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KnowHim
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READ: 1 Corinthians 3:5-15

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He who plants and he who waters are one, and each one will receive his own reward. —1 Corinthians 3:8

http://www.rbc.org/odb/odb-10-05-06.shtml

Sometimes we may get discouraged because what we're doing for the Lord seems unsuccessful. The children in the Sunday school class we teach are restless and inattentive. The neighbors we're trying to reach with the gospel are politely indifferent. The members of our own family are far from the Lord. The world we lift up to God in fervent intercession grows increasingly violent and anti-Christian. All of this can add up to deep soul-discouragement.

Listen to the words of a Salvadoran clergyman who was murdered for his fearless denunciation of violence and injustice. He wrote: "We plant the seeds that one day will grow. We water seeds already planted, knowing that they hold future promise. We lay foundations that will need further development. . . . We cannot do everything, and there's a sense of liberation in realizing that." This attitude helps us to do small things and to leave "an opportunity for the Lord's grace to enter and do the rest."

That agrees with the apostle Paul's encouragement to be faithful in our tasks and to wait on God who "gives the increase" (1 Cor. 3:6-7).

Don't allow discouragement to cause you to quit. In God's own time our work will bear fruit. —Vernon C Grounds

Go, labor on, spend, and be spent,
Thy joy to do Thy Father's will;
It is the way the Master went;
Should not the servant tread it still? —Bonar

You are a success in God's kingdom if you are faithful where He has placed you.

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Itty-Bitty Girl
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Very good, that has been a big help to me.
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If we're willing to listen to the Holy Spirit, meaning we're willing to include God's opinion in our calculations, those kinds of Christians will bear good fruit and will be "doing what they can". I have found that God's Holy Spirit is a Gentleman and a Sweet Person, just like the Son Jesus and His Father Yawheh, they are all Gentlemen and Kind and Sweet.

Love ya, Eden.

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winniethepooh
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This is exaclty what I needed to here today!! Thanks and God Bless!!
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Eddie
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Amen to that! What a great post!!! [clap2]

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James 5:16 "Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective."

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