Encouragement For The Soul

(1 Peter 1:3-5) Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
4 to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you,
5 who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. (NKJV)

Paul writes to Timothy that in these last days perilous times will come (2Timothy 3:1). That in these latter times people will depart from the faith of Christ and give themselves over to demonic control and false teachings (1Timothy 4:1). He says that there will be some in the church that will not endure the sound doctrine of the Word of God; therefore they will bring in preachers and teachers that will satisfy their need for self gratification (2Timothy 4:3). Peter and Jude both speak of scoffers and mockers of the Word of God (2Peter 3:3/Jude 1:18) and the Apostle John in 1John 2:18 says, “Little children, it is the last hour; and as you have heard that the Antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come, by which we know that it is the last hour.” We see these scriptures and many others about the time before the Rapture of the Church and the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ coming to life right before our eyes. The world and the Church have a very unique place in time to see the prophetic utterances of the Word of God being fulfilled.

And just look at what is being done about it. Some within the Body of Christ are falling away from the faith in Christ, abandoning the Church. Others are letting their worries and fears control their actions, causing them to doubt God’s ability to deliver and protect. But some look to the Word for their encouragement and take scriptures such as 1Peter 1:3-5 to heart.

For you see the Lord has given us “…a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.” He has given us a steadfast confidence through Christ Jesus that He will fulfill all He has promised to His faithful. We have “…an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you…” And despite all the turmoil in the world, despite all the naysayers and scoffers, despite all the devil tries to steal and destroy, this inheritance can never be taken away from the faithful child of God because we “…are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.”

So take heart child of God, don’t let your faith in Jesus waver. Don’t let worry or let fear control your life. “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” (2 Timothy 1:7; NKJV) Stand fast and stand firm in your faith. Be encouraged that all is coming to pass just as the Lord has said in His Word and His Word is true. You will overcome through your faith in Christ Jesus because “Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.” (Romans 8:37; NKJV)

Be blessed my friends. Have a great and glorious day with the Lord.
Pastor Bobby

Encouragement For The Soul

(Hebrews 6:17-19) Thus God, determining to show more abundantly to the heirs of promise the immutability of His counsel, confirmed it by an oath,
18 that by two immutable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we might have strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold of the hope set before us.
19 This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the Presence behind the veil, (NKJV)

I love the sport of archery. I love to target shoot or hunt with a bow. I like to shoot tradition bows or compound bows. I just enjoy getting out with my son John and having some good quality father and son time whether it is on our backyard range or in the woods.

But one thing I have learned, in archery you have to have a good anchor point for your release or you will never hit the mark you aim for. Let me try to explain about this anchor point. Your anchor point is the spot on your jaw line to which you draw the string of your bow each time to release the arrow. It is very important that you go to this spot each time you draw your bow so that your arrow will fly straight and true to hit the target every time. If you don’t, your arrows will not go where you aim and you will miss the mark each time you release your bowstring.

Sound familiar? The Christian needs an anchor point as well if we are to hit the mark each time we take a step of faith for God and Jesus Christ the Savior is that Anchor Point for the child of God. When we make Jesus the Anchor Point of our life, each time we release an arrow of faith, it hits the mark. We will never shoot to the right or the left. Never shoot too high or too low, but each time we release our faith arrows, Jesus makes sure that they hit the mark. He is the Steadfast Anchor that holds us in the storms of life. He is the Comforter that gives us the hope and confidence to go on even when all around us is falling apart. He the Encourager that leads us through the dark times and He is the Conquering King that leads us to victory.

So let me ask you today, where is your anchor point in life? If you are anchoring anywhere else except on Jesus you will miss the mark each time. Let Jesus become your Anchor Point. Give Him all authority, control, and care of your life, and you will hit the mark each time.

Be blessed my friends. Have a great and glorious day with the Lord.
Pastor Bobby

Encouragement For The Soul

(Psalms 118:24) This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. (KJV)

Vance Havner once said, “I have seen more cheerful faces on iodine bottles than on some Christians.” I have to agree with Him on that one. I have seen brothers and sisters in Christ that seemed to wear a permanent frown or look of discouragement on their face 24/7. They act like they don’t have anything to be happy about and that only misery is their companion in life. How sad.

