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Times of discouragement come to everyone. Discouragement can mean a sense of despair, feelings of hopelessness, or deep disappointment. Suffering from discouragement is not a sin and does not mean we aren’t acceptable to God. But those times don’t need to disable us. Neither do they need to linger and rob us of our joy and peace of mind.

Discouragement often comes from minor problems or pressures that effect our emotions. It can also be a result of major problems or pressures that drain us of spiritual, mental, and physical strength. Discouragement is one of Satan’s most effective weapons against God’s people.

Some Steps to Conquer Discouragement:

1. Be sure all guilt is removed. Guilt over something you did or didn’t do can lead to discouragement. Ask God to remove the guilt and believe He has done what He promised (John 1:8-10).

2. Take up the shield of faith. How do you do this? Remind yourself who you are in Christ and who is in charge of your life. Determine you don’t have to continue in discouragement. Satan loves to rob you of joy and fellowship with God.

3. Focus on the promises of God and not the problem. You have the choice of staying in a state of discouragement or stepping out of it by faith. It is your choice.

Also Try This:

1. Evaluate your discouragement. What is its source and what brought it on?

2. Take actions to deal with the source of your discouragement.

3. If you’re responsible for the problem in some way, deal with it. Make it right with God, and if necessary, with others.

4. If you carry a heavy burden share it with God, knowing He understands. Also consider sharing with a trusted friend.

5. Remember that nothing is hopeless with God on your side.

6. Remember, those who enjoy fellowship with God in His Word and prayer find discouragements short lived.

Lies vs. Truths:

The lie: “God has forsaken me. He doesn’t really care.” The truth: “I will never leave you. . .” (Hebrews 13:5).

The lie: “No good will come of this.” The truth: “. . . all things work together for good. . .” (Romans 8:28).

The lie: “You are a failure and will never be close to God.” The truth: “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you” (James 4:8).

It may be painful to admit, but much of our discouragements come from feeling sorry for ourselves and focusing on the problem rather on the solutions. God has already prepared a way out of your problem! He knew this time of discouragement would come into your life long before you did. The Holy Spirit wrote these for you:

“If any of you lack wisdom let him ask of God who gives to all men generously. . . (James 1:5).

“Casting all your anxiety upon Him, because He cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7).

Take your first step out of discouragement right now.

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