Wednesday, January 6, 2010

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Encouragement: Freedom From Past to the Future

We are at the threshold of entering into another year. What kind of thoughts pass through our minds now? Many may regret for the lost opportunities, sorrow over so many failures, and despair about not realizing the dreams. We need not dwell in the past nor should we linger any more in these unfortunate events. There is yet hope as we look forward for better days ahead and better opportunities awaiting those who dare dream again. Want to aim for stars again!

As I write this last letter for this year, I complete ten years in sending this weekly encouragement letter all over the world. Many were encouraged and blessed as they got timely comfort and hope through this letter. To God be all the glory for all the good things that have happened through this humble letter all these years. You are an encouragement to me too as I share my heart here week by week. Hope our fellowship will continue in the coming year too.

Isa 42:9. Behold, the former things have come to pass, and new things I declare; before they happen, I cause you to hear.

From the Past to the Future
God wants us to move us out of our sinful past and into a better future. As we cooperate with God's process of redeeming our past ,we need to honestly evaluate our lives so that we can redirect our courseaccording to God's design.

Freedom: Lord Jesus said, " You will now the truth and the truth will set you free." John 8:32. The path to freedom always leads through the truth, even the truth about our past. Paul examined his past, making an honest review of his earthly accomplishments, his wrongs, his mistakes, his gains and his losses. It was from this broad perspective that he wrote," I don't mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perferction! But I keep working toward that day when I will finally be all that Christ Jesus saved me for and wants me to be" (Philippians 3:12).

Freedom to release our hurts: Freedom from the past also involves facing up to the times when others have harmed us and turning them over to God. The Apostle Paul once wrote to young Timothy ; "Alexander, the coppersmith has done me much harm, but the Lord will judge him for what he has done." 2 Timothy 4:14. Paul states the truth about someone who had hurt him but leaves the matter in God's hands.

When we hand over our past to God with the prayer that He work it out for the best accrding to His will, can finally let go of it. Then, we can redirect our course toward a brighter future and help others to do the same through the lessons we have learned.

Here's the promise for coming new year.

Jeremiah 29:11. For I know the purposes which I am purposing for you, says Jehovah; purposes of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.

Let us with this faith and assurance, prepare to enter the new year with full freedom because of our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. He alone can set us free from the past failures, and all such curses and take us in to a bright and fruitful new year. Amen.

Be Encouraged,

A.Othniel
(www.aothniel.net)

><> Letter # 42 (27. 12. 2009) <><

Encouragement: Celebrating with Gifts to Jesus

This is the season of giving! Especially, when you think of celebrating the birth of Jesus, many are thinking of enjoying themselves, indulging in wanton pleasures. Often the merry-making leading one to forget the main thing at this Christmas- the birth of the Lord Jesus! That is the reason, why there is no lasting impact of the festival on many today, because it is only a drinking, dancing and shopping annual event!

Since it's Jesus' birthday, it makes sense that all of us would be thinking about and planning something special to give to Him—just like we often give gifts to our earthly loved ones, or do something special for them on their birthdays. But it's hard to know what to give to the King of the Universe, our Great God and Creator, Who seems to r>have everything. Following are some ideas of the kind of gifts that He would treasure the most.

The Gift of Praise: Why not give Him the gift of praise this Christmas?
Praise Him for the blessings that brought a smile to your face or laughter to your lips, because they lifted your spirit.
Praise Him for the trials that brought tears to your eyes and pain to your heart, because they caused you to look to Him and rise above.
Praise Him for the tests and the challenges, because they strengthened your character and fortified your resolve.
Praise Him for the love that you received from those He brought across your path.
Praise Him for the children—yours, if you have them, and those of others—because of the purity and simplicity that they bring into the world.
Praise Him for His creation, for the beauty that He has placed around you—both in nature and in the hearts of those who love you—because it refreshes your spirit and renews your physical being.

As you strive to praise Him this Christmas in ways both great and small, you'll experience increased happiness and satisfaction each day of this season. There'll be greater contentment within your heart, which will make it easier for you to show His love to others in your actions and words.

The Gift of You: The world is often such a cold and dark place, and while He is the light of the world, He needs someone to shine that light through. He needs someone to say the things He wants to say, to do the things He wants to do, and to be what He wants to be to others. If you try to take on more of His nature and be more open to letting Him work through you this Christmas, that will be one of the best gifts you could give Him. You can change your part of the world for the better and improve the lives of those around you. You can be a sample of Him and of His care and love, and you can find tremendous fulfillment in this.

