• on July 19, 2018

Strengthen Thy Brethren

by Pastor Noel Abdullahi on 15 July 2018

 

This message is for those who:
• are weak and tired
• lost in the house
• lack understanding and are overwhelmed trying to meeting up with scriptural teachings and spiritual standards

Peter was an example of someone who had once been considered weak. He was part of the leadership team of Jesus however he was too weak to handle the assault of Satan. Satan desire to sift him as wheat but Jesus prayed for him. Jesus prayer was answered. Peter failed the test but his faith did not fail and that’s why he was restored. He trusted God and believed Him for forgiveness. Judas’ faith failed and he couldn’t be restored.

In Luke 22:31-34, Jesus said to Peter, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.

God’s word is our guarantee that no matter what we’ll pull through. God is bound by His word. Stop running helter-skelter, God is standing by you. Don’t start in the spirit and then finish in the flesh. Check yourself anytime you’re putting in so much effort and getting little results. God says we are overcomers. Remember that: GOD’s loyal love couldn’t have run out, his merciful love couldn’t have dried up.They’re created new every morning How great your faithfulness! I’m sticking with GOD (I say it over and over).He’s all I’ve got left. Lam 3:22-24 MSG

Watch the words that come out of your mouth. Don’t be too quick to say I’m tired or I’m frustrated. Just keep waiting on God otherwise you’ll be like King Saul who offered a sacrifice that he was not meant to just because he could not wait for Prophet Samuel. Paul was abandoned by all men when he faced trial but God stood by him. Stand still and wait for God, stand on His promises and on His word. Stop running around trying to manipulate things or you’ll soon be exhausted. Don’t run around trying to do what God has already done. Move at the pace of the Holy Spirit, don’t run at your own pace.
Spiritual arrogance drains our spiritual strength and weakens us (James 4:6). Think soberly, operate by the measure of faith that God has given you. “Think soberly” means think as Christ thinks. Don’t have an exaggerated opinion of yourself. Sometimes when you think you understand God’s word you really don’t. Acts 6:9-10 says the people who heard Stephen speak could not resist the wisdom by which he spoke but yet they resisted the Holy Ghost (see Acts 7:51).

There are some burdens you need others to help you bear (Gal 6:2) and there are some you bear on your own (Gal 6:5). Take advantage of the provisions and structures God has provided in your local assembly, in the body of Christ. Don’t refuse to acknowledge or receive God’s grace in the lives of other Christians. Be meek; because the meek are blessed and they inherit the earth.

Who do you keep as company? There are associations to avoid (Psa. 1:1-3) and associations to keep that strengthen and refresh (Heb 10:25). The scriptures say in Acts 4:23 that the disciples went to their own company right after they were released by the priests of the temple. They joined together in prayers and they were filled with the Holy Ghost (Acts 4:23,24,31).

God’s Instruction Concerning The Weak is that – we support the weak (1 Thess. 5:14) and be patient with all men (1 Thess. 5:14).

Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men. 1 Thess 5:14

“Test yourselves to make sure you are solid in the faith. Don’t drift along taking everything for granted. Give yourselves regular checkups. You need firsthand evidence, not mere hearsay that Jesus Christ is in you. Test it out. If you fail the test, do something about it.
2 Corinthians 13:5-9 MSG

Word Based Prayers for strength
That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man Ephesians 3:16

For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness; Colossians 1:9-11

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