I came across this quote today by Billy Graham. Being such a well know man of God, you would not associate discouragement with him on a regular basis. I love his humble thoughts and acknowledgement of his utter dependence upon God. What about you? How do you fare when you are discouraged? Do you turn to God?
Isaiah 12:2 “Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The LORD, the LORD, is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation.” Discouragement is not a sin but what we allow discouragement do with our minds and actions can lead to sin. But I would further say that discouragement is a sin if it lingers in your mind. It is a by product of not trusting God to fully meet your needs and direct your path. Don’t allow discouragement a foothold in your life. Do not listen to your own defeating self-talk. Claim God’s promises over your problems and leave them at His feet.
Here are some promises to claim over and for your discouraged heart:
Deuteronomy 31:6 “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”
2 Timothy 1:7 “For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.”
Matthew 17:19-20 “Then the disciples came to Jesus in private and asked, Why couldn’t we drive it out? (It refers to a demonic spirit living inside a boy in verses 14-18.) He replied, ‘Because you have so little faith, I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, “Move from here to there” and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.'”
Feeling discouraged? Claim God’s promises over your life and send that discouragement away! It is a tool of Satan and we must rebuke it and claim God’s power in our lives. There is power in the Word!
Blessings today as you move above any discouragement you are experiencing.