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Meeting the People Where They Are

Saturday, 2019-01-26

Bible Reference: Matthew 9:35-38
Translation: Living Bible (TLB)

Bible Text: 35 Jesus traveled around through all the cities and villages of that area, teaching in the Jewish synagogues and announcing the Good News about the Kingdom. And wherever he went he healed people of every sort of illness. 36 And what pity he felt for the crowds that came, because their problems were so great and they didn’t know what to do or where to go for help. They were like sheep without a shepherd. 37 “The harvest is so great, and the workers are so few,” he told his disciples. 38 “So pray to the one in charge of the harvesting, and ask him to recruit more workers for his harvest fields.”

OBSERVATION: Having just returned from a visit to the Bahamas, I can check off my list for having attended church there, and having spoken to many individuals with various needs – both obvious needs and some that were buried deep behind their serious faces. But Jesus’ visit into the cities and villages seemed to have been with a lot more purpose, and He obviously observed a lot more than I did on my casual visit to the Bahamas. Let’s meditate on the things that concerned Jesus, so our eyes might be opened to more as we visit people and places.

APPLICATION:  I feel like God got my attention through this Scripture today, because I was reminded how calloused I am about the needs around me. I love visiting new places, and often I will drive away from those places with things embedded into my memory, but in reflection, the things that I remember are so insignificant in the light of eternity, or in light of the needs of the people that I met in my travels. You see, restaurant or hotel staff will often respond to you with the usual courtesies that we would expect, but how insensitive we are to the hurt behind those sad eyes, or the aching body that they try very hard to hide from us. Let’s look closely at how caring, purposeful and deliberate Jesus was in this short story: 1). Notice that He was deliberate in sharing the Good News about the Kingdom of God. Imagine having missed an opportunity to tell folk about the love of Jesus, and the Kingdom that awaits each of us when we graduate to Heaven, when many are often burdened beyond their ability to bear it here on this earth; 2). Jesus saw the need for healing, and He not only said that He would remember them in prayer, or told them that He loved them, or wished them well, but He healed them of their afflictions. How are you doing with that friends? Do you pray for those who are sick when you visit them? Do you follow-up over the next few days to see if they are doing better? 3). He had pity on the folk that were hurting. Do you feel the pain of the people you come across, or do you casually brush it off by telling them that time will heal all wounds, or telling them about a situation you had that was much worse than theirs? 4). It seems like Jesus was really saddened that folk were just wandering around without any direction, or hope in their life. Friends, there are many like this in our world today, and we have the answer, tucked under our arms, in our glove compartment of the car, or on a table at home gathering dust. Jesus is the answer to all of this world dilemmas, complications and issues, but unless we share that with them, they too may wander around aimlessly, like sheep needing a shepherd. The most important thing about this Scripture is wrapped in the idea that Jesus went out… He went through… He saw the needs of….. and He ministered to… ALL that He came into contact with. We may never see the sick, the downtrodden, or the needy in our plush sanctuaries, but we know they are out there. Shall we imitate our Master and actually get up, get out, and meet their needs where they are? I believe that Jesus expects us to: GIVE, since we have been given; BLESS, since we have been blessed; LOVE, since we have been, and are always loved; SHARE, since we have been blessed with so much more than many we would meet. Let us aim to be the hands, feet and heart of Jesus today dear friends!

PRAYER: Precious Lord, You rescued me from my sin and distress, and You placed me on a mission that will land me safe on the other side – heaven with You and the Father. Thank You Lord for Your wondrous grace and Your tender mercy. I pray that all who will read this devotional today may stand in worship and adoration, with arms raised, and hearts that are warmed, because they too know without a doubt that Heaven is their final destination. If there is the slightest doubt in the minds of any, please Lord, tender their hearts and call them to Yourself. Many who know You are not as compassionate as You are about the lost condition, and the hurt that exists in the hearts and lives of those in our own communities, and especially in the lives that we touch while out of town. We need You precious Lord. Your tenderness, Your forgiveness. Your humbleness. Your unconditional love for ALL Your children. Oh that the ‘church’ will be so sold out to You, that the lost in our areas of influence will see You in us, and believe in You. May You be glorified today oh Lord! AMEN!

