You are a hindrance to me. It is accomplished through resurrection faith (v. 30). And it is not an easy task and it is not always a task full of warm fuzzies. God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit. B. And as 65,000 people in the stadium rise to their feet in applause, father and son make their way down the track to the finish line together. What a wonderful encouragement! It is not magic but God who graces your spirit and heart. Let us commit ourselves anew to this task. 2021 Preaching.com. Now let me add this precautionary note. Click here to return to the Sermons page. Im on top of it 2: Stay Encouraged with Worship. They drew closer to God, walking in the fear of the Lord. It also requires sensitivity to the other persons feelings and needs. The Holy Spirit dwells within you. Remember the story of Peter and Jesus, when Jesus predicted that he was going to Jerusalem to die. No one to eat dinner with When Paul was speaking to the Christians that day, there were no New Testament writings. Our children were small, so we were driving during the night so they would sleep. We were driving from our home in the Matanuska Valley to a speaking engagement in Whitehorse in the Yukon Territory in Canada. Life can get tough sometimes. That means that you will inherit Gods promise of eternal life, and you will share in Christs glory. It was strengthened; and encouraged by the Holy Spirit, it grew in numbers, living in the fear of the Lord.. Speaker: Pastor Cameron Arensen. There is a wonderful illustration of what this word encouragement means that took place at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain. Look at John 14:27. My mother was sitting, reading in the living room. We have to communicate to the other person that we are with them in the struggle; that we are on their side as well as by their side. We have the inspiration of the Holy Spirit that is alive in each of us. Shout it out, and pass it along to others. Hebrews 10 carries the same message. Barnabas name actually means, Son of Encouragement. (Acts 4:36) Barnabas encouraged the church at Antioch and then went looking for Saul in Tarsus and brought him back to Antioch and encouraged him as well. He already held the British national record in this event. The Holy Spirit is a person. Synopsis:At the conclusion of this service, 15 couples dedicated their children to the Lord and themselves to the task of Christian parenting. Something wonderful happens when we begin worshiping God either in private or as a community of believers. What are the results? Our son Drew, who was about 4 years old at the time, popped up out of the back seat, surveyed the situation and said in an accusing tone of voice: Daddy, you drove us into the ditch! Look at John 14:26. We are strengthened in the Lord. What does it mean to be encouraged by the Holy Spirit? How does the Holy Spirit encourage us? Albert Palmer wrote, Salvation is not something that is done for you but something that happens within you. But for others it may require confrontation and stern rebuke. (John 14:16). We should continue to strive to build our skill, our perceptiveness, our knowledge of the significant people in our lives. Instead of making a profit, the business has suffered financial loss. The Holy Spirit dwells within you. He is standing by you now! We all need it and we are encouraged by it. Do you communicate that you are an ally or an adversary and a critic? So, one of the first things we learn is that 1. Finally, what are the results when we are encouraged by the Holy Spirit in this way? With all the encouragement in the world, your children may still turn and walk away. He teaches you Gods truth (John 14:26). I must have been standing there somewhat awkwardly, because one of the women came up to me and said, Do you feel as uncomfortable as you look? I was not encouraged! But there is one particular verse which captures the heart of Barnabas, and in the process captures the unique nature of Christian encouragement. And how does Biblical encouragement differ from what the world has to offer? Someone wrote, worship is used as an act of homage or reverence (W.E. And yet the Holy Spirit is just as much a person as God the Father and God the Son. Joe Bayly wrote a Psalm in a Hotel Room that expresses how so many people live: Im alone Lord I was finishing up my usual chore of washing the lunch dishes.
Every time you open your Bible, you should pray, Holy Spirit, teach me from your word today. The Holy Spirit encourages you by teaching you Gods truth. Rather, He speaks words of comfort and cheer. Thats all it was, just a little breeze, but it cooled me down enough that I found I could keep going. John Mark had washed out of the first missionary journey; he quit and went home in the middle of the mission, leaving the others in the lurch. Remember my earlier points about doing it effectively doing it in a way that demonstrates that you are by their side. Things are great So, he says to you and the other trusted employees that while he is gone you are to pay close attention to the business of running the company.
