lift them up. We can pull them out of the pit of despair or depression if we keep on encouraging them to find their happy place and seek God there! But we have to put their needs before our own or it can backfire on us. People can usually tell if we are being sincere or not.
Paul encourages them to pray about everything! Not to worry about things, but to let God know what they need! That’s the best thing we can do for some people is pray for them and encourage them that God cares about everything in our life’s big things or small ones!
Do not worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.
When we put our petition to God, and really trust that He will answer things go smooth, but sometimes we have a hard time trusting that God will get us out of here! Sometimes we just feel like giving up…letting the enemy win…
Don’t do it! The best thing I have been able to do is to look for encouragement in the Word!
I was attacked by insects in my beautiful garden. I am highly allergic to them so for me it was a true attack. Then I took a nap to let the allergy medicine work and was attacked by a spider that decided he wanted to lunch on me while I napped! My son took care of the spider, but I have had to deal with a double reaction to major issues. During this time of closures and restrictions I did not want to try to get to my doctor. So, I did what I knew I was supposed to do and allowed it to run its course. Oh, my goodness it was not easy! I will have scars. But do you know what? I will have the victory! I have a story of faith night after night when things got rough, I prayed, I was protected by my God and I was comforted by His people! Even though it was via phone and email I was encouraged through the Word of God. People sent me verses who had no idea what I was going through that encouraged me to keep fighting!
As Paul tells them to keep their eyes and thoughts on the truth what is right, honorable, pure and lovely and good report … I think on these things!  In this I can find peace today! I hope you can too!
And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you.

Dear Heavenly Father, Help us stay focused on the positive, the positive love, hope, and encouragement in Your Word and from Your people, Lord help them to sustain us until things can be normal and healthy again. In Jesus’ name amen.
Suggested Reading: Psalm 91: 1-16, Philippians 3:1-21 and 4:1-22,