Dealing with Discouragement

(1 Kings 19:1-18) Discouragement simply means loss of courage. Actually, courage is what we demonstrate in the face of pain or grief. Discouragement is a loss of confidence or enthusiasm. In general, discouragement could result into hopelessness, despair, depression and demoralization.
Dealing with Discouragement

There are numerous examples of people in the Bible who faced discouragement at one time or the other in their lives. People such as Moses (Numbers 11:11-15); Jonah (Jonah 4:1-3); David (1 Samuel 30:6); Peter (Luke 22:62); and Elijah (1 Kings 19:1-18).

Initial thoughts:

  1. Discouragement is universal; no one is immune to it. Isa 40:30
  2. While discouragement comes to us from time to time, we can deal with it. John 16:33; Isa 52:2
  3. Discouragement can be contagious as we see in the story of the ten spies. Num 14:1-2; Heb 3:13
  4. Discouragement paralyses and may lead to death.
  5. Discouragement is a sign of the times as men’s heart will fail them. Luke 21:26; Isa 60:1-2

Traits of a discouraged heart

  1. Physical and emotional exhaustion.
  2. Hope deferred and unmet expectations
  3. The comparison trap
  4. Loss

How to deal with discouragement

  1. In your distress, cry to God.
  2. Arise and take a different posture
  3. Eat for supernatural strength; eat at the Lord’s table.
  4. Go to Horeb; Horeb is a place of waiting on the Lord to hear His voice.

Conclusion:

The time of discouragement is not the time to run away from God; it is rather the time to run to Him. Elijah still called on God in his state of discouragement. You must arise and change your position. You can either arise internally or externally. To arise internally means to change the way you think and to arise externally means to change your physical posture. It means to move away from the juniper tree and head off to Horeb, which is the mountain where God gives you direction for your next level.

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