Please read this carefully… we must be encouraging and empower others!
The Lord never said anything like, “but, only if you want to.” He commands us to be the encouragement and empowering force for those we love and even for our enemies.
What? I have to encourage and empower my enemies?
Yes, the Bible says so…
44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.
Matthew 5:44-45, NIV
7 Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.
1 John 4:7, NIV
Empowering others does have its advantages though. We receive a healthy dose of the Lord’s empowerment and encouragement also. When we pray for each other, God does work in our lives and the lives of those that we are praying for.
Empowering People Struggling with Addiction
Empowering someone struggling with addiction might appear to be even more difficult than empowering our enemies.
After all, the addict has decided to struggle, right?!
Why should we care?
Who says we need to empower and encourage addicts?
Well, God did!
We are called to encourage each other and that includes addicts.
5 You are all children of the light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness. 6 So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be awake and sober. 7 For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, get drunk at night. 8 But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet. 9 For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. 10 He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him. 11 Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.
1 Thessalonians 5:5-11, NIV
Paul was talking about the church being sober, but what if empowering and encouraging an addict caused them to turn to God?
This would glorify Him and Save them, all at once.
We would be working together for the glory of His Kingdom.
Coming Together Is Empowering
Isolation can be triggers for someone struggling with addiction. We must work together with them, so they are more empowered by His strength and not fall back into temptation.
We come together to support and help each other through crises, trauma, and daily routines. When isolated for too long, we tend to forget what it’s like to work together to find His strength.
We need to be together some of the time to be encouraged, empowered, and reminded of His never-failing love.
Finding joy in gathering is not difficult. When two or more people come together to help each other, there is empowering hope. As we read in the Bible…
“For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.”
Matthew 18:20, NIV
Discouraging words are not a part of God’s vocabulary. He desires that we seek His strength so that we can empower others.
God’s desire is that His children work together to share in His love.
When His children are at each other’s throats, it’s discouraging to each person and troubles God.
We are all His children.
We were all made in His image (Genesis 1:27).
AND the adoption into His family causes us to find pure joy. When we become His sons and daughters, He encourages us so that we can encourage each other.
There is a cost to not follow His commands!
The Cost of Not Empower and Encourage Others
God is hidden from us if we follow a discouraging pathway. He cannot be easily found while we are busy discouraging each other.
Therefore, be encouraging and empowering to everyone you meet.
Bless people with your words, especially addicts. When we shun them, they are more likely to remain inside of their addiction.
If we cannot empower and encourage each other, how can God show us how encouraging and empowering He is?
When He shows us His empowering love, we must be in the right mindset to see it. And then, share with others.
Therefore, we must strive to encourage each other.
Empowerment is not something that takes away from our own power. As a matter of fact, it causes us to find His power and strength. We are empowered with every empowering action in our lives.
His Power for Their Empowerment
Empowering each other causes God’s power to flow through us. Addiction is an isolating and debilitating disease and when an addict hears words of encouragement, they will not forget them.
They may not turn away right then, but the seed is planted, and the Holy Spirit will empower them to find an addiction FREE life.
I am living proof of this. My grandmother was my empowering force.
Who will you empower today?
When our friends and/or family need to find hope, our encouraging words will empower them to learn who God is to them. God is love… to everyone.
The loving power of God flows rapidly through empowering acts. Watch, as you empower a coworker, friend, or family member and see His love and power shine through these acts.
Our human power is not enough to empower each other. Which means we need God’s power. Since He is the all-powerful God, it makes perfect sense to seek His power and help others to find it also.
Empowering the World Through Encouragement
How many of us know what it feels like to have someone put us down, rain on our parade, or burst our bubble?
Well, I am here to tell you that someone desires to change all of that for every single reader here.
I hope to share the love of God with as many people as possible in as little time as possible.
Always remembering that His timing might not be my timing and that is more than okay.
God has shown me, through the Covid-19 shut-downs, that reaching people might be different than it used to be.
This is good and bad…
Bad because, I do enjoy hugs and handshakes, but they are frowned upon right now. Good because, I can even reach people internationally.
God knows what we are all going through, and His desire is that we turn to Him for strength and love.
Encouragement Takes Courage is the title of my new book. It does take courage to be encouraging.
Because some people are not going to accept our encouraging words and that needs to be okay with us. Addicts will tell us to go to hell or don’t bother, etc.
We need to be as empowering as my grandmother was. She prayed for me for almost 25 years… EMPOWERING!
We need to be willing to accept rejection if it happens to us.
Just remember that God loves when we are encouraging.
Rejection is not as harsh when I am blogging these words to others. However, I am sure that someone is not going to accept these words, somewhere.
And that is okay with me. I will find out who does not accept the words of my blogs and then pray for them…
Not to accept my words, but to accept His Word!
To me, this is a win-win situation.
Empowering Through Blogging
By blogging it appears that I can reach more people than through my community and books, etc. I sure do hope this is true.
I will continue to write books, articles, etc., and I will know that more people can hear His word through what I write, and this is exciting to me.
For some strange reason, I have been putting off writing, in general. But He got my attention because I could no longer work in the industry that I used to simply because of Covid-19 and the dangers, I have asthma.
I never thought this day would come. I am here allowing God to use me to write encouragement and to empower His beautiful people. I am more than humbled by this.
It is a blessing to be allowed to coach, write blogs, books, etc. for the purpose of honoring God. I hope and pray that each person who reads this is encouraged and finds His hope in their lives.
Encouragement Takes Courage
Remember, the book is titled Encouragement Takes Courage: Building Each Other Up in Him and it is now available through Amazon.
Please leave a review of the book on which ever site you read it from.
One final thought before I sign off…
Remember that addicts would be some of the people that Jesus would have hung out with during His earth ministry…
I’m just saying!
Thank you and God bless and keep you always!
Encouragement Takes Courage: Building Each Other Up in HIM by Christine C Sponsler M-Div, MA, CLC
Sponsler Ink and Encouraging Circle of Life-Coaching