When Saul arrived in Jerusalem, he tried to meet with 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 “Son of Encouragement,” accepted and brought Saul to the apostles. Barnabas was able to encourage 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. 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 loves to see you living in discouragement. However, God wants to encourage you through His appointed encouragers. Be brave and reach out to others for help and encouragement. When you do, the spirit of discouragement shall flee, and you’ll become a believer of encouragement for others.
- Pray for God to bring a Christian friend, an anointed encourager, into your life who can help lead you out of discouragement.
- Ask the Holy Spirit to empower you to be an encourager to those who need hope, help, and most of all an encouraging friend.