Encouraging Journey – Episode 3 – “Where Are You Looking”

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Are there shadows in you life right now?

Somebody said, “As we turn our faces to the sun, the shadows fall behind us.”

The same reality is found in the Bible in Hebrews 12:2, “Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith.”

Have you ever misplaced your car keys?  One day I had an important appointment, and couldn’t find the keys to my car.  In the grip of frustration I said to my wife, “I have to get going and I can’t find my keys!”  As she’s asked me before, “Where have you looked?”  She then made a suggestion…and there they were.

The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over expecting a different result.  It’s also looking in the same places for you lost car keys expecting them to suddenly re-appear.

Like the car keys, if you need to find encouragement today, my friend, let me ask you, “Where are you looking for it?”  As the song says, “Looking for love in all the wrong places.”  Are you looking for encouragement in all the wrong places?

We find fresh courage…of the real, lasting kind…when we turn our inner eyes away from, and make ourselves stop rehearsing the weight we feel, and instead fix our attention on Jesus the one who authors and completes our confidence.

Be encouraged on your journey, today, by letting Jesus saturate your vision.

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Encouraging Journey – Episode 2 – Finding God’s Will

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I was recently speaking with someone who had asked me to join them in prayer. They wanted to know the will of God regarding a very important matter.  Maybe you’re in that place right now.

When we’re on a journey of discovering God’s will, we’re usually thinking about some sort of specific.  (What is His will for this or that thing or situation?)

But the place we need to start is in realizing the essence of His heart.  That’s the ‘Master Key’ to the specifics.

In fact, in Scripture, the original words translated ‘will’ also mean ‘desire’.

As is recorded in the Gospel of Matthew, (7:11) “If you being evil know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more, will your Heavenly Father give good gifts to those that ask Him”.

Be encouraged in your journey.  His will is not about knowing His demands, but about increasingly experiencing a Father’s heartbeat for His child.  A revelation of the specifics, in your life, will come together.

As you delight yourself in Him, He will give you the desires of your heart. (Psalm 37:4)

Gary

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Encouraging Journey – Episode #1 – Helping Hope

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As I was growing up, one of the songs we often sang at my church was, “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing”.  The second stanza began with the words, ‘Here I raise my Ebenezer”.  My young mind was always puzzled at what it meant to raise an Ebenezer.  The words always brought to mind the old curmudgeon Ebenezer Scrooge?  (I sang along, anyway)

Our minds and hearts are affected by increasing reports as well as personal experiences of what seems like quicksand conditions of the world we’re living in. However, the Author of Hope tells a different story you and I can stand firmly upon.

In the Bible in 1st Samuel 7, God’s people were under siege by a powerful enemy. As they had experienced many times, when they turned to Him, God demonstrated His power on their behalf, and the result was a great deliverance.  The prophet Samuel set up an altar in remembrance and named it, Ebenezer (Stone of Help).

The writer of Hebrews counsels us to “look away from circumstances and unto Jesus.”  A helpful way to do that is Raising our own Ebenezer memorial symbols that trigger memories of our victories with God.

Begin raising your own Ebenzers and discover renewed hope in trying times.

Gary Ellis

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Inappropriate Prayer

Our lives are made up of times we are unsure. We lack certainty about the best direction to take, or the right decision to make. As we seek wisdom for such days, I believe it is inappropriate to pray the Gethsemane prayer, “Not my will but Thine be done.”
Now, that’s a pretty bold statement considering that those are words that many sincere Christians pray a lot. But, I have an explanation and a better way to pray in my latest book, “Finding God’s Will 3.0” It’s currently on promo sale for .99

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The 3.0 Method of Finding God’s Will

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Some are afraid that they have already “missed it” and can hope for nothing more than His “second best” life…if that.

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Stretch For Abundant Growth

We look forward at 2017 as a greater year for good.  Expansion in our lives and for our friends and loved ones.

But, we’ve been here before.  Fresh anticipation that this year will be better than the last one.  Yet, like a hamster on it’s wheel, the story begins again.  Fresh hope.  Little progress.

What Am I Missing?

A few years back, a prophetic voice that is proven to be legitimate, spoke a vision that he saw for me.

He said, “I see a ruler between two large hands being stretched.”

As I pondered the statement, I realized that the Lord was communicating something very important to me.

He was visually saying, “I am going to be stretching the way you measure things.”

In the years that have followed, the vision has proven to be a true word from the Lord.  The way I have measured what I considered fact and truth has been stretched.  I have become less judgemental and more considerate of other expressions of truth.  The result has been a largely expanded heart that has received many rich deposits of gold in my relationship with God and His Kingdom.

Willing To Be Stretched

It hasn’t always been easy.  Sometimes I’ve wondered if I was becoming a heretic (or hairy tic).  I grew up in such a rigid idea of what was determined as Scriptural, or Biblical.

Referring to the Bereans in Acts 17:11 Paul said, “These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the Word with allreadiness of mind and searched the Scriptures daily to see whether those things were so.”

What I discovered about myself is that I actually searched the Scriptures to see if something I questioned was false or not.  Not whether it was true.  The difference in the motivation is actually significant.  If a person is searching for “falseness,” they are actually looking for evidence to support their pre-established positions and opinions.  If they are searching for “trueness,” they are looking, without judgement, for confirmations of truth.  In other words, they are leaving their own prejudgements on the side for the moment.  They are desiring to be enlarged.

Without question, we need to take care that error is avoided, but we also need to be humble enough to realize that there is a great likelihood that we don’t already “know it all.”  It’s just possible that we only have a part of the picture.  Our doctrine may contain truth but be incomplete…even when the new thoughts seem to challenge pre-established ones.

This is not easy.  It hasn’t been for me, anyway.  But, when applied, this method of truth seeking has proven very beneficial.  In fact, in my opinion, this kind of humility is a major key in “Seeking first (as highest life priority) the Kingdom of God and His right ways.

I Challenge Myself…I Challenge You

We are in the first days of 2017.  We all have hopes for it being a blessed year.  An important part of that happening will include the humility and willingness to have what we think we know, stretched.  Jesus is door.  There is no other; but relating to Him is truth that contains many facets for growth.

Gary

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Do you wish things were clearer in your life?  Are you stuck wondering “Why?”  What’s the solution?  Where’s some wisdom and peace of mind?   The “Jesus Story” reveals a very important principle.

In Luke 3, Jesus was baptized.  The story continues, “While He prayed, the heavens were opened.”

While He Prayed…The Heaven’s Were Opened

We do a lot of thinking about issues in our lives.  We try to reason things out.  God gave mankind a brain to use; But to be a servant of the human spirit.  When we are “born from above” we have access to superior laws. Unfortunately, we put most (if not all) of the weight on inferior laws.

The superior law is referred to as “the mind of Christ.”  Our natural powers of thought will always be in play (unless we’re dead).  However, we can “super-size” the power of our natural reasoning by appealing to the Lord for His thoughts on the matter.

If truth be told, there are many things that we are not actually conversing with God about.  We’re not taking advantage of one of our greatest connections to solutions.  We’re not actually talking things over with the Lord.

He’s standing right there at the door knocking.  He wants to fellowship with you about your life and the things that concern you.

Remember Jesus’ example:  When He prayed…the heaven’s were opened.

Gary