My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord Jesus Christ,
Do we really truly believe God’s word implicitly, and of the prospect for God’s kingdom to come very soon?
Obviously, we each have varying degrees of faith, and because of the extent of Bible teaching, we have different degrees of knowledge and understanding.
Some passages are fundamental, explicit, and essential for salvation. “Without faith it is impossible to please God,” Hebrews 11:6. Consequently, knowing that faith is essential, we ask with Jesus’ apostles for the Lord to “Increase our faith.” Luke 17:5. We are given practical advice in God’s inspired word as to how we can achieve this; “faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Romans 10:17.
Brother Roberts devised our Bible Companion, and if we discipline ourselves to follow this, we will complete the Old Testament once annually, and the New Testament twice. It makes the Bible our “companion” daily. Some have the self-control to conscientiously follow other programmes which they find beneficial.
Jesus instructs us to “seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness” Matthew 6:33. This should be our highest priority in life. When it comes to the Lord’s prayer, after hallowing God’s name, we are to pray for God’s “kingdom to come, for His will to be done on earth.” Matthew 6:9-10. Paul instructs us to “Pray without ceasing. In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”1 Thessalonians 5:17-18.
There is a further exercise in Godliness whereby we can help ourselves and each other to attain to God’s kingdom. We have the request of Jesus to remember his body and blood in a simple ceremony “often”. Until March 2020, those of us of adequate health, met together at our Ecclesial Hall to obey Jesus’ command. Covid put us on to Skype then Zoom as we were forbidden by law, to congregate. Fellowship was not the same, but we managed. We are warned “not to forsake the assembling of ourselves together as the manner of some is” but to increase our fellowship “as we see the day approaching”. Hebrews 10:25.
Our Ecclesia is our family in Christ. It has been gestured that we can choose our friends, but not our family, and this is very true for our family in Christ. We should fellowship together often, to remember the Lord Jesus, sacrificed for us. “Let us consider one another unto love and good works:” Hebrews 10:24.
Both the national and moral signs have been given us under the inspiration of God. In the society about us, we see the immorality of the world as before the flood, and further Jesus directs us to the time of Lot. We also read of the national events overseas, and must remember, and be encouraged by the words of God’s holy prophets.
Let us pray earnestly for God’s kingdom to come.
Brother Mike Fletcher.
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