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Christian Encouragement

by Elder Teirrah McNair
(California, USA)

Lesson 2

Gotta Lotta God: Christian Encouragement for Your Busy Days

I woke up this morning thinking about all the things I have to do today. I thought about all the places I have to go, all the e-mails I have to send, all the people I have to pray for, all the messages and Bible studies I have to prepare for, all the papers I have to grade and so on and so on. I quickly said in my mind, "I got a lot to do today. I got a lot on my plate" and then a thought came that blessed me from head to toe. I---got---a---lot---of---God. Actually the word of was not pronounced and the thought was more like 'I gotta lotta God.' I gotta lotta God!

I began to realize that there would be no letters to spell the word busy; there would be no day, no night, no schedule, no 'things to do' lists, no people to pray for, preach to, campaign for, teach, write or help in any way if it were not for God's awesome gift in Genesis 1. Genesis 1:1 reads, "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth." If I flash forward to Psalms 24:1 I read, "The earth is the Lord's and the fulness thereof; the world and they that dwell therein." Here I am thinking about the fullness of that little piece of ground I'm going to cover today and I'm a child of the one who owns it all.

According to John 1:12, I got the right to call myself a child of God the moment I received Jesus Christ and believed on His name.

With that issue settled I went back to Genesis 1 and I considered God's 'things to do' list at the time of creation and I said, "I gotta lotta God". I looked thru that chapter to see if I could find the words overwhelmed, or worried or flustered or even a 'Oh my…self' (since He's God). I could not find them. No, instead I found that the earth---God's project—was without form, was void and dark.

In other words, there was a huge project ahead and absolutely nothing had been done. Does that sound like anybody else's day?

I dug a little deeper in Genesis 1 and discovered a clear pattern for how to take care of the business of a day. God said "let there be light and there was light". He checked it out, declared it good and then made the necessary adjustments. In this case He divided the light from the darkness. Then, before he finished with that part of the project, He called the light day and the darkness night. (I believe so there wouldn't be any confusion). Then and only then did He close the books.

If this were a course in project management I'd be preaching from the top of the table and proclaiming---Speak it with full authority, Watch it come to pass, be proactive where necessary; praise, name it, file it and close the book.

The other thing we have to take note of in verse 2 of Genesis 1 is that in the midst of the darkness and void, the first thing God did was turn on the light.. He spoke it and it was so. How many times have you tried to plow into a major project without first turning on the light. Somebody say, First things first.

Take a moment here and think about what God is really up to here. God's turning on the light first is for our benefit and a pattern for us to follow in our daily walk. He didn't need the light to see. He is the light and in Him there is no darkness. (1John1:5) David made it plain in Psalms 139:12 when he said, "the darkness and the light are both alike to thee."



So yes, God turned on the light first, in one regard, as a pattern for us to follow. Everyday in every way we ought to begin by turning on or seeking the light. Light is revealed truth and we can get it in print or by just sitting before the Lord and being still. Psalms 119:105 reads, "Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path." There's also tremendous instruction and direction that comes directly out of his mouth. Proverbs 2:6 reads, "For the Lord giveth wisdom and out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding."

I love just hanging out in God's presence and simply enjoying his company. I am telling you though that the things that come out of His mouth in my daily times with Him are something to behold. This morning was a great example. His wisdom for my 'I gotta lot to do' was 'I gotta lotta God'. That was revealed truth.

If we would simply embrace Him in all his ways and follow his exact and complete instructions for everything, we would be all He has called us to be. He is all we need for the busy and the not so busy days. I encourage you to make a daily practice of getting with Him in praise and thanksgiving, prayer and the Word.


He's a lotta God and we've gotta lotta getting to know Him to do. Thank God that He freely reveals himself 24/7.



Questions to stir you until the next lesson.

1. What does Matthew 6:33 say about our priorities for the day?
2. How does Paul define the kingdom of God in Romans 14:17?
3. What did God do for Solomon that proves that God wants us to put 'first things first.' (Read 1 Kings Chapter 3)
4. Solomon asked the Lord for something that would help him do his God job better. What did Solomon ask for?
5. Is this something that believers should ask for? Find scriptures to support your answer.
6. Are there things in the course of your day that cause you to put off spending quality time in your Word and in God's presence?
7. How can Proverbs 3:5,6 help you get on track?



