All of us have been discouraged at times. Things don’t always go as we planned or as we’d like them to. For instance, the other day, I had several negative things happen, and as a result, I felt discouraged. My alternator went bad in my car. Then we had a mishap at our house that resulted in many precious family heirlooms being completely destroyed. I was heart broken. There were a couple of other things that happened along with these two situations that I won’t go into. But needless to say, I felt discouraged. My hope was waning, and I felt my faith was fading fast. Joyce Meyer had taught me to “resist the devil at his onset,” so I needed to get out of the pit before I went any deeper into it. Jesus said in Matthew 11:28, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden and I will give you rest.” It was time to “steal away to Jesus.”
Time to Call for Backup
I called my girlfriend and asked her to pray with me. She had a situation at her house and needed prayer as well, so we prayed for each other and invited the Holy Spirit to get involved. I immediately started to feel better, but I was not completely out of the woods. So I went in my bedroom, shut the door and began to praise and worship God. I pulled out the Word and two books that really had blessed me in the past entitled, Never Give Up! (by Joyce Meyer), and Believe that You Can (by Jentezen Franklin). I’d say I spent about two hours in the presence of God, writing in my journal, praying, praising, reading and getting built back up. I prayed and asked God to help me to hold on to my faith and to send someone to encourage me. Lo and behold, that evening, a friend called and left me an encouraging message that was just what I needed to hear. At that point, I felt like I could leap over a wall!
The Anointing Makes the Difference
I was also feeling a little overwhelmed with all of the things I had to do. That was playing a part in my discouragement as well. That night I sat at my desk and asked for the power and anointing of the Holy Spirit to help me to be productive and dig myself out from under a massive pile of “to do’s.” I felt energized and worked until the wee hours of the morning until I had gotten done all that I had set out to accomplish. I was so thankful to God. I still had a lot to do, but I felt exhilarated. The discouragement was gone. I felt empowered.
Let Your Prayer Closet Become Your Phone Booth
The lesson I learned from this episode is this: discouragement is our cue to go into our prayer closet, shut out the world, and fellowship with Jesus until we are saturated with His Spirit. When discouragement sets in, Jesus is calling. When you take the opportunity to spend time with the Savior when you’ve been spiritually knocked down, know that when you emerge, the devil better watch out! Why? Because you will be endowed with supernatural strength to overcome any obstacles you are facing. Discouragement will be defeated. Just as Clark Kent went into a phone booth and came out as Superman, you, child of God, have your prayer closet. The key is to duck into it as often as needed when discouragement rears its ugly head. If you do, Satan will not easily be able to steal your dreams or your joy. When you come out of there, you will be able to proudly wear an “S” on your chest, but your “S” will stand for “Supernatural.” Give it a try, and watch Jesus be faithful to His Word.
What do you do when the enemy attacks you with a spirit of discouragement? Feel free to leave a comment below.
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