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Text: Acts 4:33 - 37 (King James Version)
"Father, I am your servant, willing and desiring to be used to bless your people."
Acts 4:33 And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all.
Acts 4:34 Neither was there any among them that lacked: for as many as were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the prices of the things that were sold,
Acts 4:35 And laid them down at the apostles' feet: and distribution was made unto every man according as he had need.
Acts 4:36 And Joses, who by the apostles was surnamed Barnabas, (which is, being interpreted, The son of consolation,) a Levite, and of the country of Cyprus,
Acts 4:37 Having land, sold it, and brought the money,
and laid it at the apostles feet.
His name was Joses =Which means Exalted in Which is a derivative or variation of the name Joseph = Which means Let him add (The apostles named him Barnabas = which means The son of consolation,) = which means (Let him add Courage) (Consolation)
Consolation speaks of comfort, encouragement, exhortation, lifting up, cheering on.
I truly feel One of the greatest needs in the body of Christ is the ministry of encouragement
life itself has a way of draining you, and sapping you of cheer and joy,- and thats before we even talk about the spiritual element of our warfare with the devil. THat is just life in general
All around us tonight there are people who are hurting, people who are defeated, discouraged, depressed, there are people close to you who feel hopeless, and alone, Life's circumstances have beat them down, and many of them may be on the verge of giving up on everything and everybody. Well what do they need pastor?
They need a lift
Ask your neighbor: Can I get a lift?
Listen I am thankful for the calling that God has placed on my life, but more important than the mere title of Pastor or Prophet or Apostle or Evangelist is the ministry of lifting people. We are living in dangerous days people, and it is not necessarily the devil that has beaten these people into this dilemma. You see
People really don't care what your title or position is, what people want to know is: Do you care enough to take a little time and bend down and give them a lift.
At one time or another everyone needs encouragement, kings and queens, governors and presidents, Pastors, Sunday school teachers, Even apostles and prophets, need encouragement from time to time.
You may never be an Apostle, you may never go to a third world country and preach the gospel, you may never stand in the office of the prophet or pastor or evangelist, but you can be a people lifter.
Ecc 4:9-10 Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour.
10 For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up.
I came to this house tonight, to lift you up, to tell you ( You can make it, to tell you You can do it, to tell you never give up, don't quit, keep on believing, keep on confessing, keep on praying, keep on praising, ( I came as a Prophet of the Most High God to prophesy to you Thus Saith the Lord God of All Creation that your best days are ahead of you and your family, ) God is not a man that he should lie or the son of man that he should repent, if he said it he's gonna do it and if he spoke it he's gonna make it good. Take it to the 1st bank of heaven and cash this in.
I came to lift your head up, to change your perspective: I do not fully know what all of you are enduring for the sake of Christianity, But God does know and God is the rewarder. I came to encourage you! I came to tell you Don't throw in the towel yet.. in
Ps 121:1 David said. I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. God is coming to some ones rescue tonight. It may be an addiction. A lost loved one. It may me tormenting thought or a repetitive besetting sin that you just cannot get victory over Tonight is your night I stand before you as a prophet of the Lord!
Make a confession tonight and Tell your neighbor: Things are starting to look up
Heb 12:12 Heb 12:12 Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees;
Lift up the hands which hang down. As if from weariness and exhaustion. The hands fall by the side when we are exhausted with toil, or worn down by sickness and disease.
And the feeble knees. The knees also become enfeebled by long effort, and tremble as if their strength were gone. Courage and resolution may do much, however, to make them firm, and it is to this that the apostle exhorts those to whom he wrote. The hope of victory will do much to strengthen one almost exhausted in battle; the desire to reach home invigorates the frame of the weary traveler. So it is with the Christian. In persecution and sickness and bereavement, he may be ready to sink under his burdens. The hands fall, and the knees tremble, and the heart sinks within us. But confidence in God, and the hope of heaven, and the assurance that all this is for our good, will reinvigorate the enfeebled frame, and enable us to bear what we once supposed would crush us to the dust. A courageous mind braces a feeble body, and hope makes it fresh for new conflicts.
