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Encouraging Words

Yesterday someone had a Word for me. They said it was a Word from God and so I was excited to hear. But then…

It was a word that contained one phrase so troubling to my heart that it immobilized every part of me for the better part of the day. Every part except my tears. My tears were all that moved freely and the only prayer I could even utter (whether it be from God or even if it wasn’t). Honestly I wanted to rail against it and my first reaction was to say, “well that’s not of God!” Don’t some believe a Word is always supposed to be encouraging? Hmmm….I surely wasn’t encouraged. However, I also know this person doesn’t normally come to me with Words from God so I felt I had to consider it.

I have been taught in all things to test what is said and done. Test to see if it stands the tests of Scripture, sound reason, and the nature and example of Jesus Christ. Test ALL things whether it is something I disagree with or even something I agree with. Test all things regardless of the vessel. All means ALL.

So I am testing. I know that the Bible and teaching of Jesus are full of difficult truths that often trouble our emotions. Our emotions are often troubled greatly before they change or before we can make even a little change. I also know Truth doesn’t exist to keep me happy or unhappy. It just is. Truth will set me free. Truth spurs me toward something higher and deeper in God than my current place. Jesus is Truth!

If indeed a Word of truth can change my life and maybe help me to look more like Jesus…then I guess though in the moment it is troubling ultimately it will be a very encouraging Word. Right? So I don’t dismiss it at all – not even a little bit. I appreciate it and try to ponder without distress and I listen for the Holy Ghost to speak regarding it. I will hold fast to that which is good in Him whether it gives me warm feelings or sharp pain. If it is a Word from God and it is Truth I can’t pick His words.

Sometimes parts of this path are more trails of tears than an actual path. Jesus knows!

And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. ~ John 8:32

Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.~ 1 John 4:1

Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. ~ 1 Thessalonians 5:21

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. ~ John 14:6

Behold, happy is the man whom God correcteth: therefore despise not thou the chastening of the Almighty ~ Job 5:17

For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.  If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? ~ Hebrews 12:6-7For whom the Lord loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth. ~ Proverbs 3:12We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; ~ 2 Corinthians 4:8