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Is discouragement keeping us from moving forward?

I’ve been on that coaster ride.

Excitement brews as we climb upwards; we receive good news, gain acceptance, taste a victory. Joy bursts forth, and the bounce in our step feels like we’ve downed five cups of coffee.

But what happens at the top? You can’t sit there forever.

Heart in throat, here comes the plummet; screaming our heads off, we reach hands to the sky. What a rush.

Then the thrill is over. The been there done that, and you find a fly in your coffee. No lie, I just looked down and there’s a fly in my coffee.

Ah, disgust, another dis word.

Could all of our discouragement, disappointment, disenchantment, disillusionment be a result of…

disbelief, disobedience, disorder, and distrust in our lives? These dis words can distort the truth.

I’ve sure been guilty of these things in my coaster-riding life.

If we ask ourselves if we believe, if we’re obedient, if we have order in our lives, and if we trust God, we say yes; at least, we want to say yes.

But what happens at the bottom of that coaster?

Here’s the thing,

I don’t even like coasters. Actually, I don’t mind the sideways swirl-upside down kind, but absolutely dislike the click-click-click to the top, plummet to the bottom. I know some of you might, but my stomach can’t take it.

Here’s another thing,

life has highs and lows. It’s a given.

Truth is,

We learn more, grow more, and seek more in the lows. If everything was a high note, we’d miss critical lessons in who we are, what we’re here for, where we need to be, why we need to remember God still reigns, and how our life plays a major role in this big picture.

Here are important keys to giving discouragement the BOOT:

  • BelieveAnd Jesus answered and said to them, “Truly I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but even if you say to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and cast into the sea,’ it will happen.  And all things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.” Matthew 21:21-22
  • Obey – And we are His witnesses to these things, and so also is the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey Him.” Acts 5:32
  • OrderNow this I say lest anyone should deceive you with persuasive words. For though I am absent in the flesh, yet I am with you in spirit, rejoicing to see your good order and the steadfastness of your faith in Christ. Colossians 2:4-5
  • TrustBut let all those rejoice who put their trust in You; Let them ever shout for joy, because You defend them; Let those also who love Your name Be joyful in You. Psalm 5:11

Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and believe He will do great things. Prayer is powerful. Believe it.

Obey may be a strong word, but whether we realize it or not, we all obey something. Obeying the lusts of this world is no comparison to obeying God and receiving the Holy Spirit. Wow, I’m in. How about you?

Order can be a tough topic, and we may be more familiar with messy. Don’t fret about a messy house, toys on the floor, dishes in the sink. Those messes can cause discouragement, but as long as we have true order in our lives, being sure God is first, it’s okay to step on a few toys and break out the paper plates.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart. When we lean on our own understanding, we can sure make a mess of everything, can you relate? Let’s lean not on our own understanding, but acknowledge God in all our ways. He will direct our paths, and He is trustworthy.

Feeling discouraged? I’ve been there too. Let’s remember to trust God.

Let’s remember God has plans for us, and there is an order to those plans. You don’t add eggs after baking the cake.

How’s that for a word picture?

When feeling discouraged, remember the eggs are added before 350 for 35 minutes. And I don’t recommend sticking ourselves with a toothpick, but if we did, we’d see God is not done with us yet.

There is a dis word I love, disciple.

A disciple discovers God changes disgrace to grace.

And discouragement to encouragement.

The enemy loves a bunch of discouraged Christians, that should be reason enough to give discouragement the BOOT. Let’s give him the BOOT too while we’re at it.

Together we can learn in the lows, and move forward.

Share a comment, your words are encouraging to me. I’ll go first…

 

 

10 thoughts on “Give Discouragement the BOOT

  1. Doris, I love how you mentioned learning takes place in the lows. As much as we don’t like to admit it, its true. It seems we grow in the lows and are tested in the highs! Great message! Thanks for sharing at Coffee For Your Heart

    1. Thank you for your comments! Yes, we sure experience those growing pains, as well as tests well beyond our school years 😉 Blessed to share at Coffee For Your Heart. What a great community. Blessings to you, friend 🙂

  2. Doris, I love how you mentioned we learn most when in the lows. So true…. it seems we grow in the lows and are tested in the highs. Great message! Thanks for sharing over at Coffee For Your Heart.

  3. I love all the word play with the dis words . I’m giving discouragement the boot and replacing it with the great Encourager.

  4. Wonderful post, Doris! Loved what you wrote about God turning our disgrace into grace!

    1. Thank you for your comments Susan, and for taking time to read. Yes, our Amazing God and His Amazing Grace!

  5. I can definitely relate Doris. Sometimes I feel like God puts us in the trenches because we are fighting for Him on the mission field. When we are in tough, unpleasant situations, God has a job for us to do, to bring His light and love into darkness. ???? Adenia

    1. Amen Adenia, we are definitely on mission and on the mission field! Thanks for stopping by and your comments. Keep shining His light!

  6. It can be discouraging when I reach for a dream, but find the road isn’t easy. I may feel like giving up, throwing in the towel, turning to walk away. But what if I gave up right before a breakthrough? If I surrender it all to God, He will keep me on track and give me reason to stay the course. The Holy Spirit will guide and inspire me to continue the work God has begun in me.

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