The Gift of Forgiveness: A gift that is high on His "wish list" is the gift of forgiveness. In fact, it is in essence what Christmas is all about. He came because of His love and mercy, to show forgiveness and bring you back to the fold, to wipe the slate clean, and to make everything right again—not by self-effort, but by love‚ and a choice to love despite all that has gone wrong. You can start forgiving today, this minute, by looking at your world and those around you with kindness and treating them with forgiveness. Often the best way to show forgiveness and put it into action is to start with something small: like a smile instead of a grim look on your face; a kind word in place of embittered remarks; or an unexpected kiss when your mind ponders retaliation. Forgive someone who has wronged you, whether intentionally or unintentionally. Whether the wound runs deep in your heart or it is a smaller scratch. Making things right often starts with you taking the step to forgive someone, even if you feel that person is the one who should be seeking forgiveness. Has someone said or done something that has hurt you? Forgive him. Are you harboring bitterness in your heart toward someone? Forgive him.

The Gift of Commitment means a lot to Him. Why? Because committing is giving not just something, but giving yourself to Him in a special way. When you promise Him something and then faithfully follow through with it, it's more serious and lasting than a temporary pledge or gift. It isn't a one-time gift, but something that you maintain or keep doing over and over. And every time you do what you promised, you remind Him and yourself of your love for Him and how you loved Him enough to commit yourself to something, and then to keep your commitment.

The Gift of Faith: With so much going on in your lives, I'm sure that you're hoping for Him to come through for you in many areas. Perhaps you need finances, or an increase in your business, or healing and protection from sickness, or safekeeping, or increased awareness and ability for your work‚ or added strength. You have so many needs, and if you would like Him to fill them, then He’d like you to give Him the gift of your faith. Faith in Him! Walk through this season with armloads of faith! When needs arise, press another coin of faith into His hand as you state your need to Him. When something throws your plans for a loop, again, hand Him another coin of faith. Giving Him the gift of your faith is really also a gift to yourself, because through it He is able to bless you in more and greater ways.

Make this Christmas count in the hearts and lives of others—it's not just a special time... but a special opportunity!

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"For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life." John 3:16.

Be Encouraged,

A.Othniel
(www.aothniel.net)

><> Letter # 41 (20. 12. 2009) <><

Encouragement: What it Takes to Maintain a Relationship

Tiger Woods is a famous Golfer. Now he has become infamous with his numerous mistresses. It is so sickening to hear and see all that has happened in his life and how he is now determined to save his marriage, even bidding bye to his beloved sport, though it is too late when his wife is planning to file for divorce!.

Let's be honest. No one wants to experience the pain and embarassment of a broken relationship. We would much rather have things go well between us and others. But good associations are not easy to maintain. In fact, it requires a diligent effort from all the people involved. As we take the necessary steps, it will help to promote the health and stability of the relationships that we have.

* Talk Openly: It's very important that we freely and regularly share our thoughts and feelings with one another. When we do, it helps us to be more understanding. It gives us the ability to know each other better and to respond in the ways that we should.

* Communicate Honestly: The Bible instructs us to get rid of all deceit and hypocrisy (1Peter 2:1). It also says that we should not lie to one another (Colossians 3:9). Therefore, we should be honest in everything we do and say. This makes it possible for us to trust one another, and it binds us closer together.

* Respect Each Other: Having the esteem of others is fundamental to our personal well-being. We don't feel good about ourselves unless others think that we are important. That's why friends and loved ones who care about us are so vital. They affirm our worth. When personal regard is mutually expressed, it causes us to respond to one another with a warmhearted acceptance. And this acceptance is maintained as we continue to honor one another (Romans 12:10).

* Resolve Your Anger: The Bible says, "Do not let the sun go down on your wrath" (Ephesians 4:26). Our anger should be dealt with as quickly as possible. Before the day is over, we should go to the one who has offended us and clear it up. Not only will we sleep better, but problems will be handled before they have time to grow.

* Be Patient: We need to overlook one another's imperfections. According to the Bible, we have to be patient making allowances for one another's faults (Colossians 3:13). No one is excluded; all of us have flaws in our character. Instead of judging others and being critical, we should be humble and tolerant. If we are, it will help to maintain our ties with others.

* Share One Another's Problems: Let's face it. We need each other-especially when we have problems. It's true that each of us has the responsibility to handle his own troubles, but there comes a time when we all need the help of a friend. In fact, the Bible tells us that we should share each other's burdens and in this way we obey the Lord's command (Galatians 6:2). When we share each other's problems, we show that we care-making our relationship much more secure.

* Give Constructive Criticism: The Bible says that open rebuke is better than secret love (Proverbs 27:5). We may be reluctant to confront someone about a particular fault, but it is more loving to say something to him than to keep quiet and allow him to continue on as he is. Truthful and loving criticism has its goal the best interests of the other person. Although this kind of criticism hurts, it is the pain of friendship. By helping one another this way, we show that we really care. Through constructive criticism we become better people. And as a result, our relationships are improved.

