You mean there has to be one?  Actually, there are several catches…  A preliminary look at the definition of “Encourage” is required to understand the “catches”, which we find in Noah Webster’s 1828 Dictionary to mean the following:

ENCOUR’AGE, v.t. enkur’rage.
  • To give courage to;
  • to give or increase confidence of success;
  • to inspire with courage, spirit, or strength of mind;
  • to embolden;
  • to animate;
  • to incite;
  • to inspirit.
Thus we see it is “to give, inspire, embolden, animate, incite, inspirit” something which we want a person to “have, possess or participate” because of being exposed to this catching process.

The First Catch

To be Encouraged in the Lord…

“Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the LORD.”
Psalm 31:24 | King James Version

We have “…Hope in the Lord” because we are blood bought, born again, sins forgiven, redeemed Children of God.  Our Hope is in nothing less than Jesus Christ!  As a Christian, we can read the back of the book and KNOW that we WIN!  Everything shared within this Website is intended to Encourage and all of it is accessible for you to be Encouraged in the Lord!

The Second Catch

For another to be Encouraged by You in the Lord…

“Be of good courage, and let us behave ourselves valiantly for our people, and for the cities of our God: and let the LORD do that which is good in his sight.”
I Chronicles 19:13 | King James Version

As we show others compassion and make of ourselves to Encourage others, as this verse says “Be of good courage…”, they will find themselves wanting to know how you did this or that, while at the same time being able to see “who” your God really is by the way and manner in which you do so.  The key to this verse for follow through is “…let us behave…” where we include ourselves that they might identify themselves as we do, wanting the relationship we have with Christ to be evident in their lives.

The Third Catch

That each of us would seek out those we can Encourage who will Encourage themselves in the Lord…

“And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in the LORD his God.”
I Samuel 30:6 | King James Version

This time and discovery in David’s life was possible for him to triumph because he knew how to Encourage himself in the LORD – he’d trusted Him and seen Him work in his very own life, not just through others he could see from afar off.  Not only did he Encourage himself, he Encouraged others around him to be so also.  The same is to be seen, known and said of us…

The Result

Plain and simply, we “Encourage” others by pointing them to the Lord, sharing with them what the Lord provides for us from His Word and by challenging them to lean on the Lord for EVERYTHING.  We’ve been blessed to be an Encouragement to others as the Lord has enabled, which we are suppose to share that Good News with everyone we meet – not just those that we know.  Guess what happens with that person???  They have already started at The First Catch and are well underway to perform The Second Catch…