Discouragement. Not one of the more fun human emotions is it?
Joshua 1:9 says, “Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
Boy, that verse makes it sound easy huh?
We become discouraged when we begin to lose hope. Discouragement leads to fear (false evidence appearing real) and to doubt ( in self, in others, in God). Discouragement, fear and doubt are created when we color in options and outcomes for situations and circumstances that have not yet happened.
Discouragement is when we start to believe that God’s purposes and ways are too difficult or don’t make sense to us, His promises seem too late and His power seems to weak.
Discouragement is when we begin to doubt who God is, what He is capable of and how powerful He really is. Discouragement is when we begin to count on self more than God. Discouragement is when we don’t remember what God has done for us in the passt.
So, how do we win over discouragement?
1. Remember – remember what God has done for you in the past. Remember the circumstances or condition you were in and what God did in His power on your behalf.
2. Read and accept and pound into your brain the Truth in God’s Word. (Yes, I have to pound things into my brain sometimes and I’m thinking and hoping you are a bit like me!)
3. Remember that discouragement, fear and doubt are all emotions that are not grounded in truth, but are grounded in lies.
Proverbs 3:5-6 (msg)
Trust God from the bottom of your heart. Don’t try to figure everything out on your own. Listen for God’s voice in everything you do and everywhere you go. He’s the one who will keep you on track.
Psalms 18:30 (nlt)
God’s way is perfect. All the Lords’ promises prove true. He is a shield for all who look to Him for protection.
Isaiah 26:2 (nlt)
You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in You, all whose thoughts are fixed on You.