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Oct 12, 2010
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If You Feel Down Like I Do
by: Colin

Speaking from experience, it's easy to see all the negative things of this life. We don?t like the discriminations, the greed, the selfishness, and the faults of others. We don't like others attempting to take advantageous of us because we love God. We don't like deceit, betrayal and inconsiderate situations. We feel that we deserve to be respected, admired and wanted. We might feel that this life is hopeless because every time we try, someone or something knocks us back down. I've lived most of my life being indignant with this life and God.

I've made a very major mistake. I let the undesirables greatly over shadow the desirable things. I now also realize that I will have to work wherever I go. I expected romance to be each loving the other more. That's usually not true. So even where I need love the most, I now realize that it won't always be fireworks and flowers.

It's not easy. I've gone in to so many situations trying to help out, fit in and be the humble one. Yet I was often betrayed and even lied upon. I can really relate to what Joseph and Paul suffered (from the family of brethren).

I now realize that God doesn't expect me to be a fool. I really only owe God my allegiance. If the builders don't want to build, then they should not "eat". I can't teach grown adult Christians to be grown adult Christians. This has lifted a major obstacle off my shoulders. God expects me to show faith in Him. God is not looking at what others do or say. He is looking at me.

God gave me a long time off. During that time he renewed me and my old possessions. My out look is now different. I recently received a hug from one of the "greatest" persons on the planet today. That hug met a lot to me. To have someone who has long time agape love for me (or you) can really go a long way.

I'm hoping my testimony inspires others to love God, their families and their associates with this unbelievable love.

But please don't get me wrong. I already know that the world doesn't change. Each individual person has to change.

I will soon return to a very dysfunction world that is ruled by Satan (2 Corinthians 4:4; Matthew 4:1-10). Again, I can't change that world. I can only react to the world's way by the Way of Jesus.

So please pray for me. I never knew that living on this planet would be so hard.

Agape,
Colin

May 06, 2008
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Simply Marvelous
by: Sister Ronne

Talk about making me say hmmmmmmmm and ouch at the same time. Who else can carry us through the days that hold so much unexpected stuff BUT God! For giving me ways to keep on track and keep my mind stayed on Him through the course of the day. Gotta lotta love for you and pray many blessings for your ministry as you continue to give a message from the heart!

May 06, 2008
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acknowledge him
by: Marva Brown

Praise God for you. I feel we all get caught up so much in our daily routine that we forget to acknowledge him in all our ways, even our daily busy life. God revealed to you just what you needed for that day and days to come when you are feeling overwhelmed. What an awesome God we serve. You encouaged me to spend more time with the Lord before I start my day.

May 06, 2008
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Gotta Lotta
by: Anonymous

Well done. Thank you for the uplifting words written in Gotta Lotta article.I gotta a lotta encouragement reading it.

May 05, 2008
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"GOTTA LOTTA GOD
by: PAT THACKER

TEIRRAH
I ENJOYED YOUR WRITING ON GOTTA LOTTA GOD THOSE WERE GOOD ENCOURAGING WORDS AND WE ALL NEED TO BE ENCOURAGED FROM DAY TO DAY BECAUSE WE ARE ALL GOING THROUGH SO MUCH. BUT WE DO HAVE A "LOTTA GOD" AND HE WILL BRING US THROUGH WHATEVER WE ARE GOING THROUGH AND MAKE US STRONGER TO KEEP HELPING OTHERS I WANT TO ADD ALSO THE "IMPORTANCE" OF STAYING IN THE WORD OF GOD NOW EVEN MORE THAN EVER,WITH THESE TRYING TIMES UPON US "GOD'S WORD IS OUR SURE AND SOLID FOUNDATION", EVERYTHING ELSE WILL CHANGE BUT GOD'S WORD REMAINS THE SAME WHETHER PEOPLE BELIEVE IT OR NOT .GOOD WORK TEIRRAH MAY GOD CONTINUE TO BLESS YOU AND KEEP YOU STRONG.

LOVE IN CHRIST
PAT THACKER

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