The enemy often uses three specific weapons to keep us in bondage or to keep us from praising God the way He really deserves to be praised.
Those three are discouragement, disappointment and distraction. The one that will be discussed today is discouragement.
Discouragement means to deprive of courage or confidence or to become disheartened. The devil knows a discouraged man can’t give God the praise He deserves so God continually tells us to be strong and of a good courage. In fact, he told Joshua after Moses’ death “Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid neither be dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee withersoever thou goest (Joshua 1:9KJV).” Thus, there is no doubt that discouragement happens to us all but we can’t let discouragement build a home in our lives regardless of how bad it gets, and it can get really bad. That’s why God commands us “to be strong and of a good courage.”
Thus, discouragement may come, we may be discouraged about something going on in the ministry, we may be discouraged by all the bad news we are hearing in the media day after day (to the point where we say don’t nobody bring me no more bad news), we may be discouraged by the lack of money or the no money we have in our pockets, but the fact is that God is still in control; God is still on the throne, and God still has all power in his hand and He is not through with us. He is not finished shaping, making and molding us into a finished product. So when discouragement starts creeping up on you let him know he doesn’t live here anymore. When discouragement even acts like it wants to show up start praising God immediately because praise will turn discouragement into encouragement and we all need to be encouraged.
God Bless You