Be Encouraged, God Said He Heard You!

This is certainly a season where saints need to be encouraged! Especially those who are trying to do good but seemingly surrounded by discouraging circumstances. This is the time to stand on the Word of God as never before and have a strong prayer life. Jesus said in Luke 18:1: “…that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;” (or give up)! Apostle Paul encourages us in I Thessalonians 5:17: “Pray without ceasing” (or stopping). So, how do we have confidence that God hears our prayers? I Peter 3:12 says: “For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and His ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil.”

The righteous are those who are in right standing with God. Jesus also said in Matthew 25:37, 46: “Then shall the righteous answer Him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.” Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people. (Proverbs 14:34)

The biblical encyclopedia defines encouragement as: “inspiration to hope and service.” Encouragement helps you to have hope for needs and changes in your life, as well as strengthen you to keep working and serving until you get the desired outcome or peace. We can take courage and confidence in the word according to I John 5:14-15: “And this is the confidence that we have in Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He heareth us: And if we know that He heareth us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of Him.” Now, that should make you super encouraged and super charged! Now, Jesus will do His part but we must be sure we are doing our part.

I John 3:22 says: “And whatsoever we ask, we receive of Him, because we keep His commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in His sight (not our sight).” This is not a seasonal blessing of encouragement but an eternal blessing that God will keep His Word and remain faithful to us. Hebrews 13:5-6 says: “Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.” When you lose the fear of man, you will always gain the strength of God! Obedience brings confidence and confidence brings strength.  So, “be encouraged!”

We can be encouraged by the many times God has brought us out of situations and provided for us in ways we cannot explain. He has never failed us! God has been a very present help in the time of trouble. (Psalms 46:1) David had the confidence to be encouraged because he trusted God based on the troubles he experienced in the past; and God brought him through. Before David was confronted with the giant Goliath, he was confident and encouraged because he remembered when God strengthened him to kill a bear and a lion. I Samuel 17:34, 36 says: “And David said unto Saul, Thy servant kept his father’s sheep, and there came a lion, and a bear, and took a lamb out of the flock: Thy servant slew both the lion and the bear: and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be as one of them, seeing he has defied the armies of the living God.”

So, whatever lion or bear situation you have already endured, know this same God is with you to strengthen you to slay any upcoming giants. David also said in Psalms 34:19:  “Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all.” Even though there are over 7.5 billion people in the world, God is yet mindful of you individually. He wants to hear from you, He’s never too busy! Isaiah 59:1 says: “Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither His ear heavy, that it cannot hear:” So, I admonish you to be encouraged because God heard you when you prayed and He will answer!

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