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“Don’t Label People—Love Them” by “The Daily Encouraging Word”

From The Encouraging Word Ministries

From The Daily Encouraging Word

“We have stopped evaluating others from a human point of view.” 2Co 5:16 NLT If you tend to associate only with “your own kind,” think about this: “We have stopped evaluating others from a human point of view.” Jesus went miles out of His way to meet a Samaritan woman at a well. From a cultural and religious point of view, it was a bad move. First, she’d been divorced five times so she had a tarnished reputation. Second, she was a Gentile. And in those days a Jew couldn’t drink water drawn by Gentiles or eat their food. Jewish physicians couldn’t attend to non-Jewish patients. Jews actually referred to Gentiles as “unclean,” believing that by mixing with them they too would become unclean. But Jesus was all about including people, not excluding them: “The Word became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighborhood” (Jn 1:14 TM). Jesus touched lepers, loved foreigners, and spent so much time with partygoers that religious leaders called him a “lush, a friend of the riffraff” (Mt 11:19 TM). Jesus didn’t label people; He loved them. And when you follow Him, He puts His finger on your prejudices and makes you deal with them. That’s because He wants to change the way you look at people, not seeing them as Jews or Gentiles, insiders or outsiders, liberals or conservatives, etc. “We have stopped evaluating others from a human point of view.” Today you may come across some discarded people like the woman at the well. They may have been thrown out of church or just turned off by church, and you’ll have a chance to label them or love them. Honor God—and love them!

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RG2Cents I’ve been receiving emails from “The Daily Encouraging Word” for years and always find them edifying and inspiring. To receive emails (or snail mails) of lessons like this, click on the following link: The Daily Encouraging Word

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“God Wants To Set You Free” by “The Daily Encouraging Word”

From The Encouraging Word Ministries

From The Daily Encouraging Word

“If the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.” Jn 8:36 NKJV When you become a prisoner of war, the enemy controls all your movements and decides what each day of your life will be like. Has the enemy captured you? Perhaps you’ve tried over and over again to be free from your addiction but you are still imprisoned by it. There’s good news: “If the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.” Whether you are addicted to drugs, lust, alcohol, gambling, food, or anything else, your answer is not natural—but supernatural. Your addiction is a “symptom” of a deeper spiritual condition that Jesus the Great Physician wants to heal. At the core of every twelve-step program is this truth: It’s only by turning to a power greater than ourselves and developing a relationship with Him, that we can get free and stay free. And we know who that “power” is—Jesus! When you feel “restless, irritable, and discontent,” His presence is what brings peace and serenity. When you’re tempted to turn to your addiction to find relief, His presence fills the emptiness within you and enables you to say no. When you experience “euphoric recall” and begin to think about the best times of your addiction rather than the worst ones, His Word renews your mind and reframes your attitude, showing you the right path to take at that moment: “By your words I can see where I’m going; they throw a beam of light on my dark path” (Ps 119:105 TM). Peter said, “The Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of temptations” (2Pe 2:9 NKJV). Today, God wants to set you free.

TheEncouragingWord.org • 866-899-WORD (9673)
P.O.Box 2110 • Spartanburg, SC 29304
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Our mailing address: The Encouraging Word, Inc.
The Encouraging Word, Inc
PO Box 2110
Spartanburg, South Carolina 29304

RG2Cents I’ve been receiving emails from “The Daily Encouraging Word” for years and always find them edifying and inspiring. To receive emails (or snail mails) of lessons like this, click on the following link: The Daily Encouraging Word

“Dippers And Dwellers” by “The Daily Encouraging Word”

