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From: "REVIVAL List" <prophetic@...>
Date: Thu, 16 Feb 2012 01:30:27 +1300
-Rodney Francis.

In our last Bulletin I spoke of the need for encouragement; how 
we all need to be encouraged as we journey through life. 
Encouragement encourages us! We live positively different when 
we are encouraged! When we are discouraged we can make 
decisions that we live to regret. So let us all make sure that we are 
ones who encourage others to be all that God wants them to be.

There is another ministry of encouragement and that is the 
ministry of encouraging ourselves. In 1 Samuel 30:6, we read 
these words: "But David encouraged himself in the Lord His God" 
(KJV). The Amplified Bible says: "But David encouraged and 
strengthened himself in the Lord his God." (Many of the Bible 
translations use the word "strengthened" rather than "encouraged"). 
The reality is that when we are encouraged we are strengthened to 
do the will of God.

Why did David need to encourage himself? While David and his 
men were out fighting the battles of the Lord, on the home front his 
city was burned with fire, and their wives, sons and daughters were 
all taken captive. David returned to find the enemy had wrecked 
what he had in Ziklag. The men with David were also heart-broken 
and full of grief. In their time of distress they blamed David for the 
cause of this (human nature always wants to blame someone else).
Suddenly David is standing alone, with the finger of accusation 
being pointed at him for the loss of family and houses, etc. As 
broken-hearted as he was, David demonstrated a quality of 
character that we all need. In his hour of distress he knew how to 
encourage himself. How would he have done that? I believe he 
would have reminded himself of God's faithfulness to him, His 
promises and how God had delivered him in times past ~ that this 
was not a time to get a wrong spirit and hardness of attitude toward 
God because of the circumstances, and other negative people, 
around him. So David encouraged himself. He talked to his own 
spirit and told it to rise up, to not be beaten by what the enemy had 
done. He encouraged himself enough to seek the Lord to see what 
He wanted him to do in this situation. God answered him with 
these wonderful words of comfort: "You shall surely overtake them 
and without fail recover all" (1 Samuel 30:8). The circumstances 
looked hopeless and lost; but through David encouraging himself 
He was able to look beyond the tragedy and hear God's promise 
on the outcome. The result was that the men who accused him 
were able to also rise and go with him to recapture their wives and 
families. And that is exactly what happened. If David had not 
known how to encourage himself, that day could have spelled the
end of numbers of peoples' faith in the Living God.

Do you know how to encourage yourself? Do you know how to 
speak the positive promises of God...? Do you know how to look 
above and beyond the negative circumstances that come to us 
all at different times in life? We need to. For, often, in those 
times, there are no others who are around or with us to speak 
encouragement into us. So we have to do it ourselves!

Did you know that one of the greatest "tools" of self-encouragement 
that God has given us is the gift of speaking in other tongues? The 
Scripture tells us: "He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself" 
(1 Corinthians 14:4). When we are edified we are encouraged and 
strengthened personally. I know for me, when I need to be 
encouraged more, I go pray-walking and speak in other tongues 
out loud. It is not very long before I am built up in my faith and 
inspired to keep pressing on with the Lord and His call on my life.

Consider this verse: "But you, beloved, building yourselves up on 
your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in 
the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto 
eternal life" (Jude 20-21). Surely this also is telling us of the power 
of speaking in other tongues? When we speak/pray in other 
tongues we are speaking spirit to Spirit directly to God. How good 
is God to enable us to have a spiritual language that causes us to 
rise up above all our discouragements and disappointments!

I want to encourage you to speak in tongues more. If you do not 
have this God-given gift, let me encourage you to seek it. Ask God 
to fill you to overflowing with His Holy Spirit and to give you that 
ability to talk "spirit to Spirit" with Him. You will be so blessed 
when you can communicate with God in this way, and it will build 
you up personally to do more of the will of God in your life. I have 
had that gift since I was 18 years old, and it has helped me
enormously over the years to be able to discern and continue in 
the will of God for my life. He wants that for you too. ~Rodney Francis.

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