FOOTNOTE: There are two more pages on my blog that will provide you with additional information, one of them being ‘To Know Jesus’. If you have been challenged to make a decision today after reading this devotional, please click on the above page, or speak with a local Bible Teaching Pastor, or contact me at NuggetsFromGodsWord@outlook.com. Please allow someone to pray with you and give you help and/or encouragement as you begin, or continue your walk with Jesus. Words underlined in my blog might indicate a link to a song that came to mind as I wrote the devotional. Feel free to click on the link and listen as you continue to read or pray. If this devotional was forwarded to you and you would like to see more, please go to Nuggets From God’s Word and read more, or you may freely subscribe for a daily email conveniently containing each day’s devotional. If you are anywhere near the Sebring, Florida area and do not have a church home, I would be thrilled to welcome you at Bible Fellowship Church, located at 3750 Hammock Rd, Sebring, FL 33872! Click the link to check out service times and/or other special activities. God is at work among us! Please consider coming to worship with us!

Share God’s Glory

SCRIPTURE  FROM:   Hebrews 2:9-10 (ERV)

TEXT: ….. Because of God’s grace, Jesus died for everyone. 10 God—the one who made all things and for whose glory all things exist—wanted many people to be his children and share his glory. So he did what he needed to do. He made perfect the one who leads those people to salvation. He made Jesus a perfect Savior through his suffering.

OBSERVATION:   An awesome verse that portrays the great love that God has for us. He wasn’t satisfied just leaving us as we were, sinners in a world controlled by the evil one. So He sent His Son, made Jesus a perfect Savior, so that those who want a better life, those who want to go to Heaven, those who want to accept Him, would become God’s children and share in His glory! This is miraculous news that should encourage the hearts of anyone capable of grasping this truth! Oh what a Savior! Oh what awesome love our Father has for us! Wow!

APPLICATION:   I wonder how many of us come across someone in our daily walk, that feels unloved, unappreciated, despondent, without hope and living in a world where all they feel is frustration, hatred, revenge and just totally alone? Could the only thing that’s missing be, that they need to be encouraged and told about a Father who loves them, a Savior who cares for them, and a place called heaven that awaits those who accept Jesus as their Savior? Do they know that you care about them? Friends, please don’t automatically assume that because you’ve known this all of your life, that those you come into contact with will know this also. A friend was telling me just last Sunday that he had ministered in an Asian country, and it always blew him away when he would speak to someone about our Lord Jesus, and all he got was blank stares, for they had no idea what he was talking about. Do you sometimes wonder why God places you in the presence of some of the folk that you meet? Could it possibly be because you have the answers to ‘life eternal’ and to the many questions that your new acquaintance may have in their everyday life? I believe that our Scripture today serves two primary purposes: 1). It contains a reminder for you and I, that God, who created us to worship and serve Him, has done everything necessary to have us return to Him in glory to celebrate eternally with He and His Father; and 2). God will place people in our path, not by accident, but divinely, because He wants us to show His love to them, or share His Word with them, or tell them about Jesus who loved them enough that He died for them. Now, if only we can stay on task and welcome the work of Jesus in and through us so that He may be glorified!

PRAYER:   Thank You dear Lord for Your Word, Your love, and Your concern for even me. Lord I believe! I believe that You can and will use Your children, like my readers and I, to also be Your witness to the lost world in which we live. As we approach family and friends today Lord, may they see You and know You personally. Most will probably protest that they need no-one, but use us Lord to show them that there is only one way to heaven, and that’s through the Savior that they truly need. Please use us as Your instruments today. AMEN!

FOOTNOTE: There are two more pages on my blog that will provide you with additional information, one of them being ‘To Know Jesus’.  If you have been challenged to make a decision today after reading this devotional, please click on the above page, or speak with a local Bible Teaching Pastor, or contact me at NuggetsFromGodsWord@outlook.com. Please allow someone to pray with you and give you help and/or encouragement as you begin, or continue your walk with Jesus. Words underlined in my blog could indicate a link to a song that came to mind as I wrote the devotional. Feel free to click on the link and listen as you continue to read or pray. If this devotional was forwarded to you and you would like to see more, please go to Nuggets From God’s Word and read more, or you may freely to subscribe for a daily email conveniently containing each day’s devotional. If you are anywhere near the Sebring, Florida area and do not have a church home, I would be thrilled to welcome you at Bible Fellowship Church, located at 3750 Hammock Rd, Sebring, FL 33872! Click the link to check out service times and/or other special activities. God is at work among us! Please consider coming to worship with us!

