One of the wonderful attributes of our Father for us as His kingdom saints is that we be encouraged in this life!!! I pray this prayer for you today along with myself and I find the reflection upon the words of great encouragement to my heart how much our Father loves and cares for us:
“May our Lord Jesus Christ Himself and God our Father, who loved us and by His grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word.”
2 Thessalonians 2:16-17
As I reflect upon these words, Father reveals these thoughts to me:
- God loves us!!!
- God Himself is able to encourage His people and give them hope and inspiration.
- He gave us His grace that our hearts be forever encouraged, free from discouragement from the enemy of divine life.
- He gave us grace that our hearts would have good hope in His grace, love, power and eternal victory for us.
- His heart is not only that we be encouraged, but that we be strengthened to carry out every good deed and in the sharing of His Word.
“His eyes roam throughout the earth to strengthen those who are fully committed to Him.”
2 Chronicles 16:9
As we step out from a heart committed to Him in our faith of His grace as sufficient for us, we will be given power – His strength in Him to carry out good deeds and share His Word to be His encouragement to those around us.”As it is written, it is “Not by might nor by power, but by His Spirit” that we do so victoriously!!! By His Spirit we can encourage others as He has encouraged us!!! He often works thru others to be His encouragement!!! The enemy of this world comes only to steal, kill and destroy, but our Father said He came that we would have life and have it to the full. Father is our forever rescue from the enemy and as times are right, He either empowers His people to be strengthened to fight the enemy in their purpose here in life, or He takes us home with heaven’s plans for us there and to be safe from the enemy of life as He tells us in His Word:
“The righteous perish, and no one takes it to heart; the devout are taken away, and no one understands that the righteous are taken away to be spared from evil. Those who walk uprightly enter into peace; they find rest as they lie in death.”
The Apostle Paul knew the longing to depart from earth to be with the Father, however, the Father inspired His heart that it was best for Him to stay on earth. Oh and his life still had much purpose!!! I have faith today because he followed Father’s heart for Him!!! The Apostle Paul wrote about it:
“If I am to go on living in the body, this will mean fruitful labor to me. Yet what shall I choose? I do not know! I am torn between the two: I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far; but it is more necessary for you that I remain in the body. Convinced of this, I know that I will remain, and I will continue with all of you for your progress and joy in the faith so that through my being with you again your boasting in Christ Jesus will abound on account of me.”
I am convinced that our Father gives us the encouragement and will to live on in earthly life or pass from earth as He has divine purpose for us doing so. One of His saints, Elijah, was simply picked up in a chariot and transported to heaven fully alive (Genesis 5:21-24)!!! Now how amazing of a rescue to heavenly life is that!!! His heart for us as His people is this:
“For I know the plans that I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a good future.”
“All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.”
“When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears and delivers them out of all their troubles. The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all. He keeps all his bones; not one of them is broken.”
Oh if Father has called you to life today, you are where you are for divine purpose, dear one!!! Father will keep you encouraged to persevere where you are supposed to be!!! Me, too!!! Oh let us catch that Holy Spirit fire and burn within as this song says here for His perfect plans for us that is never tempting us to do evil, but working where evil shows up to bring only good to His people thru it!!! Let us always follow Jesus and when in the need of encouragement, turn to the Lord who will guide us divinely and always to work divine good in our lives thru all circumstances!!! Our Father promises His people “Never will I leave you nor forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5) Father always has our backs and our good future!!! HOOORRRAAAHHH!!! LET’S GO WHERE HE SENDS US WITH FULLNESS OF HIS JOY!!!