Food for Thought
An Guide to Kingdom Living

”How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with Him.”
~Acts 10: 38 King James Version

If ever we needed an encouragement ministry, it is now. Jesus had the first encouragement ministry. He not only had the first encouragement ministry, He is the great Encourager. All He ever did was encourage people and tell them how much He loved them. I have received over thirty emails in the last two weeks from people who are lonely, discouraged, defeated and carrying heavy burdens. We must carry on the ministry that Jesus started when He was here on earth.

Every one of us should not only encourage everyone we come in contact with; we also need to pick one person and become that person’s encourager on a daily basis. Isn’t that what Jesus does for us? He encourages us every day through His unconditional love and forgiveness. When we encourage someone, we are encouraging Jesus. He said “Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these, my brethren, ye have done it unto me” (Matthew 25:40).

While we are to be encouragers to each other, only Jesus can look into the hidden corners of our hearts and see the tears, frustrations, heartaches, loneliness, terror and agony that we keep hidden from people. Only Jesus can heal a broken heart and restore our joy. I can tell you from my own personal experience that if you will keep your focus on Jesus and put Him first in your life before everything and everyone you will have a peace that the world can’t give and the world can’t take away. Are you an encourager for Jesus?

Joanne Lowe
March 22, 2007

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lamb-rightThe purpose of this series is to encourage people to live as loving, compassionate, and peacemaking children of God: Jesus tells us to pray, "Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven." (Matthew 6:10) God tells us through Micah (6:8), "He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God." And we know from Revelation 21:4 that there will be no more mourning, or crying, or pain, or death. Thus, Christian living requires us to set the standards of these conditions here on earth for our fellow human beings, and for the other animals, as a witness to the rest of the world. To do otherwise is not Christian.