 

To Win The Lost

SCRIPTURE  FROM:   1 Timothy 2:7-10 (MSG)

TEXT:  7 This and this only has been my appointed work: getting this news to those who have never heard of God, and explaining how it works by simple faith and plain truth.
8-10 Since prayer is at the bottom of all this, what I want mostly is for men to pray—not shaking angry fists at enemies but raising holy hands to God. And I want women to get in there with the men in humility before God, not primping before a mirror or chasing the latest fashions but doing something beautiful for God and becoming beautiful doing it.

OBSERVATION:   For the one who has yet to find God, accept Him as Lord of all, and acknowledge Him as ruler of their life, that person is ‘lost’. Paul was serious about praying for, witnessing to, and winning the ‘lost’ to Jesus Christ. I believe that God is still very serious about His work for His church today, so He had this admonition included in His precious Word for us to take note of and follow today. So let’s meditate on these words for a while….

APPLICATION:   I believe that there are some principles involved in these verses that require our close attention:

  1. Reaching the lost – Paul said that this principle, and only this, was his appointed work. Wouldn’t we be strides ahead of where we are today if Christian men took this as their primary goal today? Why, even if churches made this their primary concern for their existence today?
  2. Prayer – It is obvious that Paul saw prayer as the engine behind winning the lost to Christ. In fact, Paul taught us to pray inwardly first, before we ever attempt to pray publicly before the church, for he taught us to have a clear conscience; a calm spirit; a loving, godly consideration for our enemies (those that despitefully abuse us); and a right relationship with God, that would cause us to stand before a holy God humbly and submissive to Him;
  3. Individual Responsibility – I belonged to a service club that centered around males serving in our community. In our last vote to decide whether to allow females to serve with us, one gentleman objected – for the reason that he was afraid that the men wound just sit back and allow the women to do all of the work. Paul was very bold in his list of responsibilities for both males and females. Unfortunately, in many churches today, it is extremely challenging to find enough qualified males around to actually fill responsible positions in the church. With all due respect to our female counterparts, God mysteriously works His plan in the family, the church, workplaces and in many other places, when men step up to the plate and take their personal responsibilities seriously. This has nothing to do with pastors, leaders or myself being male chauvinists, but it’s the Word of God, my friend.

Let me just add that there is building evidence that we are individually failing in our responsibilities as men and women of God. We have allowed way too much of this world to enter into, and block the powerful work of our Lord, among His warriors that He has placed to do His work in our churches and communities. In reading through the Old Testament, we see one disaster after another because of individuals and leaders who decided to do things their own way. The Word is clear, that God can and will do that again, unless His people will humble themselves, turn from their wicked ways and  pray. May I encourage you, Mr. or Mrs. reader, to begin this examination, and this process with yourself, and not investigate your church leaders for what they may be doing wrong?

PRAYER:   Precious Lord, unless You forgive us of our sin, hear our humble cry for help, and empower us to overcome the evil around us and the sin that is so prevalent in every aspect of our lives, we will be doomed for failure in properly presenting You to a lost and dying world. Please Lord, start a mighty work in me. Clean up my mess and allow me to serve You in much the same way that Paul described. Please also speak to the hearts of those that will read this devotional today. Encourage them to present themselves faultless before Your throne, so that You may work powerfully through them to reach the ‘lost’ who rub shoulders with us every day in our communities, our workplaces and even in our churches. People need the Lord! Oh that we may be Your holy instruments that You may use to win one today! AMEN!

