August 1, 2022

Be Encouraged - Bro. T. Stephen

Dearly Beloved in Christ! I greet and bless you all in the matchless name of our risen Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

May God’s grace bless this new month in every way. Are you lamenting that there have been losses in your business or job these past months? Take heart our God is promising to open new avenues of blessings this month.

“In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33).

When Jesus lived on this earth, He suffered, carried the cross, died, was buried, rose again and before going to heaven looked at His disciples and said, “In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” The Bible says, “No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.” (1 Corinthians 10:13). So be encouraged!

This new day let us meditate on how God encourages us amidst our problems.

God strengthened David, he recovered all: Now the Amalekites had taken captive David’s wife and children along with wives and children of the six hundred men who were with David. David was greatly distressed because the men were talking of stoning him; each one was bitter in spirit because of his sons and daughters. But David found strength in the LORD his God (1 Samuel 30:6). Then David asked the LORD, “Should I go after the people who raided our town? Can I catch up with them?” “Go after them,” the LORD answered. “You will catch up with them, and you will rescue your families” (1 Samuel 30:8). David recovered all that the Amalekites had carried away. What are you unable to recover in your life today? Is it your spouse who is separated from you or your wayward child? Today God is declaring over you –  you will recover all! Your family will be a miniature model of heaven on earth.

Once, a brother came to me for prayer. A few years back he had taken a loan for four lakhs. So far, he had paid ten lakhs towards interest alone, but the principal amount remained the same. His full salary was entirely used to repay just the interest. He cried, “How many years am I going to be paying like this?” As I prayed for him, “Restore his fortunes, O Lord as the dry streams in the South are restored by the torrents of rain. Speak to the person who loaned the money and turn his heart favourably towards him, so that he says, “You have already paid a lot of money as interest far above the loan amount. So, there is no need to pay anything anymore.”

Soon it was the date for paying the interest for that month. When the debtor called the brother, he was fearfully sitting at home and did not take the call. So, the debtor came directly to his house. This brother was sitting forlorn on a mat spread on the floor, there was no other furniture or household article in his home. When the debtor saw the brother’s wife and children and his pathetic condition he was moved with compassion. He was shocked, “I did not know that you were living under such dire conditions, there is not even a plastic chair for guests to sit in your home. Aren’t you earning well? You have already paid ten lakhs in the place of the four-lakh loan. You don’t have to give me one paisa more. I came here to reprimand you for not paying the interest this month. But seeing you like this is very pitiful.” He gave the brother one lakh and left his house. Hallelujah!  When you put your trust in God, He will help you recover all that you have lost.

Prayer:  Loving Lord, we thank you! We thank You for restoring everything that David had lost. You blessed him and his people. Likewise I pray that you will bless the children who are reading this message with great hopes,  to restore everything they had lost . Let this month be a month of blessing to them. Help them to overcome tribulations and succeed in their lives. In Jesus Name we pray.


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