Tag Archives: Inspiration

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!

Thank you for visiting An Encouraged Heart!

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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

CALL UPON HIM!

Keep it simple. Tell how the Lord has changed you. These were words that I heard on the radio while driving to work this week as it relates to sharing the gospel. This, however, does not mean to “water-down” the key message:

Romans 5:6-8 (Amplified)

6 While we were yet in weakness [powerless to help ourselves], at the fitting time Christ died for (in behalf of) the ungodly.

7 Now it is an extraordinary thing for one to give his life even for an upright man, though perhaps for a noble and lovable and generous benefactor someone might even dare to die.

8 But God shows and clearly proves His [own] love for us by the fact that while we were still sinners, Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One) died for us.

The radio host went on to say that sometimes we have a fear of sharing the Lord with others because we try to conjure up the right words. We can easily complicate things, and in the end never take the opportunity to share the gospel with those who have been placed in our paths.  The last thing that someone on the receiving end wants to hear is a list of clichés or confusing theology. I would say, at least based on my experience, that people want to hear words that are born out of a true encounter with God; words and a life that express what He has done for us, and who He has become to us after we first submitted our lives to Him.

Take a minute to recall your own conversion. I heard “Born Again” by Third Day, and recounted!  I still remember the evening that I gave my whole heart to the Lord. I also made the decision to get baptized that evening — January 7, 1987. That was just the beginning!

Romans 10:13 (Amplified)

For everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord [invoking Him as Lord] will be saved.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8q_FTRNTDbU

Today I found myself
After searching all these years
And the man that I saw, he wasn’t at all who I thought he’d be
I was lost when you found me here
And I was broken beyond repair
Then you came along and you sang your song over me

It feels like I’m born again
It feels like I’m living
For the very first time
For the very first time
In my life

Make a promise to me now
Reassure my heart somehow
That the love that I feel is so much more real than anything
I’ve a feeling in my soul
And I pray that I’m not wrong
That the life I have now, it is only the beginning

It feels like I’m born again
It feels like I’m living
For the very first time
For the very first time
It feels like I’m breathing
It feels like I’m moving
For the very first time
For the very first time

I wasn’t looking for something that was more
Than what I had yesterday
Then you came to me and you gave to me
Life and a love that I’ve never known
That I’ve never felt before

It feels like I’m born again
It feels like I’m living
For the very first time
I’m living for the first time
It feels like I’m breathing
It feels like I’m moving
For the very first time
I’m living for the first time
In my life

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

NO ONE LIKE OUR GOD

There are greater things to be done in our world…. because He is our God! Like many of you, I watched the first presidential debate this past week. I couldn’t wait to see the two men spar against one another — wondering who would emerge this time as the victor.  No matter what you or I thought, I remembered who is ultimately in control of my future, of our future — if we would submit and allow Him to lead us!  When we rely solely on our own wisdom, how can we possibly know what is best for us without His abiding presence?

The God of This City” by Chris Tomlin is a wonderful song that reminds me that He is all-powerful, and greater things are still to be done through the people of God — by the power of His Spirit and the power of His Word!  It is easy to find something to whine about, but it takes a deliberate act to pray before the litany of complaints flow from our hearts.  I pray that the Lord will continue to convict my heart when that happens, and help me to be bold so that I am present in the lives us others.  Let us make a commitment to pray not only for this nation, but for all nations. We are mandated to pray for those in leadership as referenced in one of the Apostle Paul’s letters.

1 Timothy 2: 1-10 (The Message)

1-3The first thing I want you to do is pray. Pray every way you know how, for everyone you know. Pray especially for rulers and their governments to rule well so we can be quietly about our business of living simply, in humble contemplation. This is the way our Savior God wants us to live.

4-7 He wants not only us but everyone saved, you know, everyone to get to know the truth we’ve learned: that there’s one God and only one, and one Priest-Mediator between God and us—Jesus, who offered himself in exchange for everyone held captive by sin, to set them all free. Eventually the news is going to get out. This and this only has been my appointed work: getting this news to those who have never heard of God, and explaining how it works by simple faith and plain truth.

8-10 Since prayer is at the bottom of all this, what I want mostly is for men to pray—not shaking angry fists at enemies but raising holy hands to God. And I want women to get in there with the men in humility before God, not primping before a mirror or chasing the latest fashions but doing something beautiful for God and becoming beautiful doing it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aGkEE5dwmdY

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

STIR OUR HEARTS, LORD

        “Lord, awake my soul.

                                   Let Your will be done in me.”

The above lyrics, which I consider to be more of a prayer, appears repeatedly in the worship song “Awakening“.  This “calling out” to God is what we often do, spoken or unspoken. He knows our hearts. This desire for a stirring of our hearts that is truly all-satisfying only comes from one source — God alone.

I had an interesting conversation with someone this week who admitted to an emptiness, a boredom in her life. Trying to be as sensitive as possible, a mutual friend and I told her that her heart was longing for something that would truly give her peace and contentment — another college degree, another “feather in her cap”, just wouldn’t do it. We encouraged her to seek Him — in prayer and in His word.

At times, all of us (myself included) have looked for external pleasures, goals and dreams to give us joy. And yes, there is some joy and contentment. But that joy is always fleeting…especially when those things we chase after draw us farther away from God.

So, you see this conversation not only gave us an opportunity to share our testimony, but also to recount the blessing of having a relationship with Him.

Psalms 42:1 

As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you,

my God.