What works for one child may be counterproductive with another. It ranks higher than making sure they get good grades in school and have good manners and good hygiene and eat a nutritious diet. The deceitfulness of sin. By Ray Fowler. What Is Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit? Biblical Tip No. You will be amazed at the uplift God brings to your life. We have them printed and bound into a book. And how does Jesus leave his peace with us? We must stand guard for each other and be willing to warn and exhort one another when we see a brother or sister succumbing to sins allure. (John 14:16). Here are some biblical tips on how to be encouraged: Biblical Tip No. But families are made of people. The difference between the 1st and 2nd commandments, A Theology of Google, Facebook, Amazon and Twitter, PP4: Ideal weekly schedule A place for everything, and everything in its place, The ordinary so extraordinary by Madeleine LEngle, The Fruit of the Spirit and 1 Corinthians 13. Derl Keefer pastored in the Church of the Nazarene for over 30 years. Courage. Then you add the prefix en or in; the suffix ment simply makes it into a noun. He says he will send instructions via emails and written correspondence. We are all prone to the deceitfulness of sin all of our lives. Now you may be looking a bit puzzled. The Bible tells us that God is Spirit, not flesh. So what we have is something that puts in courage or injects courage into someone else. It is the opposite of Discouragement which takes away or diminishes courage in another. Our God will not leave us unattached in life. Worship connects us to God. Now if we are children, then we are heirs heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory. (Romans 8:15-17). Yes, it is available. What is the application of this principle to our other relationships. There is intention, and there is relationship. The application is clear: God has sent us His instructions, His heart-felt communications. The church held a welcome reception for us. Rev. In the previous Olympics he had been forced to withdraw ten minutes before the race because of an injury to his Achilles tendon. He received his B.A. This is important when we think about the encouragement of the Holy Spirit.
What kind of call is required? Many of us live as if we are looking through the rearview mirror of lifealways in the past. He will always come alongside you to help you because that is who he is. When you come to know Christ, God actually lives within you through the Holy Spirit. He is introduced in Acts 4:36-37: Thus Joseph, who was also called by the apostles Barnabas (which means son of encouragement), a Levite, a native of Cyprus, 37 sold a field that belonged to him and brought the money and laid it at the apostles' feet. From this we can see that encouragement is both a position as well as an activity. Come back here!. Why do I say that, and what do I mean by that? Is your family an encouraging family? That is all part of belonging to Gods family. We can even be encouraged by good weather! Its kind of a chameleon word that changes color in different settings. The Holy Spirit is like that. No matter where you go, the Holy Spirit is there with you. Within moments of his arrival, he calls for a company meeting of all employeesno exceptions, no excuses and no tardiness. But what kind of assistance is necessary? Didnt you get my emails and letters? You say, Oh, yes, sure.
Romans 12 lists a number of the spiritual gifts that are given through the Holy Spirit, and one of those is the spiritual gift of exhortation or encouragement. But it has a secondary application for us as the Holy Spirit also teaches us from Gods Word. As believers we all have the Holy Spirit, and so we can all come alongside each other to help and encourage. Well, nothing. But he was proving a hindrance, because he was not setting his mind on the things of God. In keeping with this family theme, Pastor Cam preached this message entitled Encouraging Families, Encouraging People. He is the Counselor; he is the Comforter; he is the one who gives us encouragement and hope. I can assure you that he is there and he actually plays quite a significant role. CONCLUSION: So, dont let the world get you down this morning. Encourage, exhort, urge, beseech whatever synonym you want to use. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. (John 14:17), C. The Holy Spirit will never leave you. But we read every one!. Or am I going to describe families that are encouraging and give instruction on how to be an encouraging person? Romans 8 says: You received the Spirit of sonship. Choose your favorite synonym, but do it! Effective encouragement comes out of effective relationships. He has sent His Holy Spirit to stand with us and walk with us in those gray slushy days. A superior attitude tends to crush rather than encourage, even if the same words are spoken. What does it mean to be encouraged by the Holy Spirit? What I want to do now is to take us deeper into the uniqueness of Christian encouragement. When you put your faith in Christ, the Holy Spirit testifies with your spirit that you have been adopted into Gods own family.
