Morning Encouragement for 8/15/2022

Good Morning and Happy Mid Month

There was once a little boy who went to his father to complain that his friend has this toy and “I want one”. The father thought about what his son had said, and then asked the child, “what are you willing to do for it?”. The boy said, “I don’t know, wait for you to get i?”. The father said, “I don’t know either and when you have an answer let me know”. The young man walked away sad because he just knew he was not going to get that toy. A few days later when the parents and child were in the store looking for a few items, the boy began to pitch a fit loud enough for everyone in the store to hear it. The father, knowing what the problem was, grabbed the child by the little hairs on the back of his neck and walked the child out of the store. Once in the car, the father asked the boy just what he was doing raising such a fit. The responded “I want that toy”. The father then asked the son, “what are you willing to do to earn it?”. The next day when the boy was at his friend’s house, he said to his friend, “you are so lucky to have this toy! My dad won’t buy one for me”. The boy’s friend retorted “Luck had nothing to do with it, I had to work for it because my dad said “I’d take better care of it that way’ and you know what? He was right”. So the boy went home and apologized to his dad and mom for his misbehavior. Then asked his father if he could earn an allowance and then would use it to buy the toy.

I told you this story to address a point about prayer. In our world today, it is popular to “demand things” that we think we deserve. Consider the sad status of the world around us where there are wars and rumors of wars, petulance, drought, and mass shootings. My question for you is, “what are you willing to do about it?”. Do you sit in your power circles and talk about “end times” and the “second coming”? Or, do you put some time in serious prayer over your city, the state you live in, and your nation? I’m here to tell you emphatically that G-d will not heal anything nor do anything about the mess we are in if we do not first humble ourselves before him and kindly ask him. People, the world is on a jagged edge and lakes are drying up but I will tell you it is not too late to seek the Father’s favor over your nation. I encourage you to seek the peace of your nation despite the current condition. If you want to see the power of the serpent broken over your nation, the power of the violent shattered, and the land restored, “PRAY For it!”.

Readings: Psalms 105, Ezekiel 22:30-31, James 1

Famous Quote: Every great movement of G-d can be traced to a kneeling figure. – D.L. Moody

Father,

I know our world is on a collision course that will bring it to its knees. What the world needs today is you not more government. I have asked and will continue to pour out my heart for this nation that you restore it not the way “i think it should be” but the plan you have had for it since the beginning. Thank you for healing our land not in my vision but in yours. I pray that more people would catch the vision for this nation and seek your face until your Kingdom comes. I pray for our military, police, EMTs, and medical staff. I pray for my families that you will watch over them today.

IHS MK

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Morning Encouragement for 8/8/2022

Good Morning,

The other day I was looking through some old photos trying to find a good picture for an upcoming wedding. Each picture I looked at brought back memories of family camping trips, singing around the campfire, and listening to stories from people who have long sense passed away. Going down memory lane brings out the good stories and memories of a time long gone; the problem is, you cannot go down that lane without unearthing bad memories old wounds, times of immense sorrow, sins that we have never come clean about, and/or times when we have failed ourselves and/or others. You see good and bad memories go hand-in-hand. If you glossed over the bad memories, it would mean you’d have to overlook the good that came from ergo “miss out on the meat of the story”. Having bad memories come to mind doesn’t mean “you haven’t forgiven them”, It means having to change our perspective on them and remember the good that came from them. You see, concentrating on the bad memories and changing the story doesn’t make the story true nor does it erase the pain the incident caused. Consider how the Old Testament is laid out. The stories of the Great King David would be incomplete without telling of his colossal failure because it would make him out to be a “god” rather than a “human being subject to sin”. It is the same for you and I. We are human beings, we make mistakes some of which we never asked for forgiveness and never let our children know about our past and how it impacts them. If this is you, then this the day that the Lord has made for your release into a new future.

Readings: Deuteronomy 11:18-19, Joel 1, 2 Corinthians 12:1-10, Psalms 78

Famous Quote:
“There are memories that time does not erase… Forever does not make loss forgettable, only bearable.”
Cassandra Clare, City of Heavenly Fire

Father,

Thank you for our past present and future. Because of the cross and the blood that was shed on calvary, my past is poured out until all that remains is a picture. This picture cannot hurt us because they are but wisps of memories. The problem is that Devil reminds us of our failures so help us to remind him of the blood that was shed. I pray for our military, police, EMTs, medical support staff, front line workers, my city, state, and nation. I pray for our politicians that you will shake them to their cores of the things that they are doing. Thank you for healing our land.

IHS MK

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Morning Encouragement for 8/12/2022

Good Morning!

Yesterday, I mentioned how often prayer is treated like a “gum ball machine”. A gumball machine does not ask “where did you get your quarter from?”; for all it knew or cared, it could have been stolen, found, earned, or begged from the parents.  in each case, the individual puts in a quarter, and out comes a piece of bubblegum; sometimes, we get the color we did not want or it is stale and we have to throw it away. Where the two are the same is that the machine access to pray is for “whoever”, the two do not discriminate, and they do not care about your finances, standing in the community, and/or what people think of you. The only thing the machine cares about is the coin that is inserted in the slot is the right denomination and not a piece of metal cut out in the size of a quarter. Where the two differ is that prayer is G-d is never quick to respond whereas the machine, on the other hand, responds instantaneously. Gumball machines send out the next piece in line irrespective of the patron’s desire whereas answers to prayer will always be in keeping with our needs and the condition of our hearts. Unfortunately, just like gum-ball machines, answers to prayer can be forced by taking what we desire or buying it and causing undo pressure with bills. When we force answers to prayer just like when breaking into a gum-ball machine we get what did not bargain for like a truck that falls apart or union that turns sour. My encouragement for you today is that if you are waiting for answers to prayer, it will come in time.

