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.

Acts 14:22 Remain True

strengthening the disciples and encouraging them to remain true to the faith. “We must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God,” they said. Acts 14:22

Doing anything that is worthwhile often involves difficulties and hardships. Many people will often back down from doing something when they hit a large wall of difficulty in it. Instead of pushing through the challenges, people want to take the easier road, giving up and doing something different.

Those who are highly successful and accomplished, are the ones who never gave up and remained true to their goal.

As Paul and Barnabas preaching and reaching new believers, he gives a word of encouragement to remain true to the faith, alongside a warning of hardships to be endured.

One of the common beliefs of being a believer is that as a believer one will no longer have any troubles or hardships in his life. It is a belief that life will be easy, because God is for the believer.

Although God is for a person and on his side, there is still sin in this world and with sin, there is also trouble. Satan and the world does not want a believer to move forward with God and will throw anything and everything against him to stop him. These troubles could be simple struggles to pay the bills all the way up to direct persecution, threatening one’s life.

The challenge for the believer is to remain true to his faith in God. He should never back down or give up on his faith when trouble comes his way. He must continue to trust in God and His word, knowing that God will win in the end. As God wins, so will he, if he remains true to His word.

Even as a believer, you will have many struggles in this life. Life will be extremely difficult at times, with no end in direct sight. The struggles may even be to the point of threatening your very physical life.

Instead of focusing on the troubles and being discouraged, look to Jesus, who overcame death on the cross to give you victory. Jesus went through the greatest struggle of all time and won. In Him, you can win also.

Hold on to what you know of Jesus and God. Don’t give up the faith, but remain true to God. In the end you will win with God on your side, if you remain true in your faith.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know what Jesus has gone through for you; that you will know God will bring you through all struggles; and that you will not back down on your faith in God as struggles come.

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.

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.