FOOTNOTE: There are two more pages on my blog that will provide you with additional information, one of them being ‘To Know Jesus’.  If you have been challenged to make a decision today after reading this devotional, please click on the above page, or speak with a local Bible Teaching Pastor, or contact me at NuggetsFromGodsWord@outlook.com. Please allow someone to pray with you and give you help and/or encouragement as you begin, or continue your walk with Jesus. Words underlined in my blog could indicate a link to a song that came to mind as I wrote the devotional. Feel free to click on the link and listen as you continue to read or pray. If this devotional was forwarded to you and you would like to see more, please go to Nuggets From God’s Word and read more, or you may freely to subscribe for a daily email conveniently containing each day’s devotional. If you are anywhere near the Sebring, Florida area and do not have a church home, I would be thrilled to welcome you at Bible Fellowship Church, located at 3750 Hammock Rd, Sebring, FL 33872! Click the link to check out service times and/or other special activities. God is at work among us! Please consider coming to worship with us!

 

Never Give Up

SCRIPTURE  FROM:   2 Corinthians 4:16-18 (TLB)

TEXT:  16 That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our inner strength in the Lord is growing every day. 17 These troubles and sufferings of ours are, after all, quite small and won’t last very long. Yet this short time of distress will result in God’s richest blessing upon us forever and ever! 18 So we do not look at what we can see right now, the troubles all around us, but we look forward to the joys in heaven which we have not yet seen. The troubles will soon be over, but the joys to come will last forever.

OBSERVATION:   Paul knew that some of his congregants were getting discouraged, and there may be the threat of them giving up on all that he had taught them, and in all that he had shared with them from his personal experiences. Of course God knew that we, His children today, would also need this advice, so He inspired Paul to go ahead and include this advice in His Word for our good. Therefore, we will meditate on this for a few moments today so that we may grow in this area of our life….

APPLICATION:   What do you suppose might cause us to give up on the commitments we make, or the projects that we set out to do? Here are some of the excuses that I’ve heard, or perhaps used, in the past: 

  • It must have been a weak moment for me when I committed to that!
  • They oversold that idea to me, it has never worked the way they sold it to me;
  • I wasn’t as brave and outspoken as I thought I would be;
  • I’m just not ‘cut out’ for that;
  • Others are so much better at that, why should I bother;
  • I’m not in their social status. I’m just a poor man from ____ but they are the queen, king, president, senator, etc, They’ll never listen to me;
  • It brings nothing but stress on me, so I must redirect my energies;

Friends, it is not my intent to analyze each of the above, because I don’t have all of the answers. But I really believe that we occasionally need reminding that when we are involved in God’s work, let’s remember to always stay focused on whose work it is, and on who gives us the power to do His work. Furthermore, we might often set our goals on what we could expect from our ‘God’ assignments. Is that really the way this should work? Shouldn’t we keep doing what He has led us to do, knowing that He cares for us all, especially the unsaved children that He is sending us after? I believe this may be one of the greatest disappointments for the Christian, is that we become despondent when our goals are not achieved, and we often want to give up. I seriously believe that when God said that we are to go into all the world and preach the gospel, He didn’t leave that up to us to decide which country, or nationality, or gender, or color, or the state of how many are being mislead by unorthodox religions. I really believe that we should be reminded daily that God looks across this great big world and He sees the beauty of every child that He has created, in His image, and He probably whispers to each one ‘I still love you’, regardless of what they may be doing or whatever religion they may be practicing. Sure, I know that He is saddened by many of the things that are misleading and keeping these children from Him, but they were designed and placed here by God, and He loves them as His created child. So as children of God, why are we using that as one of our excuses on why we don’t minister to all that we come into contact with?  Let’s remember, everyone needs the Lord, and if we have the ultimate power in us that could help us reach ‘everyone‘, then we are ready to do God’s assigned work for us! No excuses, and no reason to consider giving up!

PRAYER:   Lord Jesus, I believe that too often we listen to Satan’s lie that things are so much different now in this modern world, and that there is no way that a poor little Christian boy, like me, could knock on the door of one in authority, or one in a high position in life, or the super rich, and share Jesus with them. PLEASE Lord, knock on our heart’s door again today and help us to totally surrender our life to You. For there is no reason for a royal son of the most high God/King, should be afraid of approaching any of our siblings to remind them of all that the Father has in store for those who truly believe in Him. The world is saddened by the recent deaths of stars, but the Word says that if they never met the Master, then their disappointments in life will only worsen. We all need Jesus, and without You Lord, we are a miserable people. Please revive those who claim You as Lord, and awaken the hearts and souls of those who need to know You personally. May today be the day of salvation for many who are unsaved. AMEN!

