15 Steps to Overcoming Discouragement

Posted: April 23, 2013 by wjfkee in Uncategorized

A stale marriage. A chronic health condition. A prolonged period of unemployment. Discouragement sets in when you start to feel a sense of hopelessness about your future – when it seems like the troubling circumstances you’re going through won’t ever improve. But if you look beyond your circumstances to God, you’ll discover the real hope and better future that He promises you.

Here’s how you can overcome discouragement:

Pray.  God already knows how discouraged you feel, but He wants you to talk to Him about your feelings and listen for how His Spirit guides you.  Honestly vent your frustration to God and keep in mind that He cares about what you’re going through.  Ask God to open your eyes spiritually so you’ll be able to see your circumstances from His perspective.  Pray for deliverance from circumstances that aren’t God’s will, and perseverance to empower you to endure circumstances that are His will until you learn all you’re supposed to learn from them.

Remember Who God is.  Shift your focus from your discouraging circumstances to God Himself.  Remember that He is love, and also that He is all-powerful.  Trust that God will help you because that’s consistent with His character.

Prepare yourself for the discouraging situations you’re bound to encounter.  Every day, Satan will try to discourage you in some way, but you can guard against such attacks by keeping up with some basic spiritual disciplines daily.  Pray, read and reflect on the Bible, write in a journal, and check in with a prayer partner to give each other encouragement and accountability.

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