Encourage Me!

zIt was hot and I was standing in the shade watching my good friend deal with some metal I’d asked him to cut.  He was doing me a favor with two huge benefits:  1. It was going to get done well and 2. I was going to have all of my limbs intact when it was over.

When he was finished we started chatting about a few things and I took the opportunity to talk about an area of my life where some fear had crept back in.  I told him how God has exposed it and helped me deal with it.  I talked about how grateful I am that God shines His light on areas we might not know are hurting us but also my frustration that we can experience captivity in areas we’ve already experienced freedom.

I was frustrated at all of the different things God exposes in order to heal that we have to keep track of.  Sometimes it’s hard to remember that a particular lie is, in fact, a lie and remain separated from its influence.  Sometimes it feels like we are consistently behind the eight ball and at any moment our heads can dip back under the water.  Sometimes it feels like our freedom is a white-knuckled grip and we watch helplessly as each finger threatens to slip off one by one.

He listened to my rant, scrunched his forehead and said, “But think off all the lies Satan tells us every single day that are immediately defeated.”

I straightened at that as my next complaint lodged in my throat.  It was an optimistic perspective that I really needed.  But it was more than that.  It was encouragement and it instantly broke the straps of frustration.  I felt my view on the matter flip flop as if someone turned my brain upside down.

As we seek to live the life that Jesus lived, to take the love of God and reflect it to those around us, may we never forget the power of encouragement.  It can be 1 word, 1 sentence or longer.  It doesn’t matter as the word, any word, of God is alive and full of power!

Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 14 that prophecy is for edifying, comforting and encouraging the body and Proverbs 15 tells us that a word in season can change a life!  Encouragement shakes off the bonds of oppression.  It heals brokenness and restores hope.

I remember being invited one weekend to speak at a conference and facilitating an exercise in which two people stood in the front and the audience listened for just one word God might be speaking for them.  The guidelines were that whatever was spoken must be comforting and encouraging.

All were touched but one young man in particular was undone.  His eyes were wide and held emotion he hadn’t expected to feel.  He’d said he’d been going to church his whole life and had never had anyone encourage him like that.  He told me he’d been waiting for something like what he’d experienced that night.

So, in closing…encourage each other!

Blessings,

Jesse and Kara Birkey

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1 Response to Encourage Me!

  1. ptl2010 says:

    Indeed we need encouragement from the family of God. That is what family is for.

    In the rough-and-tumble circumstances of life, we sometimes receive blows that leave us bleeding and gasping for breath. During such times, we need reassurance from God and others so that we may remain faithful in “the good fight” of faith, fix our eyes on Jesus and finish the race.

    Jonathan and David entered into a deep and profound, covenantal relationship of mutual support that served both men well and gave them steadiness and comfort in unstable times.

    Then there was Barnabas known as ” the Son of encouragement” who extended his hand of fellowship to Saul after he became Paul.

    Most of all we must remember that the Holy Spirit is our greatest Comforter – He prays for us with groanings which cannot be uttered and the Word of God contains many encouraging words.

    A major theme throughout the Old Testament prophets is God as an encourager. He lovingly sought to inspire his people to put their confidence and hope in him because he loves his people. Thus, even when God warns his people of impending judgment, there is always a note of consolation quick at hand. In speaking of coming judgment, they always looked beyond the time of travail to a time of unprecedented blessing. This consolation is a kind of encouragement for his people to endure discipline and trust that God will be merciful in his justice. Isaiah, for example, begins his consolation section with these words: “Comfort, comfort my people, says your God” (Isaiah 40:1). After the people’s captivity in Babylon, God’s plan was still to prosper them and not to harm them, to give them hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11).

    Let us help one another continue to have hope in our God.

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