📖: Psalm 27
Confession: Joshua 1:9
We live in a world that’s full of uncertainty and can sometimes be discouraging. We all have been faced with discouragement at some point in our lives. “Discouragement” means loss of confidence or enthusiasm. It instills fear or doubt or anxiety in us. It is Satan’s greatest and most effective weapon of attack and has successfully derailed or destroyed many lives and destiny. Satan and its agents has robbed many of their courage, joy, and hope and they feel discouraged and defeated. Discouragement also makes us loose hope and faith in ourselves thereby making wrong choices that leads to consequences that affects our lives and destiny.
When faced with trials that threatens our existence, we feel discouraged, defeated, and sometimes to the point of giving up or being depressed. Rather than feel discouraged, we must learn to trust and have faith in God; be patient and not lean on our own understanding (Proverbs 3:5-6). We should look up to the Lord who is our light and our salvation, we must not fear, nor be afraid (Psalm 27:1).
Robert Tew is quoted as saying “The struggle you’re in today is developing the strength you need tomorrow”.
When going through situation, we feel no one seems to understand the pain we are going through. But God wants us to be strong and courageous (Deuteronomy 31:6). We must not be afraid; nor discouraged, for God will be with us wherever we go and whatever situation we might find ourselve (Joshua 1:9). Isaiah 41:10 says “Do not fear, for I am with you”. What are we afraid of? Why are we afraid? Sometimes God gives us a revelation or a promise regarding our project, business, job, career, marriage, family, or ministry; then nothing happens, and sometimes the situation becomes worse. We get frustrated and discouraged because our expectations, hope, desire are being dashed or not being accomplished.
Catherine Pulsifer is quoted as saying “Do not be discouraged if your plans do not succeed the first time. No one learns to walk by taking only one step”.
When we give in to discouragement, it reduces our trust, faith, enthusiasm, and hope thereby affecting our relationship with God. Romans 8:31 says “What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? Our God is bigger than our problem. We must be determined in our heart and spirit today, that we will not allow discouragement to control of us. Rather through prayer, meditation on God’s Word, we will be able to surrender the situation to the Holy Spirit to take control. Psalm 138:8 says “The Lord will vindicate me; your love, Lord, endures forever—do not abandon the works of your hands”. “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up” (Galatians 6:9). Stay connected! Have a blessed day. Shalom!!!
🙏 O Lord that rule in the affairs of men, I give you all glory for you have the power to do all things.
🙏 Strengthen me where I am weak, Thou God of my strength, in the name of Jesus.
🙏 Every door leading to my spiritual and physical blessings, open, unto me, in the name of Jesus.
🙏 O Lord, restore to me the joy of Your salvation, in the name of Jesus.
🙏 Lord, deliver me from the spirit of discouragement and self- destruction, in Jesus’ name.