Jun 1, 2012
Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength. Nehemiah 8:10
Know that if you're an encourager, the enemy will attack you with the opposite of that gifting ... discouragement. If you're gettin' hit with depression, in part it's because the enemy is scared of you and the damage you're doing to his kingdom.
If you're feeling discouraged, get in the Word and read until you get your peace back. Being an encourager can drain your strength, so continual feeding on God's Word and spending time in His presence is essential. Are you feeling the weight? When you help someone through something, be sure to ask the Lord to fill you back up and cast that persons cares on Him instead of walking around trying to hold yourself up under the weight of everyone's burdens. If you can, pray with the person you're helping right then and there, so ya'll can lift the burden to the Lord together. Burdens are too heavy for our shoulders and we weren't designed to carry them.
Cast your cares on the Lord, for He cares for you and HE WILL SUSTAIN YOU; He will never let the righteous be shaken. Psalm 55:22
God's placed a beautiful gift within you. Don't let it be trampled on and smothered, lift your head high knowing that your heavenly Father is with you and is carrying you and rooting you on.
At night we may cry, but when morning comes we will celebrate. You have turned my mourning into joyful dancing. You have taken away my clothes of mourning and clothed me with joy. Psalm 30:5,11
Be encouraged all you encouragers ... YOU ARE GONNA MAKE IT. You're gonna make it, after all.
You CAN do it.
Father, I pray that You encourage us, give us joy, and give us words in due season for Your people and speak them through us. Be in agreement with me, Lord as I speak LIFE and HOPE to all those who just don't think they can take it anymore ... you WILL go thru, in Jesus' name.