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Be Encouragers

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014
Author: Deb Clark

Who is your greatest encourager here on earth?

As I think about this question I would have to say that those who pray for me are my greatest encouragers here on earth!

What brings you the most encouragement?

When I see people come to know Jesus as their Savior. Also, when I have been helping someone and I see some evidence of growth in their life.

How does God encourage us?

I would like to suggest that He is…

  • our Refuge (Psalm 61:2-4)
  • our Strong Tower (Psalm 61:2-4)
  • our Sheltering Wings (Psalm 61:2-4)
  • our Rest (Psalm 61:1-2)
  • our Rock (Psalm 62:1-2; 5-8)
  • our Salvation (Psalm 62:1-2; 5-8)
  • our Fortress (Psalm 62:1-2; 5-8)
  • our Hope (Psalm 62:5-8)
  • our Redeemer (Isaiah 43:1b)

What can we do to encourage others?

  • Pray for them
  • Share Scripture verses of encouragement especially from the Psalms
  • Listen
  • Write notes, cards and emails of encouragement
  • Visit
  • Keep consistent contact
  • Give of our time and resources to others in need
  • Walk alongside them no matter what they are facing
  • Extend hospitality

Challenge: Remember God’s encouragement to you and be an encourager to someone in your life today!

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Pray With Joy For One Another

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014
Author: Deb Clark
I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.  Philippians 1:3-6
 
This particular greeting from Paul to the Philippians was a special one because he wanted them to know that even though he wasn’t right there with them, he was praying for them with joy! Paul’s attitude of joy in praying for the believers is one that we can take and apply to our prayer life as well.
 
He was assuring them that it was a partnership in carrying the gospel forward and that God would see them through everything they were doing to spread the Good News.
 
What about our attitude when we are praying for one another? Do we seek to pray with joy for others? Maybe we have a person in our life or ministry who really rubs us the wrong way – are we able to pray with an attitude of delight or gladness for that individual?
 
Praying with joy means…
  • taking a look at your own heart and asking God to give you that attitude of joy and gladness
  • asking the person or persons you are praying for how you can best intercede for them
  • writing them notes of encouragement to let them know you are grateful for the privilege of praying for them
Take a moment to ask the Lord who you should be praying for with joy in your life and then connect from the heart!

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Being Relentless

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014
Author: Deb Clark
Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. Hebrews 10:23-25
 
My sister and I are pretty close in age. I was one year behind her in school. We shared a bedroom but there were times when we each needed our own space. Sometimes I would purposely provoke her into an argument just to get her stirred up! Nice sister – right? Actually, we laugh about those times now but sometimes I could be relentless in irritating my sister!
 
What does this have to do with Hebrews 10:24? Paul is encouraging us to be relentless as we urge other believers around us to show benevolence to one another as well as to do acts of kindness for each other. He reminds believers to hold on tight to the hope we profess (Christ) and to continue fellowshipping together.
 
What are some ways we can spur each other on?
  • Praying for each other
  • Speaking words that are kind and encouraging
  • Being honest with one another
  • Working alongside of others to help them know what they should be doing
  • Modeling Christ’s benevolence for others

 

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Confidence, Comfort & Courage

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014
Author: Deb Clark

The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Deuteronomy 31:8

While reading Deuteronomy 31, it was quite clear that God was changing the guard so to speak, from Moses to Joshua. Moses says in verse 2 that he was now 120 years old and that the Lord had told him that he would not be the one to lead the people across the Jordan River. This would not happen because of an incident that happened at Kadesh (Numbers 20:1-13). He told them that God would use Joshua to guide the Israelites into the land of Caanan!

Moses did not just lay out God’s plan but he proclaimed that they would not be alone – that the Lord would give them the confidence, comfort and courage to move forward to an uncertain future.

Sometimes we may be in this same position in life and ministry. We may be searching for the next direction or plan of how we can minister more effectively but we are afraid to take that step. Be encouraged that you are not alone. God walks beside you each step of the way. He is the one who gives us the confidence, comfort and courage to step outside of our comfort zone and move forward.

Commit to Him your concerns, fears and anxieties and trust Him because He desires to lead you to the promised land!

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