Sunday, December 14, 2014

The Fourth 7th Up

Fourth: Stand Up! - For what you believe in. Stand for something or you will fall for anything. "Let us not be weary in doing good; for at the proper time, we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good. "Galatians 6:9-10 

a. As Christians, it is important that we stand up for our beliefs, for what we know to be
true and right.
b. Galatians 6:9-10 – Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.

(1) It is easy to become discouraged or frustrated with spiritual sowing, because we often do not see the result of that planting and even less often do we see the harvest of that planting.

(2) We often reach the point we say, “Why bother?” “Nothing is going to happen anyhow.”
(3) We have to keep in mind, though, that the harvest is God’s timing, not ours. When we plant our gardens, we don’t instantly see the plants grow and bear fruit like Jack’s mystical beanstalk.
(4) We do, however, have a responsibility to always do good, whether to Christian or non-Christian.

(5) When Christ fed the 5,000, it wasn’t to just 5,000 saved people and the un-saved were left to fend for themselves.
(6) While the church is not a social organization, it does have the responsibility and the charge to minister to people as it able and as it has the opportunity.
“Stand up to your obstacles and do something about them. You will find that they haven’t half the strength you think they have.” Norman Vincent Peale
“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.” Winston Churchill

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