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Community: You Can't Live Without It

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SCRIPTURE

“…and we sent Timothy to visit you. He is our brother and God’s co-worker in proclaiming the Good News of Christ. We sent him to strengthen you, to encourage you in your faith, and to keep you from being shaken by the troubles you were going through. But you know that we are destined for such troubles.” 1 Thessalonians 3:2-3

 

OBSERVATION

God designed us to be surrounded by “community.” A community can be defined as your church or as small as your Lifegroup. Whatever your “community” looks like, we are designed to be encouraged by others. Like babies need touch for survival, so do we need each other to be loved, encouraged, and prayed for. Being connected with others in church is a lifeline that the Lord uses for us to survive through troubled times. It’s not a question IF we will have troubled times, it’s a matter of WHEN! And when those times come, you want to be fully prepared to have those people in your life that serve as pillars to pray you through the darkest hour or your season of doubt and fear. We all go through seasons so when one is strong, he can uplift the weak. Only the Lord knows the storms that we go through and every thought in our mind. He loves us so much that He surrounds us with just the right person at just the right time. I always think of how many times that I’ve gone through something and the Lord brought just the right person or people into my life at that moment and spoke a word or a prayer that just stuck with me. The Lord uses people to touch us and I’m personally grateful for that because it has saved me so many times from being in a place of solitude.

 

APPLICATION

I know personally that when I’ve been in my lowest of lows, besides the Lord, my “community” has been there to uplift me and keep me from getting very depressed. Loneliness and seclusion is where the Devil resides and wants us to stay so he can steal our joy and fill our minds with lies. When we surround ourselves with our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ, we have a strength that comes from above. It allows the Lord to intercede using prayer and people to speak into our life. I know it is God’s design to have people around us that love Jesus with all their heart and want God’s best for us.

 

PRAYER 

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank you for making us a people that need each other. Thank you for weaving so many amazing, God-fearing, and Jesus-loving brothers and sisters into my life so that when my faith is tested and I hit really tough times, that I am surrounded by those that truly uplift me. You are our provider and our source of strength. You know exactly what and who we need at just the right time. Thank you for your faithfulness to love us through all the seasons of life! I love you Lord and am so grateful to have hope in you! Amen.

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At All Costs

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SCRIPTURE

“Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted there by the devil. For forty days and forty nights he fasted and became very hungry. During that time the devil came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become loaves of bread.” But Jesus told him, “No! The Scriptures say, ‘People do not live by bread alone but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” Matt. 4:1-4

 

OBSERVATION

 

Jesus was the true example of someone who was steadfast and one with a flawless reputation. He never broke down and gave into selfishness and showed us the greatest definition of self-control. If you put yourself in Jesus’ shoes and think if you didn’t eat for forty days and nights, you would feel very depleted or as they say now “hangry.” If we miss one meal or even a couple hours pass our normal eating time, we get irritable. Can you imagine doing that for 40 days? God showed us through His Son the greatest example of what it means to “die to yourself.” Many of us would’ve probably given in to satisfy our immediate hunger pains but Jesus teaches us through this that our lives do not depend on our next meal…it relies on the Word of God and the power of Jesus Christ.

 

APPLICATION

I know for myself, I am always talking with my husband or my friends about what restaurant to try next or what meal we are craving but do I have this same zest talking about the Word of God? More than that, do we “crave” the Word of God as if it’s all we have to live on. To live as Christ lived and never give into temptation, selfishness, or compromise our reputation…do we truly live all that we should be? We have to count all the costs and not get caught up into the busyness of life but live as if the Word of God is all we have and our last breath depended on it.

 

PRAYER

Dear Lord Jesus, I want to live as you lived. I want my reputation to reflect that which is when people see me, all they see is you. I don’t want to feed my cravings of selfishness or impatience or anything that is less than what you want from us, but rather all the attributes you showed us when you were being tempted in the wilderness. I don’t want to give in but be steadfast and stalwart in my walk with you and at the end of the day- I always chose YOU! Lord, may my life always please you and may my actions bring you delight. I love you with all my heart! Amen

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