Some people think that by joining with Christ, all of a sudden, like some sort of magic trick, all problems go away. When I got saved, I started making all A’s in school; no arguments with my parents; always treated my sister with the utmost respect; put my friend’s feelings before mine. This didn’t happen with you? What’s wrong with your salvation?
Despite popular belief, this Christian walk can get hard. No one has a perfect life after salvation. When we confess Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior (Romans 10:9), you have now given the devil the perfect reason to come for you. As a believer, it is a daily struggle to combat the works of the flesh let alone the traps and obstacles Satan will set. Don’t feel alone, Paul had the same struggle. (Read about it here)
Just like a good coach at the end of a game, he gathers his team together and says ‘Ok, you guys, I need everyone to run Jungle Cat.’ Everyone agrees, Jungle Cat (which is not a real play, but stay with me) is the great play to run right now against this team. Then coach says ‘This team is ok, but I know and you know that they do not have the heart you guys have. You have been fighting in this game. You are definitely hard to beat. This is the last minute. Work together. Be confident in your decisions. I know you can win this game. You need to believe it. You know what you need to do, now show everyone and yourself that you CAN do it. Let’s go!’ As a player, you leave that huddle ready to take on the world. What’s stopping you as a Christian from feeling the same way in this daily fight?
God tells us in Isaiah 41:10 “fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand”. What more do you need to know? God is God. He is giving strength. And even when we have no strength, He’s holds you up with His hand. God also shares with us through the Apostle Paul in 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 “So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.” Don’t give up! God is saying that these issues are just temporary and are nothing compared to the glory of eternity.
And even when we have no strength, He’s holds you up with His hand.
To answer the initial question: True or False: Christians need encouragement. True. God wouldn’t have taken the time to encourage us through the Word if we wouldn’t need it. God knew that some days would be harder than others. Some struggles would seem to drain us of all of our hope and strength. But God. Just remember those 2 words as you go through your trials and tribulations. To say that struggles won’t come, would be a lie. But to say that you don’t already have the victory, would also be a lie. You’re fighting a fixed war. I don’t know if you’ve read ahead or not, but in the end, you win. Be encouraged believer.