ENCOURAGEMENT – Part 2
God with His word brings encouragement
The dictionary defines discouragement as follows: “a feeling of despair in the face of obstacles; or a state of distraught and loss of sense of enthusiasm, drive or courage.”
When I saw the word ‘feeling’ there, I became encouraged because as Christians, we know that feelings are real but they are facts and a fact is different from the truth and by faith, we can overcome facts—Amen. The difference between truth and facts is that facts can change but truth will always remain unchanged.
Discouragement is a loss of courage. Sometimes, it is easier for us to give up and its harder to press forward, and it takes courage to do that. We are to find courage as Christians in God and His word.
Deuteronomy 31:6 – Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you. This Scripture tells us why that discouragement in the dictionary need not apply to us.
Fear is the opposite of courage. God tells us in the above Scripture not to be afraid.The dictionary calls discouragement ‘loss of sense of courage…’ but look at God’s word. There is no loss with God and He says it, “I will never leave you.” There is no loss with God. God is not the author of loss. In fact, God says in Joel 2: 25, “Anything you have lost will be returned to you.”
Discouragement can manifest itself in a physical way with people becoming anxious, sleepless, restless, negatively thinking, complacent and then forgetting to eat or eating too much. Becoming tired and weary are also signs. When you feel discouraged both mentally and physically, you are weighed down with burden, but that’s when you have to stand firm and stick your feet firmly in the word of God. You may not want to but that’s when our Christian conviction should show itself.
For further study:
Matthew 11-28-30 – “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
Questions for you to reflect on:
Do you believe you can stand on the Word of God?
Can God fail?