When Saul arrived in Jerusalem, he tried to meet with the believers, but they were all afraid of him. They did not believe he had truly become a believer!
–Acts 9:26 NLT
Shortly after Saul’s conversion, he traveled to Jerusalem hoping to join the other disciples. However, they were doubtful of Saul’s sincerity because of his former persecution against the church. Fortunately, Barnabas, known as the “Son of Encouragement,” accepted and brought Saul to the apostles. Barnabas encouraged the others that their former enemy was now a friend. As a result, Saul was able to remain in Jerusalem, join the other apostles, and speak boldly in the name of the Lord.
At some point, you will face times of discouragement. Fortunately, through God’s Word, prayer and relationships with other believers, you will find comfort, support, and encouragement. If you are discouraged, do not allow feelings of loneliness to keep you from reaching out to others. Hebrews 10:24-25 (NIV) says, “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”
The enemy wants you to be held captive. However, God wants to encourage and strengthen you. He wants to set you free from the spirit of discouragement so you can live the victorious life He has in store for you. Be brave and reach out to others for help and encouragement.
- Pray for God to bring a Christian friend into your life.
- Turn to God with your feelings of loneliness.