Encouragement

Teaching My Heart Podcast – Episode 8

Show Notes

 

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We’re in struggle this together and we are to encourage one another

 

So then let us pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding.
Romans 14:19

 

Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.
1 Thessalonians 5:11

 

But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.
Hebrews 3:13

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Fellowship – We're Meant to Share Life

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[F]ollowing Jesus’ direction to “seek first the kingdom of God” is challenging.  Our flesh cries out that THIS world is the most important.  We want security, we want significance, we want to be loved no matter how we behave.

It’s surprising to some people to find that all these are things God gives us and yet we reject Him and rebel against Him because to enjoy these things that He gives us we must also humble ourselves (Proverbs 3:34, James 4:6).  We don’t like that we must humble ourselves before God.

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Peter Urges Growth

For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue,
and virtue with knowledge,
and knowledge with self-control,
and self-control with steadfastness,
and steadfastness with godliness,
and godliness with brotherly affection,
and brotherly affection with love.

For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
2 Peter 1:5-8 ESV

If you wonder “For what very reason?” join the club.

In verse 3 Peter tells us

His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness ….
2 Peter 1:3 ESV

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