20 But there were some of them, men of Cyprus and Cyrene, who on coming to Antioch spoke to the Hellenists also, preaching the Lord Jesus. It was Gods written Word then and still is today. Feel free to hit the comments button on any post and join the discussion. Expand on this point and give some examples. Listen to my gripes And so he was known in the rest of the Book of Acts. No matter the time or circumstance, he will never leave you. The Holy Spirit assures you that God is your Father. It is the same in the Christian life. If so, describe why it was encouraging. As you begin to worship and feel His presence, you will be lifted beyond your fog and slush. All Rights Reserved. The encourager must be tuned into the person hes with as well as tuned into the Holy Spirit to discern the need of the moment and speak the right words. (Acts 11:22-26). But this verse has wide application beyond parenting to all of us in the family of God. Thanks for visiting! Barnabas and Paul become the leaders of the first missions team sent out by the church in Antioch. And why is it an important thing to keep in mind. In fact, he is three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Lets look at five ways from the Bible that the Holy Spirit encourages you when you have placed your faith in Christ. Dont be discouraged by circumstances or failures. One of the characters in the Bible who has always impressed me in this regard is named Joseph. Based on the structure of the original Greek word, Pastor Cam pointed out that an encourager comes along side and encouragement is both a position and an activity. Dont! So many of the mammal species live in groups: call them herds, troops, prides. That depends on the circumstances and the need of the moment. Its interesting to me that out of the mouths of these people Paul comes to are requests: "Give us a word of encouragement. But do it. What we hear from Pauls mouth is the building of faith foundation of truth garnished from the Old Testament. Or do your children perceive you as harsh, domineering, judgmental? Thats right: Get behind me, Satan! Because not only does the need of the moment require discernment, but so does the need and temperament of your individual children. That is his name. Exalted to the right hand of God the Father, he has sent the Holy Spirit to be with you forever. I am talking about the New Testament Joseph. The next thing we learn from this Biblical word is that 2. In fact the worlds kind of encouragement is often in direct contradiction to Christian encouragement. Preaching.com is a leading resource that provides tools and ideas for pastors and church leaders to help them lead well. But I want to particularly focus on the Biblical word today. Paul, stimulate us in our spiritual lives. October 23, 2015 For others, taking time for a cup of coffee and a chat to see how they are doing. But the reason you dont recognize him is because he is usually known by his nickname. Romans 5:5 says, God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us. (Romans 5:5) The word translated poured out doesnt mean just to sprinkle a little here and there. We have to be alongside. He was not only generous, as described in this introductory paragraph. For example, we can be encouraged by circumstances. Meet together to encourage, exhort and warn one another, and always with this purpose to remain true to the Lord with all our hearts. Be encouraged in Christ! I was just about ready to quit, when all of a sudden something happened.
(John 14:17). It is through the Holy Spirit that you have the confidence to address God as Abba, Father. Not only that, if you are one of Gods children, then you are also an heir of God and a co-heir with Christ. (Living Above the Level of Mediocrity by Swindoll page 239-240). In other words, take time to read and absorb their worth into your own life. Through the years in my various roles as a minister, I have dealt with people who are depressed or discouraged. It was Barnabas who later advocated for John Mark and urged that he be given another chance. It is one of the primary reasons for gathering together every week. A thousand miles from home. It is the final answer to our questions, our search. What did he mean by that? In his book Growing Deep in the Christian Life, author Chuck Swindoll says the Bible is the authority, the final resting place of our cares, worries, grief, tragedies, sorrows and surprises. There is no place you can go that the Holy Spirit cannot help you because he lives within you. And for all of us who are part of the family of God, we also have a crucial role to play in one anothers lives. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. (John 14:17) If you know Christ, the Holy Spirit not only comes alongside you to help, but he also dwells within you. 21 And the hand of the Lord was with them, and a great number who believed turned to the Lord. 23 When he came and saw the grace of God, he was glad, and he exhorted them all to remain faithful to the Lord with steadfast purpose. His other books include Let's Get Committed, Wedding Sermons and Marriage Ceremonies, and Open Doors. But that doesnt mean we just give up. So let me begin with a diagnostic question; Is your family an encouraging family? We can be encouraged by something we read or see. They were cooling on the kitchen counter. I was almost out the door when my mother called, Cam! Once again, his Olympics dream had been snatched away from him. You know, those were really great notes to usvery helpful. By now, you probably recognize that this is our word parakaleo again. The word translated encouraged in verse 31 is the Greek word paraklesis. It can be translated as exhortation, comfort or encouragement. It literally means to be called to ones side, and so it is the picture of someone coming alongside you to give you help, comfort, encouragement and strength. No; He will want to know, What did you do with My instructions? He has promised us hope, relief from discouragement. But then the Holy Spirit comes and just like a breeze gives you the encouragement you need to keep on going. I feel sorry for myself
