A man was shown vision about the weapons of Satan, and he saw a particular weapon that has been over-used; he asked what was special about the weapon and also its name, and he was told the weapon was discouragement, and that when other weapons against Christians stumble , discouragement hardly ever fails ….
If you have surrendered your life to Jesus Christ and determined to serve Him forever, and you are getting involved in the work of God to turn others to righteousness in Jesus, Satan will try to discourage you in order to destroy you. Discouragement is a destructive weapon of Satan that deflates spiritual strength and zeal, and makes a Christian becomes spiritually dry. When life gets tough and situations turn worst; even as you pray, search your life and put faith in action, yet things do not seem to get better. Then you begin to ask why? Why will God allow this to happen to you? Why?
You may get disturbed but you do not need to be discouraged. Since Christian life is a narrow way, and even life generally is ups and downs, as a child of God, you can be disturbed, but you should not allow discouragement. When you are disturbed by anything, take it to God in prayer and simply trust Him; it’s hard, but that is the only means to be happy in Jesus; and not by siting in the dangerous valley of discouragement.
Disappointment is inevitable, but to become discouraged, that’s a choice I make. God would never discourage me. He would always point me to Himself to trust Him. Therefore, my discouragement is from Satan. As you go through the emotions that we have, hostility is not from God, bitterness, unforgiveness, all of these are attacks from Satan …..
“Discouragement is not the absence of adequacy but the absence of courage”
~ Neal Maxwell
Believers in the Bible were disturbed: Moses, Elijah, Jeremiah and others. They were disturbed at one point or the other, but instead of being discouraged, they turned to God with their disturbing hearts. At a point, John the baptist was seriously disturbed, you know what he did? He didn’t depart from Jesus but he turned to Jesus with his disturbing mind. Jesus was disturbed at a point on His way to the Cross but He poured His disturbing mind to God, and He is now in heaven praying for us, because He has been through such difficult situations we are going through now …. “For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.”
When you are disturbed, Satan will want you to be discouraged, to stop praying so you can be his prey; to stop reading the Word of God so you can be weak; he will want you to be weary of working for God so that you can wither away. Satan will want to dissuade you from trusting God and living a righteous life so that he can destroy your destiny. When you find it hard to pray, to read Bible, or to do God’s work because of any situation around you, then discouragement is setting in, you should beware.
Discouragement is a shadow of spiritual destruction, it leads to weakness, weariness and compromising into sin, since “God doesn’t care” so to say, but that is satanic deception. It is a lie straight from the pits of hell ….
We should not allow present situations to discourage us from serving and trusting God, no matter how hard ….. “Who is He that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
We should discuss our disturbing situations with God and trust Him that He is working everything for our good at the end of it. I find it necessary to encourage you, in case you find yourself in unpleasant circumstances now or later, don’t be discouraged, don’t be distracted, don’t doubt, don’t compromise your faith and righteous living; don’t turn from serving God, because it will soon turn to testimony …
“Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.”
Beloved, heaven is far and it will take the few who take it by force without fainting, no matter what, to make it at last. Will you be among the victorious few or among the falling away?
“My brethren, take the prophets, who spoke in the name of the Lord, as an example of suffering and patience. Indeed we count them blessed who endure. You have heard of the perseverance of Job and seen the end intended by the Lord—that the Lord is very compassionate and merciful. “Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh.”
Let us pray ~
Oh Lord God, You know me better than anyone else and the deep disappointments that I have been facing and the sadness that fills my heart from time to time. Keep me Lord from building up resentments and bitterness, and help me not to harbour any hurts or grievances in my heart. Please water those dry places in my heart,
Lord, as You have promised to strengthen Your children and to uphold each one with Your righteous right hand. Help me to cling to this truth I pray. Lord I ask that You would heal all the pain in my heart, change my sorrow into joy and transform my disappointments into blessings from You.
Uphold me Lord day by day, with Your everlasting arms and pour the precious peace that only comes from You into my hurting heart. Thank You that Your grace is sufficient to turn my disappointments into laughter ~ may I rest in this truth, in Jesus name I pray,