In 1 Samuel 30:6 we read about a dire situation David finds himself in. He comes home from doing something the Lord told him to do, and he finds his family had just been taken captive and their home burned and his people are so enraged that they blame him and want to kill him for it.
Intense right? I can think of a ton of knee jerk reactions I might have if that were me, but what do we see David do? He doesn’t believe the lies that it’s all his fault, nor does he believe the lie that the Lord can’t or won’t intervene.
Instead, he immediately encourages himself in the Lord, which in turn enables him to go to the Lord and ask, what now God? What do you say I should do next?
It is so important to strengthen yourself in might in the inner man like David did and to trade your old habits for better ones so you have the courage to act on what the Lord tells you to do when you’re discouraged by your own desperate situation.
What will enable you to encourage yourself in the Lord like David, so you are able to turn to him and ask, and receive his answers about your next steps?
Truth! Truth will enable you. Knowing it, reading it, feeling it, experiencing it, hearing it, speaking it.
You don’t need anything fancy or any deep revelation to encourage yourself in the Lord. You just need truth.
So when you are in the middle of a situation that is too much, and too hard and too deep for you, start by speaking the truth you already know so you can then come to the Lord and receive the specific truth He has for your situation.
He’s not going to be able to give you anything new if you have chosen not to believe the truth He’s already given you.
If you’re not sure how to start encouraging yourself in the Lord, start with truths about Him. He is mighty to save (Psalms 101:8) He is merciful. (Psalm 116:5) He is kind. (Psalm 111:4 ) His love never fails. (1 Chronicles 16:34) He will not forsake you. (Deuteronomy 31:8) There is nowhere you can go away from His presence, (Psalm 139:5-12) nothing can snatch you out of his hand, (John 10:28) nothing can separate you from his love. (Romans 8:31-39)
These are not nice sayings. These are not trite catchphrases. These words are truth, and you can build your life on them. They are rock solid facts that cannot change.
When you catch a hold of them and begin believing them instead of the lies, you will be enabled to lift yourself above the lies the enemy keeps using to keep you from getting your next victory.
We constantly think God is the problem. We see things going wrong in our lives and we think “God said xyz about me and my life and it hasn’t come to pass, or I’m encountering this devastating obstacle, how can this be?” And we try to convince ourselves that He just needs to be reminded, or that we have to convince him to intervene.
When it is just us who need to be reminded of the truth He has already spoken, and it is just us who need an intervention for our unbelieving hearts to allow the truth He’s already spoken about Himself, us, and our situation to rule and reign in our hearts.
So encourage yourself in the Lord today. Go and speak truth. If you don’t know what the truth is for your situation, go find it. Ask the Lord to show you the truth about Himself, you, and your situations, and He will.
Speak it over yourself. Speak it back to your situation. Become familiar with the truth, become familiar with your promises. And believe Him when He talks to you. So when a situation arises that is too much for you, your kneejerk reaction is not to believe that God forgot you, or His promises, or doesn’t care. Your kneejerk reaction is not to be overwhelmed or give up or believe the lies the enemy or others would try to place on you. It is to speak truth, truth about God, truth about your situation, truth about you.
If you make this truth thing a habit, it will disable many of the attacks the enemy is currently using against you and give you the strength to keep going so you can keep getting direction from the Lord to reach your promised end and receive whatever miracles the Lord may use to get you there.
Davids story didn’t end with his home burned and his family taken captive, and his life ending because his people blamed him and killed him. His story did not end with the devastation the enemy had planned for him, it ended with total victory and restoration and that’s how the Lord wants your story to end too.
By Bri Lassiter
I’m married to my dearest friend of 8 years and mom to an energetic 6-year-old. My greatest joys come from traveling with my little family, cooking for appreciative recipients, learning herbalism and natural medicine, and every experience I get to have in prayer ministry. I’m an avid tea and book lover and can’t get enough of either. I love Jesus and the daily adventure that comes from walking in friendship with him as he arranges and rearranges my story.