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Sabbath or Sunday Worship Part 15 Series

Religion Saturday/Sunday Worship Part 15: Encouragement

Be courageous! Encourage one another to fight the good fight of faith. In this troubled world, we are all to be blamed because we do not try hard enough to overcome sins, and instead, we make it easy for sin to do its job. When we encounter a minor failure, our fingers quickly point to someone else’s fault. We must focus on what went wrong instead of creating hate and disunity among us that will nullify the rights to be called the chosen ones.

We have to show courage instead of weakness to encourage the witnesses of our reaction to failures. It is not arrogance to tell the truth. How great it is to be loved by God and by the Son, our Father, and our Brother, encouraging us to be inspired rather than desperate. Every failure should remind us that there is hope in Him, a greater hope that success will come after failures. No one in this world will escape challenges because it is already part of our existence, being accessories to sin.

No matter what we do or how much we try to shove out sin, it is like a shadow that follows everywhere we go. The weapons of temptation, deception, and lies are more than enough to hook us to make sin. Sin will keep coming back, and making the same mistake of giving up is the worst thing we have ever learned. The purpose of the evildoers is not just once a day attack but nonstop, 24/7 a week, until we realize it’s wrong and start calling the name of the LORD.

The Holy Spirit within us will not interfere with our decision every time there is a space that they can squeeze in; they are in. Therefore, we should keep closer to God to prevent this destruction. As we keep our distance an inch away from righteous work, they will move two inches closer until they ruin our relationship with the family of God and turn us to be wicked. Sometimes, the cost of success makes those who did not even try to make life worth living envied. They expect blessings to pour out from heaven when they do not even call the name of the LORD.

We are good at calling His name when we only need something, which turns prayer into asking a favor. We must pray and use it to communicate with God, to thank Him, to fellowship with Him, and to worship Him. Prayer is a meditation that we do one on one with God. Public prayer before worship is an invitation to the Holy Spirit of God to come, while the closing prayer indicates that the gathering or the service or mass has ended.

Courage is not only to fight our fear but also to defend the truth of what we hope for, and we know that faith may not exist without hope. Hope leads us to promises made by God and by the Son. Let us also be reminded that Jesus, the Son of God, is at the right hand of the Father, watching us how we manage the kingdom that he preached and our relationship with the Spirit that he requested from the Father to dwell in us. The Spirit that made us one with the  Father and the Son.

Indicated verses encourage us to be courageous in our Spiritual walk. Pray, Read, and Meditate on it. God Bless!

John 16:33—”In the world, you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”

Philippians 4:6–7—”Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” (NIV)

Romans 8:28—”And we know that for those who love God, all things work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose.”

Matthew 6:31–34—”So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or “What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first His kingdom and righteousness, and all these things will also be given to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” (NIV)

Romans 15:13—”May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” (NIV)

Philippians 2:3–4 says, “Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his interests but also to the interests of others.”

1 Peter 5:6–7—”Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time He may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on Him, because He cares for you.”

Revelation 21:4—”He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” And He, seated on the throne, said, “Behold, I am making all things new.”

Isaiah 41:10—”So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” (NIV)

Psalm 34:4–5, 8—”I sought the LORD, and He answered me and delivered me from all my fears. Those who look to Him are radiant, and their faces shall never be ashamed. Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him!”

Joshua 1:9—”Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened; do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”

Proverbs 3:5–6 says, “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and do not lean on your understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your paths.”

2 Chronicles 7:14—”If my people who are called by My name humble themselves, and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”

Isaiah 41:13—”For I, the LORD your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, ‘Fear not, I am the one who helps you.'”

Psalm 94:18–19—”When I thought, “My foot slips,” Your steadfast love, O LORD, helped me. When the cares of my heart are many, Your consolations cheer my soul.”

God is all in all.

Bishop Joseph

Bishop Joseph Vitug, Ph.D. - Bishop Emeritus

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