Life-Giving Words

Discouragement causes us to lose strength. It is a cousin to depression. We see this played out with Elijah. He ran for his life. In 1 Kings 19:4 he asked the Lord to take his life. Verse 5-8 was God’s answer for His discouraged prophet.

It says that Elijah laid down and slept. An angel brought him food. He ate that and lay down again. The angel came the second time. Verse 7 says, “…Arise and eat, because the journey is too great for you.”

Verse 8 says, “So he arose, and ate and drank; and he went in the strength of that food forty days and forty nights….” When he reached his destination, the Lord revealed Himself through a still small voice. Then He gave Elijah new orders.

We have the power of life in our tongues. When we speak God’s word, we strengthen ourselves and others. Countless verses release life-giving power. Here is one. God redeems our time in the fiery crucible, as we share the rich insights He gave us with others. 2 Corinthians 1:4 says, “…that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.”

Here is another one we can share from our own experiences. Isaiah 43:2 says, “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch you.” Sharing how He empowered us, our living testimony strengthens those who are discouraged.


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