One of the most fundamental principles of living a lifestyle of faith is this: Gratitude is the point of origin for worship. There are always reasons to worship, even in the darkest seasons of your life. In fact, one of the most powerful things you can ever do is praise and worship the Lord when your flesh doesn’t want to! But that is a mighty battle, indeed. And it is why encouraging one another in the faith is a crucial part of the Christian’s journey.
“Your testimonies are my inheritance forever, for they are the rejoicing of my heart.” ~Psalm 119:111
As much as you need the encouragement and strength that the faith of another Christian will supply when you are weak, others need you too! The Lord has given you something completely unique in your faith – your testimonies of Jesus. Who He has been to you, what He has done in you, for you, through you, in spite of you, how He filled you, when He answered you, when He heard you, that time He healed you or sent a word in season to revive your heart… those weren’t just for you. Each one of those testimonies helps encourage another, build another up and strengthens another believer’s faith that the Lord is faithful, good, filled with patience, healing, reconciliation and more. We are stronger together!
The Power of Encouraging One Another is in People
Satan often attacks worshippers the hardest and with the greatest show of force and violence because even he understands how effective worship is as a weapon against him. He will do everything he can to steal your peace, discourage, disconnect and sow conflict and discord and division among believers, so they avoid regularly meeting together to share and testify of God’s goodness. Don’t fall for it! We are stronger together! When people of faith incorporate a regular time of encouraging one another, your testimony becomes a worship weapon because gratitude is the point of origin for all worship. What you bring into the fellowship of believers is crucial to growing in the faith and knowledge of Jesus Christ (2 Peter 3:18).
Just like in any family, there will be conflict and disagreements, but how they are handled is what sets the family of God apart from the rest. Remember: The battles you fight are spiritual, not against “flesh and blood”. The enemy would like nothing more than to disconnect you from your brothers and sisters in Christ, and ultimately from God, so you are never lifted up, supported, encouraged, growing or useful in the Kingdom.
The lost and darkened world is crying out in their hearts to know who the King of Glory truly is, even if they don’t realize it, because humanity was created to exist in worship-fellowship with the Lord. But many in the church are crying out too! This is how encouraging one another becomes powerful. Your testimonies are prophetic (Rev. 19:10. When you tell others of what God has done for you, you are speaking prophetically that He will do it for them, too! Your testimonies are faith-building strategies woven into God’s goodness in your life! It was God’s design that believers stay in communion with each other for that purpose. You are stronger together. (Ecclesiastes 4:12)
Thought for today: Exhort, Encourage & Edify
Paul wrote, “So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing.” (1 Thessalonians 5:11) What God has done for you is vitally important to share! Share your gratitude with other. When you worship and praise the Lord outwardly among your fellow believers, you are expressing your gratitude to Him. You are displaying a physical act of faith in the Lord. Those are powerful testimonies! You have a vital role in the Kingdom to exhort, encourage and edify- maybe not from the stage, but the impact is the same- in heaven and in hell! Testify of what the Lord is doing right now, because you know He is always working (Philippians 2:13) and also express that thankfulness in your time of worship. It’s all part of what builds up the body of Christ. You are an “able minister of the New Covenant” (2 Cor. 3:6) and all you need to do is testify of your praise to the Lord!
Let God Give You a New Testimony of His Goodness to Share!
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