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Body-building Tip #43 – These thoughts are designed to help members of the body at Grace to encourage one another’s faith. Heb 3:13 is a challenging portion of Scripture in reference to encouragement. “But exhort (encourage) one another every day, as long as it is called ‘today,’ that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.”

For you to ponder: We are commanded to encourage one another daily, while we still have the opportunity. Whether by death or the Lord’s return, all too soon each one of us will stand before the Lord to give account. So what does the writer of Hebrews intend for us to do ‘every day?’ At the very least this command implies a continuous, daily need because the time is short and the consequences impact eternity. The threat of sin side-tracking us spiritually is so great that we need to help one another be ready for that day.

Tip: Will the fact that we may all stand before the Lord before this day is over effect your fellowship with one another this morning? We need to ask God to help us interact with a growing commitment to the spiritual health of others so that every time we are together we are conscious of our responsibility to help others be ready.

Challenge: Will you try this morning to help someone focus on the spiritual significance of this day in light of eternity? Every effort to help someone focus on the grace of God can be used by God to encourage that person be more determined to live like today may be the day we see Christ.

 

Body-building Tip #42 – These thoughts are designed to help members of the body at Grace to encourage one another’s faith.

I Th 3:1,2 & 5 “Therefore when we could bear it no longer, we were willing to be left behind at Athens alone, and we sent Timothy, our brother and God’s coworker in the Gospel of Christ, to establish and exhort you in your faith, that no one be moved by these afflictions…For this reason, when I could bear it no longer, I sent to learn about your faith, for fear that somehow the tempter had tempted you…”

For you to ponder: Twice in this passage Paul expresses his unwillingness to wait to find out how the believers in Thessalonica were doing spiritually by stating that he could “bear it no longer.” Knowing they were experiencing difficulties, he feared that their faith might fail. He feared that they would quit fighting the good fight and return to their former lifestyles. It is reasonable to assume that during the days of waiting for some word about them, Paul thought about them often and prayed earnestly for the strengthening of their faith. He just had to find out how they were doing, so he sent Timothy to encourage them in their faith.

Challenge: A prayer, “O, Lord, help me to be so concerned about the spiritual health of my brothers and sisters in Christ here at Grace that I will do whatever it takes to help keep their minds on You, the way, the truth and the life. In Jesus name, Amen”

 
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