For some Christmas is a happy time. This is also the time of year when there’s more depression and suicide. People that have losses have grief. Losses that cause grief come from the death of a loved one, family problems, lost job, lost health, lost hope for the future, and many other things. Job lost […]
Continue: to keep going, to not stop John 8:31 Then said Jesus…If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed… We’re in a battle and we have to be determined to go on and continue to the end. Job had to go through hard times in his life, but he continued with […]
Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Phillipians 4:6-
We must take time to commune with Jesus, the Prince of Peace. If, throughout your day, you don’t have time to talk to God, you are too busy. You will be robbed of your peace. If you are too busy to come to church, your priorities are mixed up. If we don’t keep his commandments he will not stay around where he is not wanted. A true relationship with Christ is a heart experience where we love God with all of our heart.
We want our presence and our words to be effective in refreshing and encouraging souls. Here in Philemon the apostle Paul writes to a fellow labourer - or a brother in Christ:
“For we have great joy and consolation in thy love, because the bowels of the saints are refreshed by thee, brother.” Philemon 1:7
Philemon had a grace and ability to refresh the saints of God with his words.
How important it is that we hold onto hope!
Hope: to cherish a desire with expectation of fulfillment; trust, expect, reliance
Hope against hope: to hope without any basis for expecting fulfillment
To be without hope is to despair- to become discouraged and disheartened. The devil wars against the Christian hard, and if he can take our hope, he will render us completely ineffective in the Kingdom of God.
All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: II Timothy 3:16