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Dealing With Discouragement

Discouragement is one of Satan’s most effective weapons used against Christians.

What is discouragement? To deprive of confidence, hope, or spirit; dishearten; daunt.

Three stages:

  1. MILD--Minor problems or pressures which affect our emotions.

  2. STRONG-Major problems or pressures, which affect our spirit so that others notice. Those closest to you may think that they have caused your discouragement unless you assure them otherwise.

  3. DISABLING-Overwhelming problems or pressures, which drain us of spiritual, mental, emotional and/or physical strength.

The Causes Of Discouragement

  • At the base of every discouragement is a lie from Satan. Fear, unbelief, bitterness, self-pity, or condemnation are all based on Satan’s lies.

  • The root cause—putting down the shield of faith

(Ephesians 6:16 NIV) In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.

When we lose sight of God’s ways or our resources in Christ, we remove the spiritual protection which Christ provided for us in the shield of faith.

The Benefit Of Discouragement

  • It confirms our need for God.

  • He will destroy our delight in temporal things.

Phil 3:7-11 But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. {8} What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ {9} and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ--the righteousness that comes from God and is by faith. {10} I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, {11} and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead.

  • He will destroy our confidence in human effort.

(Romans 7:22-24 NIV) For in my inner being I delight in God's law; {23} but I see another law at work in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within my members. {24} What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death?

  • He has ordained that through our weakness His strength is made perfect.

(2 Corinthians 12:9-10 NIV) But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me. {10} That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.


SOME STEPS FOR CONQUERING DISCOURAGEMENT


  • Take up the shield of faith. Quote God’s word to refute and expose Satan’s lies.

  • Encourage your heart in the Lord.

  • Establish a place to be alone with God. Your place to meet with God. A place where you won’t be distracted.

  • Remove yourself from fearful, discouraging, gossiping people. They influence you or you influence them. You have had enough time to know which way it is!

  • Read biographies of great Christians.

  • Don’t let pride stand in the way of seeking help.

  • Try to see life from God’s perspective!

  • Give thanks in all things

Rejoice in the Lord always and again I say rejoice.


Realize that God can take your present situation and use it in a miraculous way for your benefit and for His glory.

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