Remember His purposes during discouragement

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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Wednesday, September 28, 2016

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Today’s scripture reading:

* Don’t let people discourage you

Criticism couldn’t stop David.  While the rest of the army stood around, he knew the importance of taking action.  With God to fight for him, there was no reason to wait.  People may try to discourage you with negative comments or mockery, but continue to do what you know is right.  By doing what is right, you will be pleasing God, whose opinion matters most. (NLT)

1 Samuel 17:28-32 – But when David’s oldest brother, Eliab, heard David talking to the men, he was angry.   “What are you doing around here anyway?” he demanded.  “What about those few sheep you’re supposed to be taking care of?  I know about your pride and dishonesty.  You just want to see the battle!”

“What have I done now?” David replied. “I was only asking a question!”  He walked over to some others and asked them the same thing and received the same answer.  Then David’s question was reported to King Saul, and the king sent for him.

“Don’t worry about a thing,” David told Saul.  “I’ll go fight this Philistine!”

* Ridicule can cut deeply, causing discouragement and despair.  Sanballat and Tobiah used ridicule to try to dissuade the Jews from building the wall.  Instead of trading insults, however, Nehemiah prayed, and the work continued.  When you are mocked for your faith or criticized for doing what you know is right, refuse to respond in the same way or to become discouraged.  Tell God how you feel and remember his promise to be with you.  This will give you encouragement and strength to carry on. (NLT)

Nehemiah 4:1-5 – Sanballat was very angry when he learned that we were rebuilding the wall.  He flew into a rage and mocked the Jews, saying in front of his friends and the Samaritan army officers, “What does this bunch of poor, feeble Jews think they are doing?  Do they think they can build the wall in a day if they offer enough sacrifices?  Look at those charred stones they are pulling out of the rubbish and using again!”

Tobiah the Ammonite, who was standing beside him, remarked, “That stone wall would collapse if even a fox walked along the top of it!”

Then I prayed, “Hear us, O our God, for we are being mocked.  May their scoffing fall back on their own heads, and may they themselves become captives in a foreign land!  Do not ignore their guilt.  Do not blot out their sins, for they have provoked you to anger here in the presence of the builders.”

* Remember God’s purposes during discouragement 

Accomplishing any large task is tiring.  There are always pressures that foster discouragement–the task seems impossible, it can never be finished, or too many factors are working against us.  The only cure for fatigue and discouragement is focusing on God’s purposes.  Nehemiah reminded the workers of their calling, their goal, and God’s protection.  If you are overwhelmed by an assignment, tired and discouraged, remember God’s purpose for your life and his special purpose for the project. (NLT)

Nehemiah 4:10-14 – Then the people of Judah began to complain that the workers were becoming tired.  There was so much rubble to be moved that we could never get it done by ourselves.  Meanwhile, our enemies were saying, “Before they know what’s happening, we will swoop down on them and kill them and end their work.”

The Jews who lived near the enemy came and told us again and again, “They will come from all directions and attack us!”  So I placed armed guards behind the lowest parts of the wall in the exposed areas.  I stationed the people to stand guard by families, armed with swords, spears, and bows.

Then as I looked over the situation, I called together the leaders and the people and said to them, “Don’t be afraid of the enemy!  Remember the Lord, who is great and glorious, and fight for your friends, your families, and your homes!”

Cure for sleepless nights

Posted on December 11, 2014 by Deb

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 Change – Worry

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Thursday, March 24, 2011 – Elijah experienced the depths of fatigue and discouragement just after his two great spiritual victories: the defeat of the prophets of Baal and the answered prayer for rain.  Often discouragement sets in after great spiritual … Continue reading →

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Balancing prayer with action

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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Tuesday, September 27, 2016

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Today’s scripture reading:

Prayer, balancing with action

Posted on June 18, 2012 by Deb

DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Tuesday, June 19, 2012 * Balancing prayer with action The Lord told Moses to stop praying and get moving!  Prayer must have a vital place in our lives, but there is also a place for action.  Sometimes … Continue reading →

Prayer

Using prayer to overcome temptation Why does Satan tempt us?  Temptation is Satan’s invitation to give in to his kind of life and give up on God’s kind of life.  We can use prayer to overcome Satan’s temptation.  Satan tempted Eve and … Continue reading →

Actions

* Children copy their parents actions  Isaac was afraid that the men in Gerar would kill him to get his beautiful wife, Rebekah.  So he lied, claiming that Rebekah was his sister.  Where did he learn that trick?  He may … Continue reading →

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How we lose sight of our purpose

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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Monday, September 26, 2016

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Weak, dependent people

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Don’t lose sight of good and right

Posted on February 24, 2015 by Deb

Click on the following link for previous layout and posts: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/ DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Wednesday, February 25, 2015 Mark 2:27 – Then he [Jesus] said to them, “The Sabbath was made to benefit people, and not people to benefit the … Continue reading →

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Experience the power and help

