Over the past six weeks we have been talking about purpose using the following acronym:
P-Plan, Pray, Pursue
U-Unlearn and Unite
S-Submit and Surrender
Today we are going to look at the word encourage. As we are preparing to fulfill our purpose, we can’t forget to encourage ourselves along the way. One of the definitions for encourage is to inspire with courage, spirit, or confidence. In 1 Samuel 30:6, we see that after returning to the city of Ziklag and finding it burned and the wives taken captive, David was distressed. Although he was with his boys, he had to encourage himself in the Lord. The Hebrew word for distressed is yatsar, which has the idea of mind and imagination. It also means to squeeze or bind. So we can deduce that David was in mental distress, bound by negative emotions. Yet, he chose to encourage himself. The Hebrew word for encourage yourself is yithechazeq, and is taken from the Hebrew word chazeq which means to strengthen yourself like a rock. In other words, to bind yourself with God. As we are on this journey of walking in purpose, we may encounter stumbling blocks, disappointments, uncertainties, and even fear. It is during this time we must bind ourselves with God. Galatians 6:9 reminds us to not grow weary in well doing, for in due season we will reap if we don’t faint. We must remember to be strong and of good courage; not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord our God is with us wherever we go (Joshua 1:9). Although it would be great to receive encouragement from friends and family, sometimes we just have to say as David said in Psalm 43:5- Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God; For I shall yet praise Him, The help of my countenance and my God.
So let’s recap. To walk in purpose, we need to first pray, then plan and pursue the purpose based on the strategy that God has given. Next we need to unlearn those things that don’t line up with what God says-i.e. you’ll never be successful, you can’t do this, you’re too old or too young-and then unite with what God says. We have to remember that we were not meant to do life alone, so we need to recruit the right people that will help us fulfill our purpose. We have to be like Jesus and take ownership of our purpose. He knew that he was sent for the lost, and we have to know that our purpose is designed to benefit a certain group of people too. Submission and surrender to doing things God’s way are critical. Whenever we try to do things our own way, we will find ourselves going in circles until we yield to God. Lastly, don’t get distracted by the obstacles, but simply encourage yourself in the Lord.
You can check out the videos from this series on our YouTube channel: Come Up Higher Ministries. I charge you to go live life on purpose! Until next week…
Be blessed, but first comes obedience!