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Topic: Encouragement (among believers) (11/08/07)
TITLE: Use the Key
By Brenda Welc
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I feel compelled to write to you today in hopes of passing on a great deal of encouragement. The days of struggle seem to be never-ending. Persecution abounds from all sides. I can identify, I too have been there. Illness, destruction, unfaithfulness, discouragement and other footholds of the devil are evident in your lives. I am sure itís hard just to get out of bed some days. I see you wrestling with all the mundane dealings of life. I wish I could physically be beside you.
Be of good spirit knowing God is on your side. I know this to be true for I too rely on Him. I place His love in my heart in order to share it with others in need. I pray to Him for the safe keeping of His people. I pray also for constant vigilance on you His precious children. As believers in God you carry a peace with you if left untapped becomes a burden. In the hustle of everyday life you forget to open the door of peace. You forget to knock and ask God for a little bit of help. I am writing to you because I have the key.
Many have hurt you. Family, friends, Co-workers and others who do not quite understand what you stand for can be insensitive to your beliefs. When is God coming to save you? Why does God allow such destruction in the world? Why is God punishing you? These are all challenges you wrestle with. I too have had to answer these very questions. Standing up for God amongst doubt, uncertainty and persecution calls for a lot of mercy. This is why I write to you now.
Forgiveness is the key. When you are forgiven, your slate is wiped clean. You stand alone with God and He smiles upon your soul. What an awesome feeling to be in front of God with a pure heart. As Christians you too have the power to forgive others. If you do not forgive someone for offenses then how can they begin to heal? How will they ever have the same mercy as you expect? Be an encouragement to others by telling those who have hurt you they are forgiven. By allowing forgiveness to others you in turn will be doubly blessed.
Be of good cheer upon hearing this great news. I am coming soon to take you with me to our Fatherís kingdom. We will abide together for all eternity in communion with God. No more worries. No more hurts. No more condemnation. Only peace. Only limitless love. Only endless treasures. Go now my brothers and sisters. Walk along the narrow path knowing I am with you in your heart. Close your eyes and I will be there. Let me lead you towards the Fatherís house. Take these words I have written to you and share the good news with others in need. Show who you are as a child of God by the actions you perform in my name.
Rest in the knowledge our Father will take care of your every need. I am the rock upon which all Christianity builds a future. Daily I will pray on your behalf. I will lift your name to God and pray for your safety even when you think you can no longer go on. I will also pray for blessings upon your family. I will pray your woundedness be healed and that you can begin to forgive those around you for their offenses against you. I pray that you will let go and let God so He can begin a work in you.
Go now and be encouraged in all you do for the Lord is with you and so am I.
Love your brother,
P.S. I love you. Remember these words:
For God so loved the world He sent Me to save you.
By My blood shed you are saved and set apart from the evils of this world.
Abide with God and you spend time with Me.
Come to Me and you will be safe.
Rest in Me and you also rest with God.
Let me be your shepherd in a field of unstableness.
Let me bring you to the waters of life so you may drink.
Let me lead you towards heaven.
God desires you to accept Me so you may be at peace and covered by His grace.
Use the key.
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