Verses: Psalms 27, Hebrews 11, Luke 16.

Famous Quote: The cross tells us that God understands our sin and our suffering, for he took them upon himself in the Person of Jesus Christ. From the cross God declares, ‘I love you. I know the heartaches and the sorrows and the pain that you feel. But I love you.’ – Billy Graham.

Father,

Thank you for the connection to the throne through prayer. I that what I ask in prayer you will provide sometimes it is not exactly what I ask but always in keeping with your integrity and will. You may not give me what I want but you always provide what I need. Please watch over my family and friends today. I pray for our military, police, EMTs, medical staff, city, state and union. I pray for your continued healing of the land and I pray for revival across America and the world today. I pray over the nations practicing for war that you’d calm the winds of adversity and help us through this difficult time.

IHS MK

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Morning Encouragement for 8/13/2022

Good Morning,

The last few mornings I have been talking about how prayer is treated like a gum-ball machine. Today I want to talk about what happens when the gum-ball machine is empty. Once the machine is empty, you can put in all the quarters you want, but you will not get a gumball in return. When we approach prayer before the Lord, with our quarter’s worth of prayer we expect that the Lord will honor our prayer despite the condition of our hearts. When our prayers return empty, we tend to think “it’s not G-d’s will for __ to happen”. Consider the “Mean old Teacher” who sent Johnny home with a D on a recent test requesting the parent’s signature. When confronted, the first words out of the young man’s mouth were “My teacher doesn’t like me” (sound familiar?). The father asked the boy if he had studied, done the homework, and asked for help on tough subjects. The boy’s answer was, “yea I studied, did as much homework as I had time for, and I even prayed for an “A” on the test but instead of an A all I got was a lousy D so much for prayer either G-d doesn’t answer or prayer or he doesn’t exist”. In essence, the young man blamed everyone but himself for his failure. When we are unwilling to do our part by preparing, studying, and learning about our G-d given profession, all of our prayers will be for naught. The reason is, the ministry G-d gives us is in its roughest form and we have to develop it and personalize it so it fits our personality. In essence our ministry is like the empty gum-ball machine and we have to fill it to make it profitable. My encouragement for those actively seeking G-d’s will for your life, put time, effort, and study so that you are read for whatever G-d has in mind for your life.

Verses: 2 Timothy 2, Ecclesiastes 11, Joshua 1.

Famous Quote: Life itself is the most wonderful fairy tale.” –Hans Christian Andersen

Father,

Thank you for the gifts you place in our life. You ask so little of us but give us so much. Help me to use what you provide and never be afraid of making mistakes so that I will have a gift to give for the gift you have given me. You Have shared with me secrets of the kingdom and asked that I share them and its from them that this web page is based on. For that, I am thankful and pray that my readers are encouraged through it. I pray for our military wherever they be and I pray for the families left behind. I pray for our nation, my state, and city. I pray for my family that they be enriched by these writings. I pray for our politicians that you would continue to shake them to their core and show them what they are doing and that it would awaken a desire for righteousness. I pray for revival and I pray that you would continue to heal this land.

IHS MK

All of my writings can be found at https://www.mikesencouragement.net

Morning Encouragement for 8/7/2022

Good Morning!

After working in the garden all summer, I’ve had to do battle with the infamous “weeds”. One of the many varieties of weeds is the “grapevine” which is as useless as a screen door on a submarine, which grows deep roots! Pulling those blasted grape vines is sort of like pulling a “yucca” plant that grows in the arid southwest or a tree root. To prevent this vine from growing deep roots, you need to pull it early and then burn it. If you do not burn it, the plant will grow wherever it is thrown. The grapevine has no fruit, no benefits from them, nor does anything but squat in good soil and it spreads. The plant is propagated by the birds who defecate the seeds they have eaten and the seeds land wherever the bird is. Temptation is like the grapevine seed in that it begins so small you’d never know it had landed in your heart until it receives nourishment from the waters of “thought” and eventually gives rise to words and then rise to sin. Once the plant “sin” grows in our life at first it looks pretty maybe it resembles something we planted on purpose. Sin strangles off the plants of “joy”, “peace”, and “contentment”. Once the plant has a good start, its tendrils reach out to our children, grandchildren, and anybody we are connected to. The only place the seed can’t grow is in the “open air”. I encourage you today to carefully consider what you allow into your life, the thoughts that run through your mind, and the people who would be affected by your choices.

Readings: 1 Corinthians 10:12-13, Proverbs 27:23-24, Job 31, Psalms 1, Luke 13:1-9

Famous Quote: Opportunity may knock only once but temptation leans on the doorbell – Unknown

Father,

Please help me today and every day of my life to honor you by how I watch over my life. Help to carefully consider the choices I make in and out of the view of others. We have no control over others but the choices we make either bring people closer to the throne or push them away from us. Dealing with temptation is not easy because the enemy’s argument is as compelling as the false evidence he puts before us. May I be ever vigilant as David was leading up to his ascension to the throne? I pray for our military, police, EMTs, medical staff, and front-line workers that you will watch over them and bring them home safely. I pray for the city of Stacy, the state of Minnesota, and the USA at large. I pray over politicians that you will continue to shake them and move their hearts so that they carefully watch what they do and say. I pray for my USA for revival and spiritual renewal.s

IHS MK

All of my writings can be found at https://www.mikesencouragement.net

Morning Encouragement for 8/6/2022

Good Morning and Happy Saturday!

