Mountain Moving Monday

Monday, February 18, 2013

But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.” (Hebrews 3:13)

Word Study: Exhort

The original meaning of exhort is taken from the Greek word PARAKALEO, which means to call near or to one’s side, to invite, console, to call to one’s aid, to beseech.

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

We have to be near one another to exhort. We can’t expect it to happen on a Sunday morning or once a week. To call to one’s side and console, calls for the body of believers to be near each other. Often. Daily. Living in the spread out world of today, technology has made it easier to connect through email, Facebook, or Skype. These tools can work with us, instead of against us when we cannot be physically near one another.

The scripture above calls us to exhort or encourage each other NOW; while we have the time, in order to help us avoid the deceitfulness of sin. Sometimes we may not be able to see that we’re headed for danger, but when we have close brothers and sisters near us, exhorting and admonishing us in the Lord, we can potentially avoid satan’s snares and attacks.

As sisters in Christ, we should be bearing one another’s burdens (Galatians 6:2) as well as praying for, watching out for, and strengthening each other (Luke 22:31-32)…Daily.

Who can you call, text, Skype, send a card to, email, check up on, get groceries for, pray for, pray with, take your children to the playground with, listen to, invite to your home for lunch or dinner or just to talk to, prevent from making a big mistake, encourage, have coffee with, study the Bible with, comfort…today?


Dear Lord, remind us to look beyond ourselves and call out to someone today. We want to exhaust the thought that’s it all about us, and see the need to console and comfort others. Show us how to appropriately reach out – not to boast of what we’ve done – but to proclaim how fellowship brings You glory and detaches us from the treachery of sin. May we be outward reaching today, Lord, as you inwardly empower us. In Jesus’ trustworthy name we pray, Amen.

How will you exhort others 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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