Giving Encouragement from God’s Word

lightstock_203885_medium_user_4877842There’s something lacking in the church today. A brother in Christ brought it up during Sunday School and then it was mentioned again in another class setting. We as Christians seem to have lost the ability, or perhaps desire, to share God’s word to meet a fellow believer’s circumstance. Who was the last person to share a verse from scripture that met your need? It’s so easy to just give trite, routine words of encouragement or tell someone you’ll pray for them. How long has it been since we have prayed and sought the Lord for a word from His Word to share with a struggling brother or sister in Christ?

I love getting that text from a friend sharing verses that they knew would be an encouragement to me. If you are going to correct me don’t let it be with your own opinion but show me the error of my way from the Bible. Even though I may not be happy with being rebuked by God’s word at first, God will use it eventually in my heart. In the end, I am always thankful for the person who brought the reproof to me.

Getting a word of encouragement from the Lord for someone requires us to be in the Word and to be on our knees asking specifically. Maybe that is the reason so few do it. We’ve let Facebook memes posted on a friend’s wall be our source of comfort and caring. It’s a lot easier and not as time consuming as sitting down with our Bibles and sharing a verse, or typing out a text or email.

Psalm 119 tells us over and over so many things that God’s word does. Let us use it to comfort a grieving friend, to revive a hard heart and to give guidance to someone who has lost their way. May we take the time this week to minister God’s word to a friend in need.

Behold the King of Glory by Russ Ramsey [Book Review]

Russ RamseyHave you ever wondered between the words, places and events of scripture? Perhaps asking yourself why did the disciples respond this way? What could it have been like for John the Baptist in prison? Behold the King of Glory by Russ Ramsey is a narrative on the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Beginning with the healing of the nobleman’s son and ending with the hope of the King of Glory who is making all things new in Revelation, the author gives us a detailed account of the conversations, ministry and miracles of Christ including those after His resurrection.

Mr. Ramsey shares the historical and cultural context with a descriptive language that adds a freshness to Christ’s story. For those who have grown up in church or have read their Bible we know the outcome of each miracle. Yet I was still captivated by every account the author penned. He places scripture references throughout so that the reader may know where to find the story in the Bible. It contains 40 chapters with the thought of it being used as a devotional for the season of Lent. The author writes:

Jesus didn’t go through all that suffering just for his own victory over the grave. He did this for the rescue of those who would believe in him as well. Through the messy lives of those who could love him and fail him in the same breath, he would bring rivers of the grace of God to a thirsty world, and their stories would be eternally, inextricably joined to his, world without end.

This book is a great tool to give an unbeliever who is seeking to know more about Christ. It would also be a thoughtful gift for someone who never tires of reading the story of Christ. You can download a free study guide for the book here.

I received this book from Crossway Publishers in exchange for a honest review.