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Using the Word to Encourage Others

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Successfulness=Obedience

  
Ezekiel was told to warn the people of what was to come if they didn’t turn from their sinful ways. The Lord assured him that he wouldn’t hold him accountable for their responses but only for his obedience to the call.

On the surface we probably all understand that we aren’t held responsible for another person’s decision to follow after Christ or how they react to something that we’ve done to glorify God.

But has it really sunk in?

From time to time I have found myself judging my “works” on people’s reactions. But in reality those responses aren’t the criteria in which God judges. He judges my works on the obedience to the calling He has placed on my life.

There is so much joy in accepting the fact that we are only held accountable for how we respond, not the response of others.

Traveling Guides

Matthew 15:14

Acts 9:1-8

Saul was struck blind. If it weren’t for his traveling companions he would’ve been left to wander around the road to Damascus, not knowing which way to turn, which way to go.

But his friends could see. They took him by the hand and led him to the city. They were his guides.

It is our job as Christians, the ones that can see, to lead the spiritually blinded to Christ. We are responsible for showing others the pathway to Jesus.

Without our guidance they’ll be lost.

Let your light shine bright so that others will see Him.

Money Makeover

Malachi 3:10

Haggai 1:2-14

Their houses weren’t the best. Their clothes weren’t the greatest. They barely had enough food to eat.

They couldn’t figure it out. The money they were making seemed to be held in a bag with holes. It seemed as if they were always spinning their wheels, never getting ahead.

Then The Lord revealed to them the cause of their problems: unwise financial choices. He pointed out the house of God as it laid in ruins, untouched, uncared for. No one was willing to give to the rebuilding of the temple because they were too concerned with making sure they were taken care of.

Their money wasn’t being invested in the things of God.

Do you feel like you can’t get out of the hole? Or that you have to live just scraping by? If so take a look at where your money is going. If God isn’t on the list put Him there, at the top. Or if you believe that you are investing in the work of The Lord but aren’t seeing a good turnaround check and make sure what you are supporting. Dig a little deeper into the ministry to make sure that it is lifting up Jesus and not just a front to scheme money.

Being blessed financially begins with giving The Lord His portion first.

On The Lookout

Galatians 6:10

Exodus 17:8-13

Moses walked up the hill, rod of God in hand. Beside him walked Aaron and Hur, his friends. Below him Joshua was beginning to battle with the Amaleks.

Moses looked over the valley below. His men were fighting, under his charge. He raised the rod of God in his hand and watched Israel prevail.

Then he became tired. Physically probably from walking up the hill, from holding the rod straight up in the air for a long period of time. Mentally probably from realizing that the nation he was leading was winning a battle solely based upon his actions.

The pressures from the battle were wearing him thin.

His hands began to drop. The rod was no longer being held up. The battle started going the other way. Israel was losing ground quick.

In stepped Aaron and Hur. They provided Moses a seat. They held his arms so that they stretched the rod toward God.

They helped to shoulder Moses’ burden.

They took it upon themselves as if it were their own.

They had realized that the outcome of the battle affected them too.

Christians, don’t turn the other way when you see a person in need of encouragement or help. Instead bear their burden with them. Maybe you can help shoulder the responsibility through prayer, through actions, through example…but realize that the outcome affects you too.

We should do our best to help each other so that Christians can be viewed as a people that stand together and so that our God will receive at least a portion of the honor and glory that He is due.

Look out for your brethren.

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