Encouragement – Receive it // Give it

Started off with a clip from “Facing the Giants” (http://www.wingclips.com/movie-clips/facing-the-giants/death-crawl)
Deut. 1:38,3:28, Isa. 35:3-4, Acts 11:20-24
– You know you’re in the Spirit when you are an encourager. That’s a sign that you’re walking with the Spirit.
– God has something for you to receive and somehting for you to give (Col. 4:5-8)
– sins purpose is to harden your heart (Heb. 3:12-13)
– discouragement is a thief, it steals vitality and contentment and brings self pity. It’s a result of blindness.

1. Get encouragement from God and His Word (Rom. 15:1-6)
  – don’t neglect the Scriptures which gives you encouragement
  – God needs you encouraged so you can encourage others
  – don’t stop getting in the Word, and don’t stop getting before God

2. Be confident in whom you have believed (2 Tim. 1:6-12)
  – I’m not trying to get victory, I’m following the One that’s already victorious

3. Stand (Eph. 6:10-18)
  – “be strong in the Lord” – not myself
  – stand in faith believing in the strength and armor of the Lord and pray

4. Keep on keeping on (Gal. 6:9, 2 Thess. 3:10-15)
  – it doesn’t matter the response of the world, my obedience to God remains the same – results are in the hands of God

5. Wait on the Lord and be patient (Isa. 40:25-31)
  – something supernatural happens when you wait on the Lord
  – “to wait” means to inter-twine – like a vine
  – Heb. 6:10-12

Ended with the song “Refuse To Be Denied” by Desperation Band (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ncM3bd_bv0g)