Thursday, August 12, 2010

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Verse for Today
Romans 15:29 - I know that when I come to you, I will come in the full measure of the blessing of Christ.

Whenever we get godly visitors, it is a great blessing to us because it gives us great opportunity to have fellowship. It is a time of joy and sharing of concerns. It is also a time to discuss matters related to the Lord and His Word. It helps us to pray together and share the joy of the Lord. We often forget our problems and difficulties when we have God's children visit us. They often have words of comfort and encouragement for us. Some times, they need encouragement from us also. So godly visitors are God's gift to us for a time of mutual edification and strength. If they are people who live in the fullness of the Holy Spirit, it will be all the more beneficial because they come with the full measure of the blessings of Christ. They are often sent by the Spirit to us to encourage us. They have quite often short message from the Lord, which are much linked with their experiences. They come as Christ's ambassadors to us. They are the heralds of the Lord who are sent to meet our spiritual and emotional needs.

Dear friend, have you had some such visitors lately? When they come, do you take advantage of their visit by talking and sharing spiritual things? On the other hand, have you been visiting some needy Christians lately? Are you going for a chat with a weary saint, or is your visit part of formal obligation because they also made a visit to your place some time ago? Are you going to gossip or criticize others? Or are you going with the express conviction that you are being sent by the Lord as His ambassador to convey some messages of comfort from the Lord? Of course, if you want to be of use to the Lord in the lives of needy people around, you should have such a desire to have a ministry of visitation. Paul had such a ministry and he kept going from place to place and wherever he went, he carried the full measure of the blessing of Christ. The fullness of the blessings of Christ in Paul was not a quality in him because of his apostleship, but because of the intimate time he has spent with the Lord and because he was receiving comforting words from the Lord to be given to others from the Lord. If we want to follow the example of Paul, we need to sit in the presence of the Lord in sweet fellowship and learn at the feet of the Master. When you thus share in the glory of the risen Lord in His presence, you will be filled with His glory in a great measure which you will be able to pass on to the needy people around you. People would then consider your visit as that of an angel, as was the experience of some believers in the early church. We all could be angels to others, which literally only means that we are messengers to others. What better ministry can we have here on earth other than becoming angels of the Lord to convey His love, care, concern, joy, encouragement, comfort and love to others around us? Shall we also thank the Lord for sending some angels our way to strengthen us so that we will not get unduly discouraged by the circumstances and situations.

Isaiah 61:1b - He has sent me to bind up the broken-hearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners.

Thought for Today
It is a great privilege to carry messages of comfort and encouragement to the weary and the downcast.
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