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Galatians 6:6 ” Anyone who receives instruction in the Word must share all good things with his instructor.”

This verse speaks specifically to those within the Church-body that preach and teach the Word of God.  They are to be compensated for their work.  But I would like to take this idea of consideration a step farther. When was the last time you thanked that friend who spoke encouragement, hope and prayed for you during a hard time in your life?   Or when was the last time you called a long-time friend who had been instrumental in your walk with God and thanked them for faithfully speaking the truth?  We could all benefit from reaching out to friends today and just thanking them for sharing the Good News.

Hebrews 10:25 ” Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another.”

God’s people need to be in circles…not rows.  Now, I’m not saying that you can’t obtain a tremendous amount of spiritual knowledge and wisdom from the Church Service you attend every Sunday.  But there’s something very special about small groups that meet in homes.  In Acts 2:42,  these small groups of Believers met for the purpose of teaching God’s Word, breaking bread, and prayer…and the modern-day small group hasn’t changed that much.  But unless you’ve been part of a small group, you don’t realize all the benefits there are.  When you’re part of a small group,  you make connections, and fellowship with like-minded people who become close friends.  In small group,  there’s the chance for openness and transparency to share each others burdens, while at the same time there’s accountability and follow-up.  If you aren’t already part of a small Bible group,  I strongly encourage you to take the step to join one.  For we all need to encourage and be encouraged by each other as we grow in our faith.

Nehemiah 8:9 “Then Nehemiah the governor, Ezra the priest and scribe, and the Levites who were instructing the people said to them all, ‘This day is sacred to the Lord your God. Do not mourn or weep.’ For all the people had been weeping as they listened to the words of the Lord.”

The words of the Lord should move us when we hear or read them.  “For the word of God is living and active.  Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12)   The word of God should touch us and evoke emotion from within. For from nowhere else can you be divinely encouraged, comforted, inspired or convicted.

II Thessalonians 2: 16-17 ” May our Lord Jesus Christ Himself and God our Father, Who loved us and by His grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word.”

The Lord would like you to know that you are loved.  You are valued and precious in His sight.  Regardless of where you come from…how notorious your background may be, or how far you’ve walked away from Him…Jesus loves you.  You may say to yourself, “No one can love me…I’m too bad of a person.”  But you don’t know the Lord, and if you would just take a peek into His Word,  you’d see that all of Scripture is a love letter to you.  It’s written just for you,  to encourage and exhort…to strengthen and establish and allow you to become the very best person you can be.  By His wonderful grace – God’s loving kindness towards you –  there is the forgiveness of sins and reconciliation back to your Heavenly Father.  There’s no need to walk out this life alone with feelings of isolation and loneliness…Jesus loves you,  just as you are, right where you are today.

Psalm 119:116 “Sustain me according to Your promise, and I will live; do not let my hopes be dashed.”

You can’t have faith without hope…and hope without faith…they go hand and hand together.   When shattered human emotions come to the point of hopelessness, there’s nothing left but  disillusionment and a broken spirit. But if we have faith, we are lifted up and supported…encouraged and assured that God is there.   Isaiah 46:4 says, “Even to your old age and gray hairs I am He, I am He Who will sustain you.  I have made you and I will carry you;  I will sustain you and I will rescue you.”   The Lord is always there to comfort the brokenhearted and grief-stricken.  For faith will give way to hope…and hope will usher in faith.

I Thessalonians 5:14 ” And we urge you, brothers, warn those who are idle, encourage the timid, help the weak, be patient with everyone.”

Even though Paul was addressing this letter to the Church in Thessalonica…he probably could be speaking directly to any modern-day Church you know.  Certain members of the Thessalonian Church, in anticipation of Christ’s return, had become careless and neglectful of their responsibility to work and support themselves.  In other words…they were sitting around, waiting for the Rapture!  Now, we may not see that degree of slothfulness in Church today…but what you can see is the attitude that “It’s me and Thee, God, and I’m not worrying about anybody else.”  Paul warned that laziness and apathy  would contribute to the downfall of any Church.   Secondly, as the Church Body, we are to be Spiritual Cheerleaders for the fainthearted…the worry-warts…and those who can only see the cup half empty. We are to be encouragers of each other.  Finally, as the Church, we are all to be ready with a helping hand for those who are weak spiritually, for when they grow, the Church grows.

House Rules – If it rings…Answer it.

The next House Rule deals with listening and then obeying.  The Scripture comes from Revelation 3:20, “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock.  If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him and he with Me.”  If you examine the famous painting depicting this verse, you’ll see that there’s no doorknob on the outside.  Jesus stands knocking, but can’t open the door Himself…we have to.  All throughout our  Spiritual journey with the Lord, He’ll knock at certain doors…doors of opportunity…doors of ministry…doors that are so foreign, scary, and frankly, so far-fetched,  that we can’t put our heads around what He’s calling us to do.  It’s at that point that we must make the decision to obey…to open that door  and allow Him and His plan for us to come in.