To discourage means to make someone less determined, hopeful or confident; to deprive (remove) of courage or confidence.
Been there, done that. Just when I get excited about the new supply of courage I'm carrying, that Jesus Himself gave me, along comes discouragement disguised as well-meaning, and some not so well-meaning, fuddy duddy trying to steal the joy courage brought with it.
Discourage terrifies (Isaiah 51:7 Jeremiah 1:17, 10:2; 17:18; 23:4; Ezekiel 2:6; 3:9),
(1 Samuel 17:11; 2 Kings 19:26),
Discourage fills with terror, frightens, breaks, cracks and panics.
Discourage has enticing lies disguised as logic and reason and truth.
Discourage partners with anxiety, pain, heartbreak, loss, guilt, shame, illness and fear.
Discourage holds nothing back. It uses all its weapons to try and steal the joy that Courage breeds. It fights dirty because Discourage knows if its powers work, you are defeated.
Discouragement, in any form, is not from God. God did not say, "Take discouragement."
And what does God say?
"Don't be discouraged." Not just once, but over and over again.
1 Chronicles 22:13
1 Chronicles 28:20
2 Chronicles 20:15
2 Chronicles 20:17
2 Chronicles 32:7
It's a done deal. Fight discouragement with Courage. Take discouragement and send it back where it came from.
Don't wait for all things to be perfect, when you think it will be easier to take courage and not be discouraged. That ain't gonna happen. That train will NEVER reach the station.
Discourage is always waiting to find a way to steal your courage. That is a guarantee. Put a fortress around your courage, don't let anyone, thing, argument, reason break in and take it from you.
Dis the dis riding piggyback on your courage.
Go back now, revel in the words of God who gives courage and doesn't take it back. The words were spoken to an ancient people, but the relevance of those words are as fresh as if they are being spoken for the first time in 2014. You may not be leading a nation into a new land, but whatever it is you are facing needs courage, not discouragement.
D is for disCourage.
Thoughts to chew on:
1. What things, or who, easily discourages you?
2. When you have been discouraged, what gives you courage again?
3. What ways can you fight against discouragement when it comes?