Power Of Encouragement

Saul of Tarsus had just accepted the Lord, but was rejected by the disciples. Who did the Lord bring on the scene? Barnabas, whose name means, Son of Encouragement (verse 36). Can you just imagine that scene?

Acts 9:26 says that Saul tried to join the disciples; but they were afraid of him…” Verse 27 says, “But Barnabas took him and brought him to the apostles…” Authentic followers of
Christ are encouragers. We carry His words of life into every situation we enter.

Paul wrote to the Colossians about the struggle in his heart for them. Colossians 2:2 says, “That their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, and attaining to all riches of the full assurance of understanding…”

The temptation when we are discouraged is to withdraw. When we do that we lose that sense of connection. Today I replied to a mentee in another country. She had withdrawn from her family because she was discouraged. This is the enemy’s plan ~ isolation with negative fiery dart bombardment.

God’s word fills us with light and life. God spoke to Joshua three times in Joshua 1. Verse 6 says, “Be strong and of good courage…” Verse 7 says, “Only be strong and very courageous…do not turn from it…that you may prosper wherever you go.” 

In verse 9 we read that it was not just a suggestion. It says, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” This is true for us as well. We must guard our heart to resist any temptation to give into discouragement.

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