DON’T DISCOURAGE PEOPLE FROM DOING THE WILL OF THE LORD. Note in the following verses the reference made to people discouraging the Israelites from doing God’s will and possessing the promised land He called them to enter into. You can read the full story in the books of Numbers and Deuteronomy, but this message isn’t about them and what happened. It’s about us and the fact we are called to LOVE AND ENCOURAGE AND HELP AND SUPPORT ONE ANOTHER IN BELIEVING IN, SEEKING, AND FOLLOWING THE LORD. And it is about NOT DISCOURAGING PEOPLE FROM FOLLOWING HIM AND FULFIILLING HIS WILL FOR THEIR LIVES!
“And wherefore discourage ye the heart of the children of Israel from going over into the land which the LORD hath given them?” Numbers 32:7
“Whither shall we go up? our brethren have discouraged our heart, saying, The people is greater and taller than we; the cities are great and walled up to heaven; and moreover we have seen the sons of the Anakims there.” Deuteronomy 1:28
Since the Lord called me some years ago to go out onto the road full-time for Him and ministry, people have tried at times to discourage me from doing God’s will instead of to encourage me. I myself in my pride, worry, selfishness, etc. have at times also discouraged people from doing God’s will. This is wrong, friend, and we must repent when we find we have done this and go forth doing our very best to love and encourage others to lovingly, humbly, faithfully follow the Lord and to fulfill His will for their lives each and every day and forevermore, AMEN!
The more I love, worship, adore, praise, serve, obey, and live to glorify the Lord, the more I read the Bible, the more I surrender myself to the will and leading of God’s Holy Spirit, the more I find myself loving and encouraging others as He desires us to do. Sometimes the Lord leads us to challenge and confront people with His truth when they are off course, but still this is to be done in His love and can be done in an encouraging way! Let us encourage others, my friend, to love and serve the Lord with all their hearts while we live to do the very same!