(Fasting and prayer day 5)
“May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore RECEIVE one another as Christ also RECEIVED you, to the glory of God” (Rom 15:5-7)
This is God’s command: We have to RECEIVE one another into our hearts. This ‘receiving’ must be done for the honor of the name of Jesus and in the power of the Holy Spirit. No unbeliever can ‘receive’ you! This sacrificial loving receiving is the privilege of the children of God! Did you forget? The Lord received us as sinners and by His love, He changed us into saints. He was not deceived by our sin. But He knew what He can do with this ‘rough diamond’. In the same way my must receive one another in His name and for His glory!
To receive it means to allow another to enter into ‘your space’ until you are ‘disturbed’. It means to assimilate another’s ideas into your mind, pray for them, until you have ‘a headache’. It means to greet another from the heart. It is not flattery, for flattery is selfish and desires to gain something thru false ‘encouragement’. To receive it means to support the pressure, the weight, the doubts, the inferiority complexes or the suffering of another. The act of Christian ‘receiving’ is a holy sacrifice. It is not easy. There are dangers connected with it. Foolishly, you can ‘drown’ trying to love and encourage another. But this is the command of God. We must still obey the command to love and receive another, for God will enable you to be a holy receiver in His name! He will give you more patience, more endurance than you need! He will give you more love than you can imagine! Be an encourager! Endure to the end! Finish the project that you have started! Practice encouragement daily, on the good and on the bad! It does not matter if you are not appreciated by men. God will surely reward you! The grace of God, the favor of God will shine forth from your life! Let Jesus be Jesus to you and in you! Let the unity of the Spirit be established in your home, your marriage and in your church! Glorify God with one mind and with one voice! Let the testimony of this amazing grace of Jesus increase in your life! You have nothing to lose, for God is with you!
In Christ I declare:
I am a child of God!
I serve the God of endurance and encouragement! Therefore, I am an encourager!
For Christ’s sake, I am patient with my husband, with my children, with others and even with myself!
My husband and I we live in harmony with one another. The unity of the Spirit is established in our home!
I love God with all my heart!
I love my neighbor as I love myself!
I receive others in my heart, as Christ has received me, to save me!
I can do all things thru Christ who strengthens me!
The glory of God shines in my life, in my home, in my church!
My testimony as a servant of God shall increase!
God will reward me!
To the glory of God!
In Jesus name,