How to overcome discouragement as a Christian
Talk to your Father, cast all your cares upon him because he cares deeply for you. Remind him of his promises towards you and also remember your promises to Him.
Search yourself, did you neglect to do something you promised God you would do? Not holding up our end of the bargain can sometimes leave us frustrated, flustered, and discouraged.
Give your burdens to the Lord, and he will take care of you.
He will not permit the godly to slip and fall. Psalm 55:22 (NLT)
But he is waiting for you to come to him for refreshing, strength, and guidance.
Hebrews 12:1 (NLT) “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.”
After giving us a synopsis of the astonishing accomplishments of faith by men and women who walked with God, the scripture above encourages us to run with patience, the race that is set before us. We have a great cloud of witnesses that have gone before us. We have people who were like us but tested this God and found Him faithful. They tested faith and obtained results.
He encourages us to run the race. You stepped on the track when Jesus came into your heart. Many things happen along the way during a race. Some people even drop out while others get injured. We will face challenges on the way. There are times when discouragement might also hit on our doors. You might even meet situations that force you to ask yourself, “is God really with me?” Do not give in to any of these, for the Spirit of God is operating powerfully in you to overcome. You are in a race.
The Lord says, “run with patience” and I will not fail you.
One of the strategies the enemy uses against us is discouragement. He wants us just to run out of the drive to continue. A lot is happening in the world, and even in the Church circle that will cause us to get discouraged. However, you cannot afford to slow down or let anything quench your fire for God. Do not let situations and circumstances extinguish your joy, prayer life, or zeal for God.
Keep running the race! When you are tired, rest (ask for strength and courage to cross the finish line victoriously).
Declare that ” I am fighting the good fight of faith, and I will finish this race with joy!”
Do not allow any weight or sin to cause you to get off track. Do not allow anyone or anything to cause you to stumble and miss out on the promises God has for your life. Others are depending on you to overcome so that they too can overcome.
Remember, as a Christian your life may be the only Bible some people will ever read.