To be discouraged is to be deprived of courage, hope, or confidence; to be disheartened and dispirited. To many believers, feeling discouraged is something they deal with every day. Dr. Charles Stanley says the following about being discouraged:
“Disappointment is inevitable. But to become discouraged, there’s a choice I make. God would never discourage me. He would always point me to himself to trust him. Therefore, my discouragement is from Satan. As you go through the emotions that we have, hostility is not from God, bitterness, unforgiveness, all of these are attacks from Satan.”
As believers, discouragement is a choice; we don’t have to be discouraged when we are connected to God. Before David became king of Judah, he was on the run from King Saul and living in Ziklag. After returning home, he found the city destroyed and all his possessions and family taken captive–What a discouraging moment! Not only was David discouraged, but his men blamed him for what happened.
But look at what David does. He does not complain or defend himself. He does what he does best when he was in trouble. He goes to God, and encourages himself. “But David encouraged himself in the Lord his God.” 1 Samuel 30:6 (KJV)
If you are currently experiencing the feeling of discouragement, like David, you must encourage yourself in the Lord. Get up and pursue!
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