This summer has been a season of transformation for me as I had an epiphany of sorts. For the past number of years I have complained about the weather especially when it got so cold as it does in Minnesota. Then it stopped raining and land dried out and it got very hot. After looking over the landscape, the news, and all of the violence, my turned to praise G-d. I asked for his healing hand upon this great nation. The more I thanked and praised him, the more the burden was lifted as He started a lengthy process of healing this nation. The thing is, the more I thanked G-d and worshipped him the more the Devil turned up the heat. Healing, as you may know, is not a “one and done” event, it is contingent on obedience and faithfulness. When we refuse to listen to the negative information and it allow it to affect our attitude, but in everything with prayer and thanksgiving present our prayers to the Lord, there is nothing that is impossible. I encourage you today to take a hard look at your attitude and if it is focused on “the attitude of the world”, turn 180 degrees around and turn yours eyes to the Lord. Having our eyes on the Lord doesn’t make the troubling situations go mysteriously into the night, it means we must put on our working clothes and at the Master’s direction move forward. Is this easy? No! But, “nothing is impossible when our hand is coupled with the Master’s”. I want you all to know that I love you with the love of the Lord and I pray for you. I coven your prayers for the nation from the North to the South, the East to the West, shore to shore across all ethnic boundaries. My prayer for you today is that you will turn from whatever situation that is facing you and pray for healing across the landscape. Keep the Faith my dear warriors in Christ Jesus

Readings: James 1:1-18, Luke 18:1-8, Habakkuk 3, Psalm 71, Proverbs 24:30-34.

Famous Quote: The true believer can no more live without prayer, than without food day by day. – George Whitfield

Father,

Without a doubt our connection to you is not just a “thing” it is everything. Our scientists and arm-chair prophets can come up with ideas and present them as a working solution until the plan is put in place and it falls apart in practice. You made this world Lord just as you made mankind. Because you made it, you know what it will take to heal it and us. In the same way when we watch the news, we hear of catastrophes, violence, and the effects of flooding and drought. These events can either tear us apart or galvanize us to hold on even tighter to your hand. Lord we need your help today more than ever. There is flooding and destruction in Kentucky, dried out lakes in the west, and fires destroying land. Yet, no matter I will continue to praise you and seek your healing power shore to shore, in four directions. I say to the enemy “Let my people go”. I pray for my nation Lord because I live here and my family and extended families live here. I pray for military forces across the globe, our Police, EMTS, and medical staff. Be with our missionaries and those in the service industry. Thank you for all that you do and for the victory in front of us

IHS MK

All of my writings can be found at https://www.mikesencouragement.net

Morning Encouragement for 8/4/2022

Good Morning

What does the cross mean to you? Is it like a wedding ring just an outward sign for the world to see as a way of saying, “I am a Christian”? Or, is the cross like the ring a visual reminder of an inward conviction? When something is displayed just for the world to see, but means nothing to us, it is like a police officer on a highway that scares us into temporary obedience. Consider the “wedding band” many of you wear on your ring finger. When the ring is a reminder of the vows you made at the alter whether the ones you wrote or the standard fare, it will be a counter argument or the antithesis to temptation. If the ring is just something to flaunt in front of friends and family, that ring no matter how intricate will not stop you from acting on temptation. In the same way, all of the crosses and crucifixes will not stop you from being led astray even if your baptism was sincere. I’ve mentioned before and will mention again, the priests of old had their wedding band and that was the ephod and the gold band on their turban that said, “Holiness to the Lord”. To modern-day society those items might seem to be non-sense but in the presence of the Lord it was a visual reminder of the people they served; violation of the Mosaic laws as it pertained to them meant certain death. Now we do not die outwardly for violating God’s laws or going astray of our vows but we do die inwardly which a price that hangs over head all of the days of our life. I encourage you today to take a good look at your life, the choices you make, and things you do or say to be sure your life is not compromised.

Readings: Psalm 119:97-104, Proverbs 1:8-19, 1 Samuel 15:13-23, Exodus 28, John 17

Famous Quote: Humility is a Divine property and the perfection of the Christian life. It is attained through obedience. He who is not obedient cannot gain humility. THADDEUS OF VITOVNICA (Serbian Orthodox elder – 10/10/1914 – 4/13/2003

Father,

You desire above all else that we obedient your laws and commands. A gold colored cross like a gold wedding band is merely a trinket when we refuse to obey the promises we have made at the alter. Your word says “obedience is better than sacrifice” and in doing so we may please you. You don’t need nor do you want all of our trinkets and treasures because, like the dust they represent, are mere junk from our homes. Obedience is the greater gift coupled with love. Your son Jesus said to the disciples “if you love me, you will keep my commands (John 14:15) and again Peter “if you love me you will feed me sheep as I have asked of you” (John 21:15-19). Help me to feed your sheep today Lord and that what I do and say may please you. I pray for city, state, nation, and the world around me that you will continue the healing process. I pray for our military, EMTs, Medical staff, those in the service industry, and the Police. I pray for revival across this great nation that healing me be done in her. Please continue to shake our system, of government that the members would be reminded to whome they serve and answer to. I pray for restoration in Kentucky and the states devastated by the violence and that the perpetrators be brought to justice.

