Priceless Treasures of Encouragement, Part 2
Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.
Hebrews 10:19-25 (ESV)
Remember the faithfulness of God to keep His promises. He kept the mother of all promises in sending His Son, Jesus, as our Savior. Then soak in your identity as a child of God. Understand that He has planted His seed, His DNA in you. Be confident that He will never deny you as His child. Be intentional about living in a way that reminds people of your Brother, Jesus. Reflect His love for you by offering the same help and hope to others through the practice of biblical encouragement.
Embrace this truth and consider how your encouragement of another reflects your spiritual family roots. Take a few minutes to revel in our promise keeping God and Jesus as the fulfillment of God’s promise to send a Messiah. Now ask the Lord how you can reflect His presence in you to a friend who needs encouragement that helps turn their heart toward Him.
Read Today’s Treasure, Hebrews 10:19-25 again. Insert your loved one’s name into Hebrews 10:24 and make it your prayer:
Lord, my heart breaks for _____________. I don’t know how to encourage their heart toward you. Show me how to be a conduit of your presence, to stir up their heart in a way that leads them to you.
Reach out to your shattered friend, a moody teenager, a difficult employee, or a depressed husband after you have prayerfully considered how to encourage them. Obey this command as a way to offer the help and hope you have experienced in your own relationship to Jesus. In the beginning of the crisis, your emotional ties and shared sorrow might be what drives you to stay connected to them. In time, emotions will not be enough, because often the journey is long and signs of healing are few and faint. In those moments, choose to obey, knowing God has equipped you for this calling.
STORE UP MORE TREASURES
At some point in our lives, we or someone we know will go through great suffering. I encourage you to go the the MARKINC website and listen to the Hope in Uncertain Days audio resource with Caitlin Jane so that you can store up treasures of encouragement for the next rainy day in your life or someone else's. Here is a summary and teaser of this resource:
A young woman, beginning to see her career as a recording artist start to take off, hears the diagnosis no young person ever expects: “You have an inoperable brain tumor.” Listen as Caitlin describes her battle to find a cure and then just when life seemed to be turning around, the news that shook her world once more.Caitlin Jane’s story is a light in the darkness for all who face uncertain days, but especially young women and young men as they struggle with the challenges of walking by faith when life is turned upside down. Caitlin’s response to life a life-threatening medical diagnosis, disappointments, even to standing against the tide of cultural pressures is a remarkable and a unique journey that will encourage other young people that they have choices in the way they respond not only to typical teenage pressures, but life crises and a culture that challenges their core values. Caitlin’s story will “raise the bar” for young women who are struggling – in that they will realize they, too, can walk by faith when life seems to be a mess.
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