Need encouragement?

Very often, when someone preaches a sermon warning of judgment to come, their purpose is to encourage, not frighten.

In 1 Kings Chapter 16, the prophet Elijah prayed for no rain. He prayed for famine, calamity and hardship because he wanted to encourage Israel to repent of its sins and return to God.

Encouragement often comes when people are so burdened and grieved by sin they decide to do something about it.

If you are grieved by sin, it’s time to do something about it. You need to repent and obey the gospel. The apostle Peter said, “Repent ye, therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord (Acts 3:19).

Elijah preached to get people off the fence. In 1 Kings 18:21, he asked, ““How long are you going to be paralyzed by indecision?” Generally, we get discouraged because we want to sit on an uncomfortable fence instead of making a commitment to the Lord. Maybe, it’s time for you to make a decision.

Elijah called for fire, and fire came. But, the fire proved God’s desire for people to repent and change.

Need to repent and seek encouragement? Repent and obey God today!

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