Encouragement is one of the key ingredients to success in any endeavor. That is why it is such a valuable and precious commodity.
I have head of true cases where one simple word of encouragement brought a person out of a dark pit of heaviness, and it caused the person to forge ahead into great heights of brilliance.
To be an encourager; you must have a generous heart. You must have special insight into
what Is needed to activate greatness in a person who has been pushed down and who feels defeated by life. It is a tremendous gift to be an encourager.
What does the root word mean? It is a means whereby a person is inspired and activated with confidence in order to forge ahead with the needed approval and support.
How often does a person feel so alone in their work and choices, but with a little encouragement; that same person will move forward with boldness to accomplish his or her goal.
World English Dictionary
encourage (ɪnˈkʌrɪdʒ) [Click for IPA pronunciation guide]
1. to inspire (someone) with the courage or confidence (to do something)
2. to stimulate (something or someone to do something) by approval or help; support
An encourager (plural encouragers) Noun:
It is one who gives encouragement.
There have been many encouragers in our lives throughout the years, but there is only One who will be there throughout the long haul. God almighty is our greatest Encourager in this life and His Word is powerful to motivate, inspire, empower, and to move us into supernatural realms of victory.
When you know that The God who created the universe in on your side; nothing can come against you. When you love God and are called according to His purpose; you have the Holy Spirit working in you, through you, for you and He is your confidence, your encourager and He is your overcoming power for success in any and all of your pursuits in this life.
When we read the Word of God; we are not only hearing what God is saying, but we are also being empowered with the Presence of God. He is The Word, and He is The Truth, The Way and The Life.
Through His Word; we can be in a constant state of being encouraged by the Greatest Encourager of all time, our Lord Jesus Christ.
Joshua 1:9, tells us that he was commanded to be strong and of good courage. He was commanded to not be afraid or dismayed because the Lord God was with him wherever he went.
Joshua and Caleb were able with the help of Godís encouragement to bring down Jericho and to conquer the Promised Land. Today, with this type of encouragement from our Lord Jesus Christ; we can conquer our area of influence for the Kingdom of God.
Philippians 4:13, give us the encouragement for any and everything we will ever attempt to accomplish when the Word of God says that we can do ďallĒ things through Christ which strengthens us.
Many times in my life the above verse kept me going. Just repeating it in your mind and out loud will give you the strength you need to carry on and forge ahead.
Godís Word brings comfort, protection, Truth, deliverance, health, wisdom, love, joy, peace and it fills us with new faith, hope and courage to complete our lives in the victory that He has won on the cross.
In short, our Lord and our God is our greatest Encourager through His powerful Words of Life.
We will all need encouragement at some point in our lives. It is a fact that the enemy of our souls is very busy in every aspect of our lives trying to bring discouragement to us.
Discouragement is rampant in our lives in these end times.
When we hear the bad news; it is often intended to bring us to hopelessness, distress and apathy in our seeming inability to overcome these difficulties. However, when you are being bombarded with negative reports; just open up that Book that is above every other book in the world, and read the Words of our Great Encourager Jesus Christ.
He is always found in His Word to bring us through each and every experience, trial or tribulation in our lives. He has the perfect Word of encouragement for you as you look to Him and open His Book.
We read so much every day that could bring us to a place of distress, but when we open The Book; we can be so encouraged, inspired and renewed in The Holy Spirit of God.
If you are an encourager; you take after Your Father God and His Son, Who are so very brilliant in transforming what is lacking in our lives into what is filled with love, faith, hope, new life and vitality.
My prayer for all of Godís people:
Dear Heavenly Father,
We pray that all of Your people will be granted your gift of encouragement to those in need. Please bring us into the paths of those who need a kind word of encouragement, a pat on the back or a word that will inspire us to move onward and upward into our destiny.
Words that is fitly spoken are like apples of gold in pictures of silver. In short, it can be the precise key to a personís ability to fulfill their destiny with greater confidence, assurance and enthusiasm.
Please grant us this powerful gift and may it be used for Your honor and glory.
In Jesusí almighty Name and for Your glory. Amen and amen.
Margaret (Peggy) Kannaday has worked for Dr. Yonggi Cho for some 22 years as the
Managing Editor for ďChurch Growth InternationalĒ which is the English outreach of The Yoido Full Gospel Church in Seoul, Korea.
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