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"Take Time To Be Holy!"
Words of Encouragement from Pastor Patrick Neil Addison, Sr.

Sanctified followers of Christ, praise the Lord for His wonderful kindness!  Is it not a blessing to be led of the Spirit? Yes, of course, it is a blessing to be led of the Spirit away from the entanglements of the flesh.  We need to remember this, saints, when we are tried by the enemy and those blinded by the wicked one.  Whether we are at work, at church, at home, etc…, we need to remember that God is good, and we need to follow the Holy Spirit.  Sometimes, we find ourselves frustrated and exasperated by people we come into contact with or people we interact with on a daily basis.  Seeing them makes us lose energy mentally and physically.  Focusing on them may cause us to talk to ourselves, make errors in our work, have an accident, and make errors in judgment.  We must be careful not to get carried away with the foolishness of the fool.  Therefore, let us who have been redeemed not embrace the temptation that tries our souls; but, let us rather receive the comfort and instruction that comes from the Father that we might be of comfort to the elect of God.  Consider saints that if we joyfully endure our cross we will be of comfort to a brother or sister who is going through the same affliction.  Now, let us put to death our flesh and have patience when dealing with fools. 

Devotional reading for today:  Proverbs 26:4 Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou also be like unto him.  (KJV)

Proverbs 12:15 The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel is wise.  (KJV)

James 1:2-4 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; 3 Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. 4 But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.  (KJV)

Devotional reflection for this week:  How can working with a fool tempt me to sin?  Why is it important to pray when you recognize what Satan is trying to do?  Why is it more productive to have a conversation with God than try to reason with a fool?

Devotional prayer:  Gracious Heavenly Father, bless me to maintain my spiritual sanity and righteous testimony when dealing with foolish people.  In Jesus’ name, I pray.  Amen.

May Jesus bless you as you honestly think through the questions raised in the devotional reflection for this week.

Love,

Pastor Patrick Neil Addison, Sr.

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