2011 came with so much excitement. Everyone at the Church service seemed so jubilant and ecstatic. We danced and danced. The new year was now upon us! Thank you Lord!
Later on that Saturday, the 1st of January, a friend and I were having a discussion about how 2011 meant we were now officially getting ‘old’, lol. I started the whole moaning episode but she was quick to let me know I had nothing to worry about since she was turning 30. That kept me mute.
There are so many times when we go about trading sob stories with our friends and basically, whoever has the saddest tale ‘wins’. This is our way of encouraging ourselves. However, what does the Bible say about self encouragement? I don’t think trading sad stories is the way forward. Let’s look to the story of David in 1 Samuel 30 and see exactly how he handled discouragement.
David’s family and city were attacked by the Amelekites in Ziklag. He lost everything. His two wives were taken captive and even his men considered stoning him in their anger. The Bible says David wept until he could weep no more. So what did he do thereafter? Did he swap tales of woe? Did he complain? Did he throw a tantrum? No, he encouraged himself in the Lord, 1 Samuel 30:6. He looked to God for wisdom on how to handle the situation and God came through for him. He ended up recovering ALL.
Watch my discussion of this topic here:
I don’t know how the year has been for you so far but when discouragement comes, we have to remember the source. It is always from the devil. Never will God send discouragement our way. When we trust in God, we run to Him for help. We remember His promise that the thoughts He has towards us are thoughts of good and not of evil to give you an expected end. This means that in the journey of life, there might be storms but we know that all things are working together for our good. This realisation makes us rest in the Lord and in His promises knowing that He is not man that He should lie.
Discouragement is a sign of lack of faith in God. It is a sign that we are moved by the things that we see which goes against what II Corinthians 5:7 tells us (we walk by faith and not by sight). Whenever depression sets in, we need to strengthen our faith in God. Whilst it is okay to feel sad and cry, we have to learn to snap out of it.
How exactly do we build our faith? Paul, in Romans 10:17, stated that faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God. We build our faith, therefore, by diving into God’s word. We refer to His promises which are able to build us up. We hold on to them and from there, our faith is made strong. That way, we can easily be built up. Though the post refers to ‘self encouragement’, it really is about the Word of God which builds us up.
I can easily give numerous instances of where this has worked for me. Over and over again, I realise that holding on to the Word of God yields great fruit.
Some of the promises that keep me going are:
Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
Isaiah 55:12 For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap [their] hands.
Psalm 23:6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.
Which ones encourage you the most?
No matter where discouragement seems to be seeping in, you need to remember that God’s Words are yea and amen and stand sure. It could be that you are looking for a job, seeking for direction in one area or the other, needing healing for a family member or even yourself. Whatever the case is, I pray that we keep on holding on to God’s promises which can never fail even as we carry on in this new month of February.
Love these songs!!!
Read my original post on Joseph Omotayo’s blog here:
God bless you.