Let me tell you something…we Christians have a lot to be happy about. Our lives might not be perfect, everything might not be coming up roses all the time, but bless the Lord we’re saved. The moment you confessed your sins to Him, the moment you repented of your sin, and asked Him to forgive you of your sin, He did and you became a child of God. Hallelujah! Praise the Lord! Jesus is now the Lord of your life and He will never leave you nor forsake. He will always supply for all your need and fight your battles for you. Your happiness is now based not on the disappointing affairs of the world, but on your relationship with Jesus. Let me give you five reasons to be happy.

I. No matter what you face, Jesus has provided a means to overcome.
(1 Corinthians 10:13) There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it. (KJV)

II. You can’t be overcome by the circumstances of the world because of your faith in Jesus and He is greater than anything this          world can come up with.
(1 John 5:4-5) For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.
5 Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God? (KJV)
(1 John 4:4) Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world. (KJV)

III. Your faith in Jesus can allow Him to move mountains in your life.
(Matthew 17:20) And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you. (KJV)

IV. Nothing is too hard for God.
(Jeremiah 32:17) Ah Lord GOD! behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth by thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for thee: (KJV)

V. Jesus is able to save and deliver in any and all adverse situation of life.
(Deuteronomy 20:4) For the LORD your God is he that goeth with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you. (KJV)
(Jeremiah 42:11) Be not afraid of the king of Babylon, of whom ye are afraid; be not afraid of him, saith the LORD: for I am with you to save you, and to deliver you from his hand. (KJV)

So come on, get happy. You have a lot to rejoice about because…” This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.”

Be blessed my friends. Have a great and glorious day with the Lord.
Pastor Bobby

Happiness Is Just A Matter Of Having The Right Attitude About God

Encouragement For The Soul

(Matthew 11:28-30) “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
29 “Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
30 “For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” (NKJV)

Sometimes we go through things we have no business going through, all because we will not turn it over to the Lord. We keep things to ourselves when we really need to be letting them go and letting the Lord resolve the problem. We think that the problem is too small, not worth God’s time or that the problem is too big and too much for Him to handle. We think that we just need to toughen up, bow our backs and just face it alone because God doesn’t really care about our problem. Oh, here a good one, God is just to busy to be concerned about me. Wrong! All of these excuses are farthest from the truth.

Jesus tells us in Matthew 11:28 to, “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden…” This is an invitation to come into His presence at the first sign of trouble or problem. He loves you and like any good parent, He does not want to see His child struggle any unnecessary struggles. No matter how big or small, He wants to be the One to help us through our time of stress. But it gets better, because if we are willing to come to Him (and coming to Him in time of stress is an act of faith) He gives us “rest” from the situation. The Greek word for “rest” is anapauo, (an-ap-ow’-o) and means “to refresh, to calm.” This word comes from two Greek root words. One meaning “repetition” and the other meaning “to cease or come to an end.” In other words Jesus is telling His child who is burdened down and struggling with a problem to “Come to me when you are struggling and I will calm you, refresh you, and cause this problem to come to an end and you can come as many times as you need to come to me.”

Isn’t it wonderful to know we have a Savior that loves us and that nothing is impossible for? That no matter how many times we come to the Throne of Grace in faith to ask for His help, He will never turn us away. He will calm our troubled soul, and He will make the problem cease when the time is right. But until then, we are to, “Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” When we are in “yoke” with Jesus, we are in tandem or side by side with Him. Every step He takes, we take. Every word He speaks, we hear because we are in His presence all the way. Is there something you are facing right now that is troubling you, something that you can’t seem to resolve by yourself? Then go to the Throne of Grace, go to Jesus with the problem, but go in faith, trusting in Him. Turn it over to Him, take up the “yoke” of love and get in step with Him and He will give you rest today.

