1 Corinthians 14:3 Speak To Build Up

But the one who prophesies speaks to people for their strengthening, encouraging and comfort. 1 Corinthians 14:3

Everyday people all over the world people are speaking to each other. Some are encouraging others, while others are discouraging others. Many just talk about themselves, focusing only on themselves rather than the other person.

As people just talk about themselves and build themselves up, there comes a misunderstanding and lack of love. Division and separation occurs, causing many problems.

While talking about speaking in tongues and prophecies, Paul encourages giving prophecies for the strengthening, encouraging and comfort of others in the church.

In the same way as the world, there are many inside the church who like to be built up, but do not build others up. They are looking out for themselves, rather than for others.

God gives a person some revelation or word, either from His Spirit or from Bible, and the person keeps it completely to himself, rather than sharing it.

The things God gives a person is not to be hoarded to himself, but shared with others. Other people can benefit from the word God has given one person, if it is shared.

Speaking in tongues is in a heavenly language spoken directly to God and Him alone. Prophecies are spoken in the common language to other believers to build them up and encourage them.

Words of prophecy can be ones to encourage them to turn from sin, or to keep on the path that they are on, not just talking about the future. Either way it is to build them up in the Lord and in His word to each and every one.

As people are built up in the Lord, they can in turn build others up causing the church and God’s kingdom to grow.

If you take time to study God’s word and pray, God will give you words to speak to others to strengthen, encourage and comfort them. Many times these words can be prophecies from God.

Be willing to be used by God to help others out. He will give you the words to speak that they need to hear in the moment to encourage them to live more for God. Just as you build others up, God will in turn build you up directly and through others speaking His word into your life.

Are you building up or tearing down others?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will hear God give you words to speak to others; that you will prophecy the words of God to others; that you will build others up in the Lord Jesus; and that God will build you up into the image of Jesus.

1 Corinthians 12:21 All Are Needed

The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” 1 Corinthians 12:21

Organizations that run well have a good understanding the of the need of everyone in the organization. Other organizations often splinter and crumble, because of the disunity inside of it caused by everyone working alone.

Some people love to work alone and feel as if they do not need the help of anyone else. The need for others is often unseen, until it is too late and damage has been done.

Using the body as an example, Paul describes what the church is like. He points out that the eye cannot make it without the hand, nor can the head make it without the feet.

Pride in the heart of many people causes them to feel as if they do not need anyone else. Each person feels as if he is the most important and needed person within a group and often looks down upon or excludes others.

Sadly this type of viewing has occurred inside the church many times. Pastors look down upon youth or children’s pastors. Youth pastors look down upon the usher. Ushers may look down upon the person who cleans the church. Along side of those views, teachers may look down upon evangelists or the opposite way.

God does not work in that way at all. Every person that He has put in a church has an important job to fulfill. Just as the eye needs the hand in order to have any value, so every person is needed inside the church body. None are more important than the other. Each person has his own job to fulfill before God and others.

Together the church can be a powerful force and witness in this world.

Regardless of your position in the church you are a part of, you have an important role to fulfill. However, keep in mind that your role is not the most important, but also not the least important.

Realize that God has others there to help you and for you to help.

Every person, including you, is placed in the church body by God to build each other up in the Lord and be His powerful witness to this fallen world. Do not neglect your role, nor look down upon the roles of others, but build each other up in unity.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know the purpose God has for you in His body–the church; that you will build others up in the Lord in the church body; that you will work in unity with other believers doing God’s work; and that you will be a witness of Jesus to the world.

Acts 11:23 Encouragement To Remain True

When he arrived and saw what the grace of God had done, he was glad and encouraged them all to remain true to the Lord with all their hearts. Acts 11:23

When something major changes, most people want to go back to the old way of things. They do not always want to accept and embrace the change, even if it is a good change.

One of the ways they stay with the old is they keep talking about the old ways, rather than moving forward. This can occur when a person changes for the good, they keep remembering the person’s past.

The church in Jerusalem heard that the Gentiles in Antioch had become believers. They sent Barnabas to verify what had happened. When he saw what God had done he encouraged the new believers to remain true to the Lord with all of their hearts.

Some believers in the church can sometimes be the worst critics of new believers. Just as the Jewish people could not believe that a Gentile could be saved by God, believers today often believe certain people cannot really be saved because of their past. Instead of encouraging the new believers, they cut them down.

