Daily Encouragement

 

Encouragement for Daily Living

For the past few years, Ron has kept a journal containing short paragraphs describing what he learned from the Holy Spirit during his daily quiet time.  He kept these to himself - just a reminder of his time with God. In time, he allowed his wife to read them and she urged him to share these little gems of wisdom and insight. 

Ron began to post them on his FaceBook page and they were a great hit with his friends and family members.  After a little convincing, he agreed to share them with our Touching Lives friends.  

Ron updates these posts as the Spirit leads, so check back often for something new!

All posts © Ron Lambros

 

February 15, 2013

GRACE

I have been a Christian for almost 36 years. In that time, I have learned much about God...about His love, mercy, sovereignty, the fact that He loved me before I was ever born and how He came and died just for me. Admittedly, I still have much to learn about God because there are some things about Him that I simply do not or cannot understand...like how He loved me and died for me while I was still a sinner, or how, out of all the people on earth, He chose me to be His child. But I suppose of all the things I simply cannot understand or fathom about God can be wrapped up in one word- grace. It is His most incredible gift. Unmerited favor. Getting what I could never earn and don't deserve. I gave up trying to comprehend it a long time ago. Now, I just wake up every morning, thank Him for it and live my life completely free in it. And that's an incredible blessing nothing can ever come close to matching!

 

November 15, 2012

WHAT'S REALLY IMPORTANT

The Christian life isn't really all that complicated. Many believe they have it figured out and can tell you what you need to do to succeed with, and please, God. Yet through it all, there are only two things that form the true foundation for a prosperous, meaningful Christ-centered life: obedience and sacrifice. God demands no more and no less. So put down your books and your sermons on CD or DVD. Forget the lectures and the camp meetings. They have their time and place. But to really be in the center of God's will, and live a Christian life that you never imagined, go deep into your heart and do whatever is necessary to obey God in all ways, and make yourself a "living sacrifice, wholly acceptable unto Him." When you do that, you will be amazed at what God will do in and through your life!

 

November 5, 2012

MONDAY MORNING FORGIVENESS

You did it again, didn't you? That one thing you swore you'd never do again if He just forgave you. How many times have you gone to Him and sought forgiveness for it again and again? Every time you did, you knew He forgave you, and you left your knees cleansed and pure. And then you slipped and fell into the cellpool, the muck and mire of the same old sin, and you cried out to God one more time for forgiveness. And one more time, He forgives. You're not alone. So many struggle with habitual sin. We berate and belittle ourselves when we do, but God has only two things on His mind...forgiveness and the power to overcome. He told Peter that if someone needs his forgiveness, he's to do it every time it's asked. Why should we feel that God is any different? Confess your sin, seek His forgiveness, ask Him to help you overcome your sinful habit, then receive His forgiveness and then forgive yourself. God's love is deep, wide and unconditional. Be cleansed today!

 

October 17, 2012

HE ALWAYS UNDERSTANDS

There are some days in the life of every believer when there simply are no spoken words that can adequately express the depth of our grief, our discouragement, our disappointment, our sorrow, our fear, our depression, our frustration or our doubt. They simply won't come. The mouth is silent while the tears flow and the sighs, moans and groans we utter become the language of our heart. But God knows and understands even the heart that never speaks. He understands the groans, the moans and the tears, and He embraces every one with the same compassion and caring as the most eloquent prayer ever uttered. Never doubt that God understands when there simply are no words to say. He does and He always will.

 

September 24, 2012

THE LITMUS TEST

It's in the personal moments of deep disappointment and discouragement that our faith is put to the litmus test. At those times, we must answer one specific question: Do I trust God or not? If not, we need to simply go into a fetal position and waste away for the remainder of our life. But if we do, we can face any hardship, difficulty or circumstance with confidence, not in ourselves, but in the God who always knows what's best for us and who promises to give it to us at His appointed time.

 

August 14, 2012

GOD'S POWER OF ONE

God's Power of One: One angelic announcement. One virgin birth. One public ministry. One teacher/preacher. One triumphal entry. One evening in the garden. One kiss. One betrayal. One mock trial. One savage beating. One crucifixion. One death. One tomb. One glorious resurrection from the dead. All for God to proclaim that there is only One Way, One Truth and One Life for salvation. And He did it all for One...you!

 

May 24, 2012

GOD- OUR ONE TRUE SOURCE

There are moments in the life of every believer when the burdens, doubts and fears we are forced to face literally strip us to our very core, where everyone and everything we ever believed in seems improbable or untrue, leaving us vulnerable and floundering in our trust. It is in these moments that our faith is defined and our beliefs are refined, and we cling to the one true Source of power and strength to see us through. When we are completely empty of self, it is then that God shows His greatest love and capability to solve any situation, problem or circumstance that we perceive as impossible.

