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Encouragement is Imparted by your lifestyle
There is a story of a monk who met a beggar while on his journey to a far away land.
This beggar, beholding the approaching Monk, held out his cup expecting mercy from the minister of the cloth. The monk saw this as an opportunity to do good service and so he reached down into his pockets expecting to have some pocket change but found no money. The beggar looked at him with dismay as if to say, can you please check your pockets again. Then the monk thought about the precious stone that he had tied into his waist. It was all that he had of value. It was the sum total of all that he possessed. That was akin to him parting with his last meal.
After some thought he came to a resolve that the beggar had a greater need than he did and he gave the beggar his only possession. With a relaxed countenance he turned and continued on his journey.
After a few paces he heard the beggar in the background crying out for more. He was astounded. Finally the beggar arrived at at the place were the monk stood and said, “Give me more? The monk was bewildered. After all he had given him all he had and this man had the audacity to ask for more!
But the beggar said, “Give me some of what inspired you to give me your most precious stone!
The beggar was inspired or encouraged to change and the monk was encouraged because he had gained a far greater reward. There is no greater miracle than to see a sinner born again and a backslider restored.
In Isaiah 58:12 the prophet says, “And they that shall be of thee shall build the old waste places: thou shalt raise up the foundations of many generations; and thou shalt be called, The repairer of the breach, The restorer of paths to dwell in.”
When you encourage you not only repair the breach but you are a restorer of paths to dwell in for your words goes into the deep pockets of contention that cries out for closure.
These foundations that are raised up may have been the result of situations and conditions that came upon you because of a generational curse that now stands between you and your tomorrow. These take the form of,
1. The anger that you are always fighting,
2. The inability to work with other folk; wants to sit by yourself all the way in the corner
3. The resentment you feel towards leader
4. The inability to take correction
5. The sexual sin and perversion that hinders you
6. the rejection that combat your soul that shows it’s effects inwardly in the form of,
1. self hatred and guilt, Gal.3:13
2. feeling of inadequacy and inferior, Rom.12:2 “And be not conformed …”
3. anxiety, Lk.12:11, 25, Phil.4:6, “Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication let your request be made known unto God”, 1Peter5:7 “Casting all your care".