Community of Believers | We are here for one another!

 

Races can take you through many terrains.  Running uphill, it’s hard.  The more you go, the steeper the incline, the harder it gets.  Breath after breath your chest heaves for relief.  Push after push your muscles cry out for mercy.  And, just when you thought you had no more in you; just when you thought you couldn’t go any farther, from behind there comes these hands out of nowhere that steadies your stride and helps propel you forward some more.  On the side of you comes smiling faces with encouraging words grabbing hold of your arms and help pull you up that incline that you might finish your race.  They want to help you make it.

The Apostle Paul often described our Christian life as a race (1 Corinthians 9:24-27).  We run it.  We press for it.  But, sometimes the way gets hard and if it had not been for the grace of God, we would not have made it.

As the community of racers pushed and pulled the struggling runner uphill, so God will minister to us to help us go through our race.  Often this is done through the community of believers that will come alongside the one that needs support.

In this world the struggle is real.  May we, as a community of believers, recognize the support that each one needs.  May we join up with our fellow Christian race runners and offer the help and encouragement they need to make it.  May we see beyond our own race and allow God to use our hands and smiling faces to help bolster someone’s faith as they are striving to make it up the inclines of this life.

We all have the same goal in mind: to finish the race.  We need each other to do it.  As a community of believers, our job goes beyond spreading the gospel and being a light in this dark world, and all the other spiritual stuff it entails.  Our job is also to seek the welfare of one another.  We need to be there for one another.  We need to be present and involved in the process of what they are going through “that there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another. And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it,” (1 Corinthians 12:25-26).  

More encouraging verses and quotes:

“Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.” 1 Thessalonians 5:11

“Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.” Galatians 6:2

Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour. For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow . . .” Ecclesiastes 4:9-10a

“God has chosen us to help one another.” Smith Wigglesworth

“The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was: ‘If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?’ But… the Good Samaritan reversed the question: ‘If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?'” Martin Luther King, Jr.

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“Strength for Heavy Hands”

Strength for Heavy Hands

No matter who you are.  No matter what your position is in your home, work, or local church.  No matter what calling is placed on your life.  If you, or anyone of us, are going to successfully make it through this Christian journey we need support.  We need encouragement from one another.  We assistance through the hard times and struggles.  In the midst of our personal and spiritual battles, we need a helping hand; someone who will be there as our advocate and friend to help us carry the load.  We all need someone whom we can garner strength from in our times of weakness.

There was a time in the Bible when Moses sent Joshua out to battle against the Amalekites.  During this battle, Moses stood atop a hill with the rod of God in his hand.  As long as his hands were raised the battle would turn in their favor, giving them victory against their adversary.  But, the longer the battle ensued the more cumbersome it became for Moses to hold that victory stance.  For every time his hands became weak and he lowered his arms, the enemy would start prevailing against his people.  Upon seeing the heavy hands of Moses, Aaron and Hur came to his aid.  They offered him support.  They sat Moses down on a rock and they held his heavy hands; they came alongside him during the fight to help keep his hands steady (read Exodus 17:8-13, NKJV).

The Bible tells us, “Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor.  For if they fall, one will lift up his companion . . . Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him. And a threefold cord is not quickly broken,” (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12, NKJV).   There is strength in togetherness.  There is value in being there for one another.  When someone’s hands are getting too heavy to deal with the things in life, we as a people of God should come alongside them as the boys did for Moses, and help them through the battle.  Then, we are unified as one in the struggle, offering the strength that cannot be easily torn away.

Do you or someone you know need assistance?  Do you know someone who is having a hard time right now?  It might be nothing big, but just the daily ins and outs of life are wearing on you or a friend.  Can you offer encouragement to that one?  If you are the one in a struggle and need help, I encourage you to not try to fight alone.  Find someone who will come alongside you to champion your cause with you.  If you know someone who is struggling, can you be the one that helps strengthen the heavy hands?   What greater way to show the love of Christ in you than to be there for each other?

Bible Verses for Supporting Others:

Galatians 6:2 “Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.”

Romans 15:1 “We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves.”

Philippians 2:4 “Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.”

John 15:12 “This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.”