FOOTNOTE: There are two more pages on my blog that will provide you with additional information, one of them being ‘To Know Jesus’.  If you have been challenged to make a decision today after reading this devotional, please click on the above page, or speak with a local Bible Teaching Pastor, or contact me at NuggetsFromGodsWord@outlook.com. Please allow someone to pray with you and give you help and/or encouragement as you begin, or continue your walk with Jesus. Words underlined in my blog could indicate a link to a song that came to mind as I wrote the devotional. Feel free to click on the link and listen as you continue to read or pray. If this devotional was forwarded to you and you would like to see more, please go to Nuggets From God’s Word and read more, or you may freely to subscribe for a daily email conveniently containing each day’s devotional. If you are anywhere near the Sebring, Florida area and do not have a church home, I would be thrilled to welcome you at Bible Fellowship Church, located at 3750 Hammock Rd, Sebring, FL 33872! Click the link to check out service times and/or other special activities. God is at work among us! Please consider coming to worship with us!

 

Please Everyone in Everything You Do.

SCRIPTURE  FROM:   1 Corinthians 10:30-33 (TLB)

TEXT:  30 If I can thank God for the food and enjoy it, why let someone spoil everything just because he thinks I am wrong? 31 Well, I’ll tell you why. It is because you must do everything for the glory of God, even your eating and drinking. 32 So don’t be a stumbling block to anyone, whether they are Jews or Gentiles or Christians. 33 That is the plan I follow, too. I try to please everyone in everything I do, not doing what I like or what is best for me but what is best for them, so that they may be saved.

OBSERVATION:   Paul had to teach the Corinthian church that they needed to get their eyes off self, and think about what God would have them do in order to reach the hearts of others. This is still very applicable today, for individually we look for the best churches to attend and where our needs, wants and wishes may be met. These verses reminds us that there are many more important reasons to look for…. 

APPLICATION:   I heard a pastor say that living the Christian life is challenging because it is totally opposite of what the world expects. So reading these verses, we might ask ourselves how can we possibly follow Christ in our everyday life, yet please those we come into contact with, who may have no desire to know Him. Paul teaches us to always keep the ultimate goal in mind – that they may know Christ. Would you be willing to set time aside today to think about how you might change some of your actions and/or reactions, so that others may learn to trust you and the message of Jesus Christ that you aim to share with them? This is a bit tougher than we might imagine, because at a very early age we are taught to: stay away from people who are known for causing trouble; or people that don’t like your friends; but instead act like you are taught at home. Don’t speak like others, but like one who has been redeemed by the blood of Jesus. Please don’t get me wrong, I truly believe that these things will happen from time to time, but when your mind is on the ultimate goal of seeing your friends, or neighbors, or neighborhoods won to the Lord, then your approach on each of the things mentioned will be much more compassionate and loving – even with total strangers. I believe that the key lesson here today is that we get our eyes off self, and off the bad guys and girls in our neighborhood, and instead look at them as gems desired by God. Seeing a total change in one’s life and character is of so much joy to us and to our Lord, that it could totally force us to overlook the bad and/or the evil when they are unawares of God’s perfect love. We are ambassadors for Christ, not selfish for all the ways we could be blessed.

PRAYER:   Thank You Lord Jesus for saving my soul. Thank You for also touching the hearts and lives of my readers. Lord, I pray that You would use these words today to draw us even closer to You, so that we may be of some heavenly good to those that we come into contact with. May they not only see Jesus in us, but may they also feel the tug of Jesus upon their heart 

FOOTNOTE: There are two more pages on my blog that will provide you with additional information, one of them being ‘To Know Jesus’.  If you have been challenged to make a decision today after reading this devotional, please click on the above page, or speak with a local Bible Teaching Pastor, or contact me at NuggetsFromGodsWord@outlook.com. Please allow someone to pray with you and give you help and/or encouragement as you begin, or continue your walk with Jesus. Words underlined in my blog could indicate a link to a song that came to mind as I wrote the devotional. Feel free to click on the link and listen as you continue to read or pray. If this devotional was forwarded to you and you would like to see more, please go to Nuggets From God’s Word and read more, or you may freely to subscribe for a daily email conveniently containing each day’s devotional. If you are anywhere near the Sebring, Florida area and do not have a church home, I would be thrilled to welcome you at Bible Fellowship Church, located at 3750 Hammock Rd, Sebring, FL 33872! Click the link to check out service times and/or other special activities. God is at work among us! Please consider coming to worship with us!

