Sunday, 28 September 2014

Situational Depression

Proverbs 27:21 As the fining pot for silver, and the furnace for gold; so is a man to his praise.

      I am not a doctor and do not understand the complexities of physical and mental depression. I do not have the training it takes to understand and diagnose chemical imbalances that some people suffer from and in turn the suffering manifestation of debilitating depression. 
      The depression I understand is situational depression that comes from unrepentant sin or carrying guilt and shame that has taken over someone's thought processes to the point of no longer caring for the things of God. Situational depression happens to everyone. The only difference with a lot of people who fall into this type of depression is that they get out of it by faith through the word of God and help from the Holy Spirit.
      There are many who fall into this type of despair when they see the events that are taking place in the world. Many people feel like they are part of biblical prophecy and there is nothing they can do about it.
Matt. 24:7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. 

      These desperate people become overwhelmed by the circumstances of twenty-four-hour constant information overload of broadcasted bad news, causing a breakdown into depression. There are so many bad things going on and there is nothing that can be done about it. A feeling of hopelessness begins to move into the soul.
       David was being hunted to death by King Saul and his army. David found it hard to keep himself high in spirits, yet he found the way to do it in spite of the circumstance he was in. Psalm 43:5 Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God. 
      David was stating that the mood of his heart and the feelings of his soul was manifesting as depression; however, in the same verse David also comes up with the solution for the depression he was experiencing and that was to hope in God and start praising Him in the situation regardless of how he felt at the time. 
      Praising God is a way out of a desperate and depressive situation because God is in the very praises that start to come forth out of our hearts and only good can come out of anything God is involved with. Psalm 22:3 But thou art holy, O thou that inhabits the praises of Israel. God is in the praises of His people. God is in us and we are in Him. God is in the praises that the people He is in are saying, "Praise the Lord." In this case, praise will help diminish situational depression.
       Another example is Elijah defeating Jezebel's prophets. 1 Kings 19:1 And Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had done, and withal how he had slain all the prophets with the sword. However, after a great defeat over the false prophets Jezebel threatens Elijah with death. He ran for his life and in the same breath wants God to kill him. What happened to cause such a depression of fear? 1 Kings 19:4 But he himself went a day's journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree: and he requested for himself that he might die; and said, It is enough; now, O LORD, take away my life; for I am not better than my fathers. 
      He says, "I am no better than my fathers." Is that some sort of personal shame, because of the feeling of nonperformance? I think the problem was what happens to a lot of people in ministry. They start thinking they are all alone and there is no one else to do the work. They become overwhelmed with the call on their life, shamed into thinking they have failed. 1 Kings 19:14 And he said, I have been very jealous for the LORD God of hosts: because the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away. This is not true, of course, because God says to Elijah "There are seven thousand who have not knelt to Baal nor kissed him." God helps Elijah refocused on the message that was originally in his hearts.
      Jonah was going through a state of situational depression because he did not want the enemy of Israel forgiven. So he ran away from God, trying to force God's hand to judge Nineveh. Ah, the plans of mice and men. When the lot fell on Jonah during the storm at sea, Jonah said to the sailors to throw him overboard into the sea and the storm would stop. Jonah 1:15 So they took up Jonah, and cast him forth into the sea: and the sea ceased from her raging. 
      Jonah, after spending three days and three nights in the great fish that was prepared for him by God, begins to repent. Jonah 1:17 Now the LORD had prepared a great fish to swallow up Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights. There comes a point where Jonah repents from his sin and the fish spews him out and Jonah is sent on the same mission to Nineveh. After Jonah ministers the word of the Lord in Nineveh the citizens repent. 
      God is pleased, but not Jonah. Jonah 4:2 And he prayed unto the LORD, and said, I pray thee, O LORD, was not this my saying, when I was yet in my country? Therefore I fled before unto Tarshish: for I knew that thou art a gracious God, and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repents thee of the evil. Did Jonah ever get over his depression about his enemies receiving the same mercy that was available to Israel? I believe he did because of the fact that he records such a scathing account of his character during this time. Jonah is honest about himself and God; therefore because Jonah is able to be so truthful about himself speaks to his heart change in God.
       What about you? Is there something you are carrying that could be dissipated with praises to God Almighty or repent of some nonsense that you are fed up with? Is there something of shame you have to let go of that has been eating away at your peace? These are all tricks of the enemy of our soul to keep us in a state of depression where there is no joy. I know the cure to this depression. It is Psalm 47:1 O clap your hands, all ye people; shout unto God with the voice of triumph. Psalm 150:6 Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD.