IHS MK

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Morning Encouragement for 8/2/2022

Good Morning and Happy August

Jesus came as a human, with no halo, no scepter, no crown, and no fan fair for the King. He was hated, questioned, and ridiculed. The reason I feel the people were in such an uproar over Jesus was that they looked for him to establish an earthly kingdom with positions for the spiritual leaders because that is what they were led to believe; yet what they got, in the end, was a cross, a murdered innocent man, and eventually the end of an earthly priesthood. When you read the accounts in the OT, you may wonder “why on earth didn’t they see Jesus for the King he was? After all I see that he was the prophesied king and I am not an OT scholar nor am an Israelite”. The answer is, we are reading a completed account that is, OT and NT together as one piece. When we look back on history, it is very easy to judge the people because we were not there. In the future, people in the same will judge us too because they too will see a completed picture and hopefully see the error of our ways and hopefully not repeat them. The last thing I want to leave with you in this segment is the word “grace” as it applies to the cross and death of an innocent man. That fateful day at Calvary. You see, when Jesus was nailed to the cross there were more people jeering him and than crying for him. Those that jeered joined the Priests in laughing at him “some High Priest” “Physician heal thyself”. When the clouds gathered and the sky turned dark as night, all of the laughing and jeering came to sudden halt and in the wake of Jesus’ immortal words “It is finished” the people ran for cover knowing that their goose was cooked. Some would come to accept Jesus as the Messiah but it would be probably years later and what they say to him “sorry old boy”? No, because there would be no words that could possibly make things right and it was for this reason the phrase was uttered “My grace is sufficient for all of your needs, my strength is made perfect in weakness” to Paul. Today many of you are in the position of Paul having run as far from the Kingdom of G-d as you possibly can; maybe, you have spit in his face, laughed at every Christian, and denied that Jesus was who he said I was. I invite you back to the altar of the living G-d that He May touch you a new today.

Readings: Isaiah 53, John 16:16-24, Psalm 120, 2 Corinthians 12:1-10,

Famous Quote: Grace is free sovereign favor to the ill-deserving.” – Benjamin B. Warfield

Father,

Thank you for grace which enables us to connect to people, soothes the ruffled edges, and grants us strength to reach out when all we’ve done is “failed”. We have judged people harshly and making amends is most difficult because it means admitting we were wrong. Help me today to forgive people who have offended me and let go because I know that, grace is not earned, it is given free of charge and without one intention of holding the sins against them when change our minds. Help me to be like Peter and Paul who although having been slammed, mistreated, had rocks thrown at them, and been excluded from the community yet never once said “I damn you and I’ll never forgive you”. Please forgive me every time I have judged people harshly for having done nothing wrong to me. I pray for my family, my city, my state, and nation. I pray for our Police, Military, EMTS, and Medical staff. Please watch over our pastoral staff as well. Thank you for healing our land Lord and restoring the resources we so desperately need. Thank you for all that you do in and through us.

IHS MK

All of my writings can be found at https://www.mikesencouragement.net

Morning Encouragement for 7/31/2022

Good Morning!

In this world of ours there are many ideologies which seem to tear at the fabric of life, churches, nations, and families across all cultures. The thing is, I believe every people group holds a piece of the puzzle about who G-d is and how this world really operates. The reason I believe this puzzle has never been put together to this date is that there are people in this world who do not want peace because it cuts into their profits. If peace prevailed on earth, there would be no need for weapons of war. When victory is decided only by war, ultimatums are issued that hurts the wrong people. Remember, the Devil knows all too well that when people start to compare notes, he’s through. One of the hardest things for me is, “seeing from other points of view”. When all I can see is “how I am right and others are wrong”, I do little more than isolate myself. Consider how we approach the Bible, when someone disagrees with us we throw out popular pieces of scripture, mostly out of context, because they align with our system of beliefs. When we allow ourselves the luxury of living under the false notion that we are right, we setup an “us versus them” war. Consider the argument over abortion – each side having their good and bad points. At a rally, it was hard if not impossible to decipher which side was which because they were both hurling obscenities and their arguments were lost. In our churches it is the same problem on various issues. When people do not stop and talk with the opposite side with the intention of listening to their argument and checking the facts, cliques are formed and a church is divided; a more serious side of this is that when people in the clique find out that what they had been led to believe was a lie, they leave the church and abandon Christianity. Look at what happens when children go to college and are unprepared for the deluge of worldly beliefs. My encouragement is that you learn about the opposite beliefs with the intention of equipping ourselves and families for the battle of daily life. When our children leave the home for college they will be better equipped and able to stand on their two feet against worldly beliefs and just maybe they will be able to connect the dots?

Readings: Romans 14:1-9, Acts 17:16-34, Psalms 39, Proverbs 18:17-19,

Famous Quote: It takes two to speak the truth — one to speak and another to hear. Henry David Thoreau.

Father,

Help us as a whole to reach across the people groups in the sprit of humility. We know war as a solution has never worked. We have witnessed a continual onslaught of destruction of property, people groups, and precious resources all in the name of “ideologies”. I know all too well that there are people who thrive from war because it lines their pockets. Help me today to reach lives for Jesus Christ in the spirit of humility. I pray for my family that you will watch over them wherever they may travel. I pray for our military forces in the US and across the world that you will keep them safe. I pray over our congress, senate, and executive house that you will continue to shake them to their core so that their every decision will weigh heavily on their heart. I pray for our EMTs and Medical staff that you help them on their job to face the worst that mankind can throw their way without surrendering to enemy of our soul. Thank you for healing our land Lord!

IHS MK

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Morning Encouragement for 7/30/2022

Good Morning!

