Weapons of the enemy.
The enemy of your soul has no shortage of ways to create havoc in your life. Fear, calamity, doubt, shame, illness, lies … the list goes on. But I believe his most powerful weapon is discouragement.
Last week yet another retreat cancelled having me come and speak. Ugh. While I completely understand and agree with their decision, it was discouraging.
For the rest of the day, I was down in the dumps. I couldn’t engage with other potential clients via phone or email. Why bother?
I even had writer’s block. But then, who would read my stuff anyway?
I tried to cheer up, but the discouragement was overwhelming. Does that kind of discouragement ever fall on you?
Effects of discouragement.
Once we’re discouraged, we don’t need to be tempted, or deceived or attacked. Discouragement depletes our energy, self-confidence and stamina. Discouragement can be so oppressive, you don’t even want to try to find your way out. We are out of commission until we find our way back to the the face of God and his truth about us.
Can I get an amen?
If that happens to you, here is how you can find your way back to stability and hope.
- Remember God loves you more than your enemy hates you. 1 John 4:4
- Stand firm. Your problems are not bigger than your God. Is. 41:10
- Believe God has a good plan for you and it can’t be thwarted. Jer. 29:11
- Trust that God hears your prayers and will answer them. 1 John 5:14
- Believe thanking God chases off discouragement and it’s owner. Ps. 100:4-5
If you find yourself discouraged because of losing out, being left out or not being lifted out, remember you’re not alone. It’s okay to lament the disappointment. But don’t let discouragement take up residence for long. Have a good snot cry and take a nap, then press into God. Galatians 6:9
Reach out to Him and he will rescue you from that devil discouragement so you can get on with the all the great things He has for you.
How do you overcome discouragement? Leave me a comment. I can use all the help I can get!
Scripture for today: When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears and delivers them out of all their troubles. The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all. Psalm 34:17-19
Prayer: Father, find me in the depths of my discouragement and draw me near to you. Let me find fresh hope in your word, your presence and your people. Strengthen me, fortify me, remind me of my position in your kingdom. Amen.