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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Encouragement (among believers) (11/08/07)

TITLE: "Peanut Butter Rivers?"
By Frank Salerni


“Peanut Butter Rivers?”

When you impart the wealth of our creator to others who are seeking to cast off all of the worlds advice, and are willing to replace it with heavenly wisdom… tell them to go to God’s Word and encamp there.

Can any advise supersede the advise of the Lord? It may be true that other forms of wisdom exist, but they all seem to pale in comparison to God’s truth.

I realize that within this forum this piece may not win any prizes, but if I can encourage anyone, or in any way better there life within the pangs of sorrow, or the deluge of troubles this world so freely offers, it will be worth so much more to me in a way that truly matters. So, for those with ears to hear… this is for you.

Encouragement among believers is something you can SPEAK words of according to
2 Chronicles 18:12, but be careful, because some people do this for self-motives.
“…Then the messenger who had gone to call Micaiah spoke to him, saying, “Now listen, the words of the prophets with one accord encourage the king. Therefore please let your word be like the word of one of them, and speak encouragement.”

We all have the ability to encourage one another, but make sure your words are true, and not empty words that are only to puff someone up falsely. In other words don’t speak deep thoughts in shallow ponds.

If you have been encouraged in one way or another don’t hang on to it, but give it away.
Encouragement is something to GIVE to one another.
2 Chronicles 30:22
And Hezekiah gave encouragement to all the Levites who taught the good knowledge of the LORD; and they ate throughout the feast seven days, offering peace offerings and making confession to the LORD God of their fathers.

Encouragement is for you when you read God’s word like in Acts 15:
…When they had read it, they rejoiced over its encouragement.

It is something that is supplied by God, and God should be your every source:
1 Corinthians 14:3
But [on the other hand], the one who prophesies [who interprets the divine will and purpose in inspired preaching and teaching] speaks to men for their up-building and constructive spiritual progress and encouragement and consolation.
2 Corinthians 1:3-5
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of sympathy (pity and mercy) and the God [Who is the Source] of every comfort (consolation and encouragement), Who comforts (consoles and encourages) us in every trouble (calamity and affliction), so that we may also be able to comfort (console and encourage) those who are in any kind of trouble or distress, with the comfort (consolation and encouragement) with which we ourselves are comforted (consoled and encouraged) by God. For just as Christ's [own] sufferings fall to our lot [as they overflow upon His disciples, and we share and experience them] abundantly, so through Christ comfort (consolation and encouragement) is also [shared and experienced] abundantly by us.

If you want to be encouraged I would suggest that you draw from God’s resources, and take bold steps to encourage others first.

Break the bondage of discouragement by comforting others with what you have been comforted with. It will set you as free as sunshine on a cloudless day.

Warning! If you do not go down the path of God’s Word the road back to encouragement without Christ to guide you will be as slow as a heard of turtles going through a river of peanut butter if at all.

Get into the Bible and let Jesus carry you through your current dilemma. Believe what you read, because its promises are indeed for YOU!

(All scriptures were taken from NKJV or the Amplified versions of The Bible.)

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JoAnne Potter11/16/07
You struggled with the same decision-making process I did. I never sent my first entry because it dealt with the biblical mandate for encouragement, as does yours. I enter because I want to mature my artistic style, but maybe your admonition is appropriate. There are bigger issues at stake here,and one of them is that the Lord wants us to be encouragers. Reviewing the biblical pattern for that is valuable. Good job.
Jan Ackerson 11/16/07
You title is very compelling, as is the image that contains it, toward the end of your piece.