Ordinary People, Extraordinary Ministry

TODAY’S TREASURE

 

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.

Acts 1:8 ESV


 

Dear Friends,

For reasons we might not understand, our God chose those who love Jesus to spread His message of hope and redemption. In Today’s Treasure, Acts 1:8 tells us we will be His witnesses.

Paul later says in Romans 10:10-15 that “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Then Paul asks this profound question:

How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”

The people to whom Paul wrote understood his reference to Isaiah 52:7:

How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, “Your God reigns!”

News from battlefields came through messengers who ran from the war zones to inform anxious family members and friends of the outcome of the battles. When the message was one of victory, the people celebrated the messenger. Isaiah declares that people who love the Lord run from their own personal battlefields to declare to hurting people, “Our God reigns!” Paul encourages the early Christians, and us as well, to recognize that we are tasked with the incredible privilege of declaring our God reigns over sin.

Such a message encourages life in dying hearts. What a privilege to participate in God’s plan for offering help and hope to hurting people. As we wrap up this series, it’s my prayer that through these devotionals we are more intentional about how we interact with others, that we recognize there is a bigger, eternal picture and through our personal relationship to Jesus, God gives us the privilege of helping turn hearts toward His Son, the only source of Life.

This is our last week of our Life-Giving Encouragement devotional series. Next week, I’ll introduce you to A Pilgrimage Fueled by Hope. Please invite friends to join us on this new leg of our journey by forwarding them this email and encouraging them to click the subscribe button below.

Each of us is on a pilgrimage.  In John 10 Jesus says that He came to give us an abundant life but in John 16 Jesus promises that in this life journey we will have troubles. Which is it? Some days joy and purpose fuel our journey, other days we struggle to “keep on keeping on”. Weariness at the thought of taking one more step tempts us to sit down and refuse to move. How can we continue to walk by faith when circumstances crush our plans, crush our dreams, shatter our personal worlds? What’s your auto response to those seasons of trouble?

Throughout this devotional series, we’ll take a look at how some people in Scripture faced hard places. Their responses to life crashing down on them become classrooms where we learn what structures in their lives created protective fences when they might have been tempted to run away. Rather than a list of rules, each devotional invites us to consider how our responses to the invitation to “taste and see that the Lord is good”, (Psalm 38:4), creates a default mode that will either fuel our life pilgrimages with hope or leave us hopeless and helpless.

Ask your friends to join you on this treasure hunt as we unpack “pilgrimage teaching moments” designed to fuel our journey with hope.

Treasured by Him,

Sharon

 

LIFE-GIVING ENCOURAGEMENT

 

Read Romans 10:10-15 and Isaiah 51:7 and ask the Lord what message of hope He wants you to offer today. Ask Him to connect you to a someone who needs to know that there is hope in Jesus.

Read Chapter 12 in Treasures of Encouragement

When you attend church today, ask the Lord to turn your heart away from your own insecurities and be on the lookout for people who need to sense God’s love through you. Listen carefully throughout the worship service for words of help and hope that encourage you to offer the help and hope of Jesus to others. Pray for the pastor as he preaches, that the Holy Spirit will move in a supernatural way, transforming hearts and encouraging God’s people to walk by faith.