Feeling Discouraged? Here Are 3 Ways to Overcome It
But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength.
They will soar high on wings like eagles.
They will run and not grow weary.
They will walk and not faint.
Isaiah 40:31 (NLT)
What is courage? Courage is the ability to fight, to face challenges boldly; to keep getting up in the face of adversity: to have a “comeback spirit.” When we are courageous, we overcome obstacles, pursue our dreams, and fight big battles. We keep hope alive even in the face of negative circumstances. However, when we are discouraged, we become frustrated, defeated; our confidence weakens and we see ourselves as failures.
DISCOURAGEMENT is the Enemy’s attempt to rob you of your courage. But God does not want us to become so discouraged that we give up on our hopes and dreams. We must stay in the fight!
FIND ENCOURAGEMENT IN GOD’S WORD
It’s only human to feel downhearted or defeated at times. But the Lord never intended for us to stay in that place. God has given us the weapons of prayer and the promises of His word to fight our way out of discouragement and to be re-encouraged.
Psalm 40:1-2 (NIV) says,
I waited patiently for the Lord… he heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit…he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.
THREE WAYS TO OVERCOME DISCOURAGEMENT
Yes, you’ve been disturbed, demoralized, defeated: but God has come to infuse you with new couarge so you can get back in the fight! Three tools you can use to overcome discouragement:
- ENCOURAGE YOURSELF with Godly self-talk. When you speak life and speak victory, your mind and emotions will follow. Speak the word of God and pray out loud! Praise God for a victorious outcome, even before you see it. 1 Samuel 30:6 (NKJV) tells us that “David was greatly distressed; for the people spoke of stoning him… but David encouraged himself in the Lord his God.”
- ENCOURAGE OTHERS – Take your mind off of your own troubles by encouraging and praying for others. Remind someone that God can give them strength to reach their goals. He can help them overcome addiction, sickness, heartbreak and all other obstacles. As you minister to others, the Lord will encourage you and renew your hope. 1 Thessalonians 5:11 (NIV) says, “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.”
- CHANGE YOUR ATTITUDE! Praise God! Continue in an attitude of gratitude, even in the midst of challenges, weakness, failures and trouble. The right attitude will eventually break Satan’s stronghold of sorrow, pain and frustration. Psalm 34:2 (NLT) tells us, “I will boast only in the LORD; let all who are helpless take heart.”
A PRAYER TO REFRESH AND ENCOURAGE YOUR SOUL
Father, we thank you this day for a fresh outpouring of encouragement. In the name of Jesus, I decree and declare that we are more than conquerors; that we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us. Lift our heads above defeat and discouragement. We thank you for giving us renewed strength to overcome every obstacle standing in the way of happiness and our victory.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Terri McFaddin-Solomon is a Jesus Lover and a Bible teacher. She earned a Master’s Degree in Theology from Fuller Seminary and teaches Hebrew at West Angeles’ Bible College. She is also a Grammy Award-winning songwriter and author of 4 books. Her greatest accomplishment is that her children and grandchildren are committed Christians and active in ministry. She is madly in love with her prayer-warrior husband Charles Solomon. They reside in Los Angeles, CA. Follow Terri on Facebook at Wordwise.