(Originally written as a Facebook status post, this day, three years ago. Be blessed.)
Zephaniah 3:20 KJV
“…I will make you a name and a praise among all people of the earth… …saith the Lord .”
Matthew 9:2 KJV
“…Son, BE OF GOOD CHEER; thy sins be forgiven thee.”
Mark 6:50 KJV
“…BE OF GOOD CHEER: it is I; be not afraid.
John 16:33 KJV
“…BE OF GOOD CHEER; I have overcome the world.”
Acts 23:11 KJV
“…BE OF GOOD CHEER, Paul: for as thou hast testified of Me in Jerusalem, so must thou bear witness also at Rome.”
God told Israel that they would be made a name and A PRAISE among the people of the earth.
If we have been grafted into the Body of Christ, and we are a part of that Body by adoption and election, then we are as Israel, and where there is a promise given to Israel, we may claim that as our own.
Therefore, WE are a praise among the people. We are to live our lives subject to God’s Will. His Will is that we would joyously follow after Him through all circumstances.
When Christ says “be of good cheer” He is saying to be courageous, yes. He also is reminding us of the Word of God which says “I will make you… a praise.”
What greater praise is there to God than to live our lives for Him? We need to speak our testimony, for the change within us that only He can do is praise to Him. But so, also, is our joy in our trials, our thankfulness in all things, our submission no matter the cost. We are praise to Him or, at least, we should be.
So, when Christ says “be of good cheer,” He could also be saying “be praise,” or “act accordingly and be a praise to God.”
In all circumstances, He reminds us that He is Who He is, and He has done what He has done, therefore, we need to be what we were created to be… a praise to Him.
Be of good cheer, brethren, for nothing matters but Jesus Christ and Him crucified. Praise Him and be a praise to Him, for He is The Lord, and He made you to glorify Him! So glorify Him and be a praise among the people!!