THE POWER OF PATIENCE AND ENCOURAGEMENT!
Updated: Jul 22
"May God, who gives this patience and encouragement, help you live in complete harmony with each other, as is fitting for followers of Christ Jesus." (Romans 15:5 NLT)
Patience – hupŏmŏnē, hoop-om-on-ay'; from G5278; cheerful (or hopeful) endurance, constancy:—enduring, patience, patient continuance (waiting) (Strong’s G5281)
Thank You, Abba Father, for giving me patience, (cheerful, hopeful endurance, constancy), to do what You have called and equipped me to do. Because You have given me patience and encouragement I can live in unity, acting in ways that promote unity and bring glory to Your Name. Thank you for equipping me to live in harmony with others.
Myles Munroe, in his book, “Vision with Purpose and Power: A 90-Day Devotional, asks three questions:
Who encourages you?
Who can help you toward your goal?
What like-minded person can you get close to and learn from?
In answering these questions, the relationship can’t be one sided. We must build relationships that are mutually beneficial to walking in purpose. We need each other to succeed.
“Therefore encourage (admonish, exhort) one another and edify (strengthen and build up) one another, just as you are doing.” (I Thessalonians 5:11 AMPC)
He goes on to say, “God doesn’t want you to spend time listening to critics. He wants you to be encouraged by someone who has already been through the struggles you are going through, because there will be times when you’ll feel like giving up. During those hard times, that person can tell you, “You’re going to get through it. Don’t give up on your dream.”
“Surround yourself with those who will encourage you in your vision today and every day!” (Dr. Myles Munroe)
“We must increase the positive influences in our lives and decrease the negative ones while we pursue our individual goals in tandem with others.” (Dr. Myles Munroe)
“Do not be so deceived and misled! Evil companionships (communion, associations) corrupt and deprave good manners and morals and character.” (I Corinthians 15:33 AMPC)
Who we spend time with matters! We must build relationships that are based on:
“Iron sharpens iron; so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend [to show rage or worthy purpose].” (Proverbs 27:17 AMPC)
Let me share my answer to question #1:
My husband is the source of my encouragement. He believes in me and cheers me on. He also believes in the call of God on my life and supports it wholeheartedly. He covers me so I know he has my back and won’t allow anyone to hurt me. I am so thankful for this man that God has connected me to. I can do what I do with ease because he does what he does. There is no conflict.
Be Encouraged! ❤