First The Basics

There are simple areas that have always been the marks of a healthy believer.
Time listening to God by feeding on His Word. (Scripture Reading)

Time applying the Word to my life. (Scripture Memorizing & Meditating)
Time Talking to God. (Prayer)
Time talking to others about God.

(Witnessing and Soul Winning)
How do we Stir Ourselves & Others?
By learning how to be talking aloud, among ourselves about—

1. What are you reading and feeding your soul upon from God’s Word?
You should be able in an instant to turn to a passage that has often fed your soul.
You should have a series of “all time” favorite pathways you love in God’s Word.
They should be so vivid, so clear that you just glow when you talk about them.
These places are where you have met the Lord in so many times of need.

2. What are you memorizing and meditating upon from God’s Word?
You need to be a life-long collector of verses that are the first aid for your soul.
The cough & cold medicine, the Advil & Tylenol for your life.

Those Scriptures that provide immediate relief, strength, or deliverance.
They are short, pointed, and powerful in your daily walk.
You look for these as you read.
You collect them, and find ways to remember them.
Soon are always with you.

3. What are you praying and beseeching God for?
God loves for us to ask.
We have not because we ask not.
God loves us to seek and knock.
God responds to persistent faith.
What are you regularly, systematically, and passionately asking for from your Father?
God blesses prayer in agreement with other godly believers.
Who are you cultivating as your prayer team?

4. Who are you seeking & sharing the Gospel with?
There’s only one thing we can take to Heaven, people we win to Christ.
Who are you seeking to take with you?
Who will be your joy in Heaven, and your crown of rejoicing?
Who will come to you in Heaven to thank you for sharing the Gospel with them?
Who are you trying to see God save?
Who do you share Gospel tracts with?
Who do you have on your target list that you ask God to open a door for your witness?
We were never designed to do this alone
It is not good for us to be along is God’s declaration.
The Church that Jesus bought and is building is one of connected individuals, not un-connected islands.
Are you connected to His Flock, a functioning member of His Body, and a living stone in His Temple?
How do other believers help us?
By speaking faith-stirring, and hope-building words that feed our souls.
In two of the clearest passages in Hebrews, God calls each of us as believers to encourage those around us.

Hebrews 3:12-13 (NKJV) Beware, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief in departing from the living God; 13 but exhort (impv) one another daily, while it is called “Today,” lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.

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