When I first enlisted in the US Navy many years ago, I was a scared 18 year old who was leaving home for the first time in his life. Our only mode of communication at the time was to “write letters”. I wrote many times to my dad expressing my fears because of something the Drill instructor had promised if we didn’t shape up. While I was writing, my thought was that my dad would become enraged and do something about my situation instead, he laughed remembering his time in boot camp. Now years later, I too laugh at the minor fears and setbacks I had and how proud I was to graduate and go onto serve for 20 years. My point is that when we are going through storms big or small, it seems like we’ll never see the sun again and the dark skies do nothing to lighten our mood. The thing is, when we are in the midst of storms and trials we think, “G-d forgotten about me” so I will tell him all about my situation hoping that he will do something about it. When the rain finishes, the skies turn blue but maybe days before the waters that remain from the storms abate. When the waters are gone, and the ship that G-d has kept us safe on settles down to earth. Then we come out from that ship shaken but safe and we proclaim the Lord’s faithfulness and these storms become part of our testimony. My dear brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus I encourage you that in no matter what storm you are to never let the storm become bigger than the G-d we serve. Know this and commit it to memory: storms come to challenge our words and promises. Storms come to humble us and show us who is in charge. No one likes storms big or small yet, they have a purpose. Storm come to grow us, mature us, and strengthen us for the bigger storms to come.

Readings: Psalm 30, Matthew 11:25-30, Jeremiah 29, Genesis 8, Ecclesiastes 12:1-7

Famous Quote: It always seems impossible until it’s done.” Nelson Mandela

Father,

We are in the midst of great storms today that started years ago. For now, it seems like the storms will never end and life is one huge black cloud yet, I know a day is coming when those storms will abate. I pray that my brothers and sisters in Christ never lose hold of your hand no matter how much tragedy they may see. Watch over and keep each and every one of us today. I pray for our military forces that are serving across the seas, our Police forces who are grappling with many issues some of which are seen and others which are not. I pray for our EMTs and Medical staff that you will be with them as they face multiple tragedies each day. I pray for our politicians who are making decisions that impact our nation shake them to their core Lord and help them to see the outcome of their choices. I pray for my city of Stacy, state of Minnesota, and USA. Help me to reach people today through these writings.

IHS MK

All of my writings can be found at https://www.mikesencouragement.net

Morning Encouragement for 7/28/2022

Good Morning,

I have heard a lot of people, and that includes me, complain because of the lack of rain. When it did rain, people said “It’s not enough rain”. But then, a thought crossed my mind “Whether a little bit or lot, the Lord can use both for His needs” and we need to be thankful for even the little amounts. Consider the few fish and a couple loaves of bread that the disciples felt would not be enough to feed the multitudes. When Jesus took the bread and fish, broke them, and gave thanks for them the little fed a multitude. While it would be very easy to say, “But I am not Jesus” the thing is, Jesus was a man of great faith in his Father and that, I believe, is the key factor. For months now, I have prayed daily that the Lord would heal our land. The arid conditions the nation and the world has been treated to for the past few years should have dampened my spirits but it hasn’t. You see, as the scripture states, having faith in the Lord’s healing is not because I saw a rain cloud but that I Prayed for the Lord to heal our land even before I saw a cloud. When the rain fell, I rejoiced in the Lord and thanked Him profusely. The doomsday prophets declare “Jesus” coming and the world to be destroyed. Remember this, though, you live in this land, do you want it healed for another generation or don’t you? Today I challenge all of my readers both near and far to pray that the Lord would your land wherever you are, when the little falls “Rejoice”, when the great amount falls, “rejoice”.

Readings: Mark 11:12-14,22-23, 2Kings 4:1-7, Psalm 69:34-36,

Famous Quote: Faith is building on what you know is here so you can reach what you know is there. Cullen Hightower

Father,

To you belongs all of the power and praise. You give us the option “live a dismal life or reach out in prayer with faith believing. I know that you are able to make the little we possess to meet our needs. I asked for you to heal our land I believe you in the process of it; the thing is, I also know that prayer is not always in keeping with what we ask for but always in keeping with our needs. I pray for our land Lord that you will continue to heal this land and restore us. I pray for our EMTs, Police, politicians, and Medical staff that you will guide them and keep them. I pray for my nation, the city where I live, and my state.

IHS MK

All of my writings can be found at https://www.mikesencouragement.net

Morning Encouragement for 7/26/2022

Good Morning,

When I was in Boy Scouts about 100 years ago, the scout master had us do an exercise in which he laid out a six’ piece of string. We had to look down on the string from a pair of binoculars turned upside down. This made walking the length of string difficult because our feet looked to be extremely long and string extremely small. The best we could do without falling was 3’; when we had completed this exercise, we had to walk the length of string looking down the opposite end. In there place, binoculars are useful for seeing things at a distance however, when they are used to focus in on us our vision of what is before us is distorted. Sin is like the binoculars because it gets us to focus on our needs rather than the needs of the world. When we first dabble with sin, it is like looking through the wrong end of the binoculars because, it makes it seem like it is so small and can be tamed easily. When the binoculars are turned around correctly, we see what sin has done to us and our families. No one likes to see ourselves in the light of truth because we are faced with a choice – change or be destroyed in the long run. The Devil will never tell us what lies in the future because he knows all too well what the outcome will be because he has been around since the dawn of time and his tricks have not changed.

Readings: 1 Peter 5:1-10, Deuteronomy 30, Habakkuk 2, Psalms 34, Proverbs 14, Matthew 23:37-39.

Famous Quote: “It is a remarkable fact, while those who are enlightened by the Holy Spirit and are actually overcoming their sins see more and more of the evil in their hearts and lives, those who are slaves of sin see less and less evil, and often deny they are sinners at all.” [19th century Theologian Augustas H. Strong, System Theology, 576].

