Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Encourage one another to the Light!

Encouragement is something that all people are able to do for Christ! Why then is it something that we don't do? Think about it...We aren't all able to teach, speak, serve, but we are all able to mail a card to remind someone they matter, phone someone to see if we can do something, stop by and help someone do something...we are able to do write a note or pick up the phone...We are able to pray for someone and for their encouragement.

Today's passage from Isaiah 8:11-22 spoke to me about encouragement. It tells us the LORD gave a strong warning not to think like everyone else does. Be different, stay strong, don't listen to evil people or wicked talk. We all get to choose whether we accept The Word or do we reject Christ? The choice doesn't really seem like a good one though or one that we would even consider.

I watch some young people though and think the choice is obvious and of course, they pick the other one. The same is true of us as adults and what happens? We stumble, fall, fall into a trap or snare, and we are never able to rise out of these bad choices, because we are captured in the bad habit, the choice that we made ourselves.

WE must put our hope in the Lord and make the choice for light. Verse 20 speaks so highly to Look to God for instructions and teachings! People who contradict his word are completely in the dark. Do you ever feel like you are in the dark and you just wish that somebody would turn the light switch on for you? You have fallen and if you just had the strength to flip that switch it would help change the way things look in that room? Well, I believe as a sister in Christ we should think to flip that switch for you. We should watch for when we need to light a candle in that room of darkness. We need to help them find the Light!

Why is it hard to encourage? I found a quote by Willis Reed that is so true ~ Go for the moon, If you don't get it, you'll still be heading for the stars. We have nothing to lose and a lot to gain ~ another member to the family of Christ!

Encourage someone today! Flip that light switch!

1 comment:

Frankie said...

Debbie, during the reading this morning of Isaiah Chps. 8-11, I got so excited reading about the coming of The Messiah, The Light of the world. We have been reading the Chronological Bible (NLT) for six months now and here Jesus' coming is so beautifully prophesied in Isaiah.

I know that we have seen foreshadowing of Christ up to this point, but Isaiah's prophecy just touched me.
Praying that I stay touched today that The Light of the world has come.