 

May 11, 2012

THE LANGUAGE OF GOD

The language of God. No matter the trial, no matter the circumstance, no matter the depth of sin, God always speaks the language of love and forgiveness. Said something you swore you would never say? Did something you swore you would never do? Are you facing something you've never faced before? Listen to the language of God. Listen to His gentle whisper or thundering commands, but listen. When you hear His words and obey them, your heart will be clean, your sin forgiven, your faith strengthened and your fellowship with Him restored. God's language is always unconditional love, and He's speaking to you today.

 

April 25, 2012

HE IS STRONG!

Don't fool yourself! God knows you better than you know yourself. That hidden sin? He knows all about it. Those hateful thoughts? He knows them, too. That hidden bitterness, anger, doubt and fear? He knows them all and more. Does He condemn or punish? No, He offers forgiveness and rest. "Come to me, all of you who are tired of carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders, and I will give you rest." God will not only lighten the load, He will lift it completely from your shoulders and carry it for you. God's shoulders are big, and when we are weak, He is strong!

 

February 7, 2012

FAILURE IS NEVER FINAL

We all have our Achilles' heel, that weak link in our spiritual chain that Satan knows all too well. We'll go days, months, even years staying strong and faithful, avoiding it at all cost. Then, without warning or intent, we stumble, falter and succumb to its siren song. In those moments when Satan bogs us down in the quicksand of weakness, guilt and shame, God reminds us that failure is never final with the Father's forgiveness. If you have stumbled or fallen in your faith, God stands ready to forgive. He always does. Now, forgive yourself!

 

January 17, 2012

GOD'S FAITHFULNESS

The faithfulness of God is not based on how you feel, how you see things or how bad or good the circumstances are around you at any given moment. The faithfulness of God is born in the heart of God Himself, and is based solely on the purest and deepest love no mortal man can comprehend. It is uncompromising, it is eternal and it is everlasting. His love and faithfulness never fail or falter. With that, any day, any circumstance or any situation can be faced with hope and confidence, knowing God Himself is always working on your behalf.

 

January 13, 2012

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

No one can possibly look to the promises of a New Year without remembering the goodness of God in the past. He is the same yesterday, today and forever, and His mercies are new every morning. As the old hymn says: Great is thy faithfulness, O God my Father; There is no shadow of turning with thee; Thou changest not, Thy compassions; they fail not; As thou hast been, thou forever will be...Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow, Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside! Happy New Year!

 

December 2, 2011

MAKE ROOM FOR MIRACLES

The problem with many Christians is not that their faith is sometimes weak, or that they only trust God for the essentials of life; the problem with many Christians is that they go through their daily lives and never make room for God's miracles. When did God ever limit Himself or promise that He would just do things to a certain point? Our faith needs to be stretched every day, and we must look for a miracle-working God to bless us when we least expect it!

 

November 7, 2011

ALWAYS ENOUGH

Some days, your faith is all you've got. Fortunately, that's all you need!

 

October 25, 2011

DON'T MISS HIS PRESENCE

How often we neglect, ignore or simply overlook the presence of our loving God. He often comes with rolling thunder, but, more often than not, He comes with gentle whispers. The soft cooing of a baby, the gentle touch of a loved one's hand, the warm embrace of a trusted friend, the cool touch of a breeze on a summer's evening. In hundreds of quiet and unassuming ways, God whispers, "I love you and am with you always." Don't miss Him or His presence!

 

October 17, 2011

GOD'S ATTENTION

War. Famine. Pestilence. Drought. Natural disasters. You might feel that God has His hands full and would never care about your small, insignificant problem or concern. We need to learn that when we approach God with our earnest, heartfelt cries, His full attention turns away from everything and everyone else, and He is fully focused on us alone. At that moment, God cares more about you than anything else. What a comfort and blessing!

 

October 12, 2011

GOD NEVER SLEEPS

Like the disciples in the boat, we often find ourselves in the middle of a horrific storm, one that attacks the very core of our faith, only to look for God in it all and find Him sleeping in the back of the boat. And we get angry and hurt because we feel that He just doesn't care. The truth is, God never slumbers nor sleeps, and He has every storm in our life under control. It is our sleeping faith that's to blame for our fear and anguish. Trust Him! He's with you at all times...in every situation and every storm you face in life.