Father,

When you hold the mirror of your word up to our face, we see what has become of us because of sin. The image we see is not complimentary and it brings us to tears. The tears we shed lead us to repentance. Where we go from your son’s cross will greatly depend on how far we go in your kingdom. You desire that all men come to repentance but, that is not always reality in the world where I live so help me today to be the light that leads people to you. I pray for my nation Lord that you will continue to heal this land, we will not be the people we were before sin but what you do with brokenness is amazing. I pray for our military, police, EMTs, and medical staff that they would return home safely at the end of their shift. I pray for my family that you will watch over and keep them safe where ever they may be or where their pathways may take them. I pray especially for my readers that you will bless them no matter where they maybe in life.

IHS MK

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Morning Encouragement for 7/24/2022

Good morning,

in life there are many voices that speak from the heart there are voices of hate/bigotry/fear/doubt/depression, words of feigned encouragement, and then there is the “still small voice of the Lord”. The first voice tells us “because of fear we need to run for our lives or fight against a brother”; this is the voice of the Devil through his minions. The second voice is the human response to tragedy, sort of like Job’s three unofficial counselors, which tells us “G-d doesn’t give us any more than we can handle” and “I’ll pray for you”; the problem is we do not pray for that person we use their situation as a fodder for conversation. The third voice, and the most important, speaks from our heart “Be still and know that I Am G-d” it speaks to our situations “Peace be still” and to the obstacles facing us “move out of the way”. You see the situations, obstacles, and hecklers know the voice of G-d and run in fear of it because they know all too well how short period they have to affect damage until the Lord says “it’s my turn”. The passage in Psalms 46:10 means “Quiet your fears and be firmly convinced in your spirit that IAM G-d and can address your concerns, fears, and doubts like a skilled surgeon. In our moments of fear/doubt/depression, “He is the G-d who keeps us through the watches of the day and night”, to our hurts and pains, “He is the G-d who heals and restores us”, and to the voice of pessimism He is the “voice that stills to the storms”. Stay in His word and be greatly encouraged.

Readings: Psalms 39, 1 Kings 18:1-40, Exodus 3, Proverbs 3:3-5, Mark 4:35-5:21

Famous Quote: Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success. -Dale Carnegie

Father,

We are struggling here on earth because of the changes in our environment, we have wars and rumors of wars, and troubles on every shore. While there are many counselors on earth, the one voice we need the most is to hear from you. When Solomon prayed over the temple he wanted it to be the one place where your Spirit reigned, healed, and restored. Lord as I turn to your temple, I pray for my nation that we will once again have peace on earth and that the anger of the enemy be removed from our land. Please forgive our sins Lord and heal this land and her peoples. I encourage my readers to pray for their land that you will heal it and restore it. May your good Spirit be with us today. I pray for our military, police, EMTs, and medical staff that you will watch over them and bring them home safely. Thank you for the healing storms last night and the beautiful weather today.

IHS MK

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Morning Encouragement for 7/23/2022

There was once an eagle chick that fell from the nest among a group of chickens. One day the little chick saw huge bird in the sky and he asked “what type of bird is that”? A fellow chicken said, “man that’s an eagle” to which the eagle chick said, “man I would love to be up there in the sky”. He was told, “well you’re a chicken and you can’t soar in the heavens it’s impossible”. So the eagle chick stayed among the chickens pecking for food on the ground and never soared in the skies like the other eagles.The word “can’t” which is contractual for cannot means, “a way has not been found yet” or “doesn’t align with my goals”. The problem is “can’t” is all too often used as a stated fact and it is expected that we believe it and not challenge it. This kind of living compels us to live less than the privilege we have in Christ Jesus. When it comes to our Christian walk, it is easy and far more convenient to accept common held beliefs than to study the word for ourselves. In Jesus’ time the Sanhedrin believed that they cornered the market on righteousness. After Jesus’ death and resurrection, the baton was passed to the disciples to finish the race. Imagine if they had caved into the pressure from the Sanhedrin to comply and basically say, “sorry Jesus but I can’t defy the council”; if they had, Jesus life, death, and resurrection would be a footnote in history instead of continuing story.

Readings: Acts 1, Hebrews 2, Psalms 26

Famous quote: Believe you can. Believe you can’t. Either way, you’re right.”-Henry Ford

Father,

Your son opened the pathway to the kingdom that whosever follows him will have eternal life. The world says “You can’t ___” but it is up to us to validate or invalidate the claim. Help me today to honor you in all that I do. May my words and life be pleasing to you. I pray for our military, police, EMTs, and medical staff. I pray for your peace over our land and that you will find it in your heart to forgive this foolish nation. I pray for revival among the people and healing across the land. I pray for my city, state, and nation. D

IHS MK

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Morning Encouragement for 7/20/2022

Good Morning,

Whether we know it or not, the demons speak in our ears about  “what we need”, “what irritates us”,  “justification for negative actions”, and many other such negative thoughts. The reason they do this is to get our eyes off of the Lord and what He is saying to us today. These thoughts come from what we witness daily and how someone’s actions affect us. Of course, this all sounds like Mike’s lost his marbles and you would not be wrong in thinking that but bear with me a moment. When you consider all of the turmoil in our world today everything from climate change to the mass shootings, one can not help but wonder who is behind all of this. The individual behind this is our common enemy the Devil. The Devil is not omnipresent nor “omnipotent” he is a created being who deserves great respect. The Devil has many angels or “demons” that are sent to confound us with nonsense and when that doesn’t stop us, more trouble comes into play. That said, the demons, just like the Devil, are not responsible for our actions nor the thoughts that litter our minds, we are. If we want to overcome the barrage, we need to turn our fears, doubts, anger, dislikes, etc. into avenues of prayer.

