Why am I discouraged?
Why is my heart so sad?
I will put my hope in God!
I will praise him again
my Savior and my God!
Do you find yourself feeling sad, discouraged, frustrated, worried, because things don’t quite look the way you expected them to be? Things are not quite working out the way you wanted them to. You’ve toiled, you’ve waited, got frustrated, angry even, waited some more, pressed and prayed…
You are not alone!
DAVID, Moses, Gideon, Joshua, Jeremiah along with many believers faced what you are feeling right now, things you are going through right now, INFACT believers all over the world, your forefathers, grandmother, and auntie also encountered this, and struggled, you are not alone!
We ALL go through troubles and hardships, we ALL face questions, we ALL encounter situations. Maybe in a different area, but we’ve all had our share of troubles.
And at that moment…
It’s easy to complain, it’s easy to get frustrated, let feelings and emotions rule, get anxious, worry, allow fear, and doubt cut in, throw blame, make excuses, tolerate sin, compromise our standards EVEN throw in the towel, or at least feel like giving up!
Because it’s easy, doesn’t mean it’s the right way!
God did not intend for us to complain, or grumble, when we encounter troubles, because in doing so, we sin against God, and his word. We become the Israelite’s, and God was not pleased with them. The Israelite’s complained, and got frustrated, blamed MOSES, expected food, their kind, their way, and in doing so rebelled against God. What should have taken days journey, took 40 years, and they didn’t even enter in.
God made a way out for the Israelite’s, he provided for them, he will provide for us. He wouldn’t have us go through it, if he didn’t see a way out. WE MUST trust him! He made a way even in the desert, and split the sea into two
We don’t see it!
We want to see with our physical eyes, we want evidence, we want assurance, we want confidence, but GOD at that moment wants FAITH from us.
Not doubt, or unbelief, or insecurity, or even fear, but FAITH
At that moment when we are complain God sees immature children, the Israelite’s, when we are frustrated, he sees selfish children, when we doubt, he sees fear, he sees insecurity, when he is looking for FAITH
WITHOUT Faith it is impossible to please GOD! Faith is what moves GOD! Your confidence in who he is moves THE ALMIGHTY into ACTION!
We often take the easy way out, rather than placing our confidence in the Lord, we often run to fear, when we should be trusting God, we look for security in our finances, people, places, our jobs, when our security and confidence is found in Christ alone.
If what we are brooding upon, worry about, think about, exalts itself against the will of God, and the WORD of GOD, then we are to take those worries captive, perceptions and ideas captive, arguments/excuses captive, place fear under subjection, doubt on lock-down, and throw away the keys of unbelief.
2 Corinthians 10:5
We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
We cannot let it brood, to the point of over-boil in our hearts, minds, and finally our spirits, where poison pollutes our minds, to the way we respond. We must set it far from us.
I take those thoughts of pride captive, that envy captive, that jealousy captive, that fear captive, that unbelief captive. God alone is my Provider, God alone is my Sustainer, God alone is my fortress in times of trouble, my peace, the rock on which I stand!
Forgive me Lord, for my complaining, forgive me for frustration, placing confidence in fear, rather than trusting you. Insecurity controlled me, doubt took my focus, fear blinded my vision, I made excuses, sin followed me. PURGE my mind of all iniquities, wash me of blame and shame. Create in me a clean heart, renew a right spirit within me, remove fogginess from me, give way to clarity. Be my fortress, my rock, and my defense. Align my thoughts, and emotions, create order in my feelings. Restore to me the JOY of my Salvation, let peace be my guide, and clarity my direction. I choose you Lord, the hope of my salvation! Glory and honor forever be yours! Amen
We must come out victorious, even if it doesn’t look good, or seems impossible. We walk by FAITH, not by fear. We walk by confidence, not insecurity. We walk by assurance, not doubt, fear, or unbelief. That is not our portion, that is not our delight!
Fear, unbelief you have to bow!
Doubt you have to bow!
Worry, anxiety you have to submit!
Insecurity go away!
Excuses, tolerance, compromise be gone!
Indifference go, frustration go, feelings and emotions line up, will power clear the way!
If it isn’t right, set it far from us
If it isn’t worthy, remove it, reject it, throw it away
If it isn’t pleasing, or beneficial to us in any way, take it captive.
Let us think upon things that will be beneficial to us, rather than destructive to us!
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
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