continually and always …

In Romans 15:4, Paul shares the following about the Old Testament writings and how they should encourage and inspire first century believers …

For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, so that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.

No doubt the same could be said of the New Testament writings and how they should encourage and inspire modern day believers.  So with that in mind …

Have you ever stopped and considered what Scripture reveals the saints were doing ‘continually’ or ‘always’?

Let’s take a look together …

With one mind, we continually devote ourselves to prayer …

Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a Sabbath day’s journey away.   When they had entered the city, they went up to the upper room where they were staying; that is, Peter and John and James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon the Zealot, and Judas the son of James.   These all with one mind were continually devoting themselves to prayer, along with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with His brothers.  Acts 1:12-14 (NASB)

Now there was a man at Caesarea named Cornelius, a centurion of what was called the Italian cohort,  a devout man and one who feared God with all his household, and gave many alms to the Jewish people and prayed to God continually.  Acts 10:1-2 (NASB)

Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.  1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NASB)

We continually praise God …

And He led them out as far as Bethany, and He lifted up His hands and blessed them.   While He was blessing them, He parted from them and was carried up into heaven.   And they, after worshiping Him, returned to Jerusalem with great joy, and were continually in the temple praising God.  Luke 24:50-53 (NASB)

Through Him (Christ Jesus) then, let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that give thanks to His name.  Hebrews 13:15 (NASB)

We rejoice IN the Lord always …

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice!  Philippians 4:4 (NASB)

We are always giving thanks in ALL things …

Always giving thanks for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God, even the Father;  Ephesians 5:20 (NASB)

We continually, with one mind (Acts2:46), devote ourselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, and to the breaking of bread …

 So then, those who had received his word were baptized; and that day there were added about three thousand souls.   They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.  Acts 2:41-42 (NASB)

We continually partake in deeds of kindness and charity …

Now in Joppa there was a disciple named Tabitha (which translated in Greek is called Dorcas); this woman was abounding with deeds of kindness and charity which she continually did.  Acts 9:36 (NASB)

Now note and consider what we once did continually …

For you were continually straying like sheep, but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Guardian of your souls.  1 Peter 2:25 (NASB)

But of even far greater importance, note what Christ Jesus is ‘continually’ and ‘always’ doing on behalf of His disciples …

Jesus is continually filling His disciples with joy and with the Holy Spirit …

And the disciples were continually filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.  Acts 13:52 (NASB)

Note what Paul asks the Lord of peace to continually grant His disciples peace in EVERY circumstance …

Now may the Lord of peace Himself continually grant you peace in every circumstance. The Lord be with you all!  2 Thessalonians 3:16 (NASB)

And just like He did for Dorcas, God is always providing His sufficiency that we may have abundance for every good deed …

And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed;  2 Corinthians 9:8 (NASB)

Jesus always lives to make intercession for us that He might save those who draw near to Him …

Therefore He is able also to save forever those who draw near to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.  Hebrews 7:25 (NASB)

Look what Jesus said as a part of the Great commission …

I am with you always, even to the end of the age.  Matthew 28:20 (NASB)

And we will always be with Him …

Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord.  1 Thessalonians 4:17 (NASB)

Now I know I have missed some ‘continually’ or ‘always’ passages of Scripture … but this certainly seems like a good divine primer to begin with.

Bernie

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About bwebbjr

A grandfather, father, husband, man, and a child of God who is following Christ Jesus and working out his salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who is at work IN me, both to will and to work for His good pleasure (Philippians 2:12-13). I dodged my first bullet with cancer when a cancerous polyp was removed in a sigmoid colectomy surgery in August 2007. Four years later, in the midst of a second colectomy surgery we discovered I had Stage IV metastatic colon cancer. Rather than colectomy surgery I had colostomy surgery, which now means the colostomy bag is a part of my everyday life ... with the emphasis on life. God has given us a peace beyond understanding as my wife and I have traveled this journey. By the grace of God I am blessed to be a 6 plus year cancer survivor aka warrior. In writing, I am often wrestling with my own personal struggles and beliefs and in the midst God leads me to a lesson He wants me to learn ... or sometimes He simply touches me in the revelation of Himself. My hope is that the result you see here might touch your heart and glorify God. And let me be clear ... I am not the only one with something to say. Please join in the conversation sharing your faith, your cancer experiences, etc. I would love to hear from you. Bernie
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