A Word of Encouragement

Life gets busy sometimes. We are always trying to keep up with our commitments like school, work, social events, extracurricular activities, and so on. It’s easy for these things to overwhelm us and to take up most of our time. What do we do when it feels like there’s no time for God?

Lately, I’ve been neglecting my spiritual life in the effort to focus on my schoolwork and other responsibilities. I noticed that because I wasn’t spending enough time in God’s Word or praying, I wasn’t as productive as I wanted to be, and it was affecting my grades and my mindset. I was stressed, moody, and not fun to be around at all. When we don’t put God as our priority in life, everything is unbalanced. A strong connection to God is key to a life of fulfillment.

God is calling us to an intimate relationship with Him. He wants his people now, more than ever, to draw close to Him. The world is darker than ever, and the only place where we can find true peace and security is in Him. As we begin a new week, let us dedicate time each day to put everything aside and just focus on God. He sees our hearts and will reward us for our diligence in Him.

Verses: Colossians 3:16James 4:8

Song: Draw Me Close to You – Michael W. Smith

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The Prophetic Calling

In the past few weeks, God has been speaking to me about spiritual gifts. Because we believe in God, he has placed the life of Jesus Christ in us, and he has given us the grace to use our gifts. All we have to do is ask God to show us our gift, desire it, and bring ourselves to maturity so we can be fruitful. In the parable of the talents, the ones who produced ten and five more talents respectively, were told, “Well done, good and faithful servant!” [Matt. 25:21 NKJV]. But the one who did not do anything with his talent was condemned. Let us take these things to heart and use our gifts to glorify Him.

God has especially been speaking to me about the gift of prophecy, and I was surprised to learn that in His eyes, we are all prophets, or said differently, we are a prophetic people. 1 Chronicles 16:22 says, “‘Touch not my anointed ones, do my prophets no harm!'”

This was said about Abraham and his entire family, who were God’s called ones then. Anyone who accepts Jesus Christ today is called, and we are all anointed by his Spirit, so this means that God considers all of us prophets today. The spirit of prophecy works through everyone, no matter what our qualifications are. Anyone who speaks about Jesus by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit prophesies. However, it is important that we don’t speak by our own intellect. Instead, we must speak as we are led by the Spirit. God’s Word says, “For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.” [Rev. 19:10] Furthermore, the Vines Expository Dictionary defines prophecy as “the speaking forth of the mind and counsel of God.”[1] This means that prophecy comes from God’s Word.

Knowing these things, may we believe that we are all prophets and desire to prophesy. May we ask God to reveal more of these things to us in Jesus’ name.

 

[1] See Vine, W.E., et al. Vine’s Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words, Thomas Nelson Inc., 1984