We must make it our priority to always, always, always, encourage ourselves and each other in our faith in God’s promises. Jesus made us promises that cannot be seen yet. We trust Him because of who He is and by faith believe the things He sees and states are true. Words of doubt spoken and meditated upon do the enemies work.
If we want to walk by faith and not by sight, it is crucial that we work together and always encourage ourselves and others in the faith of God’s promises. All of us need to keep the mindset of the finished work of Christ and His eternal promises. We are to see and recognize ourselves and others believers as the new creation God states our Spirit has become.
Therefore from now on we recognize no one according to the flesh; even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him in this way no longer. Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come. 2 Cor 5:16-17 NAS
We are called to build each other up in the faith in God’s promises, to always point to Jesus and the eternal, especially as the end of the age brings more turmoil to this world.
I accept that in Christ I am:
Greatly loved by God - Ephesians 2:4 - Forgiven of all my sins - Ephesians 1:7
Free from the law of sin and death - Romans 8:2 - Righteous - Rom 5:19
Complete - Colossians 2:10 NASB - Justified - 1 Corinthians 6:11
Sanctified - Hebrews 10:10 NASB - Holy and without blame - Ephesians 1:4
Perfected - Hebrews 10:14 NASB
As believers, we are called to take our eyes off the flesh and keep them on Jesus, His finished work and His eternal guaranteed promises, where our freedom, peace and power reside. I cannot emphasize enough how important this focus is for a Christian. Steadfast faith in what God tells us is the absolute truth is what sets us free from our flesh and its works (fear, worry, strife, sin, anger, bitterness, resentment, impatience, etc.) in this world and allows us to walk in the Spirit where the fruits of the Spirit are supernaturally produced (peace, patience, contentment, love, joy, etc.).
We need regular encouragement in the faith from each other. One place to get this is in church with other members of the body. Church is for the believer much more than it is for God. God wants us to meet specifically so we can encourage each other in our faith in His promises. Jesus knows everything about those who follow Him and He still has the greatest love for us. We are the church even with all of our fumbles and bumbles. We are the spotless bride of Christ washed clean by Jesus. We always need to encourage and build each other up in His promises.
But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, Jude 1:20 NAS
Therefore encourage one another and build up one another, just as you also are doing. 1 Thess 5:11 NAS
For I long to see you so that I may impart some spiritual gift to you, that you may be established; that is, that I may be encouraged together with you while among you, each of us by the other’s faith, both yours and mine. Rom 1:11-12 NAS
And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near. Heb 10:25 NLT
The last thing we want to do is help the enemy by the words we speak.
We must remain aware that our enemy will always try to capitalize on God’s promises that are not yet seen. We do not want to help him by creating any kind of doubt in God’s promises. He will do all he can to keep our eyes on the things of this world and off the finished work of Christ. The enemy wants us to walk by sight in the flesh and not by faith in the Spirit. He will never stop trying to create doubt in God’s promises, to lead our minds and thoughts into the flesh where fear, worry, strife and struggle reside. A struggling flesh is where outward acts of sin are generated. Our flesh will never trust God and will always try and save itself, by any means possible. Sin has been condemned in the flesh by God. He did not redeem our flesh, nor can we, this is why it dies. The only way to overcome our flesh in this world is to focus on and walk in the Spirit by faith. We do this when we believe all out what God tells us is true. This is why God calls us to constantly encourage each other in our faith in His promises.If we are concerned about outward sins in the body of Christ, this is the only way to correct that problem too. Encourage the faith that leads the person to walk in the Spirit and produce the fruits of the Spirit that overcome and replace outward acts of sin.
In our tongue lies the power of life and death for our faith and others.
Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit. Proverbs 18:21 NAS
We have been called and qualified to speak life, not death. To minister the Spirit of the law which is love. We are not called or qualified to minister the letter of the law as the Pharisees did that brings condemnation and death, as the enemy would like us to do. Jesus lived and breathed the Spirt of the law, love, to his very last breath when He died and forgave those who crucified Him. In walking by the Spirit of the law, Jesus did the sole thing that fulfills God's law – Rom 13:8-10, Gal 5:14. We are called to minister, by faith, the same love.
And He has qualified us as ministers of a new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life. 2 Cor 3:5 BSB
“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. “By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:34-35 NAS
We encourage each other’s faith in the promise that Jesus is the end of the law for our righteousness. We have been made righteous in Christ. His righteousness applies to our born again Spirit and is not something we can see in the mirror or lose. Thus faith in the promises of God is required. We are assured that we are as right as we can be with God the Father in Christ the very moment we placed our faith and trust in Him.
For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes. Rom 10:4 NAS
And this righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no distinction. Rom 3:22 BSB
For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed--a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: "The righteous will live by faith." Rom 1:17 NIV
No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD. Isiah 54:15 KJV
Any words that diminish our faith in God’s promises grieve the Holy Spirit.
We are justified by our words when we speak life into our faith and the faith of other believers in God’s promises. We bring condemnation when we foster even an inkling of doubt in God’s promise of righteousness by faith in Christ alone or any other promise of God.
“But I tell you that every careless word that people speak, they shall give an accounting for it in the day of judgment. “For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.” Matt 12:37 NAS
When we speak words of life that build up the faith in God’s promises to ourselves and others, we serve up life. To speak words that cause doubt of any kind in God’s promises is counterproductive and grieves the Holy Spirit.
Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear. Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Eph 4:29 – 30 NAS
We are brothers and sisters, one in Christ and we fight the good fight of faith together.
There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. Gal 3:28 NAS
Fight the good fight of faith; take hold of the eternal life to which you were called, and you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. 1 Tim 6:12 NAS
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith; 2 Tim 4:7 NAS
Father, I only want to speak life, to buildup myself and others up in faith, in your promises. Help me to see through your eyes into the eternal where all things are finished and waiting for us. Let me always encourage myself and others in your promises and great love for us. Amen
Let's all agree to refuse to help the enemy and always, always, always, build up the faith in ourselves and each other.
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And in the same way He took the cup after they had eaten, saying, "This cup which is poured out for you is the new covenant in My blood. Luke 22:20