When you are going through a crisis, you don’t want people around who will discourage you or make you feel worse; like Job’s wife, for example, who advised him to curse God and die. That’s why you can’t tell everyone or anyone your business because you don’t want anyone who will add fuel to your fire or salt to your wound to make it worse. You want people who, no matter how bad it looks, will turn your eyes, focus and attention from your situation and circumstance to God. David puts it this way, I will lift up my eyes to the hills — from whence cometh my help? My help cometh from the Lord, who made heaven and earth (Psalm 121:1-2).
Sometimes, like David, when people turn their backs on you, you have to encourage yourself in the Lord. But how are you going to encourage yourself in the Lord, if you don’t know God’s word? Jesus encouraged Himself when He was tempted by the devil. He told the devil, “it is written,” in other words Jesus says I would rather be obedient to God than sacrifice His grace, mercy, favor, blessings, and good and perfect gifts. Because what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his soul? (Luke 9:25). When you hide God’s word in your heart and meditate on it day and night then you will know how to encourage yourself in the Lord. Remember, if you are walking in righteousness then you have the power Jesus gave you to tread upon serpents and scorpions and over all the power of the enemy and nothing by any means can hurt you (Luke 10:19). So there is no reason to get discouraged or give up, it is just a weapon formed that can’t prosper, harm or hurt you, unless you allow it to.
Acts 11:24 describes the type of person Barnabas was. People like Barnabas are the type of people you want around you when you are going through tough times; People who are good, full of the Holy Spirit, and of faith. The people in Antioch of Syria were in turmoil and shock over Stephens death, plus they were sought to be persecuted, so Barnabas was sent to rekindle hope, faith and trust in God (read Acts chapter 11).
People of God don’t see the problems, trials or tribulations, they see and look for God’s favor, blessings and mercies. Barnabas saw the grace of God, he noticed the disappointments but saw the good because the people loved God and that encouraged him to encourage them.
We as Christians always face trials and tribulations that most of us call night seasons, because it is during the night the stress of the trial becomes worse. We are under heavy attack at night because sometimes the devil will not allow us to sleep, it is at this time he does his dirtiest deeds. The reason joy comes in the morning is because it exposes and brings light to everything. One of the best scriptures to read that encourages us is, Deuteronomy 28:1-9
“Now it shall come to pass, if you diligently obey the voice of the Lord your God, to observe carefully all His commandments which I command you today, that the Lord your God will set you high above all nations of the earth. And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of the Lord your God: “Blessed shall you be in the city, and blessed shall you be in the country. “Blessed shall be the fruit of your body, the produce of your ground and the increase of your herds, the increase of your cattle and the offspring of your flocks. “Blessed shall be your basket and your kneading bowl. “Blessed shall you be when you come in, and blessed shall you be when you go out. “The Lord will cause your enemies who rise against you to be defeated before your face; they shall come out against you one way and flee before you seven ways. “The Lord will command the blessing on you in your storehouses and in all to which you set your hand, and He will bless you in the land which the Lord your God is giving you. “The Lord will establish you as a holy people to Himself, just as He has sworn to you, if you keep the commandments of the Lord your God and walk in His ways.
Encourage yourself in the Lord by singing Him praise and worshiping Him! Have you allowed Jesus in your heart and your life? If not go to the Salvation page, and follow the instructions given.
All glory, honor, praise and thanks go to God for using me to deliver this message. I pray that He will give all who read this message the spiritual gifts necessary to comprehend and act upon His word. I exercise my power and authority in the name of Jesus to bind every tactic of the enemy that will try to stop, hinder, or prevent this word from reaching its intended people. I ask the Lord to loose the Holy Spirit and the Heavenly angels to secure this word so that it reaches its intended people, according to Matthew 16:19 and Luke 10:19 in the omnipotent name of Jesus, Amen.