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Overcoming Discouragement

Written by Alfred Ofori Agyemang.

"For this reason, I also suffer these things; nevertheless I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day" (NKJV) 2 Tim. 1:12.

The battle for spiritual and physical survival continues to be the greatest challenge of humanity. Satan is using many tools, some are obvious and others not. Some of the silent tools heavily used by the enemy include hatred, envy, jealousy, deceit, lying, and pride. One tool that looks harmless but with very devastating consequences is discouragement. We have set for ourselves many targets and society also has expectations of us and failure to meet such targets leads us to disappointment. Discouragement results in feelings of despair in facing all the obstacles in trying to achieve our targets. Only looking up to your challenges and abilities will lead you to discouragement, there is always a divine hand in the affairs of humanity that empowers us when the power of the physical ends.

Discouragement happens to all men alike. Great men of God like Moses got discouraged from dealing with rebellion and murmuring from the people of Israel (Num. 16:1-4). The prophet Elijah worked so hard for God but at some point saw little results, felt left alone, and even wanted to die (1Kg. 19:4-18). Some Christians have stopped evangelizing and doing good to others because they have been discouraged.

We deal with discouragement by anticipating it because you will always face opposition in this antagonistic world, having an open mind, and being willing to learn new things. Getting a strong pillar of support is key in dealing with present and future discouragement. Christ is the strongest pillar we can have and that’s why we all need to be Christians if were are not yet converted. Be diligent in Christ and in physical life.

Be focused on Jesus and your purpose in life. All the great people of faith face frustration, disappointment, and discouragement. We can either let these challenges strengthen us through the Holy Spirit or allow them to destroy us. You are not alone, there is a God who cares and wants us to cast all our burdens on Him (1 Pet. 5:7). You cannot stop disappointment from coming to you but you face it and conquer it with the great power of God and determination.

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