 

September 26, 2011

A GOD OF THE SECOND CHANCE

Guilt and shame are a cancer to spiritual power and strength. Who among us has not felt their sting? Yet our loving, heavenly Father has promised us a second chance if we but humbly ask. God loves a broken and repentant heart. When we stray from His grasp, we are stained with sin. Coming to Him in brokenness and humility is all it takes to begin again, clean and forgiven. You have to love the God of the second chance!

 

September 14, 2011

TERRORISM

I would never minimize 9/11 or its affect on our nation and her people, but the greatest single act of terrorism in the history of mankind occurred on a hill called Golgotha, where Satan hurled all the evil power that he possessed at one solitary man, yet a single cross and its occupant remained steadfast. In that one single defining moment of sacrifice and obedience, God assured us all that we could face any sin and any foe and be found victorious and forgiven.

 

August 24, 2011

GOD UNDERSTANDS

Many times in life, we often feel that we're the only one in the world who's going through what we're going through, but God knows differently. Struggling with gut-wrenching loss at a graveside? God's been there. Feel betrayed by those you love the most? God's been there. Seen disease slowly take the life from a loved one? God's been there, too. In each and every circumstance of life, both good and bad, you're never alone. God's been there and understands!

 

August 9, 2011

HAVE A PROBLEM?

Have a problem or difficulty you think is too big for God to handle? Let's see...Let there be light!; Ask, seek, knock; Lazarus, come forth!; Peace, be still; It is written; In the beginning God; Your sins are forgiven; With God, all things are possible; Follow me; Feed my sheep; Be thou made whole; Only believe; Love one another; I am the way and the truth and the life; It is finished! Now, do you still have a problem?

 

August 3, 2011

A MATTER OF FOCUS

Many frustrations in life center around a matter of focus. We see the hills and the valleys, the forks in the road, the bumps and the delays, and we get angry and bitter because they thwart our personal plans. But while we only see that which is before us, God sees "The Big Picture," and what we often perceive as obstacles are actually blessings in disguise that God uses to help us achieve His perfect plan for our lives.

 

July 22, 2011

THE LANGUAGE OF TEARS

The poetry of God is often written with stanzas of tears. Life can be brutal and difficult to understand. We sometimes find ourselves heart-broken and weeping over its circumstances. But God cares and understands. Tears have a language all their own, and tear-filled eyes are not a sign of faltering faith, only our humanity. If God has put the love in your heart, He also understands its frailty and your tears.

 

July 13, 2011

WHEN FAITH IS FRAIL

Even deeply committed Christians can experience life at its worst. No one is immune. Even with years of faithfully walking with Christ, and a bag full of memorized Scriptures and promises, there are moments when even these don't seem to be enough to overcome life's challenges. But when we have absolutely nothing else to draw upon except our feeble and frail faith, we will find that this is exactly when God will do His greatest work.

 

June 24, 2011

NO MISTAKES

We all need an anchor to cling to, that one thing that is immovable, unshakable and steadfast, no matter the strength of the storm, difficulty or circumstance we may be facing. That anchor should be the timeless truth that God never makes a mistake. No matter the challenge we may have before us, we can rest in the fact that it is intended for our good by a God Who loves us as no other, and Whose love never changes.

 

June 3, 2011

SURRENDER

Many times in life, we face obstacles and circumstances that we cannot control. No matter how hard we try, with all that's within us, we simply cannot change the way things are. It's in those trying moments that God whispers His loving command, "Surrender it to Me," for through these circumstances, God reminds us of who we are and Who He is. We are the creation, but He is the Creator, able to do all things well.

 

May 13, 2011

HEARING GOD

Many people today struggle to hear God's voice. They expect to hear Him in the thundering of majestic words when He often chooses to speak with a gentle whisper. He speaks to us when we pray and when we read His Word. He also speaks through His church and Godly counsel. But He will only speak to a heart that has been prepared to receive all He wants to share, one that is filled with brokenness, repentance, obedience and expectation.

 

May 6, 2011

OUR GARDEN OF GETHSEMANE

Following God's will isn't always easy or pleasant. Many times, it will lead you through your own personal Garden of Gethsemane, a time of great pain and anguish, before the full accomplishment of all God has planned for your life is realized. As you follow God, always seek to do as He leads, but be prepared for the trials and testing that may soon follow. Through it all, He will be glorified and you will succeed. 

 

May 5, 2011

OUR ONLY HOPE

If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land. - II Chronicles 7:14. Honoring God on this National Day of Prayer, for He alone is not only worthy of our prayer and praise, but He is our only hope, security and sufficiency as a Nation and people.