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

A False Tutorial

Proverbs 20:23 Divers weights are an abomination unto the LORD; and a false balance is not good.
      This Proverb speaks clearly of honesty in business and we are all aware of the fact that God wants honesty in all our lives, not just business. What about the balanced scales when it comes to words and actions of faith? Rom. 14:23b For whatsoever is not of faith is sin. What impression are our lives giving off when it comes to our actions following our beliefs? What are we preaching today that many years from now the followers of Jesus Christ will look back and say, "Why did they waste so much time on this frivolous belief?"
      At one time, in our not too distant history of Christianity, there was a humility teaching that was taught in Christian fellowships that said, "Christians should get rid of all their colored clothing and wear black and white to express virtue and holiness." 
      I remember reading about missionaries in the South Pacific Islands condemning certain tropical fruits because they symbolized unrighteous passions. Meanwhile, they were dying of scurvy and malnutrition. Yet the word was clear about food. Acts 10:14 But Peter said, Not so, Lord; for I have never eaten any thing that is common or unclean.  And the voice spake unto him again the second time, What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common. What are we so religiously overcharged in this day that we are presenting a false tutorial to the world concerning our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ? Phil. 4:5 Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.
      I have seen church people marching in front of their buildings with placards that say "God Hates Gays!" Not so! God does not hate anyone on earth, but He does hate the sin that leads people into destructive choices and ruination of their lives. That, God hates! Thank God this type of placard protesting is a minority position because we have to remember that we were all lost souls at one time ourselves. 
      What if the first church I had walked into and there was someone with a placard that said, "God Hates Sinners!" What chance would I have had? Is the answer to stand on the other side of the street with a sign that says, "God Hates Those Who Judge" Again, no, God does not hate anybody. He loves us and wants us to come to a place of repentance and salvation in His son Jesus Christ.
       Believing something we think is the word of God, and is not, can lead us to become false teachers without us meaning to do so. Meanwhile, leaving a path of hurt and bondage wherever we have been. We read in the book of Judges the story of a judge named Jephthah. He was from the tribe of Gilead and through family events left the family and over a period of time became a mercenary. He is then approached by the elders of Israel to help deliver Israel from the Ammonites. 
      Like many people today, Jephthah knew just enough religion to be dangerous and take the word of God out of context. Judges 11:30 And Jephthah vowed a vow unto the LORD, and said, If thou shalt without fail deliver the children of Ammon into mine hands, 31 Then it shall be, that whatsoever comes forth of the doors of my house to meet me, when I return in peace from the children of Ammon, shall surely be the LORD'S, and I will offer it up for a burnt offering. 
      So Jephthah does defeat them with the Lord's help. Judges 11:32 So Jephthah passed over unto the children of Ammon to fight against them; and the LORD delivered them into his hands. Jephthah returns home and his daughter comes out to meet him. He then says something a person who does not know God would say. Judges 11:35 And it came to pass, when he saw her, that he rent his clothes, and said, Alas, my daughter! thou hast brought me very low, and thou art one of them that trouble me: for I have opened my mouth unto the LORD, and I cannot go back. 
      The law of Moses was clear that there were to be no human sacrifices in Israel and that there were substitutes and offerings that could be made for vows and oaths. History says that his daughter was sent into exile and remained a virgin for the rest of her life. That being a virgin for the rest of her life was as good as dead. What a disaster not knowing God's word brought to this family. What a pathetic chain of events that can come out of not knowing the freedom and truth that comes from knowing a loving God and His word. 
      The problem was that Israel had become servants of false demanding gods that required human sacrifices and the Israelites translated their knowledge of the unholy gods to what they thought God was like. Yet the God they no longer knew had delivered their forefathers into the promised land they now existed in. The problem was that they knew about gods but did not know the eternal God. Judges 21:25 In those days there was no king in Israel: every man did that which was right in his own eyes. 
      A false balance is not good. A false understanding of God's word is also not good for anyone. We are rarely delivered when traditions are enforced upon a soul to gain acceptance by God. Rather, the truth of God's word acted upon will set us free to be at peace with and in Jesus the Lord. John 8:32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

