I wonder if you’re feeling it too.
The enemy seems to be working overtime to discourage and disable the work of God’s children.
I shared with a small group of friends last week that I was feeling discouraged and sad and I didn’t know why. My life is good but I had the blahs.
Now, I know these girls and several of them are going through hard seasons.
So, I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised that my confession was met with “me too(s)!”
When I read and pray through the list of prayers on the Blessing Counters Pray page, scroll my social media feeds, or watch the news…
It’s clear, God’s children are under attack.
We could wring our hands, admit it’s awful, and go into hiding or we can fight back. I for one am ready to fight.
I’m tired of feeling discouraged. I’m definitely tired of all the negative banter and arguing. And I’m done being passive.
How to Fight Discouragement and Win
1. Admit that you’re in a battle.
I’m so thankful God included the Book of Job and David’s cries of desperation in the Bible. They weren’t afraid to admit despair or discouragement and they knew where to take it.
Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again— my Savior and my God! Psalm 42:11
2. Get ready to fight.
Too often I try to fight alone. My head starts spinning with things to do to change my mood or my circumstances. AND … it’s too easy to end up in worse shape than I was before. But God gave us a plan to prepare for the battles He knows we will face.
Put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle, you will still be standing firm. Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared. In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil. Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Ephesians 6:13–17
3. Go to your war room and pray.
Some people find a closet, others just have a corner. Some use their cars and others sit in a comfortable chair or at the kitchen table. Wherever you go … PRAY! Praise God we don’t have to know what to pray. We just need to pray and trust the Holy Spirit for His help.
And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words. Romans 8:26
4. Tell the devil whose you are.
I need to remind myself every day that I don’t have to listen to Satan’s lies. I can turn off the news, limit my time on social media, and tell the enemy to back off by reminding him that — I am a child of the One who has already defeated him. He has no power in my life.
“Submit yourselves to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” James 4:7
5. Thank and praise God.
There is something about replacing negative thoughts with thanks and praise that defeats discouragement every time. It’s true, it may not last long but it always lasts as long as I keep thanking a praising. Remembering all God has done for me in the past gives me courage and hope that I will get through this current moment, too.
Why am I discouraged?
Why is my heart so sad?
I will put my hope in God!
I will praise Him again—
my Savior and my God!
The truth is when I remember it … God has given me (and you) everything needed to defeat discouragement. With His help, I can do better. I don’t want to just struggle through and survive – I want to THRIVE! And by God’s grace, I will!
For everything comes from Him and exists by His power and is intended for His glory. All glory to Him forever! Amen. Romans 11:36
The rest of the story…
Telling my friends about my feelings of discouragement was only part of the story.
Earlier that day, I was in my car running an errand when I finally admitted I felt down. Rather than wallowing in my mood, I decided I wanted to do better; so, I decided to fight.
I turned my car into my war room and started praying.
Father, I feel so discouraged and I don’t know why. I have no reason to feel sad. I am so blessed. I’m sorry. Please help me. I need You. By the power of Your Spirit, fill me with Your truth and defeat the enemy’s lies that are dragging me down.
Before I finished praying, Old Church Choir by Zach Williams started playing on the radio.
And I started thanking and praising God!
It’s becoming my current theme song.
I’m celebrating! Because with the Spirit’s help, “There ain’t nothin’ gonna steal my joy!”
And when discouragement tries to drag me down – who knows it could happen later today – I will:
- Admit that I’m discouraged and in a battle.
- Get ready to fight.
- Go to my war room and pray.
- Tell the enemy whose I am.
- Thank and praise God.
Are you ready to fight discouragement and with God’s help – WIN?
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