Readings: Romans 12, John 16:25-33, Proverbs 10:19-25, Psalms 37:7-9.

Famous Quote: Walking with God down the avenue of prayer we acquire something of His likeness, and unconsciously we become witnesses to others of His beauty and His grace.— Edward McKendree Bounds.

Father,

My mind gets so convoluted with the fears, angst, dislikes, and anger with the direction life is being taken in our world. The Devil’s helpers come that I may have trouble increasingly and unceasingly but your son came that I might have life and that more abundantly. You are not an interlude or a moment of silence amidst the affairs of the world, you are a completely different pathway that leads us up out of trouble. Please help me today to turn whatever thoughts come against me into avenues of prayer that bring peace to my life. I pray for the military, law enforcement, and EMT communities that you will be with every one of them and bring them safely home. I pray over our politicians that you will continue to shake them to their core with the message of the Ephod so that they fully understand who they serve. I pray for the city of Stacy, the state of Minnesota, and the USA may your Spirit fall fresh upon us. I pray for the truckers who carry supplies to our communities. I thank you for healing our land by rain that refreshes the land and the storms that shake the heart of mankind. I pray for those who need a special touch from you today. Finally, I pray that my words will always be an encouragement to all who read these words in Jesus’ name I pray. May your peace be upon my family, city, state, nation, and world. Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer (Psalms 19:14).
IHS
MK
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Morning Encouragement for 7/18/2022

Good Morning,

Of all the things we humans deal with, I feel the one most painful is “regret”. Regret looks back on our life to the things we did not do, the words we did not say, and/or the wounds we caused but now cannot heal. When my mother was alive, we argued over senseless matters like “religion” something we both had stark differences about. The day before she died my family and I went out for a get together. When we got ready to leave I noticed something in her eyes that told me “her time is limited” but I ignored it thinking there would always be another “tomorrow”. I got word the next day that she died a painful and angry death and what G-d would have to say to her might well have made all of the difference in the world but those words were left unsaid. You see “regret is mean taskmaster” because he/she pokes at our wounds through dreams, reminders of what we should have said, and laughs at our pains. I think of the night Jesus was arrested and while they should have stayed awake, the men became tired after a very long day. Yet after his arrest, Peter tried to be brave and strike the sword only to be reproved. After Jesus was impaled and died on the cross, the words just would not come and Peter would spend a long few days grappling with his cowardice and felt pretty useless. You see, we either make use of the time we are given or we allow the window of time to close irrevocably. Stay encouraged.

Readings: Matthew 26:36-55, Ecclesiastes 3:1-8, Psalms 4, Jeremiah 12:5-14, Romans 12:6-21.

Famous Quote: “I’d rather regret the things I’ve done then the things I haven’t done” – Lucille Ball.

Father,

Regret is an enemy that increases its pressure until we lose control. We each have an appointment with the grave and nothing is going to stop it not even taking the best care for our life. Then we throw in the complexity of missed opportunities, enemies we have made that we have not forgiven, and family members who stop coming because someone offended them. While I am p;ownerless to change others, I have full control over my life and can forgive, resolve, and make inroads only while I am alive. Help me to make use of the time you have given me today. I pray for our EMTs, Police, Fire, medical staff, military, and clergy. I pray for peace on my nation and that we can begin to heal the wounds caused by our foolishness. I pray for our politicians and elected officials that they would be shaken to their core in all that they do. I pray for my family that you will watch over them today and everyday.

IHS MK

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Morning Encouragement for 7/17/2022

Good Morning,

The days we are living in are not pleasant. The enemy has been unleashed to create a war with the G-d of Heaven. While these times are treacherous, they are also the “Year of the Lord’s favor”. It is the time when we are released from the bondages we have been under. The problem is many return to another bondage not realizing the opportunity they possess. The promise of “an eternal kingdom” was not a feigned promise, it was a true one that hinged on the actions of his sons. In God’s eyes David was a man that brought great joy because of David’s love for him. Israel could have been saved had there been more kings like David, Hezekiah, and Josiah but it was not to be. Today we are presented with the same problem and the same choice “walk free” or “stay in bondage”. In the time before, during, and after the exile there were many people among the Israelites whose hearts were moved by the Lord. In the same way, there are many millions of people whose hearts are also moved by the Lord. I encourage you to allow the Lord to move freely in your life today despite the struggles of the world.

Readings: Psalm 89:1-4, Judges 6, John 1:35-51, Deuteronomy 30:15-20, Proverbs 1

Famous Quote: I’ve read the last page of the bible. It’s all going to turn out alright.” – Billy Graham

Father,

You lay before us the doorway that leads up ward and the one that leads down. The choices we make in our life time build the bridge to either one but to both. Help me today to gird my heart to see life through your eyes from your vantage point despite the direction of the world. Without you, I am powerless and hold onto a name by which i have no authority to use. The Devil says “follow me and I will give you anything you ask” and then promptly gives the consequences without the riches. I chose to follow you Lord today please help me to honor you in all that I do. I pray for our EMTs, Police, Fire, politicians, and military communities. Please watch over the military spouses who remain at home not knowing if their spouse will return or in what condition they return. Thank you for healing our lands may I better steward today and every day that remains of my life. .Thank you for watching over my family.