Thursday, 18 September 2014

It's Assurance, Not Insurance

Proverbs 15:25 The way of life is above to the wise, that he may depart from hell beneath.

        We live in an over-legislated land and country. "There ought to be a law," someone says, and in no time there is. Soon, we will have to wear a helmet to walk down the sidewalk because someone somewhere will fall down and crack their skull. I hope not, on both counts! 
      In the same way, we cannot legislate holiness, we cannot legislate a risk-free life. Go ahead and buy some insurance to take care of the needs of family and friends. Continue to look for ways to minimize the risk of maiming and crippling one's self in a workplace or a home environment, as this is wisdom. 
      However, when it comes to our souls It is a blessed assurance of real life and not an insurance that nothing will ever go wrong. Acts 17:31 Because He hath appointed a day, in the which He will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom He hath ordained; whereof He hath given assurance unto all men, in that He hath raised him from the dead.
       A no-risk life is not possible. As my friend Scott says, "We only have to look to God the Father to see the biggest risk ever taken and that was the creation of man." With full assurance in God's heart, He created a human being in His image with a free-will and ability of choice to choose God and His love for mankind. Gen. 1:27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. Now that was a risk! 
       I do believe in divine protection, health, provision and guidance. I try to live my life in the assurance of God's love and leading so that I can maneuver my way through the maze and warrens of this precarious world. I also know many of you are doing the same thing, but life happens and it comes and tests our hearts with hard to extreme battles that can weary our souls. 
      Isa. 40:30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: 31 But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. What is it that gets us through these hard times? Is it the fact that we have an insurance policy with God? No! It is the fact that we have a blessed assurance of His power and love working in our souls and on our behalf for the glory of His love and purpose in our lives. 
      It is the assurance that God has blessed us with something more sure than insurance. Insurance runs out and has to be renewed and often time the premiums become cost prohibitive, but not the assurance of the Holy Spirit. His eternal and caressive assurance runs forever and is able to sustain us through the darkest valleys until we are lifted into the highest of highs. Heb. 6:11 And we desire that every one of you do shew the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end. 
      Abraham and Sarah took a risk when they went out from the land of their fathers to find a city whose builder was God. Heb. 11:8 By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went. They took a risk by leaving their homeland and received a child of promise and became the parents of many nations.
      Jacob took a risk by allowing his son Benjamin to go with his brothers to Egypt for food during a famine. Gen. 43:13 Take also your brother, and arise, go again unto the man: 14 And God Almighty give you mercy before the man, that he may send away your other brother, and Benjamin. If I be bereaved of my children, I am bereaved. Jacob took a risk with his son Benjamin and blessings of blessings received Joseph who was thought to be dead because a harmful ruse played on Jacob. Gen. 46:4  I will go down with thee into Egypt; and I will also surely bring thee up again: and Joseph shall put his hand upon thine eyes.
      Daniel took a risk praying to his God openly when a law had been enforced that King Darius was the only one to be given homage to. Dan. 6:7 All the presidents of the kingdom, the governors, and the princes, the counsellors, and the captains, have consulted together to establish a royal statute, and to make a firm decree, that whosoever shall ask a petition of any God or man for thirty days, save of thee, O king, he shall be cast into the den of lions. 
      Daniel took a risk in his God and the result was a declaration from the same king that Daniel's God was God and there were none like Him. Dan. 6:26 I make a decree, That in every dominion of my kingdom men tremble and fear before the God of Daniel: for he is the living God, and steadfast for ever, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed, and his dominion shall be even unto the end.
      Paul took a risk preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ and was beaten for it. 2 Cor. 11:25 Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in the deep. Paul took the risk and because he did we have most of the New Testament at our fingertips whenever we want to read and believe the assurance of our loving God. 
      The gospel is the power of Christ living within each one of us who have received Him as Lord. Rom. 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believes; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. Thank God Paul took that risk in God and thank God that God took that risk in Paul.
      There will never be a risk-free life, but we can have a blessed assurance in the life that has risk in it. Whenever we take a faith-filled risk in the Lord our God, then the assurance of hope in Him will bring us into righteous victory and blessing beyond that which we can ask or think. Isa. 32:17 And the work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness quietness and assurance forever.