 

April 29, 2011

THOMAS MOMENTS

Even the most seasoned believer has "Thomas moments," times when what you're asked to believe or trust is so far beyond anything your mind or heart can comprehend, that you simply say that you will not believe it until you see it with your own eyes. Don't rest in the physical confirmation of your faith, but rather believe in the supernatural workings of a loving, caring, faithful and compassionate God Who simply says, "Trust me."

 

April 24, 2011

HE IS RISEN!

Mary made her way up the path in the morning dew. She hadn't slept much since the crucifixion and she didn't know what she'd find when she got there. She just knew she had to go. When she got to the tomb, it was empty except for His neatly folded burial clothes. Then she heard the words that shook eternity forever, "He is not here. He is risen!" May these same words echo in our hearts today and always. Happy Easter!

 

April 23, 2011

JUST A DAY AWAY

All was fairly quiet now. The crucifixion was over and Jesus' body was placed in a borrowed tomb which was sealed and guarded. The disciples scattered, aftershocks rumbled, and the priests were trying to figure out how to repair the curtain in the Holy of Holies. Satan was celebrating while God simply smiled and waited. God's plans and prophesies were almost complete. Jesus was dead, but Sunday was just a day away!

 

April 22, 2011

ETERNITY RESTORED

The trial and beating were over, and He now struggled under the weight of the wooden beam. It dug splinters deep into His back. Spit and sweat stung His wounds. Soon, He was staked to the timbers of a Roman cross, hanging in the heat of the day. Satan hissed a laugh of approval while God waited for the sin to pass and His plan to be complete. Eden's sin was finally made right and our eternity was, once again, restored.

 

April 21, 2011

EASTER LOVE

Tonight as we sleep, centuries ago, Jesus was in the Garden. There were drops of blood, a resignation of the will, Roman soldiers and a pucker from Judas. Soon, He'd be mocked and face a Roman kangaroo court. While insults and false accusations were being hurled, a leather whip was being prepared, and in the distance, the sawing of timbers for a cross. And all that was on His mind at that very moment was you and me!

 

April 20, 2011

BETRAYAL

He did it with a kiss. Judas in the Garden and the ultimate betrayal was done. Today, millions of hearts feel the very same pain and hurt of betrayal. Hearts lie bruised and battered by broken vows, broken promises and broken trusts. No one is immune. Isn't it good to know that, at Easter and always, we have One we can always trust, Who loves us unconditionally? And we can trust Him with our today and our eternity!

 

April 19, 2011

EASTER'S SACRIFICE

The dining area was prepared for the Passover Feast. Just Jesus and His disciples one last time together. So much more to do. So much more to teach them. Where to begin. In humble fashion, He washed their feet, even the feet of the one who had already betrayed Him. The very hands that cupped the water for washing feet would soon be pierced by a rusty spike. Is there any greater act of obedience than complete sacrifice?

 

April 19, 2011

THE SHADOW OF THE CROSS

A day had passed since Jesus made His entry into Jerusalem. Crowds had cheered and waved palm branches before Him, all while the religious leaders plotted against Him. Judas slithered to them with talk of betrayal, while Jesus planned His final meal with His disciples. Sorrow gripped His heart. His three-year ministry was about to end, as was His very life. And with His every breath, the shadow of the cross grew larger.

 

April 14, 2011

MISSING GOD'S ANSWER

A tragedy we often face when praying is missing God's answer because He did it in a way that we weren't expecting or looking for. How many times do we pray but look for Him to answer as we desire or expect Him to? That's not God! He always answers our prayers with wisdom and knowledge far above our own. You pray, yes, but let Him answer as He wills to do, and accept His answer as your own. It will always work for your good!

 

March 29, 2011

THE JUDASES IN YOUR LIFE

It's never easy when you find out that someone you trusted and considered a friend was actually a Judas, kissing your cheek, all while counting the 30 pieces of silver behind your back. In this life, some people will disappoint or betray you by breaching a sacred trust. But God can work even the most broken and painful situations into the most prosperous and beneficial for your life when your trust is in Him completely and alone.

 

March 21, 2011

SEEING THINGS THE RIGHT WAY

Each day, we are faced with personal choices and circumstances in our lives. And all too often, it's difficult to know exactly what to do. When faced with such a situation, always remember that trusting God is not seeing things as they appear to us, but rather seeing things as they appear to God. When filtered from that perspective, our answers will become clear and God will bless as He gently leads and guides us.

 

March 17, 2011

NO ARGUING WITH THAT

A woman called our ministry recently and wanted to know how to be born again. I shared numerous Scriptures with her, but she just couldn't comprehend God's grace. I finally simply shared with her what Jesus Christ had done in my life. That's all it took and she was gloriously saved. People can argue doctrine, but no one can argue what God has done for you personally! Now, go and share Jesus!

