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Encourage One Another

May 21, 2017

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Encourage One Another

I know  that the early Christians felt  that they were living  in the end times  and that Judgment Day  would come  in their life time  or in a relatively short time.     In some ways  they were very right.     They were living  in the beginning  of the end.     That puts us today  so very much nearer  to the big “The End”.

Those early Christians felt  a very urgent need  to encourage one another  because of the afflictions  and death threats they were experiencing.     When one gets to thinking about it,  things haven’t changed.     Christians in various parts  of the world today  are being imprisoned,  tortured  and killed  for their faith.

Here in the United States  there are very real afflictions  from those who want  to change the definition of marriage,  those who want  to force Christians  to accept all aberrant life styles,  those who say  “true Christians”  will realize that Jesus is not  the only way  to eternal life,  etc.,  etc.,  etc.

Every one of these threats  for us  to become “politically correct”  in this modern world  is actually an attack  on God’s word  and our faith.    They are ways  to water down the truths  of God  and instill evil  into the church.

These are the means  Satan is using  to take God away  from our children.     It seems  to be working.     More and more churches  are making official statements  that accept  these heresies as “truth”.

Now what can we do  to encourage our children  —  our grandchildren,  friends  and relatives?     Do we care  whether or not  they get duped  into accepting  these fallacies?

What can we do?    Each of us  is only one Joe  or Josephine.     There are so many heretics  and we can’t change them.

God doesn’t ask us  to change them.     God simply wants us  to encourage one another  in the truth.     We need  to remain strong  in the truth.     How?

Paul says  in 1 Thessalonians 5:11“Then encourage one another  and strengthen one another  just as  you are doing.”     How?

By sharing God’s truths  with one another.     You can do this  in one-on-one situations every day  of your life.     There is no end  to the encouragement  the people around us need  from day to day.

Each one of us  has experienced the love  of our Lord  in various ways.     As we grow  in faith,  God shows us  some very beautiful truths  about what He has done  for us.     We need  to share those truths  for the sake  of our children,  family  and friends.     When we come to realize  something very special  about God,  we don’t keep it  to ourselves.     We share it  to encourage others.     Others need you  to share  with them.

In the early church  everybody  —  that’s everybody  —  took part  in sharing God’s word  in some way  or another.     They had  a much less formal worship service.     Back in those days,  even speaking  in different languages  was a gift  God gave  to help spread the gospel,  but it was not  the preferred way.

Here’s Paul’s word  to you  in 1 Corinthians 14:24-26  to explain  how you should share,  “But if all speak God’s Word  and some unbeliever  or ordinary person comes in,  all convince him  of his sin  and all examine him.    The secrets of his heart are shown  and so he bows down  with his face  on the ground,  worships God,  and declares,  ‘God is certainly here  among you.’     What should you do,  then,  my fellow Christians?    When you meet,  everyone is ready  with a song,  something to teach,  some truth  from God,  another language,  or an explanation.    Do it all to help one another grow.”

In other words,  all should speak  God’s word  so that unbelievers  will come to understand  God’s salvation  from sin.     All should help one another grow  in faith  by sharing songs,  teachings,  truths,  and explanations.     “All”  is a mighty big word  because it doesn’t leave anyone out.

Don’t think your words  won’t be powerful  in helping someone  out there.    It is God  who uses our words  to encourage others  in His truths.     You don’t have to  have perfect English  or some sort  of college degree.

Our occupations and talents  are gifts  from God.     Use your special gifts  in this life  to reach others  in ways  that no one else can  because your experience  is special.

As God told Moses  in Exodus 4:11-12“Who has made  man’s mouth?     Or who makes him dumb  or deaf,  or seeing  or blind?     Is it not I,  the LORD?     Now then go,  and I,  even I,  will be with your mouth,  and teach you  what you are  to say.”

God can embolden us  to encourage one another  in the truth.     Then we can say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  thank You  for sharing Your word with us.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

Pray for our country.

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect,   but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that  for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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