Mountain Moving Monday

Monday, February 04, 2013

And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in the LORD his God.” (1 Samuel 30:6)

Word Study: Encourage

The original meaning of encourage is taken from the Hebrew word CHAZAQ, which means to withstand, seize, be strong, strengthen, cure, become mighty, be recovered, to bind, to conquer.

Let’s look at the word encourage in the scripture above to see how it applies to our lives.

David’s men were upset and bitter towards him because of the loss of their families. They blamed him for having to go to Achish, leaving their city unguarded, thereby causing many to be taken captive. Their rage towards David caused him great distress. Even though he suffered too with his family being taken captive, he did not lash out in anger. David found strength in the Lord, and girded himself up powerfully.

We may find that we cannot lean on others to comfort and encourage us when we need it most…because they very well may be going through something and only see the pain in their own lives; and that’s okay. We can’t be upset when others grieve and don’t reach out to us. We will have to seize any thoughts of disdain and discouragement. We will have to become mighty within ourselves and find strength from the Spirit. What we must learn is to move mountains of misery, by encouraging ourselves as David did.

We do this by acknowledging that it’s not our strength that we’re leaning on, but the Lord’s. We can’t handle hardships without Him, so it’s only right to lean on Him.

Move Grief, by Glorifying God!
Move Unemployment, by giving Him the Utmost praise!
Move Selfishness, by honoring the Savior!
Move the Enemy out of your life, by Encouraging yourself in the Lord!

Have you ever been blamed for someone else’s unhappiness? Have you ever thought your pain was greater than the next persons? Encourage yourself today and realize that the strength needed to get through the storm is found in the Lord.


Dear Lord, sometimes when the day is over we realize that we are left to encourage ourselves; not because others didn’t care or hate us, but some people may have been too busy to recognize another person’s pain. We pray right now God begging you to strengthen us. Empower us with your Spirit that reminds us to encourage ourselves when we feel low. Teach us to follow the example of Jesus who often sought you when He was overwhelmed, distraught, or tired. God we encourage ourselves in you. We don’t wait on it to come from others. Thank you Lord for never leaving us. In Jesus’ holy name we pray, Amen.

How will you encourage yourself to move mountains today?

*Word definitions taken from the Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance*

The purpose of S.W.A.P. Ministries is to encourage women to live, not just exist, and learn how to be bold about sharing the gospel of Christ to others.

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