God Our Encourager
Write the Reflection Scripture or say it out loud.
What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?
Romans 8:31-32 ESV
Imagine for a moment you are a player in a high school football game. Consider the entire scene.
At first glance the opposing team seems too large to overcome. See them standing across the field, ready to begin the battle.
Now listen, do you hear them? The band playing, the fans clapping, the cheerleaders chanting your name. Glance over to the sideline at your coach, his face full of confidence in you. Remember the time and energy sacrificed to instill in you the strength to endure.
God is all this and more. In every moment of our journey God is for us. Cheering us on. Do you believe it? Really believe it? God always your cheerleader, always playing your fight song… always… always… on your side.
What team do you find yourself up against? Something that feels too big to conquer? What song is God using to encourage you? How is He cheering you on? coaching you?
What in all the world could prevail against you? Against God?
Now imagine winning the game. Look back…
Did encouragement make a difference? How?
Oh friend, do you know? Have you heard? The ultimate Encourager was willing to sacrifice His own Son for your victory? What then is left to say?
Ask God to fully instill this truth into your heart and bless you with the faith to live it out each and every moment of every day.
Read Romans 16:25-27
God’s primary sources of encouragement: His Word (written and Jesus), His Spirit, His people.
The three forms of encouragement: Inspire, Come Alongside, Spur On.
What source(s) of encouragement are found in this passage?
What form(s) of encouragement is used?
Both the Old and New Testament are mentioned as sources of encouragement. Concerning the gospel, one contains the questions (OT) the other the answers (NT).
What encouragement do you find in the meshing of the old and new covenant? Explain.