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Be Encouraging

By Greg Laurie

 

 

           

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“If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging.”

—Romans 12:8

 

 

Some people don’t know how to pay compliments to others. They’re always critical, always critiquing this or that. And when they do pay a compliment, it’s more of the backhanded variety.

 

For instance, they’ll say, “Hey! You’re on time!” or “You look great for your age!” or “You’re so pretty. Why are you still single?”

 

While there is no spiritual gift of criticism, there is the spiritual gift of exhortation, or encouraging others. The Bible says, “If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging” (Romans 12:8 NLT).

 

The word exhort relating to the spiritual gift of exhortation means to motivate, to stimulate, to excite, and when necessary, to correct. It’s urging someone on.

 

Someone with the gift of teaching will tell you how to do something, but someone with the gift of exhortation motivates you to want to do it.

 

Some people are great with the details of Greek and Hebrew, historical background, and so forth. It’s fantastic. Then others give messages that make you want to go and change the world. The church needs both gifts today.

 

I think Jesus gives us the model of how to properly exhort in His message to the seven churches of Revelation, and specifically to the church of Ephesus.

 

Loosely paraphrased, here’s what Jesus said to the Ephesian church in Revelation 2: “I know you guys work hard, and I know you’re discerning. I know all that you do for me, and I appreciate that. But I have this issue with you. You have left your first love. So, remember from where you have fallen, and repent and do the first works quickly.”

 

Jesus started with compliments and affirmation, followed by a word of criticism, and then the solution.

 

The church needs teachers, but we also need people with the gift of exhortation.

 

 

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Divine Encounters This Season

By Deborah Waldron Fry

 

 

I am hearing that there will be “Divine Encounters” this season.

 

Jesus is coming into the midst of your circumstances.  There has been a “staleness” of atmosphere because of the enemy, but fear not, Child of God, a FRESH WIND is blowing!

 

“Beloved.  It is the Father’s good pleasure to give you The Kingdom.  Doors of worldly opposition will not stop My Spirit from moving.

 

Nothing can stop He who has defeated Death.  In the middle of the most extreme circumstances, I come to you.

 

Where two or more are gathered in My Name, there I AM in your midst.  A Mighty Rushing Wind is blowing across the land.

 

In your hardest circumstance, I AM standing with you, Dear One.  Welcome Me in with praise and thanksgiving.  I gladly come to visit My Brethren.  My Delight is with My sons and daughters.

 

I come in Resurrection Power and you will not be the same.  This is a Wind of Brilliance and Grace and nothing can hold this back.

 

I love to be with My people.  I come willingly and freely for it is My Pleasure.  As you take enjoyment in your children’s presence, so do I, Beloved.

 

I delight to manifest Myself to you.  I AM the same yesterday, today and forever.  I shall come and sup with you.

 

All the staleness shall disappear in the Power of the Fresh Wind blowing.  My Shalom Peace shall overwhelm all the fear.

 

Welcome Me in and be refreshed in this New Move!  In the midst of seclusion comes LIFE.  The Winds of Glory are coming to set the captives free.

 

No encounter comes but that brings LIFE and LIFE abundantly.  Invite Me in, Beloved, invite My Holy Spirit to move in your circumstance and watch what I will do!

 

Suddenly, I shall stand with you where you have seen no one the moment before.  It is My Joy to look into your face, My Child.  I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.”

 

STALENESS:  Having lost freshness, effervescence, or palatability 2. Lacking originality or spontaneity 3. Ineffective or uninspired, usually from being out of practice or from having done the same thing for too long.

 

“Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you,”   John 20:19.

 

“And I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter, that He may abide with you for ever; even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth Him not, neither knoweth Him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.  I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you,”    John 14:16-18.

 

“For the sake of my brothers and friends, I will say, “Peace be within you,””   Psalm 122:8.

 

“While they were describing these events, Jesus Himself stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.””   Luke 24:36.

 

“For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them,”  Matthew 18:20.

 

“For God was pleased to have all His fullness dwell in Him, (Jesus) and through Him to reconcile to Himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through the blood of His cross.…”   Colossians 1:19-20.

 

 

 

By Deborah Waldron Fry

 

 

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