"For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart."
(Jeremiah 29:11-13 KJV)
Discouragement refers to a state of mind that occurs when we don't lean on Our Awesome God but become overwhelmed with problems, when we feel frustrated and lose heart. Discouragement causes us to lose our courage, our motivation, and our hope.
We have all felt discouragement. Discouragement is a feeling that comes to many people at different times in their lives. Feeling discouragement is not a sin but it does mean you are not leaning on Our Awesome God enough. It is not even a sign that you are in a place of sin. But how we handle discouragement can affect our spiritual life and growth. So how should we handle it?
First, when we feel discouragement we should go to Our Awesome God in prayer. Tell God how you feel, why you feel discouragement (if you know) and ask God to help you overcome it. God knows the big picture and what road your life will take. Our Awesome God may be showing you something you need to know or realize. He may be setting you up for a big blessing.
Four things come to mind to remedy discouragement. Rest, because we often are exhausted physically and emotionally. Take a "time out" to rest away from the problems and pray. Reorganize your life by evaluating the time and energy you are expending on things. Resolve to trust God by believing He has the answers (Psalm 103:19). Then Resist discouragement by asking God to reveal to you the best response to a difficulty.
Our Awesome God has your best interests in mind and will help you if you ask. If you take the approach mentioned above, then God will provide for you in ways that far exceed human understanding.
Join us at LWBC every Sunday at 9:30 AM, we have small group Bible Studies and at 10:30 AM, we meet in the sanctuary for Worship Service. Our programs include AWANA and an Intercessory Prayer Team but are varied as we teach and preach from Our Awesome God's Holy Bible. We love visitors and practice the "love one another" commandment to all.
Flo & Bill