“Discouragement is a killer.”
That was a comment that Kristi, from Create A Great Day, left after my post last week about pressing on towards our goals. She went on to say that we need to have a game plan for when discouragement hits. Kristi’s right. So let’s talk about that!
Many years ago I sat under a wonderful bible teacher, Evelyn, studying the book of Nehemiah when I learned a very important lesson that we should all learn. Nehemiah was a servant of the king when he heard that the walls of Jerusalem had been destroyed and the Israelites had no protection. After fasting, praying and approaching the king, Nehemiah left everything, his home and his comfy job, to take on the task of rebuilding the walls around Jerusalem.
In the process of working towards his goal, Nehemiah was mocked, ridiculed and questioned.
Newsflash: The Enemy’s tactics have not changed.
When you set goals, and pursue them diligently, I’m guessing that you hear the same discouraging remarks that Nehemiah heard. Check it out. See if this is familiar:
Strategies that the Enemy uses to discourage you:
Questions your Goal –
What is this you are doing? (Neh. 2:19)
Questions your Motive –
Are you rebelling? (Neh. 2:19)
Sends People to Mock you-
Really? Do you think you will finish this?
You can’t finish that!
Do you think you can….? (Neh. 4:2-3)
Tells You to Get a Reality Check!
Reminds you that you won’t make it this time – just like last time
Taunts you and tells you that what you are doing will not last…. (Neh. 4:3)
When the enemies saw that the Israelites were making progress they became angry and plotted together to “stir up trouble.” (Neh. 4:7)
And discouragement hit.
Overcome with the magnitude and the challenge of rebuilding a wall around the entire city, the people became discouraged. And discouragement kills.
This story is like a chess game and the Israelite’s next move won the game! They took their discouragement to their godly leader who pointed them to the God of heaven and earth. Nehemiah set guards at the “lowest points” that were “exposed.” And continued on to remind his people that “the Lord, who is great and awesome,” would fight for them.
Are you in a battle? For your marriage, your children, your loved ones? Hear these words and let them minister to you:
“Don’t be afraid..Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight for your families, your sons and your daughters, your wives and your homes.” (Neh. 4:14)
Soak that in.
The word of God is living and active. Utilize it like you would use a weapon against an intruder. Fight! Fight hard!
Nehemiah told the people to Remember the Lord…and fight! Keep your eyes set on your goal and fight! Remember who God is. He is with you.
The rest of Nehemiah’s story is pretty magnificent!
The Lord confused the enemy and the wall was rebuilt in record time. BUT… from the time of regrouping after the people were discouraged, the Israelites never put down their weapons – not even when they went for water.
What is your weapon to battle discouragement and real-life roadblocks? The bible says that the Word of God is sharper than a two edged sword (Heb 4:12)– When discouragement hits, we need to use God’s Word!
3 powerful ways to use God’s word as a weapon!
1. To Remind You who God is and His Devotion to You!
“I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse.” (Gen 12:3)
More Verses: Jer. 1:19, Jer 15:20, Isa 41:10, 45:2, 49:25, 52:12, Psalm 37:4-5, Prov 20:22
2. To Remind you why you are pursuing your goal. What is your heart’s desire?
“But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded.” (2 Chronicles 15:7)
“Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.” (Proverbs 16:3)
3. Remind you that God is fighting for you
“Do not be afraid of them; the Lord your God himself will fight for you.” (Deut. 3:22)
More Verses (Ex. 14:14, Deut. 1:30, 33:27 Judges 20:28, )
Stand firm and believe.
Check out Ephesians 6:10-18 on how to stand firm!
I hope these verses help you realize that your Daddy, the LORD God Almighty is on your side!! Battle discouragement with TRUTH.
We all get discouraged – it’s part of the journey. Stand firm friend!!!
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Have a blessed week and be encouraged!
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