“Who Encourages the Encourager?”, Pastor Doug’s Newsletter, September 18, 2013

LFF Screen ShotPastor Doug’s newsletter for September 18, 2013 can be downloaded here or read below. “Who Encourages the Encourager” is the title, motivating the reader to develop a deeper and stronger relationship with Christ. Pastor Doug’s daily note of encouragement can be read by connecting with him on Facebook.

Who Encourages the Encourager?
Dear Friends,

For sometime I have written about the significance of each Christ follower taking it upon themselves to be an “encourager” to those in their sphere of influence.

Recently, I have come across people who do encourage on a regular basis, but have found them a little discouraged at times.  And if were truly honest each of us will get a little discouraged at times and wonder, whose out there that will encourage us? 

“Who encourages the encourager?” 

Who was there for Jeremiah that would encourage him, when nothing good happened in his ministry for 40 years?  Or how about the Apostles after Christ left them here on earth and all but one would be martyred for their faith?  Or, closer to home, how about each of us going through life and the heaviness at times we face, who is there to encourage us, build us up, strengthen us, to keep going…regardless….?

I think the answer is the same as we saw in Jeremiah’s &  the Apostle’s life and for our lives as well.  I’ll let you read Jeremiah 32:17-20, 27 but note with me what Paul understood and passed on to us for our life Romans 15:5a & 13, “Now may the God who gives perseverance and encouragement…..Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace believing, that you may about in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” 

Friends, lasting encouragement and perseverance for our life comes from a deepening relationship with the living, loving, life giving, life changing Lord!  Daily, taking time to let Him refuel, refocus, refresh and encourage us through His Word for His glory. 

That kind of encouragement lasts! 

Have a great day friends,

Doug

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