One of the greatest lessons I’ve been learning on my “spiritual/truly realistic” life journey with God is in the area of how to deal with discouragement. Fact is…”discouragement” is an ugly gremlin that knocks on everyone’s door time and again. In some cases it seems like it’s camped out on the doorstep. For some it feels like discouragement has taken out a lease on the property right next door – or – built a room in your house.
The good news: Mr/Ms Discouragement can be effectively vacated!
First Key: Mistrust It. Ie: Treat It With Suspicion. Deeply Doubt It.
The only reason discouragement can get a foothold is that man’s logic has told us that it’s “being realistic.”
Let me add here that the only true form of “realism” is based on God’s perspective…and we find that in these places:
- His stories of activity and intervention in the Old and New Testament (especially the stories of Jesus).
- His stories of victory in the timeless testimonies of others.
- His stories in the events of your personal life that have demonstrated His delivering and restoring grace.
That’s why I opened the first paragraph of this post with the words, “spiritual/truly realistic.”
I used to feel that realism could be judged by whatever my circumstances were dictating. But, I found that circumstances were, often, only a reflection of happenstances in a sin scared world.
Wisdom dictated by a sin scared world must be mistrusted!
I found that the only “scars” worth trusting are the scars embedded in Jesus! Those scars dictate the realistic truth!
So…what’s the solution?
MISTRUST DISCOURAGEMENT! Weigh it in the balance of God’s truth through the three points I listed above. (At least that’s a good place to start.)
When your emotions drone their dismay in your ears with thoughts like…
- “I can never do anything right!”
- “Things will never go good for me!”
- “This situation is hopeless!”
- “I’m the exception to God’s rule!”
Mistrust it. Doubt it. Be very suspicious of how you are feeling.
As “Cooksey’s Blog” points out, “Discouragement Is a Choice”. (Interestingly i discovered his inspiring wisdom as I was searching for a good picture to put with this article.) I really enjoyed the simple wisdom and subscribed to it to see what other gems he may post.
Here’s to “Victory Over Discouragement in 2011.” I didn’t say it would be easy. It depends on how many roots it has set down in your thinking. But take the axe of God’s truth to the roots. Start today.
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