You Can Do It


1 CHRONICLES 28:9-20

Pastor J McNair

David is getting ready to turn the reign of the kingdom to Solomon. David's desire is to build a house for God but God would not allow him to because he had been a man of war. God was going to allow Solomon to build the house that David desired to build and David is here telling Solomon --

Four of the most powerful words in all the world are -- YOU CAN DO IT!. They have the ability to lift a man's or woman's shoulders, to spark the flicker of a smile on the face of a discouraged child, to breathe fresh life into the fading embers of a smoldering dream, to actually change the course of another human being's day or week or life.

Wove into the fabric of the book of Acts is the quiet yet penetrating life of a man who is a stranger to most Christians. Barnabas emerged from the island of Cyprus, destined to the role of "minister of encouragement". In fact, his name means "Son of Encouragement". In contrast to the brilliant spotlights of the book of Acts ---Peter, Silas, Paul, James and Appollos ---- Barnabas appears only a flickering flame but, oh, how essential his light was. He was a man that knew how to say -- YOU CAN DO IT! through both words and actions.

In Chapter 4 he sold land and brought the proceeds to apostles to help in a time of finicial need. In chapter 11 he promotes a man who is a young Christian and who was a suspect in the eyes of the public --- Saul of Tarsus --- and gives him a place of priority in the church in Antioch. In chapter 13 he allows Saul to take the leadership and set the pace for the first missionary journey. In chapter 15 journey 2 is about to begin and he and Paul get into a disagreement over weather to take John Mark along, when Paul refused to take John Mark along, Barnabas stood his ground and took John Mark with him.

One of the highest of human duties is the duty of encouragement, it is easy to pour cold water on one's enthusiasm; it is easy to discourage others. The world is full of discouragers. We have a Christian duty to encourage one another. Many a time a word of praise or thanks or appreciation or cheer has kept a man on his feet.

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

Heb 3:13 But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin's deceitfulness. (NIV)

Heb 10:25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. (KJV)

1Thes 5:11 Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. (NIV)

Everyone needs to be told --- YOU CAN DO IT!

Everyone needs to be encouraged

To look up and not down

To look forward and not back

To look out and not in

And to lend a hand.

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