July 24, 2011

apostle Paul's encouraging words

apostle Paul writes in 2 Timothy 1:7-10...

"For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline. So, do not be ashamed to testify about our Lord, or ashamed of me his prisoner. But join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God, who has SAVED us and called us to a holy life--not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was GIVEN us in CHRIST JESUS before the beginning of time, but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who has DESTROYED death and has brought LIFE and immortality to light through the gospel. "

wow. i read this and was just blown away by Paul's reminder to us of the Lord's LOVE, GRACE, and MERCY. his testimony is a reminder of how loving and faithful our Lord Jesus is...and he encourages us to not forget that it is not of our own doing but of the Lord's will that He has saved us and brought us to a holy and righteous life! he also encourages us to share this GOOD NEWS :) i hope this encourages you as much as it has encouraged me tonight! i choose to live a life to GLORIFY our Lord and Savior and not that of man. AMEN <3

i pray that you may be encouraged and blessed by Paul's words of the Lord's grace! know that our Lord Jesus is merciful, forgiving, and ALWAYS loving :) HE is bringing me through some difficult times now...and i struggle everyday...but i KNOW the Lord cares for me and loves me and will break me free from these strongholds!

and as i was writing in my journal today, i happened to notice the sweet and encouraging verse on the cover of the notebook... :)

i truly hope this post has encouraged you and given you hope in Christ Jesus! the time of singing and rejoicing will come!  


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