Friday, September 10, 2021

Author : Bishop Julius Okarike

Verse Of The Day : Saul’s son Jonathan got up and went to David at Horesh, and he encouraged him to trust in God. 1 Samuel 23:16

Thought Of The Day : Insult never motivates anyone to succeed; encouragement does.

LISTEN : An old woman woke up one morning and called for her son who came and sat by her bedside. She said, “Son, no matter what, determine to be an encourager.” Her son smiled and said, “Mother, I will do as you said.” Friend, you can be an encourager. An encourager is someone who inspires others with courage, hope, or confidence. Beloved, when last did you encourage someone to pursue his or her God-given purpose? I remember sometime ago, when I visited an auto mechanic shop. The mechanic had finished working on a car with a manual transmission. But the car refused to kick-start. So, the mechanic ordered his apprentices to push-start it. Suddenly, the car started. I learnt a lesson from it. I learned that, a little push can make a difference. My dear, lots of people are already frustrated and tired of life. They want to end it all. Such people don’t need further heartbreak or frustration. What they need is encouragement. They need a push. They need a word of hope and comfort. They need someone to tell them to be strong and courageous and fix their eyes on God. This was exactly what Jonathan did for his dear friend David when he was in trouble. Though, Jonathan was the supposed heir apparent to the throne of Israel, yet, he didn’t listen to his father Saul, or support him in his plans to kill David his perceived threat to the throne. Instead, he encouraged David to put his hope in God. The Bible says,

“Saul’s son Jonathan got up and went to David at Horesh, and he encouraged him to trust in God.”

1 Samuel 23:16

My dear, people need words of encouragement from you. So, learn to encourage others. Those who are struggling need the strength that comes from compassion and encouragement. We motivate people by encouraging them, not by breaking their hearts further. Let’s help others by encouraging them to overcome their challenges. They want us to make them more determined, hopeful and confident in pursuing the purpose of God for their lives. The Bible says,

“And we urge you, brothers and sisters, admonish the undisciplined, comfort the discouraged, help the weak, be patient toward all.”

1 Thessalonians 5:14

Henceforth, encourage others to become what God wants them to be. Remember, you can encourage someone today and make them achieve their dreams. Be an encourager not a destroyer. Be wise!

What Should We Do With This Message?
1. Don’t make frustrating others your habit; instead, encourage them to make the best out of their lives.
2. Be a true friend to your friends and never betray them.
3. Encourage those who are discouraged and heartbroken and determine to give them hope.
4. Don’t encourage anyone to keep insulting others. Instead, teach people to esteem others above themselves.

Prayer : Dear Lord, You are good to me. Therefore, help me to encourage others and inspire them to achieve success, in Jesus’ name, amen!

A Word Of Blessing : Today I speak on your life, may your life be a blessing to humanity. And may God bless you, in Jesus’ name.

Reflection : Encouragement is a tiny seed in the soil of relationship; but when watered, it brings the best out of life.

Quote : “Real people motivate others to achieve their God-given goals. But irresponsible people do otherwise.”

Biblical Fact : Did you know God changed the name of Abraham’s wife from Sarai to Sarah? (Genesis 17:15)

Stunning Fact : Did you know the longest recorded flight of a chicken was 13 seconds?

Bible Quiz : Why did God kill Nadab and Abihu the sons of Aaron?

God bless you!

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