Today will be our last look at The 7-Ups of Encouraging Yourself In The LORD. I hope that you have been encouraged by these blog posts. I know I enjoyed writing them. It was a help and encouragement to me for sure.
The 7-Ups of Encouraging Yourself In The LORD – Lift Up!
I heard a preacher the other evening telling of someone that wanted to take their own life. They told him that they did not know why they were here on earth. Well, I can tell you why you are here.
Look at Revelation 4:11, “Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.” Right there is your answer. We were and are created to bring God pleasure.
Part of that is to worship Him. I like to describe the word worship by pronouncing it “worth-ship”. When we worship God we ascribe worth to Him. We show Him that we love Him and that He means something to us. We put a “worth” on Him. There are many ways to worship God. Not all of them involve going to Church either. You need to be a faithful member of a Bible-believing Church; but, worship occurs other places too.
We need to honor God by obeying Him. Living the Christian life is not easy; but, it is not impossible either. When we are indwelled and empowered by the Holy Ghost of the Living God then this becomes easier to us. It becomes more of who we are than what we do.
No matter what we are doing we need to lift up Jesus. If we lift Him up others will be drawn to Him.
So, how are you doing/
As we look at The 7-Ups of Encouraging Yourself In The LORD I want to continue and see what is next.
The 7-Ups of Encouraging Yourself In The LORD – Reach Up!
The other evening my wife and I were watching a great Christian television movie. It was called “Grandpa’s Shoes”. I highly recommend it. It was a movie about running. I was exhausted just watching the movie. I did not even have to go out and run.
There was something I noticed about each of the races featured in the movie. At the finish line each runner pushed out their chest and leaned forward. This was an attempt to breach the finish line just a fraction of a second quicker.
Maybe it is the same in running the Christian life. When we are discouraged it seems that we implode so to speak. We turn inside out. We focus inside. It is usually, “Poor, pitiful me” or “Woe is me!”
Paul gives you and I some excellent advice that I think will help dispell discouragement. Look at Philippians 3:14, “I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” when I think of the phrase “I press toward the mark” I think of those runners pushing out their chest and leaning forward to try to breach the finish line first. This is how we need to run our race.
We must stop having the pity parties for ourselves and get encouraged as we reach up to God. The great thing is that He is reaching down to us before we are reaching up to Him.
So, how are you doing?
I shared yesterday that the most ill attended party of all is the pity party. Sometimes we seem to just fall into one. How can we encourage ourselves in this situation. Let’s look.
The 7-Ups of Encouraging Yourself In The LORD – Look Up!
If we get our focus in the wrong place the we can get very discouraged. If you are alive in this day and age and you look around you can get horribly discouraged. There is hope! If we change our focus then we can encourage our self.
Look at Hebrews 12:2, “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.” If we are constantly looking around us we can get very discouraged. When we change our focus and begin to look to Jesus we will be encouraged.
We look to Him because He has all the answers. He may choose not to share with us the answers to our questions; but, that is where faith comes in to play. We must take in faith what God says is true. Then we need to live like it.
Far too many people walk around like they have no faith. They seem to have no focus. They just drift around from here to there. We need to look to Jesus. Then we need to stay focused on Jesus. Then we will be less likely to be discouraged.
So, how are you doing?
So far we have looked at some ways to encourage ourselves. They are so far; wake up, dress up and shut up. Let’s continue our study.
The 7-Ups of Encouraging Yourself In The LORD – Stand Up!
I have heard all of my life, “If you are not standing for something you will fall for anything.” I don’t know who originally said that; but, I have heard and it and used it for many years.
I am sure it is difficult for you as it is for most of us to stand up when it is not popular to stand up. Today, Christians are targeted in so many ways. The world wants to force us back into our Church buildings and then they want to tell us what we can and cannot preach or say. Wrong!
Dear Christian friend we need to stand up and make our voices heard. God has equipped us to do this and we need to do just that. We need to take a stand for Jesus Christ and we must not back down. Look at Ephesians 6:13, “Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.” The first two words of verse 14 say, “Stand therefore…”.
Well, there you have it. If we are going to encourage ourselves then we must stand up. When we take a stand we change our focus. We begin to focus on what God wants us to do and not what is wrong in our lives or with us. We get discouraged when we take our focus off the LORD and put it on ourself. The least attended part of all is a pity party. It is normally a party for one. It is high time for the Church to stand up and get busy
So, how are you doing?
Today we will look at the third of The 7-Ups of Encouraging Yourself In The LORD.
Today we look at the truth of Shut Up!
We live in a world filled with noise and talking. Everywhere you go someone has a cellphone stuck to the side of their head. They are texting or even talking. The other day we went to the chiropractor’s office. Some not very tech saavy woman sat in the crowded waiting room with her cell phone making all kinds of noises. I wanted to remove it from her possession and stomp it into small pieces on the floor. I restrained myself for many reasons.
The Psalmist exhorts us in Psalm 46:10, “Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.” Nobody really wants to be still anymore. We have all kinds of gadgets to keep us informed and entertained to death. We need to get alone with God daily and let Him encourage us. We would be less discouraged if we would take the time to do this.
We need to turn off the comfort of noise and get alone with God. This will help ward off discouragement for sure.
So, how are you doing?