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09/04/2015

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Its Encouraging And Powerful


"If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should not only look to your own interests, but also to the interests of others" (Phil.2:1-5).

No one needs to be encouraged more than those common folks like us. I could sight scripture after scripture in our Bibles which refer to being encouraged. Not only does the Bible have many words of encouragement for us, like "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me," but lets us know that we are to be the encouragers, like "Let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds." As a book of encouragement, the Bible offers these encouraging words to those in despair, and inspiration to those who need to get themselves to the next level. Today's verses from the Book of Philippians offer us just about all the possibilities we have to be what we should be when we are united with Christ... The last of the things about the gospel that makes it great for the common man is its power. Simply stated, it is a powerful message, as the sinful are saved by it. Perhaps no other scripture says it more powerfully or eloquently than Rom.1:16. "I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes...." To further emphasize this point, Paul wrote this to Timothy: "It is a trustworthy statement, deserving full acceptance, that Christ came into the world to save sinners, among whom I am the foremost of all. Yet for this reason I found mercy, so that in me as the foremost, Jesus Christ might demonstrate His perfect patience as an example of those who would believe in Him for eternal live" (1 Tim.1:15-16). The message is so powerful that we, the common people, can show others around us through our words and actions, how it can affect everyone. The gospel is both encouraging and powerful to the common people of the world....

Have a great day... Make a difference... Love mark phil.4:11

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