Topic: Encourage Yourself [Monday April 9, 2018]
“And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in the Lord his God.” – 1 Samuel 30:6 KJV
David refused to allow his emotions to run wild. He knew it could be controlled. Beloved, you have God inside you. You have the Holy Spirit inside you. You are not an ordinary person. The scripture said that the “Spirit helpeth our infirmities” (Romans 8:26). He helps our weakness. At that moment when you are weak, you need the Holy Ghost. The Holy Spirit brings you to the point of knowing that all things work together even in that your challenge and difficulty. God is not falling out of His seat. In good times and bad times, He is still in charge.
David and his men cried, but then he took hold of himself. He encouraged himself in the Lord. He reminded himself that there is something bigger than his situation. He reminded himself of the goodness of God. That is how to control your emotion. Find out what God said that has no margin for failure and hold on to it. Man’s word has margin for failure. What did God say about you? Human beings can say anything. Talk is cheap. Anyone can talk. But as long as it is not what God said, it doesn’t matter. Keep on saying what God said. What God said will encourage you and help control your emotions. Declare the word of God. Heaven and earth will pass away, but His word will never pass away.
Only goodness will gravitate to you. People often gravitate towards light; they will gravitate towards you. Creation will favour you. You are called and raised to fulfil destiny. Your heaven will never be shut. Your ground will always produce. You will reveal the glory of God. Everything God has spoken concerning you shall find expression in your life.
Further Reading: Psalm 91, Lamentations 3:19-26
Daily Bible Reading: Morning- 1 Samuel 13-14; Evening- Luke 10:1-24
Written by Dr. Mike Okonkwo; Is the Presiding Bishop of The Redeemed Evangelical Mission (TREM); a versatile man of God with over 30 years of dedicated service unto the Lord.