So let’s not allow ourselves to get fatigued doing good. At the right time we will harvest a good crop if we don’t give up, or quit. Right now, therefore, every time we get the chance, let us work for the benefit of all, starting with the people closest to us in the community of faith. - Galatians 6:9-10 The Message
There are times, seasons, circumstances in life that can bring us to our knees in discouragement. We feel hard-pressed, like our work has come up void, our that the set-backs are never ending. Discouragement comes in like a black cloud. It keeps us up at night and steals our joy.
Discouragement is rooted in the two words "Dis" - to take, to remove, to lack, and "Courage" - the quality of mind or Spirit that lets us face challenges without fear. To discourage someone is actually a terrible and nasty offense: It is "To make someone less determined, confident, or hopeful." I'm not sure about you, but upon reading this in Merriam-Websters definition I thought, "well isn't that just like the devil."
Discouragement isn't just the byproduct of a day gone wrong, or a plan not coming to fruition. Discouragement is the enemy's way of stealing your courage. Making you less determined. Less confident. Less hopeful. Discouragement is the ultimate way of distracting you from your destiny. Taking you off course. Halting your progress. Paralyzing you from realizing your goal.
God promises that your harvest and your victory is around the corner - if you don't give into discouragement.
If you are feeling discouragement today, it is because you are well on course to your destiny, and the enemy is pulling out all the stops in order to trip you up.
Someone is attempting to steal your COURAGE. The question is - are you going to allow it? Or are you going to press forward in faith?
Today, when discouragement comes knocking - don't allow it to distract you from your destiny. You have a faith fight to fight, a harvest to reap, a God to glorify. And you will see victory if you don't GIVE UP.
Be strong. Take courage. Don’t be intimidated. Don’t give them a second thought because God, your God, is striding ahead of you. He’s right there with you. He won’t let you down; he won’t leave you. - Deuteronomy 31:1 The Message