As discouragement was trying to settle in yesterday, I kept hearing in my spirit “I have brought you this far and I will continue to carry you.” I ignored the message a few times but then it was obvious that the Holy Spirit was comforting me and encouraging me. Sometimes the enemy makes things look a lot worse than they are. Things were not that bad. It was nothing the Lord couldn’t fix because He can fix anything and like He said, He was going to continue to bless me and to protect me. His message gave me a boost. It made me smile and I felt something rise up on the inside. I had also received a very encouraging message from a cousin earlier. The Lord spoke through Him beautifully. There will always seem to be good reasons to give up but there is always a bigger reason to keep going. The Lord is the reason. Whatever you are facing today I want you to remember that Jesus is the reason why you should stay hopeful. With Him there is no reason to get discouraged. Discouragement is a strong weapon of the enemy because it straps you of your faith. When it comes, stand strong. It’s not easy but you can make it. You can do it. You have a very good reason to hold on to faith. The reason will always be the same. Jesus will always be the same. If you are discouraged today, be ready to be encouraged.
“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”* I find that discouragement is stronger at night and then it keeps you up and lingers into the morning. However, God’s mercies are new every morning. Every morning you have a new reason why you should expect good things. God’s mercies greet you every morning. It is up to you to recognize them and to embrace them. You can choose to be positive and to go with the flow of the Lord or you can choose to stay in the negative state where you don’t let the Lord in. I have been there. I have held on to negativity refusing to step into a positive mindset. It doesn’t help. It doesn’t do you any good. What helps is when you tell the Lord you appreciate His new mercies and you are welcoming them into your life. Keep that attitude all day and it will put a dent in the discouragement that is haunting you.
“The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” (Psalm 27:12). Discouragement makes everything look dark. It gives you the impression that you are walking in a tunnel with no light but the Lord is your light. He will help you navigate through the darkness of discouragement. Focus on the light. Focus on Jesus. Focus on the way out. Remember that you are going to find peace again and you can indeed have peace today because the Prince of Peace is with you in the tunnel. He is the stronghold of your life. Nothing and no one is as strong as He is. He can’t be broken and He can’t be shaken. Your faith in Him is based on something real and amazing. He is the author of your faith so let Him write your story and let Him direct your life. Discouragement is not a chapter He wants for you. He will rewrite your story and erase all the pages where negativity was prevalent. Discouragement has no place in your life in the name of Jesus. Kick it out!
“Indeed there is hope for a tree. If it’s cut down and still sprouting and its shoots don’t fail, if its roots age in the ground and its stump dies in the dust, at the scent of water, it will bud and produce sprouts like a plant.” (Job 14:7-9) Discouragement will try to kill your hope but hope will always come back. Hope will always be resurrected. Hope didn’t die on the cross and never came back. Hope is alive. Hope could not be restrained by the forces of evil. It is the same thing today. Hope is strong and mighty. If you are discouraged, call on hope. There is hope for a tree so there is hope for you. Don’t focus on the pruning and the trimming, focus on the sprouts and the bud. The fruit of hope is in you and you can revive it today. Thank God for hope. Hit discouragement on the head with words of hope. Jesus is the reason why things are going to get a lot better for you. Stay encouraged. May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!
Suggested reading: Lamentations 3:22-23*; 2 Corinthians 4:16-18; Ephesians 3:20