Spirit & Life Devotional
Wednesday, July 30
Chinaemerem Joshua Ibezim
Ezra 4:4 ERV “So the enemies began to discourage them and tried to frighten them in order to stop them from building the Temple.”
OVERCOMING DISCOURAGEMENT AND FEAR
Discouragement and fear are two weapons Satan uses to try to stop us from accomplishing great things, achieving our goals and objectives, fulfilling God’s purposes for our lives, moving on, trying again and from pursuing the visions and dreams in our hearts.
The purpose of discouragement and fear is to make us quit. Satan uses challenges and people to try to make you lose your confidence or enthusiasm; to demoralize you, to depress you, to disappoint you, to dash your hopes, to prevent you by showing disapproval or creating difficulties. He desires to make you less determined, less hopeful, and less confident. Refuse to be discouraged! Refuse to be afraid!
After all the exploits he did, Elijah’s ministry came to an end because he let himself be discouraged and afraid. Just because Jezebel threatened him, he said to God, “I have had enough, Lord! Take my life. I am no better than my ancestors.” 1 Kings 19:4. But when his own men were talking of killing him, David encouraged himself in God! Hallelujah!
People may have refused to assist you; rejected your proposals; humiliated you; they keep asking you to come back in two weeks; they aren’t co-operating with you; no great results: it may even be at home; you don’t feel loved any more; things have changed, you’re tired, you’re hurt – don’t be discouraged, don’t quit, God will make a way!