Encouragement

Be Thankful for the Deborahs In Your Life

My mom’s name is Deborah, and I’m thankful for her. But that’s not what I’m talking about.

I am referring to the relationship between Deborah and Barak in the book of Judges (chapters 4 and 5). Deborah was a prophetess, meaning she spoke God’s word to His people.  She was a wise woman, settling disputes under a palm tree. Barak was a military leader who faced the ruthless and technologically-superior Canaanites in order to deliver the Israelites from their oppression. This victory was an act of God’s grace for His people (Israel), and Deborah and Barak were major players.

In Judges 4:6-7, Deborah summoned Barak and said, “Hasn’t the LORD, the God of Israel, commanded you: ‘Go, deploy the troops on Mount Tabor, and take with you ten thousand men from the Naphtalites and Zebulunites? Then I will lure Sisera commander of Jabin’s army, his chariots, and his infantry at the Wadi Kishon to fight against you, and I will hand him over to you.’”

When I was reading that recently, I noticed something–God had already told Barak what he was to do and had already promised victory. Deborah was admonishing Barak to be faithful to what God had already said.

My point:  be thankful for the “Deborahs” in your life who admonish you to be obedient to Scripture.

God has spoken and we have that record in the 66 books the Bible. It can be painful to hear someone say, “Didn’t God say…,” pointing out sin in our lives, but we need to be humble as we’re admonished toward obedience to God’s Word.

Be thankful for the Deborahs in your life.

Five To Focus 07. One Danger of Being An Encourager

Could there be any danger in being an encourager?  This might seem silly to discuss because we’ve been in a series of episodes lately on encouragement, learning from Barnabas in the Bible how we can encourage others. Is there something we should be cautious of when encouraging? Discover it here.

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Five To Focus 06. Encourage Unity

I wonder how many people are deterred from serving the Lord because they see division in the church? As this series on encouragement continues looking at Barnabas, see how he and Paul teach us to encourage unity.

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Five To Focus 03. Encourage By Supporting

Athletes perform better with coaches who support them; someone trying to lose weight will have better success with people supporting them, cheering them on. The same is true with our faith. How can you support others to encourage them to serve God in big ways? Follow Barnabas’ example as you listen to this episode of Five To Focus.

 

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