ENCOURAGE YOURSELF IN THE LORD

1 Samuel 30:6 David was greatly distressed because the men were talking about stoning him; each one was bitter in spirit because of his sons and daughters. But David FOUND STRENGTH IN THE LORD HIS GOD.

STRENGTHEN according to my Collins dictionary means: to fortify, brace up, consolidate, ENCOURAGE, GIVE NEW ENERGY TO, etc.

In other words, we can read this sentence like this: But David ENCOURAGED HIMSELF IN THE LORD HIS GOD.

This morning, I had plans to write on a different topic altogether. But as I was conversing with my husband, I felt the Lord leading me into this direction. The Lord made it clear to me that there are many out there who need not to be encouraged, BUT TO ENCOURAGE THEMSELVES IN THE LORD.

What do I mean by ENCOURAGING YOURSELF IN THE LORD? Let’s go back to the storyline in 1 Samuel 30. David was not yet the King of Israel….but Prophet Samuel had already anointed him as the next king of Israel. The mantle of kingship had already be passed on to David, yet he wasn’t yet at his rightful position. King Saul had plotted more than once to kill him, but he had escaped to the land of the Philistines. Together with six hundred men, he settled in the land of Gath with Achish, son of the King of Gath….and joined his army. On several occasion, he went out with his men to raid the surrounding lands, leaving no man or woman alive but came back to Achish with sheep, cattle, donkey etc. Achish thought David was no longer loyal to his countrymen…and even when the time came for the Philistines to face the Israelites in battle, Achish included him and his men in their army.

But as they were preparing to enter into the battlefield, the rulers of the Philistines army who didn’t approve of David…because they already knew of his earlier conquest against them asked Achish to send him back to his place of assignment, that is, Ziklag. While the Philistines went up to face the Israelites, David and his men went back to Ziklag and Negev only to find it burned down, and their wives and children carried off by the Amalekites. The men…cried out so loud until they had NO MORE STRENGTH LEFT. But in that moment of deep anger and frustration, they even considered MOB JUSTICE against David. And although he had also lost his wives, sons and daughters into the captives’ hands, he did something amazingly different. HE FOUND ROOM TO REMEMBER HIS GOD!

Is that you? Are you so frustrated and confused at the circumstances that surrounds you at this moment in time? How can you encourage yourself in the Lord?

I believe David spoke back to the Lord…of the things God has promised and spoken over his life: He knew that God had anointed and approved him as the next King of Israel. And even though the circumstances in his current life did not seem to march up with that fact…the Spirit of the Lord which has come upon him with power upon his anointing was still manifest. I Samuel 16:13

And the same Spirit that rested upon David is still manifest in you today. ENCOURAGE YOURSELF IN THE LORD by:

– Speaking back His promises
– Inquiring before the Lord
– Recalling His past faithfulness
– Remembering the finished work at the cross
– Understanding that all things work together for good
– Praying and fasting etc.

My friends, I pray that you will find STRENGTH IN THE LORD TODAY…and renew your testimony, that THE LORD IS GOOD!

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19 thoughts on “ENCOURAGE YOURSELF IN THE LORD

    • Deb,

      Thank you. I haven’t been hear for quite sometime…but God willing….I will get back on His Good Time. God bless for that encouraging note. I needed it!!!

      Love and hugs,

      Gladwell

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  2. Gladwell,
    The Lord is good indeed! Thank you for this as it was so pertinent to my present walk with the Lord. Blessings to you and your and I look forward to more such refreshing and enlightening messages.
    Vineet

  3. We who encourage others often are in need of encouragement ourselves, and so must encourage ourselves in the Lord! Thank you for listing ways in which we can do this. šŸ™‚ May He encourage you today and give you peace! love, deb

    • Deb,

      Thank you dear! Your encouraging poems…do much therapy for my soul. I love your heart above all else. Keep encouraging yourself…and us all!

      Love and hugs,

      Gladwell

  4. Gladwell,
    Thank you for your words of wisdom.
    This is where I am today; I find myself constantly reminding the Lord of his promises to me, this causes me to go into thanksgiving for all that He has already done! Iā€™m learning that in the process of the seed (His Word, the promise) being planted and the fruit (manifestation) of his word, promise; there is the process of time (waiting, testing) that I have to endure. This is when I have to encourage and strengthen myself in the Lord, in the waiting of the manifestation.
    While I am waiting, I know that He who promised is FAITHFUL!!!

    Grace be multiplied to you,
    Sylvia

    • Sylvia,

      Thank you. Your additional is the perfect climax on to my post today. Yes…from the seed to the fruit, we have to endure the process which at times takes longer than we anticipated. But…while we wait, God is working in us…and with the seed in order to enlarge our store of righteousness. I see His workings in my life…and I can say, waiting has done me good! He is faithful to His Promise. Be encouraged in Him.

      Gladwell

  5. yes, remembering His goodness, love, promises, faithfulness, that all is in His control and He is working even when it does not look like it!

    Thank you !

  6. It is impossible to explain how God is able to do this. But, unquestionably, He can. In the face of facts that our enemy uses against us to convince us that God can’t, God waits on us to come to Him so that He can show us He can.

    • Mike,

      I know what you mean. It might seem outrageous to find reason to believe when there is nothing to hold on to, but David was a man like us, but he chose unlike his men, faced with a difficult situation to hope yet again in the God of covenant. I want to be found speaking well of Him even when the circumstance around me might look least favourable. His Eyes are looking for such a one.

      God bless you.

  7. “…there are many out there who need not to be encouraged, BUT TO ENCOURAGE THEMSELVES IN THE LORD.”

    Gladwell, what an important distinction here! Thanks for pointing it out and for giving such practical examples of how to encourage ourselves in the Lord.

    I think this is what Paul and Silas were doing when they were singing and praising God in the jail cell.

    • Janet,

      What a perfect example. Can you imagine yourself…looked up in a jail waiting for an unknown fate…yet finding strength to sing and praise? What a great challenge as we trust Him to open doors which seem so firmly locked! Thank you….for this much needed example.

      Blessings and love,

      Gladwell

  8. I am always thankful from the words of the followers of Jesus Christ. His promises to us have sustain me over a difficult however, grace filled life. You are casting seeds of grace when ever you write. Jesus Christ has lavished his grace upon us in which we can face the most harrowing adventures.

    • Traskman,

      Yes, it is true…with our words we are casting out seeds of grace, hope and faith. If one life is changed because of it, then glory goes back to Him who is the giver of the seed. Freely we have received, freely we give. The Body of Christ is been build up for works of service. Thank you and God bless!

      Gladwell

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