Encourage Yourself in the Lord
Have you ever been so tired or so discouraged, that you’ve become overly emotional to the point that you began having a pity party for yourself? You’re having a time… but you’re having it all by yourself because no one else wants to be around you! I certainly know I’ve had those days and I imagine most of us have.
Whether it’s personal circumstances or the world situation in general that is affecting us, sometimes we just have to stop, take a breath, and make a conscious decision to change our attitude. We have to determine to “encourage ourselves” from God’s Word (Joshua 1:9).
Psalm 25 begins, Unto thee, O Lord, do I lift up my soul. (Your soul is your mind, your will, and your emotions). Then verse 2 says, O my God, I trust in thee: let me not be ashamed, let not mine enemies triumph over me. Sometimes, we can be our own worst enemy!
We also read in the Psalms that God inhabits the praises of His people (chapter 22, verse 3). When we begin to bless the Lord and praise Him―to lift up our mind, our will, and our emotions to God, He begins strengthening all aspects of our lives and multiplying our harvests.
The minute we call upon Him and begin to honor and glorify His name, He can begin to bring all His mighty benefits into play in our lives (Psalm 68:19)!
Many people today are fearful and some are facing circumstances never seen before and wondering where to turn for answers.
God is not shaking in His boots! He is still sovereign! And He is saying to us, “Call upon Me. Listen to Me. Don’t worry. I am with you. Don’t be afraid.” His Word reassures us in John 14:27, Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you… Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. He is Immanuel…God with us.
Just begin to talk to the Father. Repent of complaining and feeling sorry for yourself and instead, begin to praise the Lord. He wants to calm your fears and to be your strength in times of crisis.
Make that blessing connection with Him, and by faith, begin to fill your mind, will, and emotions with the Lord, and reap His benefits!