The Directing Force Behind Encouragement
by Sharon W. Betters
Encouragement Principle: We can be God’s promise keepers by giving to others from the riches of our inheritance.
The better we understand the righteousness that has been credited to us and the forgiveness that has been extended to us in Christ, the more we will want to give to others what we are receiving from Christ. I am passionate about helping women experience the resurrection power that flows from intimacy with Christ regardless of their circumstances. One of the beauties of resurrection power is its unique application to each individual. God does not make cookie cutter Christians. And when we understand our position in Christ, we are able to express our identity through the unique gifts He gives to each of us. God calls us into a relationship with Him, and it is that relationship which gives us the desire and ability to obey Him.
When we begin to understand God’s love, our passion for Him pushes us beyond our usual limits and causes us to meet people’s needs without expecting thanks or credit. Blessings, rejoicing and delight are the eventual side benefits of obedience that flows from a loving heart.
I am learning that tearful disappointments do not mean God is absent but that He is walking through the fire with me. The future may change the ways I wait on Him, but it cannot change who He is, how much He loves me, or my calling to serve Hm. Please listen to my words, still hot from the refiner’s fire:
Circumstances do not change who you are. Your primary calling is to reflect the character and nature of God. Whether you are experiencing pain or prosperity, you have many treasures to offer people. When God calls you to offer the treasures of your inheritance, you are on holy ground. He is doing “soul work.” And He is giving you the privilege of fulfilling His promises in a needy heart. This is grace.
Reprinted with Permission from Treasures of Encouragement Planner by Sharon W. Betters, P & R Publishing
In His grip,
Sharon W. Betters
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