From The Encouraging Word Ministries

From The Daily Encouraging Word

“Dwell in Me, and I will dwell in you.” Jn 15:4 AMPC There’s an art to making good tea. You can dip your teabag up and down in the hot water and then pull it out. Or you can let it dwell there so that you can experience the tea’s full strength and flavor. Jesus said: “Dwell in Me, and I will dwell in you. [Live in Me, and I will live in you.] Just as no branch can bear fruit of itself without abiding in (being vitally united to) the vine, neither can you bear fruit unless you abide in Me. I am the Vine; you are the branches. Whoever lives in Me and I in him bears much (abundant) fruit. However, apart from Me [cut off from vital union with Me] you can do nothing” (vv. 4-5 AMPC). The secret of victorious Christian living is not “dipping” in God’s presence once a week in church, but “dwelling” in it every day. That’s why this devotional is a helpful tool for your spiritual growth; it causes you to get into God’s Word each day, meditate on it, and ask, “Lord, what are You saying to me?” When you’re a dipper, you’ve got to “make things happen” by your own effort. You’ve got to move the bag up and down, wrap the string around the spoon, then pull, etc. That’s a lot of effort—and that’s not how God wants you to live the Christian life. No, He wants you to be a “dweller.” It’s the depth and duration of your dwelling that determines the strength and richness of your spiritual life. So the word for you today is: Don’t be a dipper, be a dweller.

TheEncouragingWord.org • 866-899-WORD (9673)
P.O.Box 2110 • Spartanburg, SC 29304
info@theencouragingword.org

Copyright © 2017 The Encouraging Word, Inc All rights reserved.

Our mailing address: The Encouraging Word, Inc.
The Encouraging Word, Inc
PO Box 2110
Spartanburg, South Carolina 29304

RG2Cents I’ve been receiving emails from “The Daily Encouraging Word” for years and always find them edifying and inspiring. To receive emails (or snail mails) of lessons like this, click on the following link: The Daily Encouraging Word

“Get Closer To God” by “The Daily Encouraging Word”

From The Encouraging Word Ministries

From The Daily Encouraging Word

“Such people should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Their loyalty is divided between God and the world.” Jas 1:7-8 NLT The planet Mercury is hot, whereas Pluto is cold. That’s because Mercury is close to the sun and Pluto is a long way off. A planet’s temperature and climate are determined by its proximity to the sun. There’s an important spiritual principle here. As a redeemed child of God, your spiritual temperature is determined by how close you are to Jesus. You say, “I wish I were closer to the Lord.” The truth is that you are as close to Him as you desire to be, decide to be, and discipline yourself to be. Your pursuit of God reveals your passion for God—or the lack of it. To experience true intimacy with someone, you must be willing to sacrifice other things and give yourself fully to that person. The Psalmist wrote: “You have said, Seek My face [inquire for and require My presence as your vital need]. My heart says to You, Your face (Your presence), Lord, will I seek, inquire for, and require [of necessity]” (Ps 27:8 AMPC). You’ll notice that the Psalmist didn’t say you were to seek God’s gifts, but His face! Not the gifts, but the Giver of the gifts! And a wonderful thing happens when you do that: “Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He will give you the desires and secret petitions of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord [roll…each care of your load on Him]; trust (lean on, rely on, and be confident) also in Him and He will bring it to pass” (Ps 37:4-5 AMPC).

TheEncouragingWord.org • 866-899-WORD (9673)
P.O.Box 2110 • Spartanburg, SC 29304
info@theencouragingword.org

Copyright © 2017 The Encouraging Word, Inc All rights reserved.

Our mailing address: The Encouraging Word, Inc.
The Encouraging Word, Inc
PO Box 2110
Spartanburg, South Carolina 29304

RG2Cents I’ve been receiving emails from “The Daily Encouraging Word” for years and always find them edifying and inspiring. To receive emails (or snail mails) of lessons like this, click on the following link: The Daily Encouraging Word

Too Late for Men, Just Right for God

Thanks for reminding me of this, Mr. Fry! ^_^

Truth in Palmyra

John 11 21 and 22

John 11:17-21

It is almost comical the way Martha came barreling out of the house when Jesus finally showed up in Bethany to be with His friends in their time of need. She seemed quite impatient on one hand, yet full of faith that Jesus could still fix this situation. She almost seem to chide our Lord for His delay in coming, yet remains full of faith that God can and will make things right. The key thing we see here is that Martha, while behaving with very normal human reactions to this great loss, moved beyond that and exercised much faith; she seemingly pressed our Lord to deliver in His promises.

Martha certainly understood the promise of the future resurrection of believers; we see that later in verse 24 of our passage. The promise of future glory and rewards is something we should all rest in as we move…

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