Having been preaching for almost 30 years, twelve of which I have been a church pastor, I know a little about churchgoing folks. One thing is that they can be really hard to figure out. For instance, it's not uncommon for a person to attend a very uplifting church service, clapping his hands in worshiping God, and then go home only to fall back into the dumps. Or, sometimes, the worship experience goes quite differently. Maybe the preacher didn't preach today, or so you say. He wasn't prepared, and you feel as though you were not fed spiritually. You could have stayed home, and listened to one of the world renowned preachers on TV or watch them on the Internet. OK, so you were all excited about going to church, fought the terrible traffic to get there, gave a tithe and an offering, all for a big letdown. And on and on and on. You get my drift. Before I proceed further, let me say that I am talking primarily to the Christian community, though the gist of what I am saying will benefit all. The reason that point is relevant is because whenever a person becomes Christian, the Lord changes him on the inside, giving him a new spirit, which enables him to do the things I suggest at the end. Now back to what I was initially talking about. The truth is that all of us have our moments that we sometimes allow to get the best of us. And I believe that during such times we become too dependent on others to help us feel better or to move forward. If that always works for you, then by all means continue on. But I submit that sometimes, we just have to encourage ourselves. "Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God," the psalmist said (Psalm 42:5, NIV). He was speaking to himself, encouraging his troubled soul to hope in God. This is not the only time in the book of Psalms when the writer had to encourage himself. Also, the Bible talks about how King "David was greatly distressed: for the people spake of stoning him... but David encouraged himself in the Lord his God" (1 Samuel 30:6). These men of the Bible who had to encourage themselves during times of distress or discouragement were holy men of God whom He used to pen portions of the Bible. If they had their moments, surely we do, too. We tend to become discouraged when we feel overwhelmed by a challenge, or when the doctor gives us a bad report, or we got our hopes up for a big letdown, or sometimes for reasons we can't put our hands on. Amid these afflictions, we must learn to encourage ourselves in the Lord. We do this by looking beyond these things, and focusing our attention on and our hope in our God. We can do this because the Spirit who lives on the inside of us is full of faith, and joy, and peace. One of the ways we can encourage ourselves is by putting ourselves in remembrance of His promises that speak to the problem at hand. We must encourage ourselves to believe that God will do what He promised--regardless of how overwhelmingly our cirmcumstances suggest otherwise. Also, we can praise Him before the breakthrough, confident of His faithfulness. And we can speak to our troubled soul: Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God.Â€ Frank King
Thanks for sharing of the imporatnce of being encouraged Brother Frank! Encouragement is a beautiful thing! God Bless you and your family richly! Dave
Brother Frank, it's important to learn how to encourage ourselves in the Lord. Too many overwheming matters and events aound us seem so daunting, yet when we remember what the Lord had done for us, we would feel encouraged and more comforted.
Always take heed in the promises of the Lord and remember that He's always beside us and will not leave nor forsake us.
Thanks for sharing
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been slacking about reading my daily devotionals. but when i did, they encouraged me more like i didnt miss anything. it was all in the timing. just as your blog was well timed for me to read today and encouraged me and had nothing to do with me"surviving "black friday lol.. thanks for the encouragement and now it's time for me to get back into reading the books of psalms and proverbs daily. be blessed
To highlight the strong point of your blog - one must read and meditate on the word to be able to recall it for encouragement.
Knowing a few deserts I have told others asking about these lows points in their life this is the time for you to make the word of God come alive in your life. When everything has failed, church, feelings, emotions, doings, nothing seems to uplift and the Spirit is quite. Now is the time to rejoice as David did-hope, as Paul did-assurances of God's promises, trust in Him by trusting in His word.
Being in the mist of a battle now it is a great comfort to see this blog from a true brother in faith.