Today's reading

When Saul arrived in Jerusalem, he tried to meet with believers, but they were all afraid of him. They did not believe he had truly become a believer! –Acts 9:26 NLT

September 24, 2023

Son of Encouragement

When Saul arrived in Jerusalem, he tried to meet with believers, but they were all afraid of him. They did not believe he had truly become a believer! –Acts 9:26 NLT

Shortly after Saul’s conversion, he traveled to Jerusalem, hoping to join the other disciples. However, they were doubtful of Saul’s sincerity because of his former persecution against the church. Fortunately, Barnabas, known as the “Son of Encouragement,” accepted and brought Saul to the apostles. Barnabas was able to encourage the others that their former enemy was now a friend. As a result, Saul was able to remain in Jerusalem, join the other apostles, and speak boldly in the name of the Lord.

At some point, you will face times of discouragement. Fortunately, through God’s Word, prayer, and relationships with other believers, you will find comfort, support, and encouragement. Hebrews 10:24-25 (NIV) says, “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the day approaching.”

The enemy loves to see you living in despair. However, God wants to reassure you through His appointed encouragers. Be brave and reach out to others for support. When you do this, the spirit of discouragement shall flee, and you’ll become a source of inspiration for others.

prayer focuses

Pray for God to bring a Christian friend, an anointed encourager, into your life who can help lead you out of discouragement.

Ask the Holy Spirit to empower you to encourage those who need hope, help, and, most of all, a supportive friend.

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Barbara Alpert

Barbara was a wife, mother, and grandma who sought to love the LORD with all her heart, soul & strength. She has authored several books for adults and children. She has enjoyed mentoring other writers and seeing them turn their manuscripts into published masterpieces for God's glory. She believed that every person has a God-story within them to be told and shared. Barbara passed away peacefully in November 2023, but Bayside continues to remember and honor her legacy by sharing devotionals written by her in order to inspire and encourage others.