Lately, we’ve had a lot that we could be discouraged about. So today I want to talk to you about what to do when you get discouraged. One of the main tools the devil uses to keep you from fulfilling God’s plan for your life is discouragement. He orchestrates circumstances that are designed to make you give up. Don’t fall for it! As author Wilie Jollie said, “A setback is a set up for a comeback!” If you have experienced a discouraging setback, here are some strategies for overcoming the discouragement the enemy sends your way:
- Pull away and spend time alone with God. When you get discouraged, that’s your cue to go into your prayer closet, close the door, and allow the Lord to minister to you. Pour our your complaint before Him (Psalm 142:2). Go to the Word find applicable scriptures and let Him speak life back into you. Ask Him to give you a new strategy if the one you have been using has not worked. Be determined that you won’t come out of the secret place until you get encouraged.
- Encourage yourself. I Samuel 30:6 says, “David encouraged himself in the Lord his God.” Psalm 43:5 says David said to himself when he felt discouraged, “Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God!” So when you are discouraged that’s the time to rehearse past victories and engage in some strong self-talk! Grab yourself up in your own collar and tell yourself to get it together! Speak the Word of God out loud to counteract the voice of the enemy!
- Engage in praise and worship. In 2 Chronicles 20:22-23, praise and worship confused the enemy and caused those armies coming against Judah to fight each other. When the enemy assails you with discouragement, that is the time for you to get mad and fight back! Use your spiritual weapons and sing songs of praise and worship. And keep on singing until you feel better.
- Take your spiritual authority. Just as God has not given us the spirit of fear, He hasn’t given us the spirit of discouragement either. What we may think is the negative emotion of discouragement is actually a spirit of discouragement. Therefore, if there is a spirit behind it, we can take authority over it in Jesus” name! James 4:7 (NIV) says,” Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”
Saints, when the devil pummels you with negative thoughts and attacks you with a spirit of discouragement, you must always wage a counter-attack. Don’t just roll over and take it and let the devil have his way with you! You know the Word! You must be like Sylvester Stallone in Rocky and refuse to throw in the towel. Remember you are not in this by yourself. God says you are more than a conqueror in Christ Jesus.
The last time you got discouraged How did you come out of it? Please leave a comment below.
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