We can sometimes assume it  is good to be a Queen.  She has power, great riches and people vying for her attention.  While this may be so, the Queen is also a regular target of those constantly trying to steal her wealth and usurp her power.   The truth is, with all her riches and power; she cannot buy privacy or peace of mind.

We wrongly assume that if we reach our personal aspirations of attaining fame, power or riches, happiness will follow.   We think our problems will easily be solved, that people will finally recognize and celebrate our success and we can eventually relax in our prosperity and applause.   Regrettably, this is usually the start of our problems, the beginnings of misery and a time of great personal attacks.  Members of the Royal family will certainly attest to this at this time.

The truth is: For every action - there is a reaction.   The greater your impact - the greater your opposition.   For every person who claps you on the back – there is another who stabs you in the same spot.   The greater your size – the bigger the target you make.   Once you have a crown – there are many that wish to take it.   

Prosperity is one of life’s hardest tests; it breaks more people than it makes.   So, what is life’s ideal environment?

Every set of circumstances has its own set of tests.  Being rich or poor, famous or unknown, powerful or insignificant has its own set of problems

Happiness is a state of the soul, found in a spiritual environment.  It is an inner capacity that has little to do with outward circumstances.  If you are not content in the circumstances you find yourself, it is unlikely you will be content if your circumstances change. 

We were designed to have a relationship with our Creator.  When we honestly start trusting in God, knowing He is working all things together for our good, we also start relaxing and gaining that inner peace the Bible promises – no matter what our circumstances.

The Apostle Paul states in Philippians 4:11: “Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content.”  

And David states in Isaiah 26:3: “You will keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.”

As Mothers we know that love cannot be forced: it must be freely given – we fool ourselves if we think otherwise.  We may want our husbands or children to love us, but we cannot win that person’s love by force.  Even if we demanded love at gun point, our families might go through the motions of showing it but only out of fear – in their hearts they would despise us.

1 Corinthians 13:4-6 defines how a Mother’s love will be successful in ministering to her family: Love is very patient and kind, never jealous or envious, never boastful or proud, never haughty or selfish or rude. Love does not demand its own way. It is not irritable or touchy. It does not hold grudges and will hardly even notice when others do it wrong. It is never glad about injustice, but rejoices whenever truth wins out.– This is God’s love.

AS we apply God’s love in our families, there will be a resilience, a strength, a bonding, that will outlast and go through any and many trials in life.

One of the primary goals of Christianity is guiding people to receive salvation and come to love the Lord, but if we think we can achieve this noble aim through legal action, coercive bullying or nagging, we fool ourselves.  Christ has shown us the way by living the example of godly love.  People flocked to him seeking forgiveness, compassion, grace and love.  Jesus never needed to force himself on anyone.  He showed them that through God’s love they would be able to withstand everything that our enemy can throw at us.

This Mother’s day perhaps we can evaluate where our families are truly at. What is your family’s condition? If you would like to know HOW TO apply God’s love and see your relationship ties strengthened, we would love to introduce you to Jesus, who is the “the’ way; ‘the’ truth; and ‘the’ life.

May every Mother have an awesome Mother’s day and be instrumental in keeping her family TOGETHER through living in God’s love.

As Mothers we know that love cannot be forced: it must be freely given – we fool ourselves if we think otherwise.  We may want our husbands or children to love us, but we cannot win that person’s love by force.  Even if we demanded love at gun point, our families might go through the motions of showing it but only out of fear – in their hearts they would despise us.

1 Corinthians 13:4-6 defines how a Mother’s love will be successful in ministering to her family: Love is very patient and kind, never jealous or envious, never boastful or proud, never haughty or selfish or rude. Love does not demand its own way. It is not irritable or touchy. It does not hold grudges and will hardly even notice when others do it wrong. It is never glad about injustice, but rejoices whenever truth wins out.– This is God’s love.

