Tag Archives: Christ

BE ENCOURAGED!

Yes, it has been some time since I penned my thoughts about what the Lord is doing and showing me. But rest assured, not a day goes by that I don’t recount who He is in my life and how He has revealed Himself in His Word. Therefore, lets remember to stand; to stand grounded in what we know to be true.

There in His Word, I find Him.  And through Him, I find hope, encouragement, comfort, strength, instruction, and the reassurance that He is with me each step of the way– whether in victory or in times of hardship.

All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work (2 Timothy 3:16-17).

Your word is a lamp to my feet
And a light to my path (Psalms 119:105).

As in the following song, HIS sovereign hand will be my (our) guide!

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CHRIST IN US… OUR HOPE

It has been several months since my last post. Where has the time gone? I mentioned previously that I was beginning a study on the book of Colossians through Precept Ministries International. This tiny book of just four chapters addresses how we are to live as followers of Christ. Here, the Apostle Paul writes to the faithful church in Colosse, wanting to encourage them, but also to warn them of those things which may cause them to be deluded; those things that are possible distractors even today — traditions of men, philosophies of men, and false teachers. He admonishes them to remember the truth that they have heard and BELIEVED. They are to put their faith in Christ. Rely on Christ in every area of life. He reminds them of what Christ has done for them, and the hope that they have in Him.

Colossians 1:22-23
22 But Christ has brought you back to God by His death on the cross. In this way, Christ can bring you to God, holy and pure and without blame. 23 This is for you if you keep the faith. You must not change from what you believe now. You must not leave the hope of the Good News you received. The Good News was preached to you and to all the world. And I, Paul, am one of Christ’s missionaries.

Colossians 2: 6-8
6 As you have put your trust in Christ Jesus the Lord to save you from the punishment of sin, now let Him lead you in every step. 7 Have your roots planted deep in Christ. Grow in Him. Get your strength from Him. Let Him make you strong in the faith as you have been taught. Your life should be full of thanks to Him.8 Be careful that no one changes your mind and faith by much learning and big sounding ideas. Those things are what men dream up. They are always trying to make new religions. These leave out Christ.
(New Life Version)

It is impossible for me to convey the depth of Paul’s message to this body of believers. So please, take time out of your busy schedule and check out this book if you have not done so already.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z6mEQS2fsWE

Thanks for visiting AnEncouragedHeart. Signing off…God Bless! Cynthia

OUR IDENTITY

Who Are You?
What words or phrases would you be inclined to use to describe yourself? This question was posed to a group of us in Sunday School recently. The responses included: follower of Christ, husband (wife), father (mother), friend, followed by occupation. When we were initially presented with the question, there was some hesitation. Why? For me, I wanted to avoid rattling off a list of labels without considering the order. I thought, perhaps I would verbalizing them in the order in which I would want someone to remember me. My first response was — a follower of Christ. I wondered… a follower of Christ – is that what people actually see?

I heard an interesting sermon series recently, “I Know He Is, but What I Am?” from the Elevation Church in North Carolina. The pastor suggested that because of our insecurities, our view of who we are as children of God is often tainted. He went on to say that, it is imperative that we must know first who God is before we can make the necessary leap in knowing our identify in Christ. Is our view of God limited to our opinion and that of others? Or, have we endeavored to know God personally by searching out the scriptures.

So, I will rephrase my initial question to perhaps the more important question, who do you say God is?

I hope that each one of us will make a concerted effort to know Him more…to spend a bit more time with Him in prayer and going deeper in His Word. There, we can discover His character, His will, and His promises. And, who we are in Him — a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J2LR2_Z3nfM

Thanks for visiting AnEncouragedHeart. Signing off…God Bless! Cynthia

IN CHRIST

Did you remember that this past Thursday was the National Day of Prayer? It seemed as though that day came upon us very quietly this year. I did not hear much talk about this day; much less than in years past. This week, I was drawn to two prayers that are found in Ephesians, which many bible scholars believe are two of the most beautiful prayers in scripture (Ephesians 1:15-23 and 3:14-21).

The apostle Paul while in prison, writes to the saints at Ephesus and other believers about who they are in Christ and how they are to live out their faith.  Paul’s instructions, like his prayers for the saints, illustrate clearly his genuine love for those whom God has entrusted him.  Listen carefully…

Ephesians 3 (ERV)

14 So I bow in prayer before the Father.

 15 Every family in heaven and on earth gets its true name from him.

 16 I ask the Father with his great glory to give you the power to be strong in your spirits. He will give you that strength through his Spirit.

17 I pray that Christ will live in your hearts because of your faith. I pray that your life will be strong in love and be built on love.

 18 And I pray that you and all God’s holy people will have the power to understand the greatness of Christ’s love—how wide, how long, how high, and how deep that love is.

 19 Christ’s love is greater than anyone can ever know, but I pray that you will be able to know that love. Then you can be filled with everything God has for you.

20 With God’s power working in us, he can do much, much more than anything we can ask or think of.

21 To him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus for all time, forever and ever. Amen.

For you who are reading this blog, I pray that you are also strengthened by the Spirit of God; that you are able to know for yourself the love of Christ and all that He has for you.

…and of course, I leave you with a song that I hope will speak to your heart.

Thanks for visiting AnEncouragedHeart. Signing off…God Bless! Cynthia

BY HIS WOUNDS, WE ARE HEALED!

As we take time as a body to celebrate the resurrection of Christ, I searched this week for a contemporary song about Christ’s sacrifice. “By His Wounds” which is based on the fifth verse of Isaiah 53, so clearly describes the coming Messiah and the suffering He would endure in order to pay for our sins. In His sovereignty, God orchestrated every detail of the crucifixion to fulfill every prophecy of this chapter, as well as all other prophecies of the Old Testament  (http://www.gotquestions.org/Book-of-Isaiah.html).

Isaiah 53:5 reads — But He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on Him, and by His wounds we are healed. (NIV)

I encourage you to take time to mediate on the words of this song, and give thanks for the privilege of walking with Christ.

BY HIS WOUNDS

He was pierced for our transgressions
He was crushed for our sins
The punishment that brought us peace was upon Him
And by His wounds, by His wounds we are healed

He was pierced for our transgressions
He was crushed for our sins
The punishment that brought us peace was upon Him
And by His wounds, by His wounds we are healed

We are healed by Your sacrifice
And the life that You gave
We are healed for You paid the price
By Your grace we are saved
We are saved

He was pierced for our transgressions
And crushed for our sins
The punishment that brought us peace was upon Him
And by His wounds, by His wounds we are healed

We are healed by Your sacrifice
And the life that You gave
We are healed for You paid the price
By Your grace we are saved
We are saved

He was pierced for our transgressions
He was crushed for our sins
The punishment that brought us peace was upon Him
And by His wounds, by His wounds we are healed
And by His wounds, by His wounds

What can wash away my sin?
Nothing but the blood of Jesus

(Sung by Mac Powell, Mark Hall, Steven Curtis Chapman and  Brian Littrell)

Thanks for visiting AnEncouragedHeart. Signing off…God Bless! Cynthia