* Serve One Another: Rather than asking what we can get, we should be asking what we can give. Instead of seeking to please ourselves, we should be seeking to please each other (Romans 15:2). This attitude recognizes that selfishness only ruins a relationship, but self-sacrifice builds it up. When we serve one another, our relationship is maintained and everyone involved benefits.

Yes, these maintenance procedures are very important. If we faithfully follow them they will help keep a relationship strong.

Be Encouraged,

A.Othniel
(www.aothniel.net)

><> Letter # 40 (13. 12. 2009)

Monday, January 4, 2010

Encouragement: Turning Impossibilities into Possibilities in 2010

Resolutions mark the beginning of the new year. Perhaps, there might have been many failures, impossibilities in the past year. In this new year, you can have hope. Here's how: through trust in God and in yourself, through the reorganization of your life and your thoughts, and through persistence, life will no longer be impossible. You may be one of literally hundreds of people for whom the impossible can be turned into the possible.

I don't know what's impossible to you. Maybe, you've had trouble with relationships and can't believe you'll ever find stability and happiness. Or maybe your impossibility lies in a different area- in work, health, age, or womanhood. Whatever it is, you're probably feeling bad about it.

Facing impossible can be debilitating. It can lead to depression, produce frustration, and foster unhappiness. And the worse you feel, the more impossible your situation becomes. Dreams recede. Roads to the future are strewn with barbs. The thing that you desperately want to do, to have, or to achieve remains obstinately beyond your reach.
I want you to know there's a way around the impossible.

It begins with the word itself. Be careful waht you call impossible - because as soon as you call something impossible, you make it so. You become like a person shut in a room who says, "I can't get out, I can't get out!" when all he needs to do is push the door a little harder to find that it gives way.

That "pushing" consists of three things which I call the TOP principles. TOP stands for: TRUST, ORGANIZE, and PERSIST. The strategy is very straight forward, and it works. It has worked for many people, famous as well as not-so-famous.

Do you have the qualities required to turn impossibility into opportunity, dead ends into highways? You almost certainly do, even if those strengths are lying dormant and need to be reactivated by putting them to work.

But why trust, organize and persist at all? What makes those three qualities so special in tackling the impossible.

Trust
There is a passage in the O.T. that is profoundly relevant to the issue of trust, in Numbers 13. Similarly, not many of us can comprehend with complete, cool objectivity the real proportions of the impossible. We are forced, whether we like it or not, to trust someone else's view. But this immediately confronts us with a question: Whom are we going to trust? The pessimists? Or the optimists- the Calebs who say at the borders of Canaan, "Let us go up at once and take possession, for we are well able to overcome it" (Numbers 13:30)?
But Whom to Trust
"All things", said the Lord Jesus, "are possible to him who believes"(Mark 9:23). So, first we need to put our trust in God who is Almighty. Then, with reliance on Him we trust our own judgement- not that of others with their questionable agenda. About trusting yourself, let me remind you that you do it everyday. If you trust yourself implicitly in simpe things, you are capable of trusting yourself in all things. But self-trust is only a foundation. We all need help. Realizing our dependence on other people is one of the keys to doing the impossible.

Organize.
When you read to the end of the story in the Gospel of Mark 9:14-29, you'll find an intriguing exchange between Jesus and His disciples. Here we pass beyond trust. Trust had to be supplemented by a disciplined spirituality.

A close look at the Gospels reveals that Jesus systematically undergirded His public ministry with retreat and private prayer. It's a good pattern to follow. Just as important, it serves as an example of the general truth that you must organize if you are to achieve. I suspect that this is the common denominator of all achievers. Apart from Geographical detail, you'll find that every one of them has at some point set a goal and then devised a strategy to achieve it. Why set goals? Simply because goal-setting is the antithesis of immobility. Although unhappiness and discontent are powerful motivators, they can not give direction. Goals can.

Persist
Persistence is essential to success. There's an old ad man's motto: the difficult we do immediately; the impossible takes a little longer. It is that "little longer" that you cover with the strength of persistence.

Trust, Organize, Persist.

- Cultivate an appropriate trust in God, in yourself, and in those around you.
- Organize a well-structured goals program.
- Don't give up

Those are the three secrets of overcoming the impossible- the TOP principles.
How are you going to implement them?

Basic to any kind of endeavor is Commitment. If you don't have that, there's nothing I or anybody else can do to help you. What does commitment mean? One achiever said: "When you start out to accomplish something, you must not come back until you have done it." Sound advice.

Be Encouraged,

A.Othniel
(www.aothniel.net) ><>Letter # 01 (03. 1. 2010) <><