We are created anew when we are born again into newness of life. Upon that new birth we are called to bear fruit and to fulfill works that the Lord has ordained us to do and given us the strength through the Holy Spirit to accomplish. Each and every moment of our relationship with God he is authoring our faith, developing it, perfecting it, shaping it, and growing it. He who is faithful to start such a work in us will be faithful to finish it. We must walk in this newness of life and be obedient to Jesus. As we persist in obedience we will bear fruit, walk out a life of joy despite obstacles, and provide a testimony to others of the transforming power of the Lord. Let us cry out with all our strength: I once was lost but now am found, was blind but now I see!
For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.
This is an era of negativity in attitude, speech, and disposition. Christians must take heed to the scriptures and encourage both ourselves and one another. God is an endless source of encouragement, and a supernatural strength to face these days is always available. People need encouragement, and providing it in an appropriate way is an effective inroad to further meaningful conversation in addition to being a ministry in and of itself. Please take time today to listen to this message about the importance of encouragement and the impact it can have on you and on those you come into contact with. Jesus deserves to be represented properly in this generation, and one way to accomplish that would be to stand as a resource of encouragement against a veritable flood of negativity.
…exhort one another daily, while it is called “Today,” lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.
The battle is the Lord’s, and we are called to fight the good fight of faith. In this moment, in this generation, the people of God must stand up and proclaim the name of Jesus. There is power in His name! There is no time now for complacency. Answer the call to victory. Give all the glory to God!
Hear, O Israel: You are to cross over the Jordan today, and go in to dispossess nations greater and mightier than yourself, cities great and fortified up to heaven, a people great and tall, the descendants of the Anakim, whom you know, and of whom you heard it said, ‘Who can stand before the descendants of Anak?’ Therefore understand today that the Lord your God is He who goes over before you as a consuming fire. He will destroy them and bring them down before you; so you shall drive them out and destroy them quickly, as the Lord has said to you.
Jesus is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. He is in charge. Now is the time to allow Him to direct every aspect of our lives. God is on the move, and we must be as well. A lackadaisical church has rendered the basic gospel message revolutionary again. This is a promised time of harvest. Know the Word of God. Follow Jesus. He is worth everything.
A theme so far for 2017 is the incredible need for Christians to return to reading the Word of God with diligence. If you are interested in a Bible reading plan there are plenty available online, and if you contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org) I’d be more than happy to send through my spreadsheet or put something together for you. Be encouraged and exhorted brothers and sisters. Whether you are new to the Christian faith or you have been walking with Jesus for decades, we absolutely must return to the Word of God every day for our spiritual nourishment. If we believe that the Bible is the inerrant, inspired Word of God, then it is both our duty and privilege to be fed supernaturally by what the Holy Spirit will speak to our hearts when we engage the scriptures.
Is That All You’re Going To Eat? – Pastor Patrick Pierre – Times Square Church – 01.08.2017
The whole commandment that I command you today you shall be careful to do, that you may live and multiply, and go in and possess the land that the Lord swore to give to your fathers. And you shall remember the whole way that the Lord your God has led you these forty years in the wilderness, that he might humble you, testing you to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep his commandments or not. And he humbled you and let you hunger and fed you with manna, which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that he might make you know that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.