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Community of Believers | We are here for one another!

 

Races can take you through many terrains.  Running uphill, it’s hard.  The more you go, the steeper the incline, the harder it gets.  Breath after breath your chest heaves for relief.  Push after push your muscles cry out for mercy.  And, just when you thought you had no more in you; just when you thought you couldn’t go any farther, from behind there comes these hands out of nowhere that steadies your stride and helps propel you forward some more.  On the side of you comes smiling faces with encouraging words grabbing hold of your arms and help pull you up that incline that you might finish your race.  They want to help you make it.

The Apostle Paul often described our Christian life as a race (1 Corinthians 9:24-27).  We run it.  We press for it.  But, sometimes the way gets hard and if it had not been for the grace of God, we would not have made it.

As the community of racers pushed and pulled the struggling runner uphill, so God will minister to us to help us go through our race.  Often this is done through the community of believers that will come alongside the one that needs support.

In this world the struggle is real.  May we, as a community of believers, recognize the support that each one needs.  May we join up with our fellow Christian race runners and offer the help and encouragement they need to make it.  May we see beyond our own race and allow God to use our hands and smiling faces to help bolster someone’s faith as they are striving to make it up the inclines of this life.

We all have the same goal in mind: to finish the race.  We need each other to do it.  As a community of believers, our job goes beyond spreading the gospel and being a light in this dark world, and all the other spiritual stuff it entails.  Our job is also to seek the welfare of one another.  We need to be there for one another.  We need to be present and involved in the process of what they are going through “that there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another. And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it,” (1 Corinthians 12:25-26).  

More encouraging verses and quotes:

“Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.” 1 Thessalonians 5:11

“Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.” Galatians 6:2

Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour. For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow . . .” Ecclesiastes 4:9-10a

“God has chosen us to help one another.” Smith Wigglesworth

“The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was: ‘If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?’ But… the Good Samaritan reversed the question: ‘If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?'” Martin Luther King, Jr.

Photo Source: Pixabay

“Strength for Heavy Hands”

Strength for Heavy Hands

No matter who you are.  No matter what your position is in your home, work, or local church.  No matter what calling is placed on your life.  If you, or anyone of us, are going to successfully make it through this Christian journey we need support.  We need encouragement from one another.  We assistance through the hard times and struggles.  In the midst of our personal and spiritual battles, we need a helping hand; someone who will be there as our advocate and friend to help us carry the load.  We all need someone whom we can garner strength from in our times of weakness.

There was a time in the Bible when Moses sent Joshua out to battle against the Amalekites.  During this battle, Moses stood atop a hill with the rod of God in his hand.  As long as his hands were raised the battle would turn in their favor, giving them victory against their adversary.  But, the longer the battle ensued the more cumbersome it became for Moses to hold that victory stance.  For every time his hands became weak and he lowered his arms, the enemy would start prevailing against his people.  Upon seeing the heavy hands of Moses, Aaron and Hur came to his aid.  They offered him support.  They sat Moses down on a rock and they held his heavy hands; they came alongside him during the fight to help keep his hands steady (read Exodus 17:8-13, NKJV).

The Bible tells us, “Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor.  For if they fall, one will lift up his companion . . . Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him. And a threefold cord is not quickly broken,” (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12, NKJV).   There is strength in togetherness.  There is value in being there for one another.  When someone’s hands are getting too heavy to deal with the things in life, we as a people of God should come alongside them as the boys did for Moses, and help them through the battle.  Then, we are unified as one in the struggle, offering the strength that cannot be easily torn away.

Do you or someone you know need assistance?  Do you know someone who is having a hard time right now?  It might be nothing big, but just the daily ins and outs of life are wearing on you or a friend.  Can you offer encouragement to that one?  If you are the one in a struggle and need help, I encourage you to not try to fight alone.  Find someone who will come alongside you to champion your cause with you.  If you know someone who is struggling, can you be the one that helps strengthen the heavy hands?   What greater way to show the love of Christ in you than to be there for each other?

Bible Verses for Supporting Others:

Galatians 6:2 “Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.”

Romans 15:1 “We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves.”

Philippians 2:4 “Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.”

John 15:12 “This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.”

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