 

Things You Might Do Under Pressure

Post Date:

Friday, 2017-12-29
SCRIPTURE

From:

Acts 5:40-42 (ERV)

Text:

40 They called the apostles in, had them whipped, and ordered them never again to speak in the name of Jesus; and then they set them free. 41 As the apostles left the Council, they were happy, because God had considered them worthy to suffer disgrace for the sake of Jesus. 42 And every day in the Temple and in people’s homes they continued to teach and preach the Good News about Jesus the Messiah.
OBSERVATION:
For the preaching and teaching of God’s Word, the apostles were sent to jail. However, the prison door were soon opened by God, and the apostles were able to escape. Because they immediately returned to preaching and teaching, the king ordered that they be brought before him and his council. It is evident from the preceding verses that the intent was to kill these men, however one wise priest, Gamaliel, convinced the king that to kill these men, might be like trying to kill God, if they are correct in reporting on who their Master truly is. It is interesting to see what the apostles’ thought of their arrest, their whipping and their warnings upon their release. I wonder how many of us would do the same as the apostles?
APPLICATION:
If the above story was written in today’s news journals, it probably would have had a much different twist. I could see a lot of emphasis being placed on how badly they were beaten – hoping to accuse the palace of battering, and possibly finding reasons why these men were beaten and not other evangelists just like them. I could hear the comments of how long the men should have been imprisoned, for deliberately disobeying the king. I wonder how many ‘Gamiliels’ there would have been who tried to speak to the king on behalf of the apostles/evangelists. I wonder how many government leaders would have stood up to this group for fear of losing votes during the next election, because of their stand. The same applies to leaders who would not have challenged these men, because of their personal faith in God and their conviction of spreading the gospel to an impoverished world. Now, let’s consider the apostles. If a group of us just got out of jail, went back to preaching, and immediately arrested, beaten and warned again, I wonder what we would do? Many churches have closed down over recent years for various reasons. Do you suppose that this would have been yet another reason for church leaders to close the doors and go underground? Friends, what I was really touched by, is the rejoicing from the apostles as they left the meeting with the government leaders, because they were allowed the privilege of suffering for spreading the news of their Savior. Wow, when last have you heard of church leaders rejoicing over the fact that they suffered because of their commitment to, and spreading the news of, Jesus Christ? Thankfully in some countries we are blessed with the privilege of freely preaching the Word of God. However in those same countries, we are already being warned of our freedoms – no prayer in schools; most work places will not allow us to display or share God with customers or fellow employees; some may be arrested if special permits are not obtained for ministering on street corners; etc, etc. In this whole thought today, please know that this message is for you, not for your preacher, or your elders, deacons or Sunday School teachers. Any child of God should be a minister of the same Gospel that saved them. Are you?
PRAYER:
Lord, You are our Savior and our King. If we seriously believe that, we should be willing to tell the world about that. However Lord, we know that Satan will try in every way to cause us to cower and hide the joy of the Lord in our witness to others. I am reminded of a chorus “it you’re happy and you know it say AMEN”, and the last verse goes on to celebrate “if you’re saved and you know it say AMEN”. Oh how I wish that we could all sing that openly as our testimony in every place that we go any day of the week, not just in Sunday School. Savior, You were beaten and crucified publicly to show Your love for us and to save us from our sins. May we be willing to share that love publicly without fear of human rejection or mockery. Thank you for giving to us Lord, may we learn to give more to You so that the lost might know and believe. AMEN!
FOOTNOTE:
There are two more pages on my blog that will provide you with additional information, one of them being ‘To Know Jesus’.  If you have been challenged to make a decision today after reading this devotional, please click on the above page, or speak with a local Bible Teaching Pastor, or contact me at NuggetsFromGodsWord@outlook.com. Please allow someone to pray with you and give you help and/or encouragement as you begin, or continue your walk with Jesus. Words underlined in my blog could indicate a link to a song that came to mind as I wrote the devotional. Feel free to click on the link and listen as you continue to read or pray. If this devotional was forwarded to you and you would like to see more, please go to Nuggets From God’s Word and read more, or you may freely to subscribe for a daily email conveniently containing each day’s devotional. If you are anywhere near the Highlands County, Florida area and do not have a church home, I would be thrilled to welcome you at Bible Fellowship Church, located at 3750 Hammock Rd, Sebring, FL 33872! Click the link to check out service times and/or other special activities. God is at work among us! Please consider coming to worship with us!