Posted on February 19, 2015 by Deb

Click on the following link for previous layout and posts: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/ DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Friday, February 20, 2015 Scripture reading: The two followers returning to Emmaus at first missed the significance of history’s greatest event because they were too focused … Continue reading →

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Reason that doubt has a purpose

Posted on April 26, 2013 by Deb

DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Saturday, April 27, 2013 The reason why this post is a little long today is because I have had computer issues lately.  I apologize and hope you will read this material as it does contain Helpful Inspirational … Continue reading →

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Power

* God often works his power through ordinary people A shepherd’s staff was commonly a three-to six-foot wooden rod with a curved hook at the top.  The shepherd used it for walking, guiding his sheep, killing snakes, and many other … Continue reading →

Wisdom to guide our choices

Posted on October 12, 2012 by Deb

DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Saturday, October 13, 2012 By “wisdom,” James is talking not only about knowledge but about the ability to make wise decisions in difficult circumstances.  Whenever we need wisdom, we can pray to God, and he will generously … Continue reading →

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Purpose

* Understanding God’s purpose for your life The Israelites traveled and camped as God guided.  When you follow God’s guidance, you know you are where God wants you, whether you’re moving or staying in one place.  You are physically somewhere … Continue reading →

He has blessed us with every spiritual blessing

Posted on April 28, 2016 by Deb

Click on the following link for previous layout and posts: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/ DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Friday, April 29, 2016 Today’s scripture reading: “Who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms: means that in Christ we have all … Continue reading →

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My constant guide

Posted on November 30, 2015 by Deb

Click on the following link for previous layout and posts: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/ DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Monday, November 30, 2015 Today’s scripture reading: God’s Word makes us wise—wiser than our enemies and wiser than any teachers who ignore it. True wisdom goes … Continue reading →

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Be childlike, with humble, sincere hearts

Posted on July 16, 2015 by Deb

Click on the following link for previous layout and posts: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/ DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Friday, July 17, 2015 Today’s scripture reading: Jesus used a child to help his self-centered disciples get the point. We are not to be childish (like … Continue reading →

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Don’t be careless about your faith

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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Sunday, September 25, 2016

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Today’s scripture reading:

Do you still not have faith?

Posted on September 21, 2015 by Deb

Click on the following link for previous layout and posts: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/ DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Tuesday, September 22, 2015 Today’s scripture reading: The “lake” is the Sea of Galilee, a body of water 680 feet below sea level and surrounded by … Continue reading →

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Careless, Carelessness

* Definition of careless Careless means indifferent; negligent (NLT) * Careless ones will begin to care The people turned their back son God and concentrated on their own pleasures.  this warning is not just to the women of Jerusalem but … Continue reading →

Faithfulness

* Remember God’s faithfulness Jesus used salt to illustrate three qualities that should be found in his people: (1) We should remember God’s faithfulness, just as salt when used with a sacrifice recalled God’s covenant with his people.  (2) We … Continue reading →

Perseverance, Persevere

Perseverance, persevere means enduring hardships with patience. * – Paul uses active and forceful verbs to describe the Christian life: run, pursue, fight, hold tightly.  Some think Christianity is a passive religion that advocates waiting for God to act.  On … Continue reading →

Commitment

* Commitment learned through being tested Why did God ask Abraham to perform human sacrifice?  Pagan nations practiced human sacrifice, but God condemned this as a terrible sin.  God did not want Isaac to die, but he wanted Abraham to … Continue reading →

Marriage

* What the Bible says about marriage Marriage is God’s idea.  Commitment is essential to a successful marriage.  Romance is important.  Marriage holds times of great joy.  Marriage creates the best environment for raising children.  Unfaithfulness breaks the bond of … Continue reading →

Conversations, Conversation

* Share spiritual experiences in conversations  God told Moses that his miraculous experiences with Pharaoh should be retold to his descendants in his conversations.  What stories Moses had to tell!  Living out one of the greatest dramas in biblical history, … Continue reading →

Promises, Promise

* Remembering God’s promises brings peace After repeated promises, a visit by two angels, and the appearance of the Lord himself, Sarah finally cried out with surprise and joy at the birth of her son.  Because of her doubt, worry, … Continue reading →

Obedience, Obey

* God doesn’t force us to obedience Why would God place a tree in the garden and then forbid Adam to eat from it?  God wanted Adam to obey, but God gave Adam the freedom to choose.  Without choice, Adam … Continue reading →

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Removing bitterness from your life

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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Saturday, September 24, 2016

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Today’s scripture reading:

Heavy load of bitterness

Posted on October 29, 2014 by Deb

Click on the following link for previous layout and posts: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/ DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Thursday, October 30, 2014 I read the Scripture for today and it is about forgiveness. Then I read the title, “YANK OUT THAT WEED!” the story … Continue reading →

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Bitterness

* Removing bitterness from your life It is refreshing to see Esau’s change of heart when the two brothers meet again.  The bitterness over losing his birthright and blessing seems gone.  Instead, Esau was content with what he had.  Jacob … Continue reading →

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Belief gives us courage

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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Friday, September 23, 2016

