Preach To Yourself!

Every now and then, we are faced with hardships and troubles; these are inevitable. We are all challenged in one way or the other. These troubles can be so depressing that we sometimes wanna give up out of hopelessness and self pity!

The pastor/prophet/song minister etc also face their own challenges- question is, who will preach to the preacher? who will prophesy to the prophet, who will motivate the motivator? We are all called to lead in different fields; yes, we are all anointed for different purposes and as leaders, we ought to know we will be faced with challenges. If we give up too easily, our assignments will be left undone.

Jesus in the garden of Gethsemane sought strength from his Father through his prayers, He was troubled and He despaired. As He went with some of His disciples to pray, He opened up about his distress. Matt. 26:37-38 “He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee along with him, and he began to be sorrowful and troubled. Then he said to them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.”

In this scenario, the deliverer Himself was troubled and who would have delivered Him? He turned to none other but GOD ALMIGHTY!

There are times you have to preach to yourself, there are moments you have to motivate yourself; speak to your spirit man and push it to stand strong in the LORD. You ought to minister the word of God, prayer and songs of praise and worship to encourage yourself in the LORD.

1 Samuel 30:6 “And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in the LORD his God.

Note that David did not find strength in himself, in his position, family/friends, even his surbodinates nor in his wealth but he found strength, he encouraged himself in the Lord his God! There comes seasons in life when all of these material stuff will mean nothing and one will require only the divine power of God to sail through the storms of life and that power is what David found by encouraging himself in God.

Jesus is the son of God, God’s beloved but He was troubled when the time drew near for Him to be crucified. David at the time had already been anointed to be the next of king of Israel but he was distressed; it doesn’t matter how anointed or powerful you are, when that time comes, remember the one who anointed you and made you powerful; subdue under his divine authority and you will find strength to stand tall!

When that season comes for you, pray, meditate on the word of God, sing songs of worship and praise; David said “i will bless the Lord at ALL TIMES (in the good and bad times), His praise shall continually be in mouth” Psalm 34:1

vs 4-6 “I prayed to the Lord, and he answered me. He freed me from all my fears. Those who look to him for help will be radiant with joy; no shadow of shame will darken their faces. In my desperation I prayed, and the Lord listened;he saved me from all my troubles.

Yes, anyone who shall call on the name of the LORD, shall be saved!

These troubles are not permanent, they are temporal and the glory to be revealed in us when we overcome is nothing to be compared to the present sufferings! The word of God describes our sufferings as light affliction; this reveals to us how powerful and able our God is! He sees our heaviest burdens as light and He says they are but for a moment! They are not permanent!

2 Corinthians 4:17 “For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever!” Encourage yourself in the LORD today! Blessings!Cynthia Clive-Encourage Yourself!

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