This past week I have been feeling blah! I didn’t even want to write a post. If the truth be told, I was having an encounter with discouragement.
“Why are you in despair, O my soul? And why have you become disturbed within me? Hope in God, for I shall again praise Him for the help of His presence.” Psalm 43:5
Low energy, an unusually harsh winter season, and exhaustion from work have all fuelled this lack of motivation to do much. This funk has only proved to make me feel miserable and seems to magnify other issues to appear bigger than they actually are.
I suspect, however, I may not be alone in this. The year has only just began, yet many of us are feeling the onslaught of this debilitating malady. We have become disheartened by setbacks and obstacles to what we would like to accomplish. Many of the goals that were set in 2017 remain unmet and we are wondering if 2018 is going to be the same.
Failure to meet expectations and lack of progress is weighing heavily on our hearts. In the grip of one of the enemy’s best weapon we are at loss at how to move forward.
“When you’re discouraged, you’re ineffective. God cannot use discouraged people, because discouraged people are the opposite of people of faith. And God uses people who have faith.” Rick Warren
The following quotes are not only inspiring. I find them extremely encouraging, especially as they have helped me to see that even great men and women of God, past and present, encountered moments of discouragement. Allow these quotes to soothe you when your spirit is down-trodden.
INSPIRATIONAL QUOTES TO FIGHT DISCOURAGEMENT AND LIFT THE SPIRIT
“Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. You wait and watch and work: you don’t give up.” Anne Lamott
“If God can bring blessings from the broken body of Jesus Christ and glory from something that’s as obscene as the cross, He can bring blessings from my problems and my pain and my unanswered prayer. I just have to trust Him.” Anne Graham Lotz
“The remedy for discouragement is in the Word of God. When you feed your heart and mind with its truth, you regain your perspective and find renewed strength.” Warren Wiersbe
“Do not strive in your own strength; cast yourself at the feet of the Lord Jesus, and wait upon Him in the sure confidence that he is with you, and works in you. Strive in prayer; let faith fill your heart – so will you be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might.” Andrew Murray
“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” Martin Luther King Jr.
“It has always seemed to me that broken things, just like broken people, get used more; it’s probably because God has more pieces to work with.” Bob Goff – Love Does
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.” Hebrew 12:1
7 TIDBITS TO REMEMBER WHEN DISCOURAGEMENT SHOWS UP
God’s view of success is not always expressed using the same measuring stick as the world. It is often measured by obedience.
God uses ordinary people to accomplish extraordinary things.
Satan takes advantage of our weaknesses. He uses discouragement as a way to silence and dishearten God’s children. He wants to keep us from seeing the fruits of our labor and our potential.
Prayer helps us to focus on God and gain a new perspective of our situation. As we focus on God instead of our problems, we position our self where He can start directing and leading us.
Praise and worship, especially in music, has the power to lift our spirit. It invites the presence of God into our midst. It ignites hope and strengthens our faith, bringing us closer to God.
We need to try to avoid self-pity. The enemy is only too happy to use those moments of us feeling sorry for our self to paralyze us with doubt and block our productivity.
Giving thanks to God for what He has already done allows us to recognize Him as our source. It also reminds us not to take his goodness for granted.
If you, like myself, find you are under an attack from the enemy through discouragement, do not take it lying down.
The enemy would have us believe our goals are unattainable. That our circumstance will never change. He doesn’t just want to press the pause button in our life, he wants us to give up and press delete. As Rick Warren says, Satan wants us ineffective. For that not to happen, we have to choose to fight the funk and not dwell in it. Push forward in prayer, reading the word and have faith in God.
Remember, even though the enemy is always against us, God is always for us!!
So come on dear friends, let us journey together by faith. God bless you!
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