Be blessed my friends. Have a great and wonderful day with the Lord.
Pastor Bobby

Encouragement For The Soul

(2 Chronicles 6:18) “But will God indeed dwell with men on the earth? Behold, heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain You. How much less this temple which I have built! (NKJV)

I preached a message at a revival some years ago titled “You Gotta Let Him Out Of The Box.” We are so quick to put God in a box when it comes to the way He works in our life. In other words we are quick to put boundaries and limits on what God can do and how it does things. 2 Chronicles 6:18 says, “…heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain You. How much less this temple which I have built!” How dare we think that our God is limited to any one way of doing something or that He will only work within the boundaries of our finite way of seeing things? The Great I AM, is an unlimited and infinite God for whom nothing is impossible. He can do anything as long as you trust in Him completely. You can go with God as far as you are willing to let your faith take you. The only boundary that God sets for Himself is His Word and if His Word is true, then why do we think that there is any limit on what He can do for us and how He does it.

Right after I first started serving the Lord and preaching His Word, I was concluding a message in a church and gave an invitation for any who where lost to come forward and receive Jesus as their Lord and Savior. 13 people answered the call of Christ that morning and were saved. After the service I was greeting people at the door and this one elderly lady came up to me and just started to rake me over the coals, she was very upset. She said, “I don’t know what just went on in there, but we just don’t do things that way around here. I don’t think that was from God because we have never done it that way before.” I was stunned to say the least. I answered her angry outburst by gently saying, “13 people just made a commitment to Jesus. They received His free gift of salvation and became born again. Now if that is not from God, I don’t what is. As far as that not happening here before, maybe it’s because you have never allowed the Holy Spirit to move like that. Could be that you have put too many limitations on God.”

That’s the problem; we put too many limitations on our God. If we will just get out of the way, let the Holy Spirit have control, then God can move any way He wants to fulfill His purpose in our life. He can save lost souls, heal the sick, deliver those bound down in the bondage of the strongholds, and He can work all manner of miracles through His unlimited power. So come on church, stop putting limits on what God can do. Let Him out of the box and let Him work. He is all powerful, all knowing, and all seeing, He can do anything. Just let your faith control your thoughts and actions. Let go and let God do what He wants do for you. You will be surprised at the miraculous things He can accomplish in your life.

Be blessed my friends. Have a great and glorious day with the Lord.
Pastor Bobby

Encouragement For The Soul

(Luke 19:37-40) Then, as He was now drawing near the descent of the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works they had seen,
38 saying:” ‘Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the LORD!’ Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”
39 And some of the Pharisees called to Him from the crowd, “Teacher, rebuke Your disciples.”
40 But He answered and said to them, “I tell you that if these should keep silent, the stones would immediately cry out.” (NKJV)

Spontaneous praise and worship of the Lord Jesus has always been frowned upon by religious people. When Jesus entered the city of Jerusalem on the last week of His life, the people began to spontaneously shout and praise Him (“rejoice and praise God with a loud voice”). The Pharisees did not like it one bit. They asked Jesus to tell them to quiet down those that worshiped Him, to “rebuke” them and make them stop. But Jesus told those ole religious stuffed shirts, “I tell you that if these should keep silent, the stones would immediately cry out.”

In the Book of Psalms we are told 17 times to give a shout of joy or triumph to Lord for what He has done for us. We are to praise Him loudly and joyfully for He is a great, wonderful, and loving Savior who deserves to be praised. But people don’t want to hear it today. They think it is not dignified to “shout for joy” in the presence of the Lord.

I was raised that when you came into the church, you were to sit down, put your hands in your lap, be still and be quiet. It was like you were in a tomb attending a funeral. Well I got news for you today, the funeral was held on a Friday and He rose from that grave on the following Sunday. We got a lot to shout about my friends. We have a lot to be joyful about today. I’m not about to let the stones of the ground out praise me or let some religious stuffed shirt tell me I have to be quiet when it comes to praising my God and Savior Jesus Christ. I’m gonna shout! I’m gonna raise my voice in praise for He is worthy. He has given me a new song to sing and a reason to be joyful and I don’t care who knows it. I love my Savior for He loves me and proved it on Calvary’s Cross. He gave His all for me publicly and unashamedly so why should I hold back my praise.
Come on let us praise His name together and give a shout out to the Savior… “HALLELUJAH! PRAISE HIS NAME FOR HE IS WORTHY!”

