Saturday, June 14
Posted: Saturday, June 14
1 Kings 12:20-13:34
Verse of the day:
Then the church throughout Judea, Galilee and Samaria enjoyed a time of peace and was strengthened. Living in the fear of the Lord and encouraged by the Holy Spirit, it increased in numbers. (Acts 9:31)
Acts 9:31 says the Church was “encouraged by the Holy Spirit”. Did you know that the Holy Spirit is an encourager? Isn’t that great to know? No matter what is happening around us or to us, the Holy Spirit is there saying, “You got this! Keep going! Don’t give up! You can make it!”. The voices around us may be saying otherwise, but the Holy Spirit is always there cheering us on. You know what though? It’s not just the Holy Spirit’s job to encourage. It is all of our jobs. If we have the Holy Spirit residing in us, and He is an encourager, then it makes sense that encouragement will come out of us, making us encouragers too. Don’t just say God will encourage them. There is a good chance that God wants to encourage them through you.
The verses before speak of a man named Barnabas. (vv. 26-28) Barnabas came beside Saul (Paul) when he didn’t have anyone. The religious leaders hated him and the believers in Jerusalem didn’t trust him and were afraid of him. Barnabas spoke up for Saul though. He told the disciples of Saul becoming a Christian and preaching the gospel in Damascus and then they believed. Evidently Barnabas had done this encouragement thing before because in Acts 4:36 it says the apostles called him Barnabas which means, son of encouragement. How about you and me? Are we thought of as sons and daughters of encouragement? Good question. Start by letting the Holy Spirit work through you to encourage someone today.
Pastor Dennis Daywitt // Children’s Pastor