WINDOWS ON THE WORD - Newsletter of Tim Greenwood Ministries
Diminishing The Darkness By Lifting Up the Marvelous Light Of Jesus Christ

From The Editor ... by Tim Greenwood - October 2007
Have you ever felt so discouraged that you were ready to give up?  I know I have!  Perhaps you are discouraged right now.  If so, I’ve got good news.  You don’t have to be discouraged any longer!  God’s Word tells us how to overcome this thing we call discouragement.

Discouragement is the combination of fear, depression and hopelessness.  Discouragement is not from God.  When we get discouraged, it is difficult to hear God’s voice and much easier to listen to the discouraging voices of the world.
The Bible tells us that when the Hebrews went out of Egypt, they wandered in the wilderness.  God told them that if they would go into the Promised Land, He would fight all their battles for them.  God had already proven His ability to fight.  All the Israelites had to do was let Him.

Before making the decision to listen to God and enter the Promised Land, the Israelites sent twelve spies ahead.  Two of the spies gave a positive, encouraging report and ten gave a negative, discouraging report.  The Bible says the people then became discouraged and decided not to enter into the land God had for them.  That decision cost most of them their lives.
Millennia have passed, but people haven’t really changed.  When people hear a negative report they almost automatically get discouraged.
And there seems no lack of negative reports!  How many times has someone told you, "You can't make it,” "You won't win," "God’s not going to heal you,"  "That faith stuff doesn't work!"  The world does not want you to make it.  But here's the good news.  God does!
God's Word is positive. God's Word is full of faith.  His Word says in Psalm 103:3 that He heals all our diseases!   Psalm 34:19 says, "Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all!"  Romans 8:28 says, 'that all things work together for good to those who love God."
Whose report are you going to believe?  Are you going to go with the majority that believes that all is lost or are you going to stick with God and allow Him to fight your battles for you?
Be encouraged.  Hear, believe, speak and act on His Word.  That's the kind of faith that will overcome discouragement.

Window On The Word ... by Marcia Greenwood

From the
Book of Proverbs
(Part 2)
Are you seeking sound guidance and wisdom in your life?  I'm speaking about wisdom that will never fail and that will always take you down the right path with no regrets, only sure victory in all you do.  There is a way to receive this wisdom.

Proverbs 2 is talking to you and me.  It says (Marcia, Sue, Bob, Carol, Jeff - put your name here) IF YOU RECEIVE my words and hide (highly esteem) my commandments with you.  Is it time for you to do a "check up" on what the commandments are?  Be honest here - if so then turn to Exodus 20 and read verses 1 through 17. God is very gracious - we have open book tests all the time!

God will not force us to receive His knowledge and wisdom.  It is always our choice - do we do things God's way or our way?  The smart answer is God's way.  Why?  His word is sound, tried, true and tested; not one word of God has ever failed (1 Kings 8:56).  Obeying God's commands should be a delight to us, not a chore.

When we "set our hearts" to seek after God, seeking His way of doing things, then we will always find the hidden treasure and knowledge of God (vs. 2-5)

Have you ever lost something of value?  I have.  I remember one time I lost a very special gold earring.  I searched and searched for it.  I looked through everything, practically tearing the house apart.  I even looked in the laundry basket and there it was at the very bottom.  I was thrilled!  This is exactly how we are to search the scriptures for godly counsel and wisdom in our lives.

God is not hiding something of value from us.  He has put everything we need to know inside of the book, called the Bible.   Proverbs 2:7 - He hides godly wisdom and stores it for the righteous.  How wonderful when we find the truth that will truly change our circumstances.  He will even fill us with His Spirit, when we ask Him (Luke 11:13), so we have the greatest teacher in the world guiding us to the right answers for all of our questions.

Let's be honest with ourselves for a moment.  Do you truly search the Bible for answers on how to live your life or does that come second to other means?  Matthew 6:33 admonishes us to seek FIRST His (God's) Kingdom and righteousness (God's way of doing things) and all things will be given to us. God is our loving Father.  He wants us to prosper in all areas of our lives.  Jesus came to this earth so we may have an abundant life, full of happiness and peace.

Joshua 1:8 tells us that when we do what the Bible says to do - THEN we will be prosperous and successful.

God is a shield (protector, defended) to those who walk uprightly.  In today's world, we truly need God's protection from all evil.  Evil is all around us, but we can stay protected when we walk in love, fulfilling the commandments.  But when we walk in disobedience, we take ourselves out from God's protective hand and protection.

When wisdom enters into our hearts and knowledge is pleasant unto our souls THEN discretion will preserve us and understanding shall keep us. I encourage all of us to seek godly wisdom. More nuggets to come from Proverbs in upcoming Newsletters!    


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