Be blessed my friends. Have a great and glorious day with Lord.
Pastor Bobby

Encouragement For The Soul

(Psalms 29:2) Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name; worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness. (KJV)

How often do you really worship the Lord? I am not talking about church services or camp meetings. What I am talking about is personal one on one worship of your God and Savior Jesus Christ. Just taking the time to offer up praise to the Lord for who He is and what He means to your life. Worshiping Him for His righteousness and holiness. Worshiping Him for His love, mercy, and grace. Worshipping Him for all He has done in your life and what He is going to do for you in the future.

You don’t need a “good” reason to worship your King, you already have one; He died for you and rose from the grave for you. He has given you the promise of eternal life when you placed all your trust and faith in Him. He covers you with His love and grace each day.

Worship should not just be reserved for “official” church services, but worship should be a way of life for the born again child of God. Offering up the “fruit of our lips” (Hebrews 13:15) should be a continual daily devotion for you and me. And just not in the good times of our life, but the troubled times as well. Because when you begin to worship the Lord, even in the troubled times of life, He moves to envelope you in His arms to comfort, consol, and protect you. Worship is an intimate time between God and His child, praise is an act of love directed toward your Lord and He steps into your presence at the first sound of your voice as it is lifted in praise to Him.

(Psalms 22:3) But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel. (KJV)

When was the last time you just took the time to spend time in praise and worship of your Lord and Savior? When was the last time you got alone with your God to just say, “Lord I love You and I praise You. I just worship Your holy name now and forever more. I just want to spend some time with You today Lord. Come into my presence Lord. I need You.”

If you will take the time to do this, be still with Jesus, worship the Lord in sincerity, He will make Himself known in your life in new and exciting ways. You will find yourself with fresh and wonderful new outlook on your relationship with Jesus. Try it you, you just might like it.

Be blessed my friends. Have a great and glorious day with your Lord.
Pastor Bobby

Encouragement For The Soul

(Jude 1:20) But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost, (KJV)

Prayer is one of the most awesome things we can do concerning our relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. And what most people do not realize is that prayer is so much more than just asking for something from our Lord and if that is all it is with you, how empty you must feel.

Prayer is all about your intimacy with Jesus. It is talking to the One who loves you the most. It is worshiping your Savior, the One who died and rose from the grave for you. It is about just spending time with your God and Creator.

My youngest son John will just come up to me sometimes when we are watching TV together and say, “I just want to love on you a little bit Daddy,” and I just love to hear those words. They just make my heart melt and I have to reach down, scoop him up in my arms and just love on him. It is times like this that lets us both know how much we mean to each other. It is an intimate bond between father and son.

I think our Lord Jesus longs to hear those words from us sometimes, “Daddy, I just want to love on You a little bit.” You see that’s wjat prayer is, an intimate time of love between you and the Savior. A time spent just loving on one another. It is a time of bonding and intimacy that nothing in this world can break or take away. Paul said it this way in Romans 8:38-39: “For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Prayer is a time of worship and stillness with the Lord that strengthens the love we have for the Savior and His love for us. It is in this intimate time that you open yourself up to the Lord and He can speak directly to your heart in matters of your personal relationship with Him. It is a time of love and devotion that so many people miss because they are so focused on getting and not giving, giving back some of the love that has been given to us.

Go ahead then… “Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.” (Philippians 4:6)
But don’t forget to just stop sometimes and say, “Heavenly Father, I just want to love on You for a little while.” You’ll be surprised at the how close you will become with your Savior.

Be blessed my friends. Have a great and glorious day with the Lord.
Pastor Bobby

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