Are you an Encourager?

Are you an encourager?

A disciple will strengthen you with his prayers; bless you with his love and encourage you with his hope.

By Pastor George Lehman

 

There is no greater exercise for the human heart than reaching down and lifting someone up. It will make you spiritually fit.

The engine of encouragement is love. If there is no love, there is no encouragement.

Love is the one ingredient of which our world never tires, and of which there is never an abundance.  The world will never outgrow its need of love.

If you love, you will always be effective and accepted and never be out of a job.

 

1 John 4:11-13 (Amp) – Beloved, if God loved us so [very much], we also ought to love one another. No man has at any time [yet] seen God. But if we love one another, God abides (lives and remains) in us and His love (that love which is essentially His) is brought to completion (to its full maturity, runs its full course, is perfected) in us!

Hey!!!! disciple you are God’s representative in the flesh to reflect His love.

The bible in the New Testament commands us to love at least 55 times.

If it only said LOVE once in the bible, then you could end up debating it and have an excuse to be unloving…but 55 times???

It’s one of scriptures most repeated, inescapable commands for the believer.

What our world needs to see is love in action.

Love is like the five loaves and two fishes – it doesn’t start to multiply until you give it away.

 

Shad Helmstetter’s poll statistic:

As much as 77% of everything we think is negative and counter-productive and works against us (be transformed by the renewing of your mind).  Only 23% positive…

People who grow up in an average household hear “NO” or are told what they can’t do more than 148 000 times by the time they reach the age of 18.

The result is unintentional, negative programming that must be overcome, or you’ll live a defeated, discouraged, lack of confidence life.

How many Christians are disengaged from fellowship today because they have given in to feelings of discouragement?

 

David experienced this:

Psalm 142:4 (LB) – No one gives me a passing thought.  No one will help me; no one cares a bit what happens to me.

 

We can see now; how important it is for a disciple of Jesus to be an encouragement to people.

We should seize every opportunity to give encouragement.  Encouragement is oxygen to the soul.

The days are always dark enough.  There is no need for us to emphasize the fact by spreading further gloom.  George A. Adams.

Is it possible that we are so focused on the outside of the church reaching the lost, that we have neglected our responsibility to each other? We are commanded to ENCOURAGE one another.

 

The dictionary defines encouragement:
‘parakalein’ = Greek: The act of inspiring others with – Renewed courage; Renewed spirit or Renewed hope.

The triune(trinity) God – Father, Son and Holy Spirit places a priority on encouragement.

2 Corinthians 1:3 (Amp) – Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of sympathy (pity and mercy) and the God [Who is the Source] of every comfort (consolation and encouragement).

Paul says Jesus Christ is also at the very core of His ministry, an encourager.

2 Thessalonians 2:16-17 (Amp) – Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself and God our Father, who loved us and gave us everlasting consolation and encouragement and well-founded hope through [His] grace (unmerited favor), Comfort and encourage your hearts and strengthen them [make them steadfast and keep them unswerving] in every good work and word.

 

John 14 & 16 Jesus talks about the Comforter the Holy Spirit.

Translated is ‘paraklete’ which means ‘encourage’.

We too need to be encouragers because encouragement is one of the primary ministries of our triune God.

Paul reminds us that God’s word, the Old Testament, was provided to encourage us today.

Romans 15:4-5 (Amp) – For whatever was thus written in former days was written for our instruction, that by [our steadfast and patient] endurance and the encouragement [drawn] from the Scriptures we might hold fast to and cherish hope.  Now may the God Who gives the power of patient endurance (steadfastness) and Who supplies encouragement, grant you to live in such mutual harmony and such full sympathy with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus,

 

Throughout the bible, the theme of encouragement is everywhere.

Correction does much, but encouragement does more!

 

Proverbs 12:25 (LB) – Anxious hearts are very heavy, but a word of encouragement does wonders!

Isaiah 50:4 (Message) – The Master, God, has given me a well taught tongue.  So, I know how to encourage tired people.  He wakes me up in the morning, wakes me up, opens my ear to listen as one ready to take orders.

 

Timothy’s mission:
1 Thessalonians 3:2 (NIV) – We sent Timothy, who is our brother and God’s fellow worker in spreading the Gospel of Christ, to strengthen and encourage you in your faith.

 

Paul tells the church:
1 Thessalonians 5:11 (NIV) – Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.

Hebrews 3:13 (NIV) – But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.

 

Being involved in the church is not only biblical, but also a place of encouragement.

Many of us are like the little boy who was afraid at night.  When his father told him that God was with him, he replied, “Yes, but I want someone with skin on.”

The point is – we want to be encouraged by people we can see and touch.

When God saved you, He had others in mind to “encourage”.

Someone said, “there are 2 kinds of people in the church – the pillars and the caterpillars.

The pillars hold up the church and the caterpillars crawl in and out every week.

Sadly, those who fail to get connected, there is a price to pay in needs that go unmet.

Hebrews 10:24-25 (Amp) – And let us consider and give attentive, continuous care to watching over one another, studying how we may stir up (stimulate and incite) to love and helpful deeds and noble activities, Not forsaking or neglecting to assemble together [as believers], as is the habit of some people, but admonishing (warning, urging, and encouraging) one another, and all the more faithfully as you see the day approaching.

 

10 Commandments of friendship:

Speak to people. There is nothing as nice as a cheerful encouraging word of greeting.  A smile of encouragement at the right moment may act like sunlight on a closed-up flower – it may be the turning point for a struggling life.
Smile at people. It takes 72 muscles to frown, but only 14 to smile.
Call people by name. The sweetest music to anyone’s ear is the sound of their own name.
Be friendly and helpful. If you would have friends, be friendly.
Be sincere. Speak and act as if everything you do were a real pleasure.
Be genuinely interested in people. You can love everyone if you try.
Be generous with praise, cautious with criticism. Try for a ratio of 7 praises to each criticism.  Insults should be written in the sand and praises carved in stone.
Be considerate of the feelings of others. It will be appreciated.
Be thoughtful of the opinions of others. People love their opinions as they do their own children; calling them ugly won’t get you anything but anger.
Be alert to give service. What counts most in life is what we do for others.

 

A true disciple of Jesus Christ is a committed person whose life is an encouragement to others.

What about you?

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