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Be Encouraged

Hebrews 10:25

Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another — and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

82015 RayI want to write today about a subject that is essential. I think it is essential that we encourage one another. The Bible tells us in today’s passage in Hebrews 10:25Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another — and all the more as you see the Day approaching.  I think the day is fast approaching and we need to be in the daily business of encouraging one another.  Let’s try and see how we are blessed.

It is so easy to be critical. Tearing down doesn’t build up the Body of Christ. We do not ignore that which needs attention or correction but we do so in love and as much as possible through encouragement. We can correct and even rebuke as Scripture says through love. But often we fail to praise and encourage. It is easy to see and report and have an opinion about what we dislike. How about what we see going well?

Hebrews 3:13 says – encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. We cannot let ourselves get stuck in the past or in discouragement. We need to move forward with the encouragement of the Holy Spirit. Discouragement and a critical spirit are not works of God but rather they are sin and the work of Satan. I pray that we can be a people of joy and love and encouragement, even in our correcting.

Encourage someone today! I have recently challenged myself to be more encouraging of the volunteers that work in the various ministries of our church. We can all model this approach and bless someone with an encouragement.

I will begin by saying the worshipping body at First Church has been a great encouragement to my wife and I. We feel the Spirit in both services and seek with you to present ourselves to God!  As the days unfold before us, let us seek His face and desire His grace together.

I also want to acknowledge our music ministry at both services.  The choir, led by Judy and Stela, do a wonderful job, and the church family appreciates their leadership in worship.  Some of the anthems they have presented have been so powerful, we could give a benediction and go home, having heard the very voice of God speak to us!  The praise team, led by Shaun and Jeremy, also do a wonderful job.  Together they are creating a worshipful atmosphere at the second service and are using their gifts in a variety of new ways.  It is uplifting to see both of these services with such powerful music ministries and we at First Church are so blessed.

How about encouraging someone today!  Give encouragement, even more readily than we do criticism.  It might just change the way we feel!

Just something to think about today as you go on your way!



November 2, 2015 - Posted by | Bring, Church, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology, Worship | , , , , , , ,

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