Friday, September 26, 2014
Finally then, brethren, we request and exhort you in the Lord Jesus, that as you received from us instruction as to how you ought to walk and please God (just as you actually do walk), that you excel still more ~ 1 Thessalonians 4:1.
Reading this verse, seeing the encouragement with the reminder, thought comes, “Constantly telling others how wrong they are defeats & discourages. Talk about the right & good, & encourage the good they do.”
I have been in churches and around Christian people who seem constantly to think they have to harp on all that is being done wrong, like beating the head with a brick. The people hearing it too often come away feeling defeated and frustrated, knowing what they need to do, but not knowing the how. We are called to be light, speaking and showing the how of the right.
Pray today to be encouragers in the truth of the word; to be a people who know how to lift up another with thoughts that are true, honorable, right, pure, lovely, of good repute, excellent, and worthy of praise (Philippians 4:8). Pray to be a people who help other to know that they are, because He IS; and that they can because He WILL. Pray to be a lifter of the head of those in your sphere of influence, helping them to look to God in all things.
Psalm 121 ~ “I will lift up my eyes to the mountains; from where shall my help come? My help comes from the Lord, Who made heaven and earth. He will not allow your foot to slip; He who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, He who keeps Israel Will neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord is your keeper; The Lord is your shade on your right hand. The sun will not smite you by day, Nor the moon by night. The Lord will protect you from all evil; He will keep your soul. The Lord will guard your going out and your coming in From this time forth and forever.”
Sing My Love – Jesus Culture: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o6kSRKZ60q4&list=PLfiEjLIYhJ9C1mYoWkn6r-9es3fIF6Ibq&index=3