It is not worth it to allow the world and those around you to be so negative as to bring you down to their level. I speak not of your spouse or spouse to be, as we all have disagreements. No one is exempt from that. But, what l mean is those people or some circumstances in your life that seems to be so overbearing, that you feel you are about to explode and no one around to help you, guide you or even be there when you need someone to lean on to. A shoulder to cry on it wonderful, but the wrong shoulder can be detrimental to you as it will discourage you even more.
To be truly encouraged is to be around those Christians who are morally strong and sound in the faith. Though not all those can support you all the time, but they can only be a support and be an encouragement to you for a length of time and it dwindles.
But, l find true encouragement comes only from God Almighty Himself.
1) Seek the Lord first in all things.
Matthew 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you.
The more we seek our Saviour God, His goodness and His grace; the more He will give to us, if we seek His face on all matters of our hearts each day. Lay treasures up in heaven and not on earth and He will supply our every need. The more we look for God and His righteousness, more He will give us the desires of our hearts.
2) Going through trials
Rom.5:3 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience.
When we go through bad times or even times we think are bad, we should be happy in the Lord and be encouraged by the patience He gives us to get through so many trials and wicked, vengeful times in our lives. He allows us to go through what we go through to help us grow stronger in God Himself, to strengthen us, and help us fight off temptations. That is an encouragement to me.
3) Victory over the devil
John 16:11 Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.
We have encouragement because we have victory over the devil. We are saved by the blood of Christ and the devil ain't able to do otherwise to make us lose our salvation. Satan has no say, though very powerful he is, because we have the Holy Spirit in us and He lives. We are to be encouraged and live a life that is pleasing to our Saviour . We need to be happy and be full of the joy that only Christ the Lord can give us.
4) We are comforted.
Matt.11:28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and l will give you rest.
What better encouragement to know our Saviour can give us the proper safety in His arms even when we work so hard, and when we badly need rest. When we are under so heavy burdens, troubles from others and from the world itself, and that we can't seem to take it in; God is there in all His glory, to let us run to Him so He can lift us up and give us encouragement. He will give us rest from what the wicked world offers us. He will give us what we need from Christ our Lord in order to be in proper rest from our labours. We can lean on His everlasting arms for strength, hope, rest, love. When we are burdened by the cares of the vile world, what better way for true encouragement than the One God who created us for His glory, to thank Him for His wonderful marvelous grace and His tender mercies, His free gift of salvation, and His unfathomable love for us.
(c) October 2009, Mike Carey