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A FRIEND LOVES AT ALL TIMES

Today’s One Year Bible reading contains one of my favorite proverbs.  Proverbs 17:17 reads, “A friend loves at all times and a brother is born for adversity.”  I have counseled countless believers, who are in rebellion, that in front of them there is a metaphorical & impenetrable brick wall.  They are racing on a track and traveling 120mph toward that wall. And, because of the fog, they have no idea if they are one minute or several decades from coming into terrifying contact with that wall.  

On the other hand, believers who are attempting, with the Spirit’s enabling, to live to make Jesus known will also find themselves facing difficult days because we live in a fallen world.  Sin reigns in our culture and everything around us isn’t what it should be because of our iniquity. Both groups, rebellious saints and Spirit-filled Christ-followers, will all eventually need comfort and ‘Jesus with skin on’. 

What a wonderful comfort it is to know we can have brothers & sisters who have demonstrated, before we ‘hit the wall’ or experience hard times, that they love us will be there to nurse us as we heal.  Are YOU a friend who loves at all times and, as a consequence of your commitment to love, are you ready to assist when your brother/sister faces adversity?!  

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MULTIPLY

But the word of the Lord continued to grow and be multiplied.”

This short verse reminds me of the power of the Gospel! The passage immediately follows the account of Herod Agrippa’s death. Much like his grandfather, Herod the Great, Agrippa had tried and failed to silence the name of Jesus and His movement.

As Christians, we have been given the privilege of making disciples of all nations by going, baptizing, and teaching them to obey all Jesus has commanded. The Gospel shows us Jesus’ model for accomplishing this task and the book of Acts show us what multiplication looks like as Jesus’ model is followed.  No doubt while on this journey, like those early disciples, we will face resistance and even persecution as the Enemy tries to silence the word of the Lord. Even so, take courage and be faithful because the Lord has the victory and His word will continue to grow and be multiplied!

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