Every believer has some faults with sin, however, that does not mean he is not trying to serve and love God with all of his heart. Instead of the church pushing against the believer, he should encourage him to remain true to God all the more and more as He grows in God.

Encouragement can often be the key that gives a person strength to continue to walk with God. It will create a change of focus from the problems of life to God and His life. Life has enough problems and struggles to not have more added by those in the church.

Just as you need encouragement to keep moving forward with God, so others need encouragement. As you see new believers, give them encouragement, rather than judgement.

Show them ways in which you have learned to walk closer to God. Give them stories of how God has helped you make it. Talk about how being faithful to God has strengthened you all the more when you have seen God fulfilling His promises in your life.

Be the one who will encourage new believers in the walk with God, rather than the discourager.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will see how God has strengthened you; that you will share how God has helped you with others; that you will encourage others in their walk with God; and that you will be true to the Lord with all of your heart.

Jude 1:20-21 Built Up In Faith And Prayer

But you, dear friends, by building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life. Jude 1:20-21

When someone talks about being built up, he is often talking about physically, emotionally or in a position socially. On a regular basis people go to a gym to build up the physical bodies. Many will seek to be built up in positions at work or in their community. Still others work at being built up in their emotions.

All of these things are for temporary build ups.

Jude tells the people to build themselves up in their faith and by praying in the Holy Spirit. The purpose is to keep themselves in God’s love while waiting for the return of Jesus.

While the world is seeking to build themselves up in temporary things of this world, the believer is also to build himself up in something different. The entire focus of a believer is not the temporary, but the eternal.

Everything that a believer does is with a focus that some day Jesus will return to take him home with Him for all eternity. This is a hope that cannot be seen with the physical eyes, it is faith that what God’s word says is true.

At the point a person becomes a believer he has some faith in God. This should not stay at that point, but continue to grow more and more. Over time a person’s faith in God should grow stronger as he sees God’s faithfulness.

In order for this faith to grow, one must also be praying in the Holy Spirit. This is allowing the Holy Spirit to guide his prayers.

Building one’s faith and prayers will keep one in the center of God’s love.

Regardless of how much you work on building yourself up in the temporary things of this world, work more at building up your faith in God and your times of prayer.

Work to trust God more and more each day. Take more and more time to spend time communicating with God in prayer. Allow His Holy Spirit to guide your prayers, so that they will be effectual and fervent prayers that accomplish great things.

Keep growing as you wait for the return of Jesus to take you to heaven for eternity.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that your faith in God will grow daily; that you will pray more each day; that your life will be focused upon God’s eternal promises; and that you will stay in God’s love till Jesus returns.

1 John 1:3 What Are You Proclaiming?

We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. 1 John 1:3

Each and every person on this planet has a story to tell about something that is different from anyone else. Things seen are different for each person. Things experienced are different for each person.

In telling their stories of experience, other people can learn new things or new perspectives. The best stories that can be told are ones that are true and not some fantasy made up.

John tells the people he is writing to that he, and others with him, are proclaiming what they had heard and seen. He did this so that the people could have fellowship with them, the Father and Jesus.

Just as all the people around the world outside the church have a story to tell, so do the people in the church. Every person who has become a believer has a slightly or greatly different story to tell about his experiences with God.

These stories are not to be told in order to brag about self, but in order to share what God has done or is doing. They are to build others up and encourage them.

God is so big and great that no one person can know absolutely every thing about Him and how He works. He works in many different ways with every person.

As people share what God has done in their lives, it can encourage others to trust Him more. It can open the eyes of others up as to the infinite different ways God can work in their lives. And this builds a fellowship between other believers, God and Jesus that will last for eternity.

You may or may not be one who likes to talk, but every day you have a story to tell. You have experiences with God that no other person has had in the exact same way.

Each and every one of your experiences with God need to be proclaimed, in order to build others up. Share your struggles and victories that you have experienced in your walk with the Lord Jesus Christ.

Allow your fellowship with God and Jesus to be shared with every person who is willing to take a moment to listen.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will share what God has done and is doing in your life with others; that your experiences will build others up in the Lord; that you will have fellowship with other believers; and that you will encourage and build others up with your fellowship with God.