Building One Another Up

Post Date:

Tuesday, 2017-12-26
SCRIPTURE

From:

1 Thessalonians 5:10-11 (MSG)

Text:

Whether we’re awake with the living or asleep with the dead, we’re alive with him! So speak encouraging words to one another. Build up hope so you’ll all be together in this, no one left out, no one left behind. I know you’re already doing this; just keep on doing it.
OBSERVATION:
In writing to the church at Thessalonica, it seems like Paul may have been addressing some challenges they were facing with imitating the ‘world’ in trying to get as much as they could for themselves, at the expense of anyone who stood in their way. This is evidence of greed and selfishness, without concern for the needs of others. Because this is still a huge issue today, I believe it is worthy of our attention, with hopes of overcoming this weakness, through the strength and help of our Lord.
APPLICATION:
We hear such things as: ‘this is a dog eat dog’ kind of world that we live in; or you must fight for self, because no one else will fight for you; or it’s me first, then if anything else is left, I will share with you. While I realize that none of my readers think and act like this (ha!!), when we hear these things we can’t help but think that some of the people that Paul spoke to at Thessalonica must still be around! I believe that the whole purpose in God having this lesson in His Word, is to teach us in the same way as He used Paul to teach the Thessalonians. Speak encouraging and uplifting words to one another! Please don’t respond about how unworthy that group or family, or coworkers are, because then you should inquire of God why on on earth were you, personally, ever worthy of His love and His sacrifice on the cross. Friends, the best way to get ahead in life is to earn it, not to drag someone down hoping that you will rise above them. Think about it another way, when you are helping someone rise above the worries and troubles of this world, you are considered a hero to them. I believe in God’s eyes, you are considered to be His hands extended here on earth, because He did the same for you and will do the same miracles in your friend’s life as you try to help. Let’s remember, at the foot the cross we are all equal – sinners saved by God’s grace. There is no such thing as ‘heroes’ in God’s eyes, for I believe that He sees His obedient servants. There’s no such thing as poor, marginal, undeserved Christians standing in His presence, but instead I believe that He sees His obedient children/servants. Friends, remember that Jesus sacrificed His life at Calvary so that all who accept Him as Lord, would one day stand before Him in robes of white – being cleansed from the sin, trials and tribulations of this earth. Please also remember that in knowing Jesus personally here on earth, we have that same freedom, as He is also our Lord and Master here as well. No longer necessary to walk around with long drawn faces, for we can celebrate even today our risen, glorious King who showed His amazing love and victory in saving us, even when we approached His throne filled with the sin of this world. Yes, we can celebrate friends, but let’s always remember to encourage those who have taken the risk of holding back on surrendering their lives to Jesus Christ – who is the Way, the Truth and the only means to eternity with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit in heaven.
PRAYER:
Lord Jesus, we are so thankful for Your provision of salvation for us to one day be with You and the Father in glory. Please forgive us for the selfish attitude that we have taken in keeping that joy and promise bottled up inside, while many of our family and friends continue to live sin-sick lives. Please help us Lord that we could celebrate more of the lives You have touched through us, than the ongoing celebration of our own salvation. Yes, we have a lot to be thankful for in knowing that You saved us, but the joy is doubled as we celebrate with a friend that You have touched through using us. Bless us oh Lord, so that we may be a blessing to others. AMEN!
FOOTNOTE:
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