I pray that you will have the wisdom to restore a hurting person gently. May you help one another, selflessly carrying each other's burdens. May God give you compassion as you minister with love to them, and may you not judge them or compare them with others. I pray that God will strengthen you as you give godly counsel. May you be encouraged and strengthened as you refresh others.
In Jesus' Name, Amen.
Have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them.
Rather than doing what people in the world do, we ought to be exposing their evil. You could call us the spiritual CIA: our job is to expose the crimes of darkness. Our tool is the Word of God: “All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness. (2 Tim. 3:16, NASB; emphasis added). Our life and our words should expose evil.
Sometimes just the way you live can expose the evil in people’s lives. Have you ever walked up to people who know you’re a Christian and who happen to be in the middle of a filthy conversation? Does it suddenly turn clean? When some unbelievers I happened to be playing golf with found out I was a pastor, their words and attitudes changed immediately.
We also are commissioned by God to verbally expose the evil of the world. We must diagnose it, confront it, and then offer the solution. Sin is a cancer that must be removed. You aren’t helping anyone by ignoring it. People need to be convicted about their sin before they will ever see their need for a Savior.
~ John MacArthur ~
Rejoice In The Hope Of My Glory
REJOICE IN THE HOPE OF MY GLORY. EVEN though many people use the word hope to denote wishful thinking, My Glory-hope rings with the certainty of absolute truth! I have promised that all My children will share My Glory, and I intend to keep that promise. Moreover, I have all the Power I need—infinite Power—to enable Me to do so.
The nature of hope is that it refers to something in the future, something not yet. So you need to wait patiently for me to fulfill My promises. If patience is not your strong point, remember that it is a fruit of the Spirit. You can ask the Holy Spirit to help you wait hopefully in My Presence. Waiting is often a boring task unless you have something interesting to do or someone interesting to be with. When you wait in My Presence, rejoice that you are in the company of the Creator and Sustainer of the universe. I am infinitely more brilliant and creative than you can imagine. Delight in this awesome privilege of being with Me now and throughout eternity.
We have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God.
I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.
The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.
~ Sarah Young ~
When Illness Comes
If we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.
[1 John 5:14]
Let me close this week’s study of Jesus, the perfect healer, by suggesting three principles for what Christians should do when illness comes into our lives or the lives of those we care about.
First, when illness comes, we are to ask God for healing. In 1 John 5:14 we are told, “If we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.” Notice the Bible does not promise that if you ask God for something, He will automatically give it to you. But the Bible does promise that you can ask God for anything and He will answer that prayer according to His will. The phrase “according to His will” is not a way of letting God off the hook, saying, “Lord, if You can do it, fine; but if You can’t muster up the power to do it, then I’ll just say it wasn’t Your will.” No, God’s will is a border around your life to keep bad things from entering. So when we say, “God, I want You to do this, but only if it’s according to Your will,” that is the true prayer of faith. We are to ask God for anything He places in our hearts and then quietly trust Him to do what is best. That is faith praying. Sometimes God says yes to our request for physical healing. He did it with a leper. He did it with a paralytic. And sometimes, as in the case of the apostle Paul, God says no (2 Corinthians 12:9). But whatever need we have, we are to ask God to answer that need.
Second, when illness comes, we ought to examine our lives for unconfessed sin. Now, not all illness is the result of our individual sins, but sometimes it is. Sometimes if we are living apart from God, God will use illness as a way to get our attention. James says, “The prayer offered in faith will restore the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up, and if he has committed sins, they will be forgiven him. Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed” (James 5:15-16). James is saying that not all sickness is caused by sin, but sometimes it is. And if your sickness is the result of sin, then you need to confess your sins to one another as well as to God.
Third, when you face illness, you ought to seek the prayers of other godly Christians. James says, “Pray for one another so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much” (5:16) Throughout the New Testament, whenever God sees Christians praying together for the same thing, He sits up and takes notice. So when you are facing an illness, don’t keep it to yourself. Let other people pray for you, because the Bible promises that the effective prayer of a righteous person accomplishes much.
How do we respond when illness comes? We ask God for healing, we examine our lives for unconfessed sin, and we seek the prayers of others.
~ Dr. Robert Jeffress ~