It’s all about one word. A word I think we could use this New Year. ENCOURAGEMENT. I looked it up in the dictionary and it read, “To give courage, hope or confidence to; to give support to; help.” The Thesaurus puts it this way, “Advance, aid, cheer, comfort, console, embrave, favor, inspire, strengthen, support.” I being a man of but one book, apply this lesson in the following terms.
Jesus Christ is my trainer and the Holy Spirit is my handler. I spend time interacting with them by praying, reading his word and meditating on his efforts to reach me.
We as Christians are “in this world not of this world”. Many things happen in this world that I can not explain, understand or even comprehend. This world and its events are taking a Christian out of his or her natural element and placing them in a place that is foreign and very unnatural to us. Remember your “spook training”, you have been trained and handled by the best of the best. The king of kings, and he is always present with us. God’s Security is his promise to us. Have the faith to be all that he has placed in you.
“Speak up for those who have no voice, for the justice of all who are dispossessed. Speak up judge righteously, and defend the cause of the oppressed and needy.” (Proverbs 31:8-9). Set the example for all are watching. Be a believer of action, do not spook at things that the nonbeliever fears, you have been taught better than that, move forward.
Spread the “Good news” of what has been taught to you. There will come a time when even the mightiest of warriors need shelter, “The Name of the lord is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are protected.” (Proverbs 18:10).
The grace we have received should alone encourage us, for we all know our story has a happy ending. So where’s what I’m thinking, Let’s give back to our trainer, Jesus Christ, with help from our handler, The Holy Spirit, we will no longer spook at things for we have been taught better. Return the encouragement by the deeds we do and the things we say and show him his kindness and patience were well spent.