Monday, July 22, 2019

8 Ways to Encourage Ourselves in God





1.) Secure our salvation.


 
You must know you are God’s child thru what Jesus called 

being born-again. If this isn’t your foundation, then all of 

what follows in this writing does not apply to you. What I

like to do is ask people to pause and reflect on what God

has done to bring salvation and their response to Him. If at

the end of this writing you find that you don’t have the 

correct response to this all too crucial question, then it’s my 

prayer that you will make Christ the Lord of your life from 

this day forward. 





2.) Settle sin accounts quickly.



The price has already been paid by the blood of Jesus.

But ask Him to examine you regularly. (Psalm 139:23-24)

And if there’s any trespass or sin that you haven't already

confessed, do so immediately and completely. (1John 1:9) 




If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me” (Psalm



 66:18). 
  

The LORD is far from the wicked: but he hears the prayer of the

righteous” (Proverbs 15:29).


He that turns away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer

shall be abomination” (Proverbs 28:9). 



  
3.) Study the Word of God.



Take time to pour over the scriptures. Personalize verses. 

Put yourself in the place of pronouns and read God’s word as

if it’s personally addressed to you. Meditate on it. Search 

out different verses in the original languages that it was

written in whether it’s Hebrew or Greek. There’s a depth

and richness to studying this way that often times our 

English misses out on.



"These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so." (Acts 17:11)




"Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth." (2 Timothy 2:15) 

 
"And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus." (2 Timothy 3:15)






4.) Supplicate ourselves in prayer.






In other words, spend time in communication with the Lord. 

And remember: Prayer is a dialogue; not a monologue. God 

wants to talk to you too. So pour out your heart to Him.

Bring before Him your needs and petitions. Be grateful and

offer Him thanksgiving. Then shut up and wait for Him to 

speak to you back. 


 
5.) Sing songs of praise.







You don’t need to be in a service with a worship team 

leading to do this. You can engage in worship while driving,

taking a shower, or any other thing you can think of. 



 



"Speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the

Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord." 

(Ephesians 5:19)


Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and

admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and

hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts

to God.” (Colossians 3:16)



 



6.) Speak in other tongues.




This is a personal prayer language given to believers by

God and should not be underestimated. The Bible says that

we do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself

intercedes for us through wordless groans. And it is by praying in 

the Holy Spirit that we find edification for ourselves. (1 Corinthians




Now many people will stop and say that nobody should pray in 

tongues unless there is someone to interpret. In such cases where

the speaker is in front of a congregation and looking to 

communicate; this is true. But I’m referring to when a believer is

communing with God by himself. In those instances Paul made it

clear that they are permitted to speak in tongues all they want.






 

7.) Surround ourselves with like-minded believers.





The writer of Hebrews says in chapter 10 to "let us consider how to

stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet 

together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and

all the more as you see the Day drawing near."







But to give a word of caution: Surrounding ourselves with

like-minded believers is the key. Watch out for people who

don’t believe in all the gifts of the Spirit. Love them and

witness to them. But don’t allow yourself to be quenched by

their unbelief or ignorance. Also remember: The common 

denominator that all Christians in the body of Christ share is

Jesus and His kingdom. There are too many groups and

programs that mainly fellowship around the struggles and

sins of its members. This isn’t biblical. Yes, the Bible does

have things to say about accountability and confessing sins

to one another. But if that’s all a group of people are doing

then you need to leave. As Christians we must rally around

our victory in Christ rather than staying in a defeatist

mindset that doesn’t foster true growth and maturity.





8.) Share the Lord Jesus Christ with others.

 

This is where the rubber meets the road. Jesus gave the great 

commission. (Matthew 28:16-20) And if we are serious about our faith

and carrying out these principles, then going out to minister

will be the natural overflowing response after we’ve 

encouraged ourselves in the faith. I have serious doubts 

about people who lock themselves up inside somewhere and

spend their entire time doing what they call meditating or

other so called spiritual precepts and never evangelizing 

other people. Something is missing here. It’s like something 

that someone said to me years ago about witnessing: “How

can I not tell other people about this amazing God that did 

so much for me? I couldn’t keep it to myself if I wanted to!”




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Friend, is this your testimony? Do you know for a 100% 

certainty that you have eternal life? The Spirit of God is 
 

telling you at this exact moment to examine yourself to see if

you are in the faith. I’m not asking you what you said or did

by spiritual exercise in your life prior to this point. But at

this exact second, what are you relying on for salvation? 







The Bible says that there is only one correct answer to this

question. I would encourage you to read this quick link to make 

sure you have the right response to what God has done for you thru 

Jesus Christ. And after reading, if you realize that you're trying by

other means to attain eternal life; it's my prayer that you will make

the decision to come to God His way and not yours. In Jesus' name,

be blessed. Amen.


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