ENCOURAGE Yourself AND Somebody Else
1 Thesslonians 5:11
Therefore encourage one another and build each other up,
just as in fact you are doing.
BlogFam, Let me just come right out and say it… Do NOT be selfish with Christ! I do not know how much clearer I can be and after reading our verse for today, you are probably wondering where that statement actually came from. So let me come right out and say this - and this is my creative space for reflection and inspiration that you have chosen to visit therefore I hope that you will at least consider my next statement - THE GREATEST ENCOURAGEMENT YOU CAN GIVE YOURSELF and/or SOMEBODY ELSE IS CHRIST.
Again, BlogFam, Do NOT be selfish with Christ!
It is amazing how we will be saved or think others need to be saved but our last thought in times of challenge or frustration is the one who indeed saves. Far too often we will ignore or totally dismiss the power of Christ to ENCOURAGE us and those around us. I know you pray to the Lord in times of trouble. I know you might think He is able to bring you out of what you are in right now. I know you believe that you can DO all things through Him. BUT why do we push Christ to the side when we NEED encouragement, when we need to be inspired with courage, spirit, or confidence?
It seems like we keep Christ on hold or on reserve for “really” special occasions like He is a fine wine that is rarely drank until certain people come to dinner or until certain things happen in the affirmative for our lives and until then, we keep Christ on the shelf, hiding Him in our hearts until the time is “right.” BlogFam, we know that we can DO all things through Christ but when we need to just feel better, when we need a boost to our self -esteem, when we need a pick-me-up, we act as if that is too much for Christ to handle or not “big” enough to warrant His attention. Sister and Brothers, We have this ALL wrong!
THE GREATEST ENCOURAGEMENT YOU CAN GIVE YOURSELF and/or SOMEBODY ELSE IS CHRIST.
But since we personally utilize this faulty faith practice in our own lives, we do the same when it comes to the ways in which we interact with others. We will direct others to their own inner strength or to a good self- help book or offer our own best advice to lift them up instead of speaking Christ into their lives! We do this because we do not speak Christ into our own lives and most of us have a tendency to do for others in times of crisis what we do for ourselves…particularly when it comes to matters of the heart. This is not a pocketbook matter. It will not necessarily directly impact your bank account. You will not have to give an extra offering. You just have to be willing to ENCOURAGE yourself and somebody else with Christ.
Christ can offer us and others so much more than we could ever ask or think including ENCOURAGEMENT. We all need to be encouraged at some point or another, for some reason or another and instead of keeping Christ on reserve for the “big” things or the “really” bad situations or circumstances, let’s go to Him first to be inspired with courage, spirit, or confidence in everything! It is selfish to keep Christ to or from ourselves or from others when He alone has EVERYTHING to meet our needs and fulfill our desires. For Christ is THE GREATEST ENCOURAGEMENT YOU CAN GIVE YOURSELF and/or SOMEBODY ELSE! Will you try to give that kind of encouragement on today?
Christ is the kind of encouragement that will pick you up on the inside and turn your life all the way around on the outside. Christ is the kind of encouragement that will give you JOY unspeakable and PEACE that surpasses all understanding. Christ is the kind of encouragement that will change your life.
Therefore encourage yourself AND one another and build up yourself AND each other IN CHRIST… THIS is what you need to be doing.
BlogFam, Encourage Yourself AND Somebody Else!
GOD LOVES YOU and I DO TOO!
P.S. - I want to INVITE ALL VISIONARIES to join me in a 21 day fast this month to TUNE IN to what the Lord may be speaking to you in this latter half of 2013. WILL YOU JOIN ME? I am excited that beginning TODAY, July 7 and through July 27, I will be TUNING IN to what God's VISION is for me. I want to continue to SEE clearly God's purpose/vision for my life and I want the same for ALL of you!