Anonymous asked: How is being an encourager a gift?
"We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully." -Romans 12:6-8
“Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.” -1 Thessalonians 5:11
God gives us all gifts. To share our love, show love to one another.
Encouraging others is uplifting, motivating, and comforting others in their time of need.
Encouragement helps others in their walk with Jesus. It keeps them going through the hardships in life.
There are people who have this gift and are drawn to help console others when they’re hurting or suffering, or motivate others to pursue their walk in faith.
So if you have this gift you should share it to everyone possible! It’s a gift from God :)
Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn, your vindication like the noonday sun. (Psalm 37:3-6 NIV)
By loving God above all else, our desires will become what he desires for us. Then our greatest longing will be to confirm our lives to his will.
"Perserverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” James 1:4
"…until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ." Ephesians 4:13
What is a mature Christian like?
A mature Christian is continually growing in Christ, constantly thinking and acting more like him. Though Christians may never be perfect while living in a sinful world, God’s goal still is that we become like Christ.
"For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers." Romans 8:29
Through prayer, Bible study, Christian fellowship and other spiritual disciplines a mature Christian centers his or her life on Christ.
“But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever! Amen.” 2 Peter 3:18
Anonymous asked: How do you pray. I'm not sure of I'm doing it right? Help?
Prayer. The best passage I can think of to describe this, Matthew 6:5-15
"And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. But she you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen.Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for the think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. "
"This, then, is how you should pray:
" ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed by your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.’
For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.” Matthew 6:5-15 (NIV)
When we pray for our own problems, we simply talk to God. Humble yourself before him, talk to him as though he is your best friend who you tell everything to. That is what he wants. Thank him for everything he has given you, pray for others, your friends and family, pray for this world- the unreachable. God knows everything before we ask, but when we pray it’s meant to nurture our relationship with God. Prayer can change us rather than the situation, reinforcing our confidence in God’s grace and sufficiency and realigning our will with his. God asks us to pray to make it known to ourselves and to God, that we are relying fully on him. We want his will to take place, and let him help change ours. God invites himself to involve ourselves in his work by praying.