Have you ever gone to church or to a friend, and you were so down that you felt like you just didn’t have much to give? And then when you left, you even had less? Well, this shouldn’t be. We are to encourage one another and build each other up (1 Thessalonians 5:11; 1 Peter 4:8-10). We are not to tear each other down with our words. Likewise, we are not to abandon brothers and sisters in the Lord who need help.
It has been said that the Christian army is the only army that kills its wounded. This sounds harsh, but many times it is true. Often when a Christian falls into trouble or sin, we can’t wait to get on the phone and start calling around to have others “pray.” I wonder sometimes what we enjoy the most – the calling or the praying. Ask yourself this question: Do I pray first or call first and pray later?
A lady once told me that everyone in her church thought she was a great prayer warrior. They trusted her with their problems and secrets because they knew she would pray. She said the reality of the situation was this. She stayed so busy talking to people about their problems and calling others to pray about the problems that she rarely prayed herself. One day she realized that instead of being a person of prayer, she had slowly turned into a person of gossip.
Satan is a deceiver and the king of deception. Sometimes he can get us so wrapped up in the process of doing good that the process becomes more important than the purpose.
Today I want to encourage you. You may have problems in your life. God’s promise does not say there will be no mountains (problems) in our path. His promise gives us the authority to remove the mountains as we encounter them (Mark 11:23).
Just because things look like they are going wrong in your life, it doesn’t mean you are not in the will of God or that you are a bad person and have done something drastically wrong. The Bible says, “Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers [us] out of them all” (Psalm 34:19). So don’t accept the guilt that some people may try to put on you. Do not walk by what you see but walk according to what God has promised. Remember, “We walk by faith, not by sight” (2 Corinthians 5:7).
Let me also encourage you to build up someone else today. Pray for another person. If you know of someone who is having financial problems, pray for them. If you know of someone who is sick, pray for their healing. If you know of someone who needs their family to be healed, pray for them. Don’t condemn them. Don’t spread rumors. Pray for them. Be an encourager. Don’t bring others down. Lift them up.