Summary: I have weighed recently the compassion fatigue that we all face. A pastor quietly lay the pistol to his head, his load had been so heavy, did anyone care? Maybe we miss it sometimes?
GET UP AND ENCOURAGE SOMEONE… WHO COULD ENCOURAGE TODAY?
By Wade Martin Hughes, Sr. Kyfingers@aol.com
Jude 1:22 And of some have compassion, making a difference:
Ephesians 4:29 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.
USE TO? MY DREAMS ARE CRUSHED. WE ARE DOWN AND OUT…
YOU CAME ALONG SIDE US…
EIGHT MILES SOUTH WEST OF JERUSALEM WIITH NO HOPE…
GET UP AND GO ENCOURAGE SOMEONE…
WE TRUSTED… We believed in a reliable, good thing, now look, JESUS IS IN THE GRAVE…
We placed our confidence and depended on Jesus, now look…
TRUSTED IS PAST TENSE OF TRUST.
WE USE TO TRUST…
Luke 24:16 But their eyes were holden that they should not know him. 17 And he said unto them, What manner of communications are these that ye have one to another, as ye walk, and are sad? 18 And the one of them, whose name was Cleopas, answering said unto him, Art thou only a stranger in Jerusalem, and hast not known the things which are come to pass there in these days? 19 And he said unto them, What things? And they said unto him, Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, which was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people: 20 And how the chief priests and our rulers delivered him to be condemned to death, and have crucified him. 21 But we trusted that it had been he which should have redeemed Israel: and beside all this, to day is the third day since these things were done.
GET UP AND ENCOURAGE SOMEONE…
My dear friend, the third day is coming, don’t give up now.
Luke 24:31 And their eyes were opened, and they knew him; and he vanished out of their sight.
32 And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?
LORD, PLEASE OPEN THE EYES OF HEART, WE WOULD SEE JESUS.
JESUS WAS WITH THEM THE WHOLE TIME, THE DEPRESSION AND NEGATIVE TALK HAD DESTROYED THE DREAM.
If our hearts recognize Jesus they would burn…
I LISTENED TO THE DEFAMING… AND FEAR GREW…
WHEN EVERYTHING SEEMS TERRIBLE, WE THREATEN GOD WITH I WILL JUST QUIT…
Jeremiah 20:9 Then I said, I will not make mention of him, nor speak any more in his name. But his word was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I was weary with forbearing, and I could not stay. 10 For I heard the defaming of many, fear on every side. Report, say they, and we will report it. All my familiars watched for my halting, saying, Peradventure he will be enticed, and we shall prevail against him, and we shall take our revenge on him.
LIFE IS ABOUT CHOICES…
STOP TELLING ME WHAT IS WRONG…??
LOOK WHAT IS RIGHT.
QUIT FOCUSING ON WHAT YOU DO NOT HAVE?
COUNT WHAT YOU DO HAVE!
GET UP AND ENCOURAGE SOMEONE.
Get up and encourage someone… GO BEYOND THE STINK OF HUMANITY?
MINISTRY TO ENCOURAGE REAL PEOPLE WITH REAL PROBLEMS SOMETIMES INCLUDES THE REALITY OF SWEAT ARM PITS…
I do not know how often they had baths in the wilderness.
In 1912 the average person took one bath a month? They washed their hair once a month?
The reality is THE BATTLE RAGES HIGH… GO BEYOND THE STINK? Encourage!
Exodus 17:10 So Joshua did as Moses had said to him, and fought with Amalek: and Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill. 11 And it came to pass, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed: and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed. 12 But Moses' hands were heavy; and they took a stone, and put it under him, and he sat thereon; and Aaron and Hur stayed up his hands, the one on the one side, and the other on the other side; and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun.
Aaron was Moses brother. History teaches that Hur was Miriam’s husband, brother in law.
GET UP AND ENCOURAGE… DON’T TALKED BAD ABOUT FELLOW WORKERS.
REMEMBER THE TIME THAT MIRIAM AND AARON TALKED BAD ABOUT MOSES’ WIFE?
GET UP AND GO ENCOURAGE SOMEONE, EVEN THAT HAS BEEN MEAN TO YOU!
YOU MAY NEVER KNOW THE CHOICE THAT YOU MADE TO LIFT UP ANOTHER MAY MAKE YOU A HERO? YOU MAY NEVER KNOW THE BEAUTY OF YOUR ACTION?
2 Corinthians 9:6 But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.
GUIDEPOST MAGAZINE had an article about a man named DONALD VAIRIN. Vairin was a medic IN THE ARMY. The ship was taking the troops to an event in the ocean near Guam. There was a small USA ship carrying troop and sailors for a battle in WWII. There was sailors and army troops on board. The small ship had hit a large coral reef just off the coast of Guam and the ship was in danger of sinking.