The Word Feeble in this Context of usage means:
AV-sick of the palsy 2, taken with palsy
3) to loosen, dissolve
5) suffering from the relaxing of the nerves, unstrung, weak of limb
6) tottering, weakened, feeble knees (Paralyzed)
This is what the devil tries to do to people is to Paralyze them, to fill them with fear and dread, and anxiety, to rob them of any hope for a brighter future, to drain them of the courage and the faith to stand and fight.
Our Ministry as The true anointed Sons and Daughters of God is to destroy the spirit of paralysis and break the spirit of fear and the attitude of despondency and to infuse faith and courage back into the Spirit.
The ministry of encouragement is a lifting ministry.
Jn 15:1-5 Jesus mentions 3 different conditions of branches
#1 The branch in him that beareth not fruit.
#2 The branch that beareth fruit
#3 The branch that abideth not in him.
There are 3 different responses to these 3 different
#3=Abideth not in him, (he is cast forth as a branch, withered, men gather them, cast them into the fire and they are burned.
#2=Beareth fruit (Purgeth, pruneth, that it may bring forth more fruit).
#1=In him but beareth not fruit (Taketh away).
I have mi interpreted this verse for many years Listen
This is where we see The ministry of lifting up.
Taketh away does not mean, get rid of, destroy, cast aside, --It means (Lift up, to raise upwards, to elevate,
1 Samuel 30:6 And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in the LORD his God.
It is true that everyone needs to know how to encourage themselves, but it is also true that we need to know how to encourage each other.
The ministry of encouragement is a ministry we are all called to.
The ministry of encouragement is something that will never expire.
Isa 35:3-7 3 Strengthen ye the weak hands, and confirm the feeble knees.
Notice it's encouragement and then healing, deliverance, spiritual renewal.
There was this outstanding characteristic in Barnabas life that caused the apostles to think of him as the encourager In so much that they surnamed him or nick named him (son of consolation).
Remember his name (Joses)= exalted. A derivative of Joseph= Let him add.
Well that is the requirements of an encourager
1 Now Peter and John went up together into the temple at the hour of prayer, being the ninth hour.
2 And a certain man lame from his mother's womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms of them that entered into the temple;
3 Who seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple asked an alms.
4 And Peter, fastening his eyes upon him with John, said, Look on us.
5 And he gave heed unto them, expecting to receive something of them.
6 Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee:
In the name
of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.
7 And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength.
8 And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God.
9 And all the people saw him walking and praising God:
10 And they knew that it was he which sat for alms at the Beautiful gate of the temple: and they were filled with wonder and amazement at that which had happened unto him.
This mans life was changed immediately because somebody gave him a lift:
The lame man looked at peter and john expected to receive something from them.
They had something to give him,
Tell your neighbor: look over here, I've got something.
I've got an anointing that will change your life, I've got some fire, I've got some peace and some joy.
#1 You have to have been lifted =(exalted) before you can exalt somebody else
2 Co 2:2-4
2 Grace be to you and peace from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
3 Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort;
4 Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.
#2 You have to have received something before you can give it.
Freely you have received, freely give.
Peter and John said to the lame man (Such as I have give I thee), In the name of Jesus Christ........
Galatians 6:2 Bear ye one anothers burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.
The ministry of encouragement is a round the clock job
When you truly have the spirit of encouragement in your life, you do not wait for people to get down, before you speak uplifting words,
If we had more encouragers on the Job we would have a lot less despondent, discouraged, stressed out, depressed, oppressed, people in the church and in the world.
Proverbs 12:25 Heaviness in the heart of man maketh it stoop: but a good word maketh it glad.
Proverbs 16:24 Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.
Proverbs 11:11 By the blessing of the upright the city is exalted: but it is overthrown by the mouth of the wicked.
Proverbs 10:11 The mouth of a righteous man is a well of life: but violence covereth the mouth of the wicked.
Isaiah 50:4 The Lord GOD hath given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary: he wakeneth morning by morning, he wakeneth mine ear to hear as the learned.
Unfortunately tonight we all know someone that needs to be encouraged and the truth of the matter is we have known it for quite some time but failed to do anything about it.. Can I see some hands of those individuals?
Fortunately God is giving us another chance!