Thought for the week by pastor Diana Rutherford

by Struthers Cumbernauld

 'So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing.' 1 Thessalonians 5:11


This weekend we had a revival prayer meeting on Saturday morning. We set ourselves the task of seeking God for the whole morning for this very special call to prayer and we were richly rewarded.

Many found a deep presence of God and discovered God speaking to them in a new way. Folks seemed in better form on Sunday and there was again that excitement about the work of God. We were encouraged!


How easy it is for spiritual life to get choked by the things of this world. Our lives are so busy with work and family matters, our minds so crammed full with social media, entertainment and music that we so quickly find the important things in life are choked out by the unimportant.


We need to get into the business of cutting back the briars! They are like the weeds in summertime after a heavy shower of rain - they just seem to spring up everywhere! The thorns and thistles spring up and choke the life of our spirit. When this happens we grow discouraged and we begin to crumble spiritually. We don't even realise what's happening. We just feel far away, distant and cut off somehow.


The Church needs to awaken. We need to raise the alarm! Christians all over the world need to recognise what's happening here. We are being invaded by thorns! Our spiritual life is being choked to death. We must fight back to clear a path for the seed to fall into good soil, into clear open spaces so that the Word may grow within us and we may indeed encourage each other and build the Church together.


Let's make up our minds to be about our Father's business more than ever and to continue to encourage others and build them up in their faith. Let the Church become strong bearing seed: some thirty, some sixty or some even a hundred times as much as had been planted.