Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God. Psalm 43:5
All year the enemy has been swinging at you, and you haven’t been fighting back like you should be.
Are you fighting discouragement? The enemy fights us with discouragement, we are still in this human body and the enemy wants our soul. He wars against us with schemes and tactics. And discouragement is one of his greatest weapons.
Most of the greats in the Bible experienced discouragement. But they also overcame these feelings of sadness, sorrow and inner turmoil. The enemy’s greatest strength is to make us believe: this is it, things will not change and we might as well give up without a fight. David and Elijah are of my favorite examples.
David quickly forgot about the battle he had just won, when he and his men, saw the enemy camp had taken their women and kids! The men plotted to stone him, David felt discouraged but he did not go into hopelessness. David went to God, he encouraged himself in the Lord! And asked the Lord, should I go after my stuff or is this it for us?The Lord told David, go fight for your stuff! You will recover all!
Elijah also experienced discouragement, and went into a cave to die. He went into despair,
even after defeating over 400 Baal prophets. But guess who showed up? God!! The Lord woke Elijah up, fed him and told Him to get some courage because he had a long journey ahead of him.
Where is your hope? Did you notice that God did the same for both David and Elijah. The Lord said okay, you’re sad, you’re afraid, you’re worn out, but guess what… I, God, am not done with you yet!
Choose joy over sorrow, choose praise over depression, choose hope over doubt and choose to choose! Yes, even with happiness or discouragement we have the option to choose one or the other.
Father God, heal our hearts from disappointment and discouragement. I pray for the oils of gladness, and the garments of praise to help us stand firm. I pray against generational curses of depression and victimization, break them Jesus! Teach us to fight God, we declare we are more than conquerors in Christ. In the name of Jesus, Amen.