But theyre not. (John 14:16-17). When we are alone, we are far too vulnerable. So be encouraged! Sometimes it is translated encourage. But other times it is translated comfort and in other places it can be translated exhort or urge.. At the conclusion of the two services today, over a dozen couples will be dedicating themselves and their children to the Lord. Sometimes it may be as simple as a smile and a thank you to someone who is doing a good job. There is a huge difference between being encouraged by a person and being encouraged by something that is impersonal. And once again, the translators have decided that exhort best captures the sense of the word in this context. What lies at the heart of the word? He also remembered Saul (later called Paul) and went to Tarsus to recruit him to join the leadership and teaching team in the church of Antioch. I was on my way out to play with my friends. But we must be careful to be sure that we are praising the right things and will lead to a commitment to the Lord. Jesus says, The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. If someone is sad, what do they need? So how does the Holy Spirit encourage you? The Holy Spirit comes alongside you to help. God will encourage your life today if you will let Him. I love encouraging people. And slush in the street outside Read Acts 11:23, Hebrews 3:13 and Hebrews 10:23-25. The Holy Spirit uses each of us, all of us, the whole body of Christ to encourage each other in our faith. I still dont know how she saw it! The same challenge exists for all of us in all of our relationships. But you will never play a more important role. And they grew in numbers as they reached out to others with Gods comfort and love. It is about spiritual steadfastness and perseverance. The car slid out of control, swerved back and forth across the road, and before I could bring it back into control, we slid slowly into the snow covered ditch beside the road where the car shuddered to a halt. And above it all it is to encourage and exhort them to maintain their heart commitment to the Lord and his kingdom and his purposes. Jesus said, Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. You must encourage them, and exhort them and even, when necessary, discipline them until they recognize sins deceitfulness. But so far, all I have said is pretty generic stuff. The Holy Spirit, of course, does not have a body, and so we sometimes have trouble thinking of him as a person. Be happy with me about what happened today It can sap your energy and make you want to quit. Conclusion: The New Testament was in the making. Meditate on the psalms. Thats what we see in Acts 9:31: Then the church throughout Judea, Galilee and Samaria enjoyed a time of peace. The good news is that even in the midst of the slush, salvation is still ours. What works with your son might be devastating to your daughter. There was a distance of about 10 feet that I would have to cross when I would be within her view. First of all, it means that the Holy Spirit comes alongside you to help. I grabbed one, held it close and crossed the living room quickly, shouting a quick Bye Mom over my shoulder. In other words, the Holy Spirit helps and encourages us because that is who he is. To do it effectively, we have to be in the right place. If you are new here, be sure to subscribe by email or feed reader so that you don't miss any future posts. Now those who were scattered because of the persecution that arose over Stephen traveled as far as Phoenicia and Cyprus and Antioch, speaking the word to no one except Jews. Instead of looking inward, you will begin to look upward into the face of a loving God! Encouragement: Encouraging People to Stand Firm (1 Thessalonians 2:17-3:13), Worship and Connections Pastor - Northern Heights Church, Campus Pastor (Lead Teaching) - Wilkinsburg, CCPA Do not sell my personal information. Based on the fact that the original word is translated in different ways in different contexts in our English versions (comfort, encourage, exhort, urge), Pastor Cam makes the point that true encouragement requires discernment to offer the help appropriate to the need of the moment. I know they would like to be, but as humans we are limited. A. This is your number one priority. How does this relate to families and parenting? You can also check out the Top Posts page to get a feel for the site. The receptionist at the front desk is dozing; loud, obnoxious music is blaring from the back room. Welcome! In the gospel of John, Jesus used a related form of this word as a name for the Holy Spirit. His encouraging heart is on display later in the case of a young man named John Mark. Parents, do you clearly communicate to your child that you are on their side and by their side? We are beside them. He is near. He is not some type of force or influence that God sends into the world, but he is a person. It comes by recognizing who Jesus is in life (v. 27). It can be brutal. Website: http://www.rayfowler.org. This is one of the most amazing things Jesus ever taught. A little breeze picked up in the air. The exterior faade is cracking, weeds in the flower beds, broken glass in the windowframes with some of those boarded. We draw closer to God. E. He gives gifts of encouragement (Romans 12:8). Personal encouragement touches us deeply because there is intention and there is relationship. Look at what Jesus says in John 14:17: The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. Exhort, urge, beseech. He puts his arm around his sons waist and encourages him to keep going. When I feel Him or hear Him, I have freedom to respond in absolute silence or a loud shout of praise. And it is about Christian character. Peter took it upon himself to try to encourage Jesus by saying, No way, Lord! Praise the Lord During the semi-final heat, Redmond was leading the pack and only 175 meters away from the finish line, when his right hamstring suddenly popped, and he fell to the ground as all the other runners raced past him towards the finish line. Praise is good. You are not going to die. Do you remember what Jesus said to him? Have you experienced moments when you have been touched by God? D. He assures you that God is your Father (Romans 8:15-17), A fourth way the Holy Spirit encourages you is by assuring you that God is your Father. RayFowler.org is a place to discuss various issues relating to God and life. Bruce: None are more formidable instruments of temptation than well-meaning friends, who care more for our comfort than for our character.. I preached on that passage a little over a year ago, and I want to repeat a powerful quote that I used at that time from a commentary written in the 1930s by a man named A.B. I know that back in September, Pastor Steve preached from Hebrews 3 as he emphasized the importance of life groups. It is important in all relationships. If someone is timid and fearful, what do they need? But that is completely different from being encouraged by another person.