1 Samuel 30:6
You can’t avoid challenges, but you can prevent them from discouraging you. Discouragement may sound harmless, but don’t underestimate its power. By keeping watch, you can avoid it’s deadly trap. Therefore, dealing with discouragement is non negotiable. Discouragement always wage war against our minds. No matter how much you achieve and the amount of progress you make, it tries to infiltrate your defenses.
Discouragement is dissatisfaction with the past, distaste for the present, and distrust of the future. It is ingratitude for the blessings of yesterday, indifference to the opportunities of today, and insecurity regarding strength for tomorrow. It is unawareness of the presence of beauty, unconcern for the needs of our fellowman, and unbelief in the promises of old. It is impatience with time, immaturity of thought, and impoliteness to God. However, as you progress in life, there could be times of difficulties, when you face serious challenges. But at such times, don’t give up. Even when everyone seems to be ignoring you and none is offering to help, in spite of all your appeals, refuse to be discouraged or gripe with it. The truth is, you are not being ignored. What is happening is that the Lord is training and teaching you to stand up, and stand strong. He is challenging and setting you up for your next level of glory.
If you linger in discouragement it can be costly. It’s sense of defeat and hopelessness saps one energy and vision. It can consume a lot of time. It can keep you from doing what you need to do because you don’t want to face it. And it can be contagious, weakening one’s faith. When you feel discouraged you want comfort, which is right to feel. But the comfort you often turn to are ways to avoid fear rather than ways to summon courage to face and overcome them. When this happens discouragement simply becomes sinful indulgence in unbelief, no different than indulging in lust or anger or other sins of unbelief. I want you to know that the challenges you face are bread for you; they are your opportunity to demonstrate your faith in the Lord, and prove His word. Therefore, refuse to become despondent.
From our anchor scripture, David’s response to the distress he was confronted with, after his family and those of his men were taken captive, should serve as an example of what our response should be in the face of discouragement. people react to discouragement in different ways. Some people do not mind going to any extreme when they are discouraged. At the point of discouragement, David’s men suddenly blamed the same leader who had been protecting them. They began to see their helper as the source of their loss. They began to speak against him and even planned to stone him to death. This shows the destructive power of discouragement.
Notwithstanding, discouragement sets in when you start to feel a sense of hopelessness about your future, when it seems like the troubling circumstances you are passing through won’t ever improve. But if you look beyond your circumstances to God, you will discover the real hope and better future that He promises you.
One of the simple ways in dealing with discouragement is prayer. God already knows how discouraged you feel, but He wants you to talk to Him about your feelings and listen on how His spirit guides you. Honestly pass your frustration to God and keep in mind that He cares about what you are passing through. Ask God to open your eyes spiritually so you will be able to see your circumstances from His perspective. Pray for deliverance from circumstances that aren’t God’s will, and perseverance to empower you to endure circumstances that are His will until you learn all you are supposed to learn from them. To deal with discouragement you need to spend time with someone who is not discouraged. Spending time in that person’s positive presence will naturally make you feel better.
To deal with discouragement, you must preserve in the face of opposition. One way to persevere in the face of opposition is to give a strong witness of your faith in God. That commits you so that you know others are watching you. If you will be bold for God, you know that His eyes is upon you in whatever response your enemies come back with.
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The first thing you need in other to deal with discouragement is to pray. If discouragement has caused you not to pray, you need to spend time with someone who is not discouraged. And, you need to persevere when opposition hits you, as it will, knowing that God watches over you. Therefore, dealing with discouragement is very important.