Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Family?

I know your blood family is your family... but do you treat your church family as your family? This is assuming that you are good, kind and giving to your natural family of course! Do you notice when church members have a need? When they are lonely, financially strapped, sick, have family problems or are without food or clothing? Do you make it your business to clothe them? Comfort them? To feed them? To try to help them meet their needs?

Are you guilty of seeing these things of need, yet you've turned your head the other way?

I know I've asked a lot of questions this morning, but I know that God tells us in His Word to cry out to Him during our times of need. To ask so that we can receive... When people are crying out to Him during those times of need praying earnestly and believing .. what happens if our church family (or Christians) do not listen to Him..? He then can't bless them by working through them to fulfill the needs of others. I'm not saying that God then can't fulfill answering our prayers because of this, I'm saying we need to be willing for Him to use us. Be watchful. Take notice of those who need a caring word, a call of reassurance, prayer, food, shelter, clothing, financial need etc...

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Acts 44:33-35 3With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and much grace was upon them all. 34There were no needy persons among them. For from time to time those who owned lands or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales 35and put it at the apostles' feet, and it was distributed to anyone as he had need.

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Acts 10:2 He and all his family were devout and God-fearing; he gave generously to those in need and prayed to God regularly.

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1 Timothy 5:3 Give proper recognition to those widows who are really in need.

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Matthew 25:31-46 31"When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his throne in heavenly glory. 32All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.

34"Then the King will say to those on his right, 'Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.'

37"Then the righteous will answer him, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?'

40"The King will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.'

41"Then he will say to those on his left, 'Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.'

44"They also will answer, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?'

45"He will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.'

46"Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life."

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