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December 26, 2018 | Daily Devotionals | December 26, 2018

If Not Me, Who


“For even if I boast somewhat freely about the authority the Lord gave us for building you up rather than pulling you down, I will not be ashamed of it.”   2 Corinthians 10:8

The Holy Spirit gives believers the exclusive authority to encourage other believers.  No one else can provide this service to your brothers and sisters in Christ.

In other words, a Christian is the Holy Spirit’s only officially endorsed and sanctioned ambassador of encouragement to God’s sons and daughters.  He is looking for us to shoulder this responsibility personally, proudly, and powerfully to defeat discouragement and unfaithfulness in our spiritual family.

By definition, unwholesome exchanges between believers involve tearing down versus building up.  The Holy Spirit inside a believer helps to deliver targeted and helpful words that impact the heart of other believers to fit their situation. Spirit-filled encouragement says no to unhelpful or self-serving comments in order to say yes to directed support.

This means listening well so we can encourage well.  This means being okay with another believer’s success and blessings in the midst of our own failures or tough times, knowing that God is working all things toward His purpose, good and bad.  It means overcoming jealousy, envy, conflicts, and personality differences through the healing work and security the Holy Spirit provides.  We are a walking, talking suit of clothes for the Holy Spirit.

Who else can give Holy Spirit encouragement other than someone who is under the influence of the Holy Spirit? “Be ye filled with the Holy Spirit”


Father, thank you for honoring your promise to fill me.

 

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