Discouragement destroys. I’ve watched it push people down, away from God and one another. It’s a common ailment that causes distress, division, and even disease. And.

Only when we’re free of discouragement, are we really able to see the destructiveness of it.

Discouragement stands at the door of our life on a daily basis; however, it’s our choice whether we will allow discouragement to cross over the threshold. There’ve been times discouragement has entered my life, obstructing my view of what more God has.  In times of discouragement, life  seems impossible, hope unattainable, and joy unreachable.  The struggle of discouragement is a reality; it’s not often talked about in the community of faith; however, no one is immune to discouragement; our human nature is susceptible to it. Throughout the pages of God’s Message the words are repeated: Do Not Be Discouraged.

1 Chronicles 22:13 is one of the many places it’s said:
Then you will have success if you are careful to observe the decrees and laws that the LORD gave Moses for Israel. Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or discouraged.

To win the battle against discouragement, we need to find the courage to fight it.

The battle must be fought to the end, discouragement is always ready to steal the gift of the day.  Sometimes it takes every ounce of our strength to push back discouragement and full-out determination to face whatever we need to face.

The first step is to make the decision to leave the place of discouragement.  The moment we begin the fight against discouragement, is the moment we discover we’re not alone. God is present and will provide a pathway to leave discouragement.

Learning to Kickstart the day with God,

(Written by Kerrie Carlisle Palmer © 2013 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED)

do not be discouraged

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