Dealing with Discouragement


Thursday, July 19, 2018


In life we will go through seasons of discouragement, as disappointing as that sounds. The truth is it is unavoidable. Maybe you’re not going through that season right now, but you need to be ready because it is coming. You can even sometimes find yourself hit with discouragement unexpectedly. The questions we have to ask ourselves when moments of discouragement enter our life is, will we deny its existence or deal with how to overcome it? Your discouragement could spawn from a divorce you never thought would happen; maybe you find yourself in the middle of a financial struggle you don’t see a way out of; you can’t fight this addiction you are struggling with and feel like giving up…Discouragement is dangerous and can lead us down a dark path. In order to fight against it, we need to understand the severity of it.

 

4 Truths of Discouragement

1. Discouragement is painful - It hurts you spiritually, emotionally, and even sometimes physically.

2. Discouragement is untimely - At times it can come out of nowhere.

3. Discouragement is selfish - Sometimes we can discourage ourselves for no reason. We must be careful not to create discouragement that doesn’t exist.

4. Discouragement is lonely - It can isolate us from getting help. When we are discouraged we are distant.

The Bible tells us, “Whoever isolates himself seeks his own desire; he breaks out against all sound judgment,” Proverbs 18:1. When we are discouraged we can’t try to fight on our own. We must realize that we are not alone. When discouragement strikes remember to never lose sight of the eternal light when you’re in temporary darkness. Discouragement is and will always be temporary. The light of the world Jesus Christ is on your side.

I believe there are three things we need to fix our focus on in times of great discouragement.

 

Presence

When you’re discouraged who do you go to? Where do you go to find help? What do you do to feel better? Is it drugs; listening to certain music; looking for happiness on social media? When you are feeling discouraged you need to make sure Jesus is your first response never your last resort. Being in the presence of Jesus should be first place in our life. “You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” Psalm 16:11. How do you find His presence? How do you go to the presence of God? Seek Him before you seek other things!

 

Protection

To protect ourselves against discouragement, we need to check the warning signs before its too late. I depend on my dashboard lights for everything. To make sure my engine is good, the fuel level is alright, or if the oil needs to be changed. I’ve risked seeing how long I can drive without listening to the warning signs my car was telling me. One time a light came on for me to check my electrical system in the car but I didn’t listen. So after driving around a couple months, nothing happened so I thought I was good. Then one day on the highway, my car started slowing down - until I was dead stopped on the highway. I had to get my car towed and had to have my mom drive me around for a month. The lesson is simple: see the warning signs and take action! What are the warning signs that you may be in for a crash? Here is a checklist you can see to if you may be headed toward discouragement:

- Loss of passion

- Fatigue

- Lack of prayer

- Unreasonable anger

- Isolation

- Always sad

See the warning, don’t keep it to yourself. When we hold things in - there will be an explosion in our future. Get help; talk to someone; join a connect group; ask for prayer! The devil wants to isolate you - he wants discouragement to bring you down and ruin you.

 

Passion

Sometimes life’s disappointments and difficulties cause us to lose some of our passion. It’s in these times when we need to lean on Jesus more than ever. “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full,” John 10:10. Jesus came to give you a full passionate life. Don’t allow discouragement to take that away!

 

Author: Phil M.


Comments

Deborah commented on 27-Aug-2018 03:20 AM
Thank you. This is just what I needed. I left a cult group, my life and family relationships had been shattered as well as my faith in God. I am trying to move forward but I was stuck in the past because this was severe pain and I did not know how to trust God and move forward. Thank you again.


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