"Now why are you DISCOURAGING the sons of Israel from crossing over into the land which the LORD has given them? Numbers 32:7
Moses rebuked the tribes that were DISCOURAGING their brothers from getting their inheritance. People are going to DISCOURAGE you from fully living for the Lord and getting the blessing. How? By not living fully for the Lord themselves and acting like that’s the norm. Or even worse, like it’s cool! By calling themselves a believer but living like an unbeliever.
I have been thinking about character. God wants believers to be noble. Honorable. Excellent. Living to the highest standard! He wants us to ENCOURAGE it in our brothers and sisters.
The ENCOURAGING thing is when someone comes alongside and helps you live for the Lord. When you are called to a higher standard! One day we will enter into our inheritance. It would be good to live like it now.
Two things strike me about the future day. One, it will be a day of filled with noble people because God will conform us to the Lord Jesus. Two, it will be a day of encouragement! Can’t wait!
Behold, a king will reign righteously
And princes will rule justly.
Each will be like a refuge from the wind
And a shelter from the storm,
Like streams of water in a dry country,
Like the shade of a huge rock in a parched land.
Then the eyes of those who see will not be blinded,
And the ears of those who hear will listen.
The mind of the hasty will discern the truth,
And the tongue of the stammerers will hasten to speak clearly.
No longer will the fool be called noble,
Or the rogue be spoken of as generous.
For a fool speaks nonsense,
And his heart inclines toward wickedness:
To practice ungodliness and to speak error against the LORD,
To keep the hungry person unsatisfied
And to withhold drink from the thirsty.
As for a rogue, his weapons are evil;
He devises wicked schemes
To destroy the afflicted with slander,
Even though the needy one speaks what is right.
But the noble man devises noble plans;
And by noble plans he stands.
The wilderness and the desert will be glad,
And the Arabah will rejoice and blossom like the crocus
It will blossom profusely
And rejoice with rejoicing and shout of joy.
The glory of Lebanon will be given to it,
The majesty of Carmel and Sharon.
They will see the glory of the LORD,
The majesty of our God.
ENCOURAGE the exhausted,
and strengthen the feeble.
Say to those with anxious heart,
"TAKE COURAGE, fear not.
Behold, your God will come with vengeance;
The recompense of God will come,
But He will save you."
Then the eyes of the blind will be opened
And the ears of the deaf will be unstopped.
Then the lame will leap like a deer,
And the tongue of the mute will shout for joy.
For waters will break forth in the wilderness
And streams in the Arabah.
I’m looking forward to fully claiming my inheritance because the lord Jesus purchased it for me. Until then, I want to live full out for God. Let’s encourage one another toward that end!
More than anything I would like to encourage you in your walk with God!