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THE ENCOURAGER

THE ENCOURAGER

THE ENCOURAGER

SOUL-LIFT DAILY DEVOTIONAL WITH DR D.M. TIKILI.

DATE: MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 20 2021.

TOPIC: THE ENCOURAGER

DEVOTIONAL READING: Acts 9

KEY VERSE: 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. (Acts 9:27).

BIBLE CHARACTER IN VIEW: BARNABAS

By any reasonable standard, it was a mismatch of wits that could have spelled disaster for the church. Saul (later Paul), the refined intellectual, forceful Pharisee and Roman citizen, now claimed to be a Christian, and he wanted to meet the leaders at Jerusalem. Everyone except Barnabas smelled a plot. If Saul was faking it, the heart of the church would be vulnerable.

Barnabas cast worry to the wind and went into the city to meet this new brother in CHRIST. It was Barnabas’ faith in the power of GOD that sent him. It was his willingness to believe the best of each person that won him a reputation as encourager throughout the early church.

We need such people today. Most people in most churches do not know each other well and are unsure how to make friends.

That’s one of the reasons most church hallway conversations has to do with weather and sports –very safe. With a Barnabas in the church – an encourager of the saints-people begin to open up, conversation digs deeper, people begin to trust each other, and the mission of the church is recovered.

What ailing brother or sister can you boost with a phone call or a gesture of acceptance, hospitality, or help?

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Believing The Best About People Is Really Believing In God’s Power To Renew A Life- Any Life, All Kinds Of People.

FURTHER STUDY: Acts 4:36-37; 9:27-15:39; 1 Corinthians 9:6; Galatians 2:1,9,13; Colossians 4:10.

PROPHETIC DECLARATION:

  1. Thank the Lord for the renewed word today.
  2. Ask God to make you and encourager as Barnabas.
  3. Every enemy of my salvation, scatter and die in the Name of Jesus.
  4. Ancient evil covenants of my bloodline, affecting my life and destiny, break in Jesus Name. Amen!

Be Lifted!

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