Todays post talks about not getting discouraged, or allowing discouragement to have its way in our lives. An excerpt is taken from “The Seven Laws of the Harvest” a book written by John .W. Lawrence. The book talks about God’s proven plan for the abundant life, and is a very good read for those seeking to understand God’s plan for our prosperity.
Discouragement is something we all go through, based on the different tides that come in life. However we must understand that it is a tool of the devil to keep us down. In this excerpt, John Lawrence gives an illustration that is very profound. Be blessed and encouraged.
There is no experience through which the child of God goes that the Lord does not want to use positively for blessing. This why we are to count it all joy when we fall into various testing (James 1:2), which God has designed to mature us (James 1:3-4) and never to defeat and discourage us. Since satan cannot keep us from Christ, his next best thing is to keep us from living victoriously in Christ.
“The Gospel Herald” carried this parable that illustrates the point;
“It was advertised that the devil was going to put his tools up for sale. On the date of the sale, the tools were placed for public inspection, each being marked with its sale price. There was a treacherous lot of implements. Hatred, Envy, Jealousy, Deceit, Lying, Pride and so on, comprised the outfit. Laid apart from the rest was a harmless-looking tool well-worn and priced very high.
‘What is the name of this tool?’ asked one of the purchasers pointing to it
‘That is discouragement’ the devil replied tersely.
‘Why have you priced it so high’ he asks
‘Because it is more useful to me than the others. I can pry it open and get inside a man’s heart with that, when I cannot get him with other tools. Once I get inside, I can make him do what I choose. It is badly worn because I use it on almost everyone since few people know it belongs to me’
“The devil’s price for Discouragemnt was so high that it was never sold. Discouragement is still the devil’s tool, and he is using it today on God’s own people.”
There is not a person living who does not at times become discouraged. Paul was so discouraged on one occasion that he even despaired of life itself, as he writes to the Corinthians;
“For we would not, brethren, have you ignorant of our trouble which came to us in Asia, that we were pressed out of measure, above strength, insomuch that we despaired even of life” (2nd Corinthians 1:8).
Since this may happen to us all, we are exhorted to encourage one another daily (Hebrews 3:13), lest any of us be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. We are to provoke one another “unto love and good works” (Hebrews 10:24). This word “provoke” tells us to incite, stimulate, spur one another on in a positive way rather than to provoke to wrath and anger.
F.B Meyer is quoted in “Moody Monthly” as saying if he had his preaching ministry to live over again, he would preach more sermons of encouragement to God’s people.”
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When we allow ourselves to be in a discouraged state, we are down, become weak, we can’t even pray, we don’t feel like doing anything. It almost like the zest for life has been sapped away.
Some people just continue to sleep even when they’re not sleepy. For some others, they go on an eating binge. For some, they can even fall ill, they got to a Doctor for diagnosis, but the Doctor can’t see anything wrong with them. If this lingers, it leads to despair, depression etc.
When discouragement comes, speak to it! You can say;
“Spirit of discouragement I cast you out of my life, you have no place in me. No matter what is going on I rejoice in God and find my strength in Him”.
Keep saying it, or whatever else you want to say till that discouragement lifts. Declare that there is Joy in you, and that the Joy of the Lord is your strength (Nehemiah 8:10). Search for scriptures that talk about being joyful, You can listen to music that lifts you, dance, laugh etc. Do the exact opposite of what that discouragement wants you to do. Remember if you resist the devil, he will flee from you (James 4:7). Also remember, “we walk by Faith and not by Sight”, so we should not be controlled by what we see on the outside, but what the Bible says.
7 For we live by believing and not by seeing (2nd Corinthians 5:7 NLT)
It can be difficult, but it is the labour required. Regardless of what you might be going through, know this; where there is life there is hope and the promise we have in Jesus is- Life abundant. So fight for this life that is already yours in Christ Jesus.
Be encouraged again by Paul’s words from 2nd Corinthians 1:8-10 NLT
8 We think you ought to know, dear brothers and sisters, about the trouble we went through in the province of Asia. We were crushed and overwhelmed beyond our ability to endure, and we thought we would never live through it.
9 In fact, we expected to die. But as a result, we stopped relying on ourselves and learned to rely only on God, who raises the dead.
10 And he did rescue us from mortal danger, and he will rescue us again. We have placed our confidence in him, and he will continue to rescue us.
GOD WILL ALWAYS RESCUE YOU. PLACE YOUR TRUST AND CONFIDENCE IN HIM.
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God bless you.