Webster defines encourage as a verb which means to inspire with courage, spirit, or hope. One who is encouraged is reinforced or strengthened. We learn from David that as a great leader we must encourage ourselves in the Lord. In I Samuel 30:6 he encouraged himself instead of falling prey to the enemy of his soul and the enemies surrounding him. Fighting the battles we face are often done so with great victory when we encourage ourselves in the Lord.
My best friend and biggest supporter wrote an article about being Dis-encouraged. I know dis-encouraged is not a word - but it is the thought of being the opposite of encouraged. When you look up the prefix dis in Webster you will find it means to do the opposite of something. Many times instead of being encouraged about the goodness of God and all His blessings we become dis-encouraged. Life's circumstances and our surroundings seem bigger when we are dis-encouraged. We must use David as an example and remember to encourage ourselves in the Lord. Because with Him we can do ALL things! So, read this article and be encouraged!