Feeling Discouraged?

Joshua used 3-13-15

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.

Joshua 1:9

It was “one of those days’ where my eyes filled with tears on and off over a myriad of issues that piled up like my grandson’s building blocks. Just like they are easily knocked over, I felt beaten up, trampled, ignored, and unloved.  I felt so discouraged I couldn’t think of anything but the mass pile up.

When we’re feeling discouraged or dismayed, we need to know that God doesn’t bring discouragement, the enemy of your soul does.

Do you hear me? Do I hear myself? We all need to listen, and all need to memorize Joshua 1:9 because we won’t be free from discouragement until we enter those anticipated gates of Heaven.

Satan loves to discourage us so that we’ll take our eyes off the Lord and place them on our circumstances. And the longer we look at those life issues, the more discouraged we can become. Trust me. I know. I’ve lived through it.

Now when I feel a hint of discouragement, I remind myself that God does not bring this emotion. And I have a battle plan in place.  I think of it as an act of courage, obedience, and trust, and it works well for me, and maybe for you too.

My plan is to go to my prayer alcove (prayer room as the movie War Room calls it) and talk to the Lord about it outloud.  When I hear myself praying, it reminds me that these feelings are not from the Lord. God wants me living in joy despite my circumstances.

Hearing my words echo in my little alcove reminds me that whatever discouragement has come my way, IT IS NOT FROM GOD. God wants to BUILD US UP, not knock us over. His love for us is so enormous and unlimited. He can handle our tears, disappointments, and prayers of frustration. Just allow Him to help you.

 As my friend Chuck Swindell says, “Give God your circumstances, and don’t take them back.”

So, the next time you find discouragement beating at the door to your heart,  don’t forget the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.

What joy!

Becky Capps for Joyful Times

Source: Seeking Jesus

Faith graphic source: Trust in the Lord

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