To be able to encourage others we need to be encouraged ourselves. So how do we do that?
Our first source of encouragement should be from God so we need to spend time with him being refreshed and refilled. Liken it to a time of plugging into the power source. Just like we need to re-charge our cell phone or the battery goes flat – so it is with us… we need to plug into God to re-charge ourselves or we also can go flat.
WAYS FOR YOU TO PLUG INTO THE POWER SOURCE – GOD
- Read your Bible – this is probably the easiest place to actually hear from God – the bible is full of encouraging scriptures, especially the psalms – underline or highlight those verses that speak to you so the next time you a flicking through your bible or bible app those verses stick out and encourage you again… they are like postcards from God.
o Romans 15:4-5 For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope.
- Pray – Take time to talk to God about anything and take time to listen. Don’t hang up on the hotline – you can talk to God all day and in all circumstances. Share with God your hopes and dreams, your struggles, even the people that annoy you. The Psalms are full of David’s conversations and venting with God when he was discouraged or at the end of his tether. Look at Psalm 13 – David is praying for relief from despair
- Psalm 13:1-2 How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? 2 How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and every day have sorrow in my heart? How long will my enemy triumph over me?
But somewhere between David’s venting in verses 1-2 and verse 5 God changes David’s attitude from one of self-pity to one of praise.
- Psalm 13:5- 6 – 5 But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation.6 I will sing to the Lord, for he has been good to me.
- The Passive Re-charge: Listening to Christian music or Christian radio is a great way to be encouraged while you go about your day. Just like the saying “You are what you Eat” so it is with what we feed our minds – feed your mind on those things that are edifying. Be selective.
- Philippians 4:8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
- Meet regularly with a PIT Crew – This is a team of Christian friends who are committed to helping each other finish the race. People who you can do life with, be real with and who will pray with you.
- Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 (NLT) Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. 10 If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble.
- Take time out to go to that place that you feel closest to God – the beach, the great outdoors, the workshop; in your room with worship music, journaling, walking.
- Isaiah 40:30 But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.
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Finding Rest in Him Jill Briscoe