1 Samuel 30:6 “But David encouraged and strengthened himself in the Lord.”

We all love life when it’s going well. As people believe in and encourage us we advance easily. In these seasons we often feel that we could take on anything and win. On the other hand, when life is less encouraging, our progress can be a little more difficult to achieve.

David held a key to making progress through the less encouraging seasons of life. Our verse takes place when David was in distress and about to be stoned by his own people. It says that he “encouraged and strengthened himself in the Lord.” In other words David became his own personal cheerleader of God in his life.

In some seasons we need to cheer ourselves on. Others may not notice what God has been doing for us but we do. These are the times when we open up our mouths and declare God’s goodness like David would. “Come on I know I can do it, I can overcome. God helped me slay the lion, slay the bear so now lets go slay this Goliath!”

We become a cheerleader of God in our life. As we cheer, others will start to join in. Before we know it there will be a whole team all cheering God together!

So take up the challenge and become your own personal cheerleader. Start declaring God’s goodness in your life. Keep cheering until a whole team of people surrounds you. You will be helping others as you help yourself. This is what the gospel is all about. Have the greatest week cheerleading yourself to success.

A Very Great Future…

Job 8:7 “Then, although your beginnings were small, your future will be VERY GREAT INDEED”

We are at the beginning of the 2nd half of 2012. Even though the new year seems only days ago, 6 months has actually passed by. At the start of this year we encouraged you that “Jesus has already gone into 2012 to prepare the way for you!” You can read about this on our BLOG POST [Click Here]. Now we are at the ½ way mark of the year.

This verse becomes very timely today. It says that this years beginning may seem small but the remainder is going to be VERY GREAT INDEED. Now that sounds awesome to me! Over the previous 6 months we saw that God did great, wonderful and mighty things for every one of us. Remember though, that they are small in comparison to what He wants to produce in the final portion of 2012.

Jesus has prepared 6 VERY GREAT months ahead for us. We must keep advancing, obeying Him and giving our life to His purpose. As we do this we obtain a future that is VERY GREAT INDEED. It is available, so let’s go get it!

Our key to apprehending this future is to not falter in our progress. Today, let’s commit to staying tuned to the voice of the Holy Spirit, obedient to God’s Word and in love with the Father. The result will be that 2012’s small beginnings will end up VERY GREAT INDEED as our year draws to a close!