Ac 9:31 Then the churches throughout all Judea, Galilee, and Samaria had peace and were edified. And walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, they were multiplied.
A few years ago, one of my mentors in the faith said something in his message when he was ministering at our congregation that really stuck with me. In his message that night he talked about how important that it is to encourage one another in the faith. That night he stressed that the devil would do enough to attempt to discourage us, therefore it is important that we encourage one another in the faith.
I would like to thank all of you that encourage us in the faith. I pray that when we send out words of encouragement that we never do this to seek the praises of man, or to flatter you. That would not be in accordance with the scriptures. But I do pray that you are encouraged to continue in your journey with Jesus Christ and to fulfill the destiny and calling that God has for you in your life.
It is our prayer that like those churches mentioned in our opening passage that you would have peace in your life and that God would use you to help others to have that peace. It is our prayer that God would use these words to help us all walk in a Holy fear of the Lord. That doesn’t mean that God is sitting up there with His hands full of lightning bolts just waiting to get you with one. It is an abhorrence of sin and the things that grieve the heart of God. It is a desire not to willfully offend God. It is a desire to bless God. It is not seeking God’s approval to get saved. It is a Holy response to the Father for sending His Son Jesus Christ to save us from our sins.
Now let’s get back to talking about encouraging one another in this journey. The Greek term for edified is oikodomeo, oy-kod-om-eh’-o. It literally means to build up as to build a house. Metaphorically it means to found, or establish. It also means to promote Christian growth in Christian wisdom, affection, grace, virtue, holiness, and blessedness, as well to grow in wisdom and in piety.
In this season where most congregations have not met together, I praise God as I have before for all of the creative ways that God has given His servants to get His word out. Many across the Body of Christ have been an encouragement to us.
On the other hand, I have thought about what a blessing it is to meet with the Body of Christ and be encouraged by those that we meet with. One means of this has been through preaching of the word. Another means has been during times of personal ministry when people have ministered to us and others as the Apostle Paul talks about in 1Co 14:3 But he who prophesies speaks edification and exhortation and comfort to men. (NKJV) And by the way many times people have encouraged us in this way outside of the church building.
I will never forget one time a brother in the first congregation that we Pastored spoke a prophetic word of encouragement over me at a critical time in our lives and ministry. It was when the Lord called us to leave that congregation that we loved so much and to come to Christ Community Fellowship, a congregation that we would grow to love as well. I remember him saying “you are going to be going over yonder.” Well every time that I get on an airplane to go on a ministry trip to another country the Holy Spirit will bring those words that he spoke to me that day. It is a way that God confirms that I am in His will and that He will not only take care of me, but that He will do great things that only He can get the Glory for.
So, as we pray for an awakening and a revival in our nation let us not only walk in peace and the fear of the Lord, but let us be used by God to build one another up. There is not a Christian that if we yield our heart to God that He will not give us words to encourage one another. When we do that not only will the people that we encourage, but we ourselves will walk in the comfort of the Holy Spirit and then the church will be multiplied.
Let Us Pray
Today Lord help us to yield our tongues and other ways that You have given us to influence others to You. May we speak life and encouragement to other members of the household of faith. Lord help us not to compromise truth, or to flatter others for an unholy reason, or for self-promotion. But help us to be used to build up Your people for such a time as this and until you reappear or until You call us home to be with You.
In Jesus Name
We love you all. Please pray for the ministry that God has called us to that we will be faithful to Him. That we will glorify Him and not seek to glorify ourselves.
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