Ark Encouragement Ministy
You are not alone!
Everyone needs encouragement as
everyone gets discouraged and depressed!
We all face those moments, hours or even days when our hearts take a nosedive and our world looks bleak.
A word or an act of encouragement has the ability to lift our hearts and our spirits. Encouragement is like a lifeline on days we feel we are sinking.
Learning the art of encouraging others builds within us a reservoir of hope, which helps hold us when we need a lift in our own heart. You will discover through Ark that negative choices, circumstances and chemicals will all affect our levels of encouragement. You will also discover how to transform the negative factors or influences that hinder discouragement into positive forces that transcend negative feelings and circumstances, so that you can live in personal victory and not defeat.
You will read a lot about Positive Thinking through our ministry, which we should clarify to mean positive thinking that is based on the mind set of Christ. Positive thinking is authenticated in God and cannot exist or operate without the indwelling presence of God's Holy Spirit in a person's life. So called "positive thinking" that is based on fallible human beings is merely only "wishful thinking". A positive life begins with a positive God!
3 million people in the Canada suffer from depression
and over 154 million worldwide. 4000 people in Canada commit suicide due to depression with over 877,000 world wide. Over the past year, 16.5 million Americans age 18 or older - 1 in13 adults - experienced at least one bout of major depression, according to a recent government survey.
According to experts every person will suffer from minor forms of depression, usually related to stress or low self-esteem.
The art of encouragement has 3 areas
1. Giving support
Look for ways to come alongside those in your life and affirm them in what they are doing. Become a cheerleader for those you love as they move through life stretching to meet new opportunities. A phone call or card can say you notice the hard work they are putting in. Actively look for ways to polish up the creativity and efforts of those in your circle as they seek to grow.
2. Showing honor
Take note of character qualities in people. Watch for courage, strength, wisdom, patience, cheerfulness, honesty, compassion, kindness and gentleness. When you find yourself noticing an admirable quality in another human being take the time to acknowledge it. Be especially ready to polish up these values in those nearest and dearest to you. It will make a difference in your relationship. It is never too late to recognize and honor the character traits you admire.
3. Bringing hope
The third level in the art of encouragement is that of giving hope. When hard times come and discouragement settles over the soul, a word of hope can keep one pressing on. A word of hope says, “You’ll make it through.” A word of hope says, “I believe in you.” A word of hope says, “God is with you and will help you”.
Hope coupled with faith in God is a mighty power in our lives. Hope in ourselves alone just isn’t enough when the journey of life gets hard. Hope in God and in His power and strength to meet our needs is true encouragement for the soul. Hope in God is the anchor that holds us in the storms of life.
In God’s Guidebook for Life, The Bible, He says, “Encourage one another daily” (Hebrews 3:13). He knows how much we need it. Ask Him to help you develop the ART OF ENCOURAGEMENT and in turn be encouraged yourself.
Does your own heart need to receive encouragement today? Are you looking for hope yourself? We cannot offer what we do not have.
How would you describe your life today? Contented? Rushed? Exciting? Stressful? Moving forward? Holding back? For many of us it’s all of the above at times. There are things we dream of doing one day, there are things we wish we could forget. In the Bible, it says that Jesus came to make all things new. What would your life look like if you could start over with a clean slate? It is possible.
If you are looking for peace and hope, God is there to give it to you. He does not promise a perfect, trouble free life. Yet He does promise He will walk beside you every step of the way. He will help you and strengthen you. Every one of us has the opportunity to experience His perfect grace offered to us for our own life. It’s simple and it’s free. God simply invites us to believe in His Son, Jesus and to receive the forgiveness He extends to each of us.
You can receive Christ right now by faith through prayer. Praying is simply talking to God. God knows your heart and is not so concerned with your words as He is with the attitude of your heart. Simply let Him know you are tired of directing your own life and you want to receive His forgiveness and walk with Him daily. Here is a suggested prayer.
"Lord Jesus, I want to have You in my life. Thank you for dying on the cross for my sins. I open the door of my life to you and ask you to come in as my Savior and Lord. Please direct my life. Thank you for forgiving my sins and giving me eternal life. Make me the kind of person you want me to be. Amen".
Does this prayer express the desire of your heart? You can pray it right now, and Jesus Christ will come into your life, just as He promised. He will bring His love, peace and hope.
Is this the life for you?
If you invited Christ into your life, thank God often that He is in your life, that He will never leave you and that you have eternal life. As you learn more about your relationship with God, and how much He loves you, you’ll experience life to the fullest. You have now taken the first step in discovering real encouragement and fulfillment in your life. Many studies have demonstrated that happiness is based on three things; 1. Exercising Faith 2. Enjoying Freedom 3. Experiencing Fun. Note: Living by faith means having a personal relationship with God that is based on true freedom which has the power to do what is right and resist what is morally wrong; while having great fun that is not based on the deceptive pleasures of sin but on the righteousness of God.
If you have already trusted Christ as your personal Lord and Saviour you can find some great help by going to our Principles, Plan and Program page or Transforming Discouragement page at the top of this page. Our Encouragement Plan and Program will give you some exciting and practical steps to strengthen you in your spiritual, emotional and physical life.
3 Symbols of Encouragement
God provides a refuge for us during the storms of life
God sends the Holy Spirit to comfort us
Every trial, problem, sickness, death, hardship,
challenge is a prerequisite for a blessing from God
You will discover 3 things through our ministry that will transform your life
1. The only true expert on encouragement is God. He has sent the Holy Spirit to our aid to comfort and encourage us.
2. Discouragment and depression are prerequiteis for encouragement, self-esteem and confidence.
3. Encouragement must be intentionally cultivated on a daily basis in order to activate it into our minds and emotions.
"Encouragement is necessary in order to live a healthy, objective and well-balanced life that is filled with joy, peace, hope and love"
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Encouragement through the power of Jesus' words
John 14:1 "Let not your heart be troubled: you believe in God, believe also in me... for I'am going to my fathers house to prepare a place for you that where I'am you might be also".
Matt 11; 28 "Than Jesus said, Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest".
Matt 18:20 "For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them."
John 14:12-15 “I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the Father ( and will send the Holy Spirit to take my place as your comforter). You can ask for anything in my name, and I will do it"
"I'am the light of the world"
"I'am the bread of life"
"I'am the water of life"
"I'm the way, the truth & the life"
Daily techniques to encouragement
1. Change the direction of your thinking and activity
2. Commit to smile and laugh everyday
3. Count your blessings. Thank God and praise Him
4. Control our focus. Focus on others and not yourself
5. Conform to the attitude of Christ (humility, hope and holiness)
1. "This is the day the Lord has made I will rejoice and be glad in it"
2. "Greater is He that is in me (Jesus) than he that is in the world (Satan) and I
have been given freedom in Christ over the power of sin and evil in my life"
3. "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me and God has not given
me the spirit of fear or depression but of love, power and a sound mind".
5. "Today I will only think on those things that are true, noble, right, pure, lovely
and of a good report"
6. "In all things I' am a conquerors through Christ and already have the victory
7. I'm free to think, feel and do anything but I will not be brought under the
power, control or bondage of anything sinful or unhealthy."
Power phrases for daily encouragement