Monday, August 14, 2006

Be Encouraged

1 Cor 7:23 You were bought with a price [purchased with a preciousness and paid for by Christ]; then do not yield yourselves up to become [in your own estimation] slaves to men [but consider yourselves slaves to Christ].
1 Cor 7:24 So, brethren, in whatever station {or} state {or} condition of life each one was when he was called, there let him continue with {and} close to God.

Praise the Lord!

I just want to encourage the Body of Christ. I see that God's people are going through so much. Everyone is dealing with things - going through tests and trials. In times like these, it is so important that we encourage ourselves in the Lord and that we uplift one another in prayer.

Saints of God, we owe it to the Father to protect the investment He has placed in us. The Scriptures tell us that we are not our own, but we have been purchased with a price. God has purchased us with the blood of His only Son. How dare we allow the issues of this world and the people in our lives to bring to nought all that God has birthed in us - the gifts and callings...the power and anointing...the virtue and holiness.

Protect HIS investment. Saints, be careful about who has access to God's treasure. Don't let everyone and every situation get to you. Allow nothing to separate you from the love of God.

On this past Sunday, God reminded me of Jeremiah. He was called the weeping prophet, and he wrote an entire book of lamentations before the Father. Yet, even Jeremiah learned to encourage himself. In chapter 3, he said there was one thing he recalled to his mind, and therefore he had hope - it is only because of the Lord's mercies that we are not consumed. Because His compassions fail not, they are new every morning. Great is Thy faithfulness!

Be encouraged, saints of God. Encourage yourselves! Protect the investment your Father has placed in you, and do not allow anyone or anybody to put that at risk. Amen.

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