A Word of Encouragement

By: Bill Annis
From: April 2010
Found in: The Gospel of Grace

As ministers of the Gospel, it is our privilege to bring good news and wonderful information to people who desperately need the Word we have.

It’s most frustrating when we know we have revelations that will make a difference in people’s lives and they refuse to heed it.

Luke 19:39-42 (Amp) provides insight as to how Jesus felt when this happened to Him. The scripture states He wept audibly over their inability to understand His teaching.

39 And some of the Pharisees from the throng said to Jesus, Teacher, reprove Your disciples!

40 He replied, I tell you that if these keep silent, the very stones will cry out. [Hab. 2:11.]

41 And as He approached, He saw the city, and He wept [audibly] over it, 42 Exclaiming, Would that you had known personally, even at least in this your day, the things that make for peace (for freedom from all the distresses that are experienced as the result of sin and upon which your peace—your security, safety, prosperity, and happiness—depends)! But now they are hidden from your eyes.

Our Source of Inspiration

These people, like many religious today, wanted to reprove those who believed in total freedom through the Gospel. Jesus stated that they did not know what was available for them in their day.

The Word of God needs to become our source of inspiration - not the negative or positive response of those to whom we minister.

It is important that we know what is ours in this day and what we have to give to others. The Word of God needs to become our source of inspiration - not the negative or positive response of those to whom we minister. There is an interesting scripture in Jeremiah chapter fifteen.

In the 15th verse Jeremiah vents his feelings toward God’s long-suffering concerning those who opposed him. In fact, he stated that he was suffering as a result. Have you ever been there?

But note the source of his inspiration.

Jeremiah 15:16 (Amp)

16 Your words were found, and I ate them; and Your words were to me a joy and the rejoicing of my heart, for I am called by Your name, O Lord God of hosts.

Dear fellow minister, I know you may feel that your nation and your area is a challenge. I know what it feels like to feel alone.  However, I have learned that His word is the source of my joy and it alone can bring rejoicing to my heart. This is especially true when those whom we love and want to help oppose the Word of grace and of faith. We may weep for them, but also rejoice that we all are called by His name.

His word is the source of my joy and it alone can bring rejoicing to my heart.

I beg you not to allow adversity to birth despair in your heart.

Jeremiah 15:19 (Amp)

19 Therefore thus says the Lord [to Jeremiah]: If you return [and give up this mistaken tone of distrust and despair], then I will give you again a settled place of quiet and safety, and you will be My minister; and if you separate the precious from the vile [cleansing your own heart from unworthy and unwarranted suspicions concerning God’s faithfulness], you shall be My mouthpiece. [But do not yield to them.] Let them return to you—not you to [the people].

You are the Hope of This World

I feel as I write that these are words fitly spoken for some of you wonderful ministers.

Heb 13:20-21 is my prayer for you:

20 Now may the God of peace [Who is the Author and the Giver of peace], Who brought again from among the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, by the blood [that sealed, ratified] the everlasting agreement (covenant, testament), [Isa. 55:3; 63:11; Ezek. 37:26; Zech. 9:11.]

21 Strengthen (complete, perfect) and make you what you ought to be and equip you with everything good that you may carry out His will; [while He Himself] works in you and accomplishes that which is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ (the Messiah); to Whom be the glory forever and ever (to the ages of the ages). Amen (so be it).

22 I call on you, brethren, to listen patiently and bear with this message of exhortation and admonition and encouragement, for I have written to you briefly.

Be encouraged by the knowledge that you are the hope of this WORLD.

By: Bill Annis

President, Faith Christian Fellowship, Canada

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