Thursday, July 28, 2016

                              TRANSFORMED TO TRANSFORM  

“When Abraham Lincoln was shot at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C. on April 14, 1865, he was carrying a pocketknife, a linen handkerchief, a sleeve button, a fancy watch fob, two pairs of spectacles, a lens polisher, a tiny pencil, and a brown leather wallet (one section was engraved "U.S. Currency" and another section was engraved "Notes"). The wallet contained a Confederate five dollar bill, and nine old newspaper clippings. Included among these clippings were two articles of praise and five others dealing with the issues that were on Lincoln's mind during his final months. These items are now in the Library of Congress.”

Did you get that?  In the midst of great opposition and strain, President Lincoln carried on his person TWO ARTICLES OF PRAISE!  

Years ago, I came across information stating that these articles of praise revealed much handling, reading, folding, unfolding, re-reading, etc. by Lincoln. I still don’t know the author or authors of these articles of encouragement, but I do understand the strength renewed by words of grace. 

Over eight years ago, I received a card from a high school student that ministered to me again and again for several years.  Indeed there is something about the grace-scripted word that makes a person feel loved and appreciated.  In fact, I have a stack of encouraging letters and cards stashed away at the head of my bed specifically to be re-read for just this reason, God knows we need more words of encouragement -- even Presidents!  
“But encourage one another day after day, as long as it is still called "Today," lest any one of you be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. For we have become partakers of Christ, if we hold fast the beginning of our assurance firm until the end (Hebrews 3:13-14)…”

As Christians we are all indwelt and gifted by the Holy Spirit.  Why?  For one reason, of many, for God to transform us from the inside out, changing us more and more into His likeness (image) for His glory!  And as He transforms us, He works through us to aid in the transformation of others.  Being Spirit- transformed into more of an encourager is a huge blessing because it definitely aids in the Holy Spirit transforming those around us! To God be the glory.

He is good.  Mr. Steve

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