Be Encouraged in the Lord
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Pastor Wayne Powers
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September 21, 2016
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Be Encouraged in the Lord

Discourgement is everywhere. We see it on the faces of our loved ones,  friends, etc. Times as they are make it difficult to see the good that God has done for us. As Christians, the joy that we receive from the Lord should shine forth to everyone around us. The Bible says, "Ye are the light of the  world..." (Matt 5:14) Yet our own discouragement hides that light. Non-Christians look at the Christians around them, see the disappointment and discouragement and they want nothing to do with "this thing called Christianity". How can we be a light to the world, if we let our own light grow dim with disappointment and discouragement?

For many that are crying out to the Lord and praying for rescue, it seems that God is nowhere around. It seems that the harder they pray, the further away God is. Does this sound like you? Well, you are not alone. In spite of this, we must remember, God has not changed (Heb 13:8). Don't let yourself be discouraged, and don't let the discouragement of others get you down.  The spirit of discouragement is contagious and will spread.

Just as the spirit of discouragement is contagious, the Spirit of God is contagious as well. It spreads like a wildfire and brings joy to yourself and others.  In a time when Christians should be more encouraged (why should we be more encouraged? "for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed." Romans 13:11), we seem to be the most discouraged. Jesus is coming! Do you want to have a frown on your face when He returns?

The devil desires for you to be discouraged. He will pressure you from every side. He wants you to give up on your faith and hope in God. But we cannot quit on God. "Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. (Joshua 1:9). No matter what the devil puts on us or what he tries on us, we have a God that is greater and He is faithful and will take care of us. "God is faithful" (I Corinthians 1:9). Be aware that the devil roams the earth looking for people to destroy. "Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour" (I Peter 5:8).

The devil takes pleasure in interfering in your communication with God. Daniel prayed for three weeks waiting for an answer from God, this was the answer he received, “Do not fear, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart to understand, and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard; and I have come because of your words. But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me twenty-one days; and behold, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, for I had been left alone there with the kings of Persia" (Daniel 10:12, 13). The devil was doing all he could to prevent Daniel from hearing from God, but God came through! God was and is greater.

We need to rejoice in our tribulations, knowing that God has something greater in store for us. "Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompense of reward. For ye have need of patience, that after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise" (Hebrews 10:35, 36). We have a mansion in Heaven and we have it through faith in Jesus Christ and we cannot give up now, because we will lose it and lose out with God. 

Read I Samuel 30: 1-31. You will see how everything David owned was taken from him and his men. David was encouraged by his faith in the Lord and he prayed to God for instruction. God told him to go and take everything back. We need to take back what the devil has stolen from us, our peace, joy, encouragement and whatever else he has taken from us. When we encourage ourself in God, we can take what has been taken from us.

When everything around you seems to be falling apart and you find yourself becoming discouraged, you need to remember the promise of God that said, "I will never leave you nor forsake you" (Heb 13: ref Josh 1:, Deut 31: 6, 8). God's Word will settle your spirit and encourage you. Discouragement will cause more people to give up on God.

We cannot allow the devil to discourage us or wear us out.  "And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart" (Galatians 6:9 ref II Thes 3:13). When you grow weary, count your blessings. Encourage yourself in the Lord and what He has done for you.

Know that if you keep on, you will make it, by the grace of God. God will give you  a word in season to help you when you are weary (Isaiah 50:4). Don't give up. Don't worry about what others say. Encourage yourself in God. Look to God, He has all you need. It will be ok. God hasn't brought us this far to leave us.

"The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; and He knoweth them that trust in Him." (Nahum 1:7)

When we cease to encourage ourselves in the Lord, we will get discouraged. We need to encourage one another. "Therefore comfort each other and edify one another, just as you also are doing." (I Thes 5:11)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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