My prayer today is simply that we are in a place where His perfect will, can be done in our lives. Talk to God as you listen to this song.

 “Awakening”  Performed by Chris Tomlin

In our hearts, Lord, in this nation
Awakening
Holy Spirit, we desire
Awakening

For You and You alone Awake my soul, awake my soul and sing
For the world You love
Your will be done, let Your will be done in me

In Your presence, in Your power
Awakening
For this moment, for this hour
Awakening

For You and You alone
Awake my soul, awake my soul and sing
For the world You love
Your will be done, let Your will be done in me

For You and You alone
Awake my soul, awake my soul and sing
For the world You love
Your will be done, let Your will be done in me

Like the rising sun that shines
From the darkness comes a light
I hear Your voice and this is my
Awakening

Like the rising sun that shines
From the darkness comes a light
I hear Your voice and this is my
Awakening

Like the rising sun that shines
Awake my soul, awake my soul and sing
From the darkness comes a light
Awake my soul, awake my soul and sing

Like the rising sun that shines
Awake my soul, awake my soul and sing
Only You can raise a life
Awake my soul, awake my soul and sing

Written by Chris Tomlin, Daniel Carson and Nathan Nockels

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

 

GOD IS…

A song that has touched my heart for almost the last two decades is  “He Is” by Aaron Jeoffrey. I posted the song via YouTube in my first blog. Several friends have commented on how much the song ministered to them. In my opinion, it is one of the most anointed, contemporary songs that I have ever heard. Please take a minute to read the words, and listen carefully to the song as the artists exalt God’s character throughout each book of the bible. I guarantee that the mighty God that we serve will bless your heart beyond measure.

Please take this song with you in your heart through the upcoming week.

                                       “He Is”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ttS7FH8X4n4

In Genesis, He’s the breath of life
In Exodus, the Passover Lamb
In Leviticus, He’s our High Priest
Numbers, The fire by night
Deuteronomy, He’s Moses’ voice

In Joshua, He is salvation’s choice
Judges, law giver
In Ruth, the kinsmen-redeemer
First and second Samuel, our trusted prophet
In Kings and Chronicles, He’s sovereign

Ezra, true and faithful scribe
Nehemiah, He’s the rebuilder of broken walls and lives
In Esther, He’s Mordecai’s courage
In Job, the timeless redeemer
In Psalms, He is our morning song

In Proverbs, wisdom’s cry
Ecclesiastes, the time and season
In the Song of Solomon, He is the lover’s dream

He is, He is, HE IS!

In Isaiah, He’s Prince of Peace
Jeremiah, the weeping prophet
In Lamentations, the cry for Israel
Ezekiel, He’s the call from sin
In Daniel, the stranger in the fire

In Hosea, He is forever faithful
In Joel, He’s the Spirits power
In Amos, the arms that carry us
In Obadiah, He’s the Lord our Savior
In Jonah, He’s the great missionary

In Micah, the promise of peace
In Nahum, He is our strength and our shield
In Habakkuk and Zephaniah, He’s pleading for revival
In Haggai, He restores a lost heritage
In Zechariah, our fountain

In Malachi, He is the son of righteousness rising with healing in His wings

He is, He is, HE IS!

In Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, He is God, Man, Messiah
In the book of Acts, He is fire from heaven
In Romans, He’s the grace of God
In Corinthians, the power of love
In Galatians, He is freedom from the curse of sin

Ephesians, our glorious treasure
Philippians, the servants heart
In Colossians, He’s the Godhead Trinity
Thessalonians, our coming King
In Timothy, Titus, Philemon He’s our mediator and our faithful Pastor

In Hebrews, the everlasting covenant
In James, the one who heals the sick.
In First and Second Peter, he is our Shepherd
In John and in Jude, He is the lover coming for His bride
In the Revelation, He is King of Kings and Lord of Lords

He is, He is, HE IS!

The prince of peace
The Son of man
The Lamb of God
The great I AM

He’s the alpha and omega
Our God and our Savior
He is Jesus Christ the Lord
and when time is no more
He is, HE IS!

Words by Jeoffrey Benward & Jeff Silvey

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

HE IS OUR HEALER!

I would like to start by thanking each one of you for stopping by and visiting my blog over the past week. I hope that you will not just talk to me, but others as well. So, please feel free to respond to any and all comments posted on the site.

I want to share with you a few thoughts that I had after listening to a song, which has actually been around for a number of years – “Imagine Me” by Kirk Franklin.  I had the opportunity to hear it performed this week at a public school performance. Yes, at a public school performance. I was struck by the fact that students were whole-heartedly singing the lyrics to a ‘standing room only’ crowd. A room full of hearts ready to hear from God.  I believe that many hearts were drawn closer to the Lord because of the song’s message — God’s awesome, healing power is available to each one of us.  These students were used by God. Whether they were aware of this or not, God allowed His spirit to rest on the crowd that evening. For those of you who have not heard “Imagine Me, take a few minutes and let the Lord speak to your hearts http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FYhtvoOJ-RA .

How does this song minister to you?  I see God’s great love and His power to heal broken hearts and lives. Sometimes, He removes the scars. Sometimes, however, they may stay to remind us of what He has done on our behalf.

Remember Your Chains” by Steven Curtis Chapman http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4FRAYGLMjP4  speaks to this. The words below are just a glimpse into the message of this song.

There’s no one more thankful to sit at the table                      

                                   Than the one who best remembers hunger’s pain

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