How To Encourage Yourself
Sermon shared by Mike Turner
How To Encourage Yourself !
Last Sun night I preached on encouraging other people. Everyone needs a little encouraging. Some folks alot ! Everyone needs to be an encourager ! But what do we do when there is no one around to encourage us. Or perhaps no one seems to be able to encourage us. Iím convinced that we can be with the Lordís help our own greatest encourager ! Let me tell you why.
*Illust. You know how it is when your back gets to itching, but you just canít seem to reach that spot ! I remember watching my granddaddy back up to a post on the front porch, and try to scratch his itch. Now what I usually do is call one of the girls. Yet, the problem is their not the one who have the itch so they donít know exactly where to scratch.
So Preacher the point is ?
No one other than God knows better what you need than you do ! No one knows your weaknesses, your pain, what youíre going through better than you ! No one knows what you need more than you do other than the Lord himself !
So, we need to know how to encourage ourselves, how to build up our faith, how to become stronger spiritually so that we can encourage ourselves !
Notice what Jude says in V20 "But ye beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost.
Have you ever heard someone say "I didnít get anything out of the service today !" Or perhaps youíve said it yourself ?
Some folks express it another way......."Iím just not getting fed"
Now thereís a problem with that ! We canít always depend upon someone else to give us what we need spiritually. We canít always expect the preacher or teacher to build our faith. Neither can we expect someone else to always lift us up, and encourage us. We can build ourselves up ! We can encourage ourselves in our faith ! Jude shares some insight into how we can do this !
I. We can be led in our prayers ! V.20
What is Jude talking about ? Praying in the Holy Ghost ?
I believe that Jude is saying that we have someone to help us in our prayer life. We have someone to teach us how to pray, and what to pray for. Have you ever been so discouraged that you didnít even know how to pray ? Thatís when we need to be sensitive to the Holy Spirit, and allow him to be the helper in our prayers !
Paul defined it this way......Rom 8:26 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
Now let me share something both fascinating, and wonderful about this verse ! Note the word "helpeth"...the word in the greek means "to take hold of together". Now look at the word "infirmities". This word means "feebleness or weakness".
Picture this....I know youíve done this. You see someone struggling to lift something by themselves, or having difficulty with carrying something, and so you say...."Let me help you with that !"
Here is what the Holy Spirit