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Patrice Tankard, Executive Writer, Notes of Inspiration
“Love is always patient; love is always kind; love is never envious or arrogant with pride. Nor is she conceited” 1 Corinthians 13:4
Be encouraged today and embrace the love of God and love one another with patience and kindness. Love is not envious, jealous or prideful. Take inventory of your heart today and examine how you love people. Do you love unconditionally? Do you share what you have with the ones that you love without expecting anything return, or are you selfish and look to be served by others without also serving them? Take a look at your mindset. Are you patient and kind towards the ones you love? Do you have that person’s best interest at heart, or is it all about you and what you want only? Do you treat that person with respect and are you truthful with your loved ones at all times? The next time you tell someone that you love them, be sure that you take these things in consideration. Sometimes our definition of love is not same definition that the word of God illustrates.
“4Love suffereth long, and is kind; love envieth not; love vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,
5doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not its own, is not provoked, taketh not account of evil;
6rejoiceth not in unrighteousness, but rejoiceth with the truth;
7beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
8 Love never faileth: …” I Corinthians 13:3 -8a
Be encouraged today and check your heart’s inventory and make sure that you are living the same definition of love that the word demostrates and not your own.
“Rescue me from my enemies O Lord, for I hide myself in you. Teach me to do your will, for you are my God, may your good Spirit lead me on level ground.” Psalm 143:9-10
The Lord is able to rescue us from our enemies and we can count on him to be our refuge in times of trouble. He is available to teach us and guide us in this life so that we can be blessed and operate on level ground. Once he sets us up to lead us on level ground, we are protected by him against the enemy and cannot be shaken.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” John 3:16
For those of us who are parents and guardians, we understand the love that we have for our children. However, it is a troubling thought to think of giving up one of our children to die for any cause no matter how important. How much did God love us to send his only son to die for our sins? As a parent, I am sure that God had to feel that hurt to watch his son suffer just for us. What an awesome responsibility and what an awesome gesture. I am happy that we have a chance at eternal life and to be forgiven for our sins. God has demonstrated to us real love and we should continue to honor him for that.
“Happy art thou, O Israel: who is like unto thee, O people saved by the LORD, the shield of thy help, and who is the sword of thy excellency! and thine enemies shall be found liars unto thee; and thou shalt tread upon their high places.” Deuteronomy 33:29
God loved and gave the Israelites favor and saved them from their enemies. He is the same God today for all of us who serve him. God will look out for you and the enemies that try to rise of against you will be shown to be liars and you will tread upon them. “Happy are thou, O Israel…” Israel was happy about the favor they had with God . You can be happy too. Never feel intimidated by your enemies. Another translations says, “your enemies will come crawling to you, and you will stomp on their backs.” Now, that’s something to get excited about. When your enemies try to set traps, tell lies on you, scheme against you, just know that God has your back. Your enemies will be put to shame, they will look like crazy fools in front of everyone and will have to submit to the favor of God on your life. You can then trample on their backs(their foolishness). After all of that, it will be your time to laugh it up and celebrate because you know that God has set you up for favor and victory. Take time today and laugh it up and celebrate!
“Hear my cry for mercy as I call to you for help.” Psalm 28:2
I am in a situation right now that has caused me to plead for the mercy of God. Life can be so challenging at times. In this situation I am calling on the help of the Lord. There are some things that have happened in my life recently that have consumed me and I have been feeling a bit overwhelmed. Have you ever felt that way at times? We can take comfort in knowing that the Lord is available to come to our rescue to help us. He can heal our broken hearts and many other things that have caused challenges in our lives. Be encouraged today and know that he hears us as we call out to him. He does hear the call.
“The Lord reigns forever, your God, O Zion, for all generations.”
Our God is the creator of the universe. He is the King of Kings forever and everlasting and always. He reigns forever. What does that mean for us? He is a constant and consistent source and resource for our lives. We can look to Him because He made us and He has the power to handle our lives. The Lord reigns forever for all generations. He can never be dethroned.
“Jesus looked at them and said, ‘With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.'” Mark 10:27
This is a powerful scripture. Imagine the possibilities that can come to pass with this statement. Do you have any problems or situations in your life that seem impossible to solve? Have you ever looked at a situation and found that only God can change it? Have you ever received a report from the doctor that did not make you happy? Do you need a miracle today? All things are possible with God. If it had not been for the Lord, I would not be here today to write encouraging words on “Notes of Inspiration”. My parents were told that they would never have children. The doctor told my mom that it was impossible for her to have a child and to just forget it! She prayed seven long years for children. God stepped in and I am now her first born. Bam! There it is! Just when my mom wanted to give up I appeared on the scene. My parents called me a “miracle baby” because they were told that they would never have any children. When God does show up in your life to do the impossible, it happens quickly and at the point of your most intense desperation. Keep the faith and ask him to fix it and before you know it, Bam! there it is!
“Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth” 3 John 1:2
During my two-hour weight training session this morning, I was side by side with a champion athlete. Blonde hair, blue eyes and about five feet and two inches in height, and bout 140 lbs with a thick athletic build, she was a force to be reckoned with. She steadily glided from machine to machine and station to station intensely working each muscle group. As the sweat glistened on her biceps and arms, she kept her pace and continued to do several sets of repetitions on each exercise. I found myself trying to keep up with her pace but I could not. Evidently this woman had been working out a long time and it showed in her performance. She even worked harder than some of the men. She had no idea that with each exercise and each repetition with weights and on the machines, she was inspiring my life. I aim to grow to be just as successful and fit as this woman. She inspired me because she is 78 years old. It is never to change things about you!