Saturday, 13 September 2014

Veritas: Truthful, Genuine

Proverbs 22:12 The eyes of the LORD preserve knowledge, and He overthrows the words of the transgressor.

       We do not have to worry about anything the transgressor says because his words have no power or value. God will overthrow the words of the enemy with the word of God that lives forever and abides within us. The words of the enemy are often loud, vulgar and threatening but the word of God has power, life, long-suffering and love. 

      The words of the transgressor are hopeless, uninspiring and devoid of fulfillment while promoting lack. The words of the enemy are lawless and full of subterfuge, always trying to cut down those who know Jesus Christ. It's a one trick pony designed to leave one wanting.
      Jesus specialized in words of power, love and faith. The Lord was and is constantly encouraging us to speak the way God speaks when it comes to the love relationship we have with Him. It truly matters who we believe we are in Christ. We are expected to believe our born again righteousness and speak out by faith and humility who Christ has made us in this life. 

      There are things that God says about us that we have to come to grips with and start believing is true and genuine. The angels of God, who are our servants, are waiting to hear the word of God come from our hearts so that they may act upon God's words to bring glory to God and bring the Kingdom of God into our very homes and victory into our lives. Psalm 103:20 Bless the LORD, ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word. 
      We are a new creation because of the blood of our Savior Jesus. 2 Cor. 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. All things have become new and available to us because we have been loved into an eternal relationship with our God and now, we are expected to take on the relationship of sons. Sons who talk like their heavenly Father.
      The word of God says we are clean. John 15:3 Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. We then should say, "We are clean." The word of God says we are the salt of the earth. Matt. 5:13a Ye are the salt of the earth. We are the preservers of life and should say so. The word of God says we are the light of the world. Matt. 5:14a Ye are the light of the world. We are to let the brilliance of Christ shine in what we say and do.
      The word of God says we are friends with Christ. John 15:15a Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knows not what his lord does: but I have called you friends. If God says we are His friends, then friends we are. 
The word of God says we are heirs of God Himself. Titus 3:7 That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life. We should confess our inheritance in Christ and give thanks because it is so.
      The word of God says we are chosen, royalty, holy and special. 1 Pet 2:9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light. 
      Should I go on and mention that we are God's sons, daughters, elect, ambassadors, brothers, the temple of the Holy Spirit, children of God, and the beloved. To top it off we are kings and priests created through the new birth to minister to God and to rule with righteousness in His kingdom here on earth. Rev. 1:6 And hath made us kings and priests unto God and His Father; to Him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
      When are we going to start saying what God says we should say and be in the glorious kingdom of our Lord and Savior? All these blessings will help change our character because of what God has done for us through the acceptable sacrifice Jesus offered for all of us. Wow!! What more can I say but "Wow!!"
When we are being who God says we are in Him, then, we are being truthful and genuine. God says that we are more than conquerors. Would God lie to us? No! Num. 23:19 God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?  
      We are who God says we are by faith and we have what God says we have. There is no philosophical debate on this truth. It is what the Lord says it is. Stop listening to the words of the transgressor who has nothing victorious for us to hang our heart on. Our being is in Christ and what Christ accomplished is ours to have and to dispense to a lost world. Acts 17:28 For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.
      Confessing what God has asked us to say about ourselves is obedience and brings pleasure to God's heart. Why not start by confessing our righteousness since God says we are His righteousness through Christ. I think God would like that. 
      Everyone, say it together, "For he hath made Him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him." Now, didn't that feel good? Blessings. Psalm 12:6 The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.

