“For the Lord Himself will come down from heaven with a shout of command, with the voice of the archangel and with the [blast of the] trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain [on the earth] will simultaneously be caught up (raptured) together with them [the resurrected ones] in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord! Therefore comfort and encourage one another with these words [concerning our reunion with believers who have died]… For God has not destined us to [incur His] wrath [that is, He did not select us to condemn us], but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died [willingly] for us, so that whether we are awake (alive) or asleep (dead) [at Christ’s appearing], we will live together with Him [sharing eternal life]. Therefore, encourage and comfort one another and build up one another, just as you are doing” (1Thess 4:16-18; 5:9-11)
Dear brethren, beloved children of God, it is Malia again. This morning I want to freely share with you from the supernatural strength I am receiving daily, from the Holy Spirit. The truth is that, in the past, when all things were happy for me, I never appreciated this liquid glory strength coming into my veins. I took it for granted that God should bless me, strengthen me, and help me. But since my husband’ translation to glory, I became humbler, more grateful to God for His mercy, for His presence with me. Words are not enough to describe who Jesus is to me now. ‘For me to live is Christ…’ From the bottom of my heart I appreciate His Word, His Spirit and His promises.
In the scripture above we are commanded to encourage and build one another in the faith. We are not to be selfish and greedy with our spiritual blessings. I don’t want ‘to eat’ alone. I want us to share in this holy meal of strength and wisdom provided by the Holy Spirit. Little is much when God is in it! This command to encourage is not a general command but it relates to the hope of glory we share in Christ. We hope together, therefore we must be strong together! The Apostle Paul reminds us that one day, our Lord Jesus Christ will come back again. The doctrine of the Second coming of Christ is fundamental to our faith. If you do not believe it, you are not born again! The first time our Lord came to earth, He came as a Baby. He came as our Savior, to die and save us, the sinners. But one day, the heavens will break loose and He will come again as the King of kings and the Lord of lords, in power and with great glory. He will punish all who rejected Him and rectify all wrongs ever committed. The saints (the born again), the ones who went to heaven before us (like Tali) and the rest of us still alive on earth we shall all gather to Him in a glorious rapture. The lessen here is that thru the physical death we are separated from other believers. But in Christ we are still one and we shall always be one. There is no division in Christ. The unity of the Spirit is eternal because the Holy Spirit is God. This is true encouragement that as children of God, by the grace of God, we shall never be ‘lost in sin’ or ‘lost space’, abandoned, forsaken or ignored by God. Our identity and spiritual position in Christ, started even before the foundation of the world. It is our destiny to live for Christ and to ‘make heaven’. Fear not! Heaven is surer than to have a visa to go abroad! We do not know the time of the second coming and we do not know the day of our departure from earth. But what we know is that we must live our lives to the fullest, serving God faithfully to end, fulfilling destiny by being a blessing to this generation! All to the glory of God! Be strong! Be encouraged! Be filled with the Holy Spirit!
In Christ I declare (and on behalf our children, natural and spiritual):
I am a child of God! My soul is saved eternally! I believe that Jesus Christ is my Savior and my Lord forever! I believe and joyfully expect that our Lord Jesus Christ will come back again! I am safe and secure in Him! I am one with Him! This unity is eternal, and nothing and nobody can destroy it! One day, I will go to heaven and meet with all the dear saints who went there before us! To the glory of the only Living God! Right now, I receive strength, peace, joy, wisdom and supranatural health to continue the Christian race until that day! Christ is glorified in my life! I am a blessing to my generation! I am blessed forever! I am saved forever! I am filled with the same power that raised Jesus from the dead! I reject all fears! I only fear God! I and my children we are for signs and wonders coming from the Lord who dwells in Zion! It is well with me! It is well with us! In Jesus’ name, amen!
Pastor (Mrs) Silvia Lia Leigh/ 21-07-2020