2003-06-29-Words of Encouragement
Topic: Words of Encouragement
Group: Nashville TeaM
Ham: Greetings, my children, I am Ham and I welcome you this evening. You are all having life difficulties, the usual problems attendant upon this material sphere. These things are a transitory part of life and the experience gleaned from these problems helps to strengthen faith, resolve and character. The real battles are ahead. The battles of truth over error are real. The efforts toward spiritual growth and renewal of other’s spiritual growth, these things are supreme.
It is always easier to be aloof and unaffected, taking pot shots from the sidelines so to speak, than to be engaged and active in the building the future of this world. The Master’s spirit comes to the aid of those who dare to act, who contribute, who fight the good fight of good over evil. The goal of religionists every where is similar, that love should reign supreme in all hearts.
The Master showed the way that all might follow, that all might be inspired by the beauty and righteousness of his life. He lived his life in time while transcending time. He left behind no written instructions for his followers. Rightly, leaving nothing that might freeze in time his mission. The angels worked to help with the destruction of all artifacts so that his life would stand above his time for all time. He was the Prince of Peace and is the Prince of Peace, but he rightly saw that your world will experience much striving before his return and a true reign of peace can be established.
Always does he work through his followers, even those who may misinterpret his words in their zeal. Since the days of his first apostles, the courage and zeal of his followers have brought his word to all of his children upon this, his world.
The world of the cross has suffered much through the rejection of him and this suffering will continue as your world slowly but surely comes to grasp the full import of his mission. The Master goes in search of his stray sheep through the efforts of his followers. This opening of each person’s heart to his loving spirit comes only through great trial and tribulation.
Be therefore empowered with his spirit. Be unafraid to proclaim the truth. Have faith that your faith is strong enough to carry you forward and that his spirit, his voice, will whisper in your ears, "this is the way, walk therein". Support each other. Be assured that he will give you the words of encouragement that your brethren need from you.
Your way may be long and hard and steep and filled with setbacks, but this should not discourage your believer’s heart. Learn when to speak and when to be silent. Learn always to be tolerant and open to criticism. Continue your work, each of you, with the knowledge that the Master's hand rests upon your shoulder, that you do nothing alone and everything with him.
Let your hearts be a well of forgiveness. Forgive those who misunderstand you, who despitefully use you. Forgive those who take advantage of you, who steal from you. Forgive those who lie to you and condemn them not for the Master looks after all his children and knows their inner hearts. Gradually banish fear as you move forward in your lives. Remember, the Father’s great overcontrol in all things.
Let us end this evening without questions and with a simple prayer. My loving Lord watch over these children as they struggle to see rightly your will in their lives. Comfort them with your loving understanding, strengthen them with your unyielding truth, and fortify them with the bread of life. Go in peace my children, my love and my simple prayers go with you, farewell.