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Today’s scripture reading:

This life gives light to everyone

Posted on November 30, 2015 by Deb

Click on the following link for previous layout and posts: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/ DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Tuesday, December 1, 2015 Today’s scripture reading: When God created, he made something from nothing. Because we are created beings, we have no basis for pride. … Continue reading →

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Help us grow in strength, grace, glory

Posted on August 5, 2015 by Deb

Click on the following link for previous layout and posts: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/ DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Thursday, August 6, 2015 Today’s scripture reading: The writer longed to get away from the bustling world to meet God inside his dwelling place, his holy … Continue reading →

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Believe, trust and confidence in Him

Posted on October 2, 2012 by Deb

DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Wednesday, October 3, 2012 Most Pharisees were intensely jealous of Jesus because he undermined their authority and challenged their views.  But Nicodemus was searching, and he believed that Jesus had some answers.  A learned teacher himself, he … Continue reading →

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Faith a part of trust

Posted on August 23, 2012 by Deb

DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Friday, August 24, 2012 God’s children through faith The picture of the law as a guardian is similar to a tutor giving a young child supervision.  We no longer need that kind of supervision.  The law teaches … Continue reading →

Faith, Trust

Don’t get discouraged

Posted on June 16, 2011 by Deb

Friday, June 17, 2011 – It’s easy to get discouraged, thinking that God has forgotten us.  But God is never unjust.  He never forgets or overlooks our hard work for him.  Presently you may not be receiving rewards and acclaim, … Continue reading →

Discouragement, Encouragement, Hope

Trust

* Half-truths show a lack of trust in God Because Abraham mistakenly assumed that Abimelech was a wicked man, he made a quick decision to tell a half-truth.  Abraham thought it would be more effective to deceive Abimelech than to … Continue reading →

Believe, Belief

* God declares us righteous when we believe  Although Abram had been demonstrating his faith through his actions, it was his belief in the Lord, not his actions, that made Abram right with God.  We, too, can have a right … Continue reading →

Believe faithfully follow

Posted on April 19, 2013 by Deb

DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Saturday, April 20, 2013 1 Corinthians 15:1-8, 20 – Now let me remind you, dear brothers and sisters, of the Good News I preached to you before.  You welcomed it then and still do now, for your … Continue reading →

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Believe in the promises

Posted on March 20, 2013 by Deb

DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Thursday, March 21, 2013 To “believe” is more than intellectual agreement that Jesus is God.  Believe means to put our trust and confidence in him that he alone can save us.  Believe is to put Christ in charge of … Continue reading →

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Don’t assume

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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Thursday, September 22, 2016

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Today’s scripture reading:

Time on earth short

Posted on August 30, 2012 by Deb

DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Friday, August 31, 2012 Theme: God’s eternal nature is contrasted with people’s frailty.  Our time on earth is limited and we are to use it wisely, not living for the moment, but with our eternal home in … Continue reading →

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Marriage

* What the Bible says about marriage Marriage is God’s idea.  Commitment is essential to a successful marriage.  Romance is important.  Marriage holds times of great joy.  Marriage creates the best environment for raising children.  Unfaithfulness breaks the bond of … Continue reading →

Grief

* Finding the freedom to grieve When Jacob died at the age of 147, Joseph wept and mourned for months.  When someone close to us dies, we need a long period of time to work through our grief.  Crying and … Continue reading →

Scripture, Scriptures

* Scripture a map to guide us The psalmist said that he is a “foreigner here on earth,” and so he needed guidance.  Almost any long trip requires a map or guide.  As we travel through life, the Bible, Scriptures, should … Continue reading →

Love

* What real love is In this final description of their love, the girl includes some of its significant characteristics.  Love is as strong as death; it cannot be killed by time or disaster; and it cannot be bought for … Continue reading →

Trust

* Half-truths show a lack of trust in God Because Abraham mistakenly assumed that Abimelech was a wicked man, he made a quick decision to tell a half-truth.  Abraham thought it would be more effective to deceive Abimelech than to … Continue reading →

Problems

* Problems may be testing your faith When famine struck, Abram went to Egypt where there was food.  Why would there be a famine in the land where God had just called Abram?  This was a test of Abram’s faith, … Continue reading →

Frustration

* Remain faithful when you have frustration from evil Moses’ mother knew how wrong it would be to destroy her child.  Her frustation was enormous, but there was little she could do to change Pharaoh’s new law.  Her only alternative was … Continue reading →

Warning against judging others

Posted on November 7, 2015 by Deb

Click on the following link for previous layout and posts: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/ DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Saturday, November 7, 2015 Today’s scripture reading: Jesus summarized the law as love for God and neighbor, and Paul said that love demonstrated toward a neighbor … Continue reading →

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Be thankful for what you have

Posted on October 14, 2015 by Deb

Click on the following link for previous layout and posts: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/ DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Thursday, October 15, 2015 Today’s scripture reading: Jesus further clarified the membership rules of the Kingdom of Heaven: Entrance is by God’s grace alone. In this … Continue reading →

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