Monday, 8 September 2014

Fact Versus Truth

Proverbs 22:21 To make you know what is right and true, that you may give a true answer to those who sent you?

       Someone said, "God's Grace is only as visible as His truth is clear."  Clearly, Jesus was and still is full of grace and truth. John 1:17 For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ. The blessing that we have in Christ enables us to discern truth and is available for us to draw upon, by faith, because the Lord of grace and truth lives and reigns in our souls. 
      Truth can be found, attained, and received by faith because the Lord of truth arrests our inner-man to be alert and guided by the Spirit of truth; therefore, truth is readily available when we ask for it. Phil. 4:8a Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, think on these things.
      Where some Christian and non-Christians alike have problems is in the maturity of their understanding of truth. Sometimes the truth can be right in front of a person and they can miss it entirely, as in the case of Pilate talking to Jesus. John 18:38a Pilate saith unto Him, What is truth?  

      Facts and truth are often perceived as interchangeable and having the same meaning; therein is the problem. This is why a spiritual person or immature Christian will say something like, "Well, that is your truth and this is my truth." Sorry, truth is truth and whether the spiritual person knows it or not, God will judge them according to their own so-called measure of truth. 
      The plumb line that these carnal people set for themselves and others will be the plumb line God uses to show them their shortcomings. So, why not take the gift of true grace that God has provided us and that is His Son, Jesus Christ, the only way and truth to eternity with the Father. John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man comes unto the Father, but by me.
      About four weeks ago a cardiologist showed me the cardiogram image of the irregular heartbeat that sometimes happens to me. The doctor said, "This cardiogram shows me the truth of what is happening to you." I said, "No, this graph shows me the facts of what is happening, but the truth is, Jesus sent his word and healed me." The facts are, as the doctor says, this could cause serious problems down the road. The truth is that Jehovah-Rapha is still on the throne and wants me to be in health as my soul prospers. 3 John 1:2 Beloved, I wish above all things that thou may prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospers. 

      The facts are that a month ago I did have a TIA (Transient Ischemic Attack). The truth is that the Lord, through the name of Jesus Christ, pulled me out of it. There are many facts going on and I value the information the dedicated doctors have given me because now I know what to pray for exactly. Phil. 4:6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. 
      We can get overwhelmed by the facts in life but we are the children of the most high God and His word concerning our lives and well-being is the truth about our lives. Are there going to be hard days? Yes, absolutely, but the truth is Phil. 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me. I am not being braggadocios, I am only saying what God says is the truth about my life. Matt. 9:29b According to your faith be it unto you.  
      Are doctors part of God's health plan? Yes, they are, as many have been called to the healing ministry. However, when God's word of truth is grafted deep in our soul then it will not be long before the truth becomes the facts of our situation.
      Abraham and Sarah had to believe God for ten years before Isaac the son of promise was born to them. Abraham did not consider the fact of his old age or Sarah's ability to conceive, but only considered the truth of the word God had given them. 

      Rom. 4:19 And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sara's womb: 20 He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; 21 And being fully persuaded that, what He had promised, He was able also to perform. Abraham and Sarah had a lot of facts to way out, but the truth of God's promise won out.
      Joseph was seventeen years old when he had the dreams from God. Gen. 37:5a And Joseph dreamed a dream, and he told it his brethren; and they hated him yet the more. The facts of his betrayal by his brothers, then the fact that he was a slave in Potiphar's house, and the fact that he was falsely accused of a crime and sent to prison were some terrible facts about his life. 

