Thursday, December 1, 2011

The Battle of Discouragement

People often come to my office because of discouragement, a common ailment that does not escape anyone. The thing is . . . discouragement is not of God . . . it's used to attack the gift we receive each day, the gift of Life.  Now, I've been in the Word most of my life and I know God's message is repeated over and over:  Do NOT BE DISCOURAGED.  And, yet, I've let discouragement rule some of my days. To refuse discouragement takes faith, which can be a struggle when problems invade our day.

Discouragement attacks the mind and soul, focusing on issues, pressures and problems, stopping us from doing what we are meant to do, leading to negativity and the feeling of being a failure, destroying the hope of today and tomorrow, taking away the life we are created to live.  In reality, discouragement stands at the door of our life on a daily basis; however, it's our choice, if, we let it in or not.  Without a doubt, it seems easier to let discouragement cross over the threshold when things are not going the way we want them to go.  It requires faith to in the "more" of God to refuse discouragement.
We often fail to see discouragement as a compromise of faith, a matter of fear. 
Consider the words from Deuteronomy 31:8, a scripture that encouraged me when our oldest daughter experienced a battle for her health:
Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord will personally go ahead of you. He will be with you; he will neither fail you nor abandon you (Deuteronomy 31:8, NLT).  
The reason it's possible to not fear or to be discouraged, regardless of how hard or difficult life becomes, is:  God is present and already in whatever comes next in our life with the promise He will never fail or leave us.  It's an incredible day when we live beyond the stuff, aware of the presence and power of God in our life.

Win the battle of discouragement and experience the gift of the day regardless of pressures and problems.
Refuse to see life through fear.
Readjust your perception by seeing the presence  and power of God through eyes of faith.
Remember God is with you and will never leave or fail you.  Never.

Learning to Kickstart the day winning the battle of discouragement,
(written by Kerrie Carlisle Palmer © 2011 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED)