WHAT CAUSES DISCOURAGEMENT?
#1 Cause - FATIGUE
#2 Cause - FRUSTRATION
#3 Cause - FAILURE
#4 Cause - FEAR
WHAT'S THE CURE FOR DISCOURAGEMENT?
There's a fascinating story in the Bible about how a guy named Nehemiah mobilized the residents of Jerusalem to build a wall around the entire city. Half way through the project, the citizens became discouraged and wanted to give up -- because of the FOUR causes I've given.
Here's what Nehemiah taught about defeating discouragement (Nehemiah 4):
REST YOUR BODY
If you need a break -- take one! You'll be more effective when you return to work. If you're burning the candle at both ends, you're not as bright as you think!
REORGANIZE YOUR LIFE
Discouragement doesn't necessarily mean you are doing the wrong thing. It may just be that you are doing the right thing in the wrong way. Try a new approach. Shake things up a little.
REMEMBER GOD WILL HELP YOU
Just ask Him. He can give you new energy. There's incredible motivating power in faith.
RESIST THE DISCOURAGEMENT
Fight back! Discouragement is a choice. If you feel discouraged, it's because you've chosen to feel that way. No one is forcing you to feel bad. Hang on! Do what's right in spite of your feelings. No feeling lasts forever.
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I found this on Rick Warren's website.. He is the Pastor of Saddle back Church.. Author of "Purpose Driven Life" I wanted to make sure and give him his credit as I did not write the above devotion!!
The above devotion had me thinking because I have been struggling with discouragement lately... Of the 4 causes I would say I'm more frustrated then anything!! I was reading my bible the other night and I turned to this verse John 16:24 "Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete"
HAVE YOU EVER HAD A HARD TIME ASKING FOR THINGS?????
I know I have..... I assume the LORD knows what I need, or want... I pray, (more like complain to him) and then wonder why my needs are not being met.
Another thing I often do is I put Gods limitations in a box... I forget how mighty he really is and how he truly will provide for our every need, no matter how big the need is!!! Wow.. just writing that makes me realize how important it is to have a daily walk with the LORD.. We just can not wrap our minds around how faithful he truly is!!! He is faithful to uphold justice, he is faithful to give mercy, he is faithful to show forgiveness, he is faithful to LOVE.. and he is FAITHFUL to meet our every NEED!!!!
I am constantly reminding myself that feelings do no last.. We can control our feelings.. WE can choose to remain STUCK or we can choose to Fight back as Rick Warren says....
Today I am going to FIGHT!! I have always been a fighter; sometimes in the wrong way, however the determination and perseverance that comes from fighting is a positive way of looking at our situation and how I will look at my current situation.... TODAY (anyways!!)