Take Courage In 2014

Pastor Craig Moore   1/20/2014

Pastor Craig Moore is the Senior Pastor at Life Assembly of God Church in Rapid City, SD

As 2014 began, I did a lot of soul searching!  Asking God to speak to me.   

I asked God to renew my heart and soul and give me clear vision for the year.  God showed me some things that I needed to change in my own life.  I felt God show me that I needed to purposely encourage people every day.  He spoke this to me through His Word in Hebrews 3:12-13 

See to it, brothers, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God.  But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin's deceitfulness. 

I saw this scripture like this:  The cure for the first - is to apply the second.  Let me explain. 

1st: Guard against having a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the Lord.   

2nd:  This is accomplished by encouraging each other daily.   It is important to do this because sin is deceitful and can lead to a hardening of our hearts.  

I saw this in light of others and in light of myself.  In light of others, there are many people around me who struggle with believing God.  I need to encourage them and point them to Jesus.  People receive strength from encouragement - The root word for encouragement is "courage" When we build other people up it brings them courage.  Courage to press through difficulties.  Courage to reach for their dreams & aspirations. Courage to conquer their fears.  We need encouragement. When I encourage others it blesses them and helps them.  

In regard to myself.  When I encourage others it also encourages me.  I always feel better when I'm encouraging someone. It lifts me up too!    

So, I am having so much fun encouraging people!   

Maybe, God is speaking to you today to do the same.  Ask God to help you to encourage the people around you.  Those you love, those you like, those who are acquaintances, those that are strangers; it really doesn't matter.  You can encourage someone every day!  Think about how much might change if we all took this to heart.  It would change the atmosphere in our homes, in our workplaces, in the marketplace.  Everywhere!   

We could offer courage to everyone!   

I'm praying for you that God will BLESS YOUR SOCKS OFF!  

Have a great day! 


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