 

February 4, 2011

THERE'S POWER IN THE WAIT

Waiting on God is never easy until you realize that there's power and purpose in the wait! The answers to your prayers are not always God's highest priority! Many times, it's what He want to teach you about Himself while waiting for His answers that proves to be the greatest blessing of all. Pray for answers, yes, but pray, too, for God to teach you more about Himself while you wait. You'll find rich lessons learned in the process.

 

January 26, 2011

WORSHIP AT ITS BEST

I worshiped at the bank a few moments ago. It wasn't much. I just shared a word of encouragement with someone who needed it. I've learned that a kind word shared with someone who needs it is worship. To those who are loved much, that kind word may be nothing more than a crumb, but to those starved for kindness, it can be a banquet! Share a word of hope and encouragement with someone today. That's worship at its best!

 

January 25, 2011

THERE IS A DIFFERENCE!

Things often happen in life that we simply don't understand. The world is quick to say God caused it while the believer knows He lovingly allowed it. There is a difference! When God allows something to happen, it is always filtered by His love, it is part of His perfect plan and purpose, and we are promised that even the most tragic of events will work for good if we simply trust and have unwavering faith in Him.

 

January 21, 2011

HOW BIG IS GOD?

A question we often hear is, "How big is God?" God is big enough to solve any problem, big enough to forgive any sin, big enough to comfort the deepest grief, big enough to walk with you through any valley, big enough to help you realize your greatest dreams, big enough to help you overcome any obstacle or fear in life. The question is not, "How big is God?" The question is, "How big is your faith in Him?"

 

January 1, 2011

NEVER UNDERESTIMATE THE POWER OF GOD

As a New Year begins, you might find yourself feeling worried or afraid. The economy is bad, war continues around the world, crime is everywhere and it seems that the world is out of control. Or perhaps you've lost your job with no prospects in sight, your marriage has failed and appears beyond repair, a wayward child has left you heart-broken, the disease is terminal, a loved one has died and left you all alone or you wonder where the money is going to come from to pay the bills. In these times, and every other circumstance of life, NEVER UNDER-ESTIMATE THE POWER OF GOD! He always has your best interest at heart, He's in absolute control of each and every situation, He can turn even the bad into good, and He will move heaven and earth to accomplish His plan and purpose for your life. You can trust Him in all things!

 

December 24, 2010

EMMANUEL, GOD WITH US!

Mary firmly grasped Joseph's hand one last time and, with one final push, Jesus entered the world. The Messiah breathed a breath of earthly air, not Heavenly; His robe made of rags; His only crown, the blood that now dried on His head. In the silence of the stable, God became flesh and His plan was accomplished. The Miracle of Christmas was here! A son and a Savior. Emmanuel, God with us!

 

December 24, 2010

NO ROOM - ALMOST

"No room." "Nothing available." "Sorry. Filled up." Joseph was getting frustrated and worried. Mary was in labor and there was no room for them. Finally a stall was offered. At least it was warm and private. No one there except the animals. Joseph made a bed of hay for Mary, and while he paced, Mary prayed. Her time was at hand. She knew she would soon give birth to her son and call His name, Jesus.

 

December 24, 2010

COULD THIS REALLY BE HAPPENING?

The journey to Bethlehem was taking its toll as Mary's labor continued. She struggled physically and spiritually. How could this really be happening? In her teens, a virgin and about to give birth to the Son of God, the long-awaited Messiah, conceived of the Holy Ghost. The miracle of Christmas was being carried by a donkey because, as Mary knew in her heart, with God, all things are possible.

 

December 21, 2010

THE GIFT IS IMMINENT

Joseph and Mary would hear the whispers and see the sly stares everywhere they went. People were beginning to talk. Even the religious leaders in the village were raising eyebrows. But Joseph was determined to protect Mary at all costs and stayed honorable in his promise to her. The baby would often kick and move within her womb. It was God's way of showing His approval of all that the couple did.

 

Joseph was a skilled and respected carpenter. He would often use leftover scraps of wood to build mangers to sell at market. Traders passing through the village would often purchase them and place them in a barn somewhere to feed their animals. So could it be that Joseph himself shaped the very manger in Bethlehem that the Messiah, God's own Son, would lay in, His very first throne on earth?

 

The road from Nazareth was already crowded when Joseph and Mary left their home for Bethlehem. Halfway through the journey, Joseph looked back and tears stained the dust that caked on Mary's face. She was in labor. Joseph tugged a bit harder on the young donkey's reins. It wasn't far, but he was concerned. God's Son was coming soon and the masses just passed them by with but a glance!

 
 

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