The Power of Encouragement

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Adapted from an article by Mac Lake (www.maclakeonline.com) —

Has someone ever walked up to you and given spoken words of encouragement to you.  As the words came out of their mouth something powerful took place inside of you.  There was a transformation that happened inside of you. You were motivated and inspired to achieve greatness. These types of interactions should remind us of the power of encouragement.

Why is it leaders so often neglect using this powerful tool?

Just prior to entering the Promise Land God told Moses, “But commission Joshua and ENCOURAGE and strengthen him for he will lead this people across and will cause them to inherit the land.” (Deuteronomy 3:28) In a very critical moment in this young leaders life God reminded Moses to encourage him.  The Hebrew word for encourage is chazaq which means, “to make strong or firm”. Encouragement has power.

Here are 7 things encouragement will do for those we lead:

1)  It helps them see the work God is doing in or through their life.

2)  It motivates them to continual improvement.

3)  It enhances their confidence and courage.

4)  It expands their vision.  When they know the progress they’ve made has been recognized    and appreciated it causes them to dream bigger.

5)  It validates their giftedness.  Most people struggle with clarity in the area of their giftedness.  A specific word of encouragement can help bring needed confirmation.

6)  It creates relational bonds between the leader and follower.

7)  It teaches them to encourage others.

Points to ponder…

  • How can I sow seeds of specific encouragement to individuals this week and watch it strengthen them?
  • How will my words of encouragement build the group (team) of people that I am leading?
  • How will my words of encouragement help those I am leading grow in their relationship with Christ?

Prayer point…

Ask God to help you be a constant encourager of those you are leading so that you can help make them strong.

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