AS we apply God’s love in our families, there will be a resilience, a strength, a bonding, that will outlast and go through any and many trials in life.

One of the primary goals of Christianity is guiding people to receive salvation and come to love the Lord, but if we think we can achieve this noble aim through legal action, coercive bullying or nagging, we fool ourselves.  Christ has shown us the way by living the example of godly love.  People flocked to him seeking forgiveness, compassion, grace and love.  Jesus never needed to force himself on anyone.  He showed them that through God’s love they would be able to withstand everything that our enemy can throw at us.

This Mother’s day perhaps we can evaluate where our families are truly at. What is your family’s condition? If you would like to know HOW TO apply God’s love and see your relationship ties strengthened, we would love to introduce you to Jesus, who is the “the’ way; ‘the’ truth; and ‘the’ life.

May every Mother have an awesome Mother’s day and be instrumental in keeping her family TOGETHER through living in God’s love.

Have you ever considered that a ‘good’ king is a servant to his people?  He holds his power and position for the betterment of his subjects.  He is not above the laws he makes; he is subject to them.  He always has his nation’s best interests at heart and is willing to lay down his life for his people. 

Jesus Christ is known as the Lord of Lords and King of Kings.  As God, Jesus is Sovereign over all His creation, yet still He serves mankind daily with oxygen, gravity and sunshine. 

As man, Jesus is subject to all the laws that God has decreed (the many commandments).  He is also subject to all the laws of perfection.  He must always be righteous, fair, truthful and sinless. Hebrews 4:15 states: For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weakness, but in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.

Furthermore as with any good king, Christ has shown He is willing to lay down His life for the safety and best interests of His people.   

John 10:11 states: “I am the good shepherd.  The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep.”  Christ went willingly to the cross to pay the penalty of sin, so all who believe in Him may have eternal life.  John 3:16. 

Our Creator, so in love with His Creation, and so that He could continue to have relationship with those He Created, laid down His Life because we messed up and as a result separated ourselves from Him.

Now through not only His death, but His Resurrection, we are restored back into that place where we can have intimate relationship with Him, as was His purpose in Creating us in the beginning. 

May you ponder this amazing truth this Easter.

Need help in understanding?? It would be our pleasure to help you find these precious truths in the Bible (that never changes) and see you become all that you can be in life and in God.

Easter Blessings, from Pastor Marilyn Hunter and all @ Encourage Church.

A teenage boy, playing a computer game, heard a knock on the front door.  He chose to ignore it.  Soon after his mother came downstairs and asked, ‘Did you answer the door?’   Not taking his eyes from the game, the boy replied, ‘I didn’t want to - someone may have been there.’

We often deny God’s existence for many reasons.  Sometimes, it’s simply because we don’t want Him to exist.  We can be so preoccupied acquiring material things or fulfilling personal ambitions that we think our plans will be upset if we concede that there is a God.  Alternatively, we have accepted theories of evolution for so long we now consider them established facts – and nothing will move us from our faith in those atheistic beliefs.   

God reveals Himself in so many ways - through Creation, His Word, our conscience and various other agents.  Every person, without exception, hears God knocking.   But many of us don’t want to answer just in case someone is there and we have to stop what we are doing and adjust our thinking.  (Romans 1:20)

With the onset of COVID, many questions about life have been raised.  And with these questions there has also come the opportunity to adjust our thinking, to reset our priorities, and perhaps even change who or what we  BELIEVE IN.

No one in the World has been able to IGNORE COVID.

But through this pandemic God has been Knocking.  God is a Gentleman!   He will not force entry into our lives.  It is up to us to answer the door and let Him in.  Understandably, no one wants to be disturbed by an unwelcome guest, but God is the Creator of the Universe and He comes bearing a great gift (eternal salvation).  We have so much to lose by ignoring God.  Furthermore, change that may occur in our life by answering God’s call will only be a change for the better. 

“Behold, I stand at the door and knock.  If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with me.” Revelation 3:20.