Finding Encouragement

You can’t give what you ain’t got.

That was the sermon in a nutshell yesterday.

Our focus for the morning was the biblical mandate to ENCOURAGE ONE ANOTHER                           (1 Thessalonians 5:11). Here is the line of reasoning: You cannot encourage others if you are not encouraged yourself! Discouraged people are not able to encourage others. The primary source for us to find encouragement is the word of God. Therefore, in order for us to be actively encouraging one another we must be people of the Word. We must regularly be reading God’s word – to fill ourselves in order to overflow with encouragement to bless others.

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. Romans 15:4

In yesterday’s worship services I had some ACC folks share a Scripture verse that has been an encouragement to them. The verses that were shared are listed below. Read them prayerfully and carefully and allow God to encourage you today! It is probably exactly what you need!

I would like to learn just one thing from you: Did you receive the Spirit by observing the law, or by believing what you heard? Are you so foolish? After beginning with the Spirit, are you now trying to attain your goal by human effort? Galatians 3:2-3

Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. Colossians 3:1-2

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. Colossians 3:23-24

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:4-7

Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.            Proverbs 3:5-6

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 2 Corinthians 12:9

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Matthew 6:33

He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.  For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. Colossians 1:15-17

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:35, 37-39

I hope that was like a cup of cold water to your thirsty soul! Reading your bible regularly is the most important thing you can do to grow spiritually.

I pray for you – that you might find tremendous strength and comfort from the Word of God!

Peace, Dave