One major test you have to face throughout your life is that of not getting discouraged. No matter how successful and great you are, there will be several moments in your life when discouragement will creep in. Many people have allowed life’s challenges pull them down and render their visions and hopes shattered because the situations wouldn’t just get better.
They have allowed heaviness like a smoky dark cloud followed them and ruining their spirits throughout life’s ordeal, limiting and forcing them to accept the status quo. Until you learn to get a hold of some principles on how to pass discouragement test, it would keep you from fulfilling your destiny and disallow you from enjoying God’s very best intention for your life.
Not that the Children of Israel were not led the right way on their journey to the promise land, but they didn’t handle their challenges and the discouragement the right way, with all the signs and wonders, many miraculous provisions and unfathomable display of deliverance, yet they complained and murmured that God was so displeased with them and the journey of 40 days became 40 years.
A lot of believers today allow the challenges they go through make them utter negative words and uncomplimentary statements against their lives, future and even God, blaming Him and everyone around them for their failures, sickness and poverty. But until you quit blame shifting, face the negative situation, start speaking positive statements and Spirit – filled words, you are not ready to move to the next phase God has prepared for you.
God has given you all you need to accomplish your vision and He has given the strength, but you must act and function with the right attitude. There’s nothing more God will give to you that He hasn’t given. First, He gave HIS SON to take your place of woes and help you get rid of awful situations. Second, He gave you THE HOLY SPIRIT, to live in you, direct you, teach you, counsel and guide you. Thirdly, He gave you His WORD, for a good heritage and testimony. This is the edge you have above others.
When discouraging spirit comes knocking, you say, no thanks, I am going to keep my joy, stay focused and fix my gaze on the course I am set to follow. Where you are today is simply a training ground, if you would shake off the discouragement and self pity and get a new vision for your life, then where you are is not where you will always stay, there is a better place ahead. It may be taking a long time, but you are closer than you think.
The Psalmist said I don’t look to the mountains for help; I look to God who made the mountains. Lift up your head and get a new and fresh vision for your life, you have greater victories in your future than you have experienced in your past. When circumstances convince us to keep our heads down, the Word reminds us that we have a Father God who is our glory and the lifter up of our heads.
Psalm 3 : 3 … “For thou Oh Lord art a shield for me, my glory and the lifter up of mine head.” The Word Glory means favour, one translation says heavy favour. When life tries you weigh you down with heavy burdens and discouragements, all you need do is to stay calm with confidence and hope and allow God be the lifter of your head.
But will have to make a decision to shake off that discouragement, and before long, your heavy discouragement, depression and challenges would become heavy with joy, heavy with favour and heavy with God’s blessings all around you and your harvests will be so much that you wouldn’t have enough room to contain them.
*** PRAYER FOR THE DAY – Thank you dear Father for allowing your precious Word meet my needs today, I shake off every form of depression and discouragement and I receive strength to function at my very best capacity in Jesus Name, Amen.
*** CONFESSION OF THE DAY – I am heavy with favour and God’s greater blessings, I refuse to be depressed and sad. I choose to be happy now, today and always. My joyous spirit affects everything and everybody around me.
***QUOTES OF THE DAY –
[On Love] – A person who loves you truly will never let you go whatever the situation is.
[On Life] – The most wasted of all days is the one without laughter.
[On Success/Business] – Always go too far because that is where you will find the truth.
- SCRIPTURAL REFERENCE – 2 Corinthians 12 : 9 ; John 16 : 33
- ONE YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN : Morning – Matthew 13 : 31 – 58 ; Evening – Genesis 49, 50
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