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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

You Are "The Encourager!"

Fresh Manna
by Pastor Tim Burt


Have you ever been discouraged? Ridiculous question isn’t it? The truth is discouragement is a part of life. Let me ask you another question? Do you think discouragement will be a part of Heaven? Read this verse that comes from the book of Revelation describing our future days with God before you answer that question. Rev 21:4 “He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away."

Could it really be like this in Heaven – no more death, crying, or pain – no more tears? Absolutely! When that time comes, the devil will be banished to the lake of fire. Revelation 20:10 says, “And the devil (referring to Satan) that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire….” The devil is the author behind all discouragement. God is the author of encouragement!

Discouragement is of the enemy. The word discourage is defined: to deprive of courage, hope, or confidence; to dishearten; to obstruct by opposition or difficulty; hinder: to express or make clear disapproval of; frown upon: to discourage the expression of enthusiasm. What is the goal of discouragement? The goal is to steal our courage, to steal our faith, and to steal our trust in God leading our life.

Knowing that at times you get discouraged, do you ever try to be used of God to be a blessing and encouragement to others? If your answer is “I hope so,” make the changes that allow you to say, “I know so.” Just as Satan creates circumstances and uses people to bring discouragement and hurt, how much more does God desire to use us in the earth to bring miracles and the touch of His love through yielded people? There are multitudes of ways God can and will use a yielded vessel like you! A sincere kind word, appreciating someone's work effort, an offer to pray right then and there over a problem they are having - there so many ways God can use you to literally pull someone out of a dark place in a moment's time. God will work through you when your heart is crying out to Him to be used!  I see it happen daily in my life.
 
Discouragement was often the weapon of choice by the enemies of Israel. In the book of Ezra and Nehemiah we read about God’s people coming back to Jerusalem to rebuild the temple that had been destroyed many years earlier by their enemies. The prophets of that day had told them to go and rebuild the temple. God had even given them favor, even with authorities to do so. As they began their work, jealous and hateful, people of the area attacked them with discouragement. They lied about their motives for rebuilding the temple. They attacked their character. They even wrote a letter of lies to the king that let them rebuild the temple. You know what happened? The king believed the letter. He told God’s people to stop building. The courage of God’s people had been punctured by the discouraging attack of their surrounding foes. It was God’s prophets - His voices in the earth at that time that encouraged the people to keep going forward. They did and they rebuilt the temple.

Today, we are to be acutely aware that as believers of Jesus Christ, we are also the temple of the Holy Spirit, He lives with us and we are to be that voice of encouragement. We are here to remind people of God's love and promises and point them to the promises of His word. We - you AND I are to be a source of daily encouragement.  Hebrews 3:13 (NLT) says, "You must encourage each other every day... so that none of you will be deceived by sin and hardened against God." This verse reveals that discouragement can zap hope and lead people to give up and instead make hurtful wrong choices. Satan's goal - get them to give up on God. People need the touch of God's love, encouragement, and the promise of His Word to reach into their life daily! And you are to be that encourager!

Don't be discouraged no matter what is going on. If you let discouragement fester, it will steal your hope. Proverbs 13:12 tells us that "hope put off makes the heart sick..."  Do what David did. Ask God to encourage you! Psalms 138:3 (NLT) "As soon as I pray, you answer me; you encourage me by giving me strength."  Then read God's Word until one of His promises speaks to your heart.  And then, you be the answer to someone else's prayers by bring them that encouragement and touch of God's life today!

"The Sovereign Lord has given me his words of wisdom, so that I know how to comfort the weary. Morning by morning He wakens me and opens my understanding to his will." Isaiah 50:4 (NLT)

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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