En­cour­age each other

Deniliquin Pastoral Times - - NEWS -

‘…en­cour­age and strengthen him…’ Deuteron­omy 3:28 NIV.

Paul was given a car for his birthday by his brother—a se­ri­ously gen­er­ous gift.

One day he came out of his work­place to find a young bloke hang­ing round it. As he went over to it, the young bloke said, ‘This your car?’

‘Yeah,’ replied Paul. ‘My brother gave it to me for my birthday.’

‘No way,’ said the bloke. ‘That’s amaz­ing! You mean your brother gave it to you and it didn’t cost you noth­ing? I wish…’ Then he hes­i­tated.

Paul smiled. He knew right away what the bloke was go­ing to wish for. He was go­ing to wish to have a brother like that. But he was wrong.

What the bloke said com­pletely threw him. ‘I wish that I could be a brother like that’.

So of­ten we can live life look­ing what we can get out of it rather than what we can give into it.

This bloke knew the value of be­ing an en­cour­ager. God asked Moses to ‘en­cour­age and strengthen’ Joshua so he could even­tu­ally take over as leader.

Moses had led the Is­raelites out of slav­ery in Egypt. It hadn’t been easy, the Is­raelites were not the best trav­ellers— they were con­stantly moan­ing and groan­ing about their cir­cum­stances.

This is why it was so im­por­tant that Moses en­cour­aged Joshua. He un­der­stood what the job was about.

God wants us to en­cour­age each other to help us through our lives: ‘…en­cour­age one an­other daily, as long as it is called ‘‘To­day’’, so that none of you may be hard­ened by sin’s de­ceit­ful­ness.’ (He­brews 3:13 NIV) So to­day, go en­cour­age. ~ Contributed by Cap­tain San­dra Walm­s­ley of the De­niliquin Sal­va­tion Army, on be­half of the com­bined Churches of De­niliquin.

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