IHS MK

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Morning Encouragement for 7/16/2022

Good morning,

I want to tell you a story this morning. There was once two villages that were connected by a road. For years the two villages shared everything and were very happy. Swap meets and “Farmers’ Markets” were set up on the road through out the year. The problem was in mountains there was a man who was unfriendly and could not stand the joy the two communities had because, it meant he would have no control. So, he rolled a huge boulder onto the road which made the commute impassable. To make matters worse, he visited the two communities with regularity stirring up trouble. Soon the two villages were at odds with one another and they started pointing fingers and finding fault. Eventually it came down to an “us against them”. Then one day a little child caught onto the man’s mayhem. The child could not move the boulder so he/she found another way to reach the other community. Soon all of the children in the two villages were talking to one another. It was only then that the elders stopped the fighting and compared notes. It was decided that neither community had put the boulder in the way and began to chisel away at the boulder until it disintegrated. Communication once again established between the two communities and they lived happily ever after.

Part of the whole problem we have in our world today is that we do not know how to communicate. The wars and scrimmages we have in our world attest to our inability to talk through the difficulties. The Devil is not the cause of our problems, he only sets the stage. What we do with the stage or how we react to it will determine the outcome. Remember this, the blood that was shed over 2000 years ago was not just for one region but for the whole world. When we forgive other people and talk with those we disagree with, the boulders that were between us get chiseled away. No one the world over holds all of the information and is the epitome of “the right way to live”.

Readings: 2 Corinthians 12:6-7, Ecclesiastes 3:9-14, Matthew 5, Micah 6:6-8, John 8:31-32

Famous Quote:

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
and where there is sadness, joy. O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen.—St. Francis of Assisi

Father,

You put eternity in our hearts that is, to me anyway, like a small piece of the puzzle. The piece I hold is to be used to connect with other pieces and none is more important than the other. When I let go of my “self righteousness” and use my small piece to form with other small pieces the puzzle of life is established. We need each other now more than ever before in our time. Our world is at odds and wars have cropped up in just about every region. Our political parties have set up their camps and neither is willing to concede or seek to work with each other in a positive way. Please help us Father we so desperately need you. I pray for the EMTs, Police, Medical staff, Military, and those in leadership positions. May I be an instrument of your peace today.

IHS MK

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Morning Encouragement for 7/15/2022

Good Morning,

This morning I woke with a thought “what would my life be like if I remained unmarried. With this thought in mind, I turned my thoughts to prayer for my family, the lives I and my family have touched, the tender moments, the joyful events, and thought “Lord if I hadn’t married so many people would not be touched in the way they were. If I hadn’t married our sons would not be born. If our sons were not born. Our eldest spent time with suicidal teens and reached out in love which turned them from thoughts of death to thoughts of life. Our middle son would not have married a wonderful woman who would give birth to our grand son. Our youngest, who was handicapped, was our “morning sun” and he would shine for the whole world to see and feel. Understand this, each of us impacts other people’s lives and while we may feel like we are not wanted, we are always wanted by our Father.

Each of us, at one time or another, has said, “If only”. In fact, you hear this statement all too often in the Bars across the land. The thing is, it is not always the choices that we make but the person we commit them to. As I have said before, when commit to a course of action, there is no going back to undo it, When we make sinful choices and confess them, He doesn’t remove the consequences, He uses them for His glory and makes something beautiful out of a sow’s ear. When we give our lives to Him, He turns our broken existence into something beautiful. Count your blessings my friends in Christ Jesus!

Readings: Jeremiah 1:4-10, Psalms 69:5-12, Matthew 28:16-20, Proverbs 13

Famous Quote: Ask yourself: if I can’t avoid it, change it, makes t go away, or change my response to it? What if I decided to stop letting it bother me? Al Siebert

Father,

Thank you for all that you do. I know that I make mistakes in judgment on a daily basis and while this troubles me, I know that in your hands it becomes a work of art. Our lives are made of choices all of which tell our story. Help me to look at my mistakes in the light of your forgiveness. I know that I am powerless to change my past but may the lessons I have learned bring me closer to you. Please watch over my family today and keep them safe wherever they may go. I pray for my nation today Lord that you will forgive their foolishness and bring about revival across the land. I pray for EMTs,Police, medical staff, and military. In your capable hands I commit this day and my life

IHS MK

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Morning Encouragement for 7/13/2022

Good Morning,

In scripture it talks about the danger of causing trouble in your home. Of course, we like to think, “nobody saw me do it so it will not be uncovered” and that “it’s nobody’s business what I do”. The problem is, there is always someone who is watching us. The person or individual that is watching us is our common enemy the Devil and his minions. These same individuals will feed misinformation to our children and their children on down to the 4th and 5th generation or longer. Consider David and Bathsheba how one act of indiscretion played out in David’s lineage until about the time of the exile in 586. When we bring pornography, illicit affairs, theft, alcohol/drug/food abuse, and various other things into home, that spirit does not give up ground no matter how many times we cry over our tragic ways unless something drastic occurs in the following generations. For this reason we owe it to ourselves, our families, and church to keep a careful watch over our lives and our ministries.

Readings: Proverbs 11:28, Psalms 141, Job 31, Matthew 5:13-16, 27-30.

Famous Quote: “Many Christians carry along lanterns and say, ‘I wouldn’t give up my religion for yours.’ They talk about religion. The religion that has no fire is like painted fire. They are artificial Christians. Do you belong to that class? You can tell. If you can’t, your friends can.” D.L. Moody

Father,

Sin is blot that blocks out life and stifles love because if it is brought to light, the entire room would smothered out. You desire holiness on our part not because you will put us on display but that the enemy loses power and control over us. Consequently, when the enemy loses power over us, he must work all that much harder to affect our children. Please help today to be a better parent and fight the good fight against the right enemy. I pray for my nation today Lord as we are going through immense struggles across this great land. Thank you for the rain you poured over my city last night and the cool air today. I pray for good crops this year and that you continue the healing process over this land.

IHS MK

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