      Thirteen years later, when Joseph is thirty years old, the truth of the dreams come true. Gen. 41:44 And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, I am Pharaoh, and without thee shall no man lift up his hand or foot in all the land of Egypt. Joseph was now living the truth of what God had said.
      We have all been inundated with all kinds of facts that disturb our peace and life. What does God's word say about those facts that have affected our lives? Is there a better way than just being a survivor? I think there is and that is to find out by the word of God what God says about the facts we are facing and get the truth of the matter. Blessings.

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

An Encouraging Word

Proverbs 11:25 The liberal soul shall be made fat: and he that waters shall be watered also himself.

      There is nothing as heart healing as hearing the right word at the right time. In that moment of hearing a word of blessing, deliverance or assurance, we then know that we know God has heard our heart's cry and there is a peace that is beyond words of explanation that settles our hearts. Phil. 4:7 And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. 
      It is always nice to receive that word when we are in need, but just as nice to be the one giving it out and doing it from a heart of blessing. There is an amazing side factor of blessing that happens when someone gives out a blessing in word or action. The one who needed a word in season gets blessed and the one who gave it out also gets blessed, but most interesting is if anyone sees this blessing taking place they also get blessed. 
      Talk about paying-it-forward. This blessed result has a compounding affect. Blessing upon blessing goes out and will not come back empty. Isa. 55:11 So shall my word be that goes forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.
      How hard is it to say something encouraging to anyone? It does not have to be spoken in eloquence or with great dialogue. It can be as simple as smiling and saying, "Good morning, I hope everything goes your way today." We get entangled in our so-called busy lives with a no end in sight, with a drive that pressures us forward into lives of mediocrity where we end up existing rather than living. Eccl. 11:4 He that observes the wind shall not sow; and he that regards the clouds shall not reap

      We end up doing nothing and getting the result of that non action. We are neither hot or cold as we become common in attitude and eventually empty of vision. Blessing should be on the tips of our tongues, ready to pounce like a mugger rather than giving grievous words of an empty value. Words of blessing will bring life to a bad situation and words inspired by God will bring people out of darkness into a great lifetime of light and blessing. 
      Prov. 4:20 My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings. 22 For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh. In many cases, we are the only bible that a lot of people in our lives ever get to read. Matt. 5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
      What if Barnabas had never spoken out on behalf of Saul to the Apostles? Barnabas brought an encouraging word to the apostles as to the value and conversion of Saul. Barnabas also got the apostles to trust the reality of Saul's conversion. Acts 9:26 And when Saul was come to Jerusalem, he assayed to join himself to the disciples: but they were all afraid of him, and believed not that he was a disciple. 27 But Barnabas took him, and brought him to the apostles, and declared unto them how he had seen the Lord in the way, and that he had spoken to him, and how he had preached boldly at Damascus in the name of Jesus. 

      Those encouraging words changed history for the church and we now have an incredible amount of the New Testament written by Paul who now encourages us through the Holy Spirit.
      What if Jesus, through His encouraging words, had not brought Peter out of his guilt for denying Christ three times? John 21:17 He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, you know all things; you know that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep. 

      Jesus not only encouraged Peter but marked out his ministry for him and we know that Peter became a bold encourager in the Holy Spirit. Acts 4:14  Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus. Notice had been taken that they had been with Jesus who had encouraged these unlearned men into powerful men of God in the Holy Spirit by His words.
      Someone might say, "But that was Jesus, I am just me." Not so, we have Jesus living within our souls. The Spirit of God will guide us into all things that pertain to the wisdom and will of the Holy Spirit. Luke 12:12  For the Holy Ghost shall teach you in the same hour what ye ought to say.  We just have to be willing vessels of the Holy Spirit and willing to be ready with a blessing from our hearts and on our tongues that will change a person's life or perspective forever. Start at home and just go bless someone. Blessings.