Prescription for courage!
Verse for Today: Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Nehemiah 6:9 – They were all trying to frighten us, thinking, “Their hands will get too weak for the work, and it will not be completed.” But I prayed, “Now (Lord), strengthen my hands.”
Discouragement works to cut our emotions deep and weaken our composure to keep going. It is like rat poison which works slowly in our hearts and takes away all our energy required to keep going. It pulls us back and weakens our hands. It erodes us of our spiritual energy to continue with our mission. It drains us of our emotional energy to stay put in the task which we started. Discouragement often comes from threats, intimidation, unfair criticisms, false accusations and gossip. It makes us give up too quickly and lead us to quit from our involvements in the work that is entrusted with us. Discouragement inflicts deep emotional wound which slowly paralyses one’s enthusiasm and sags the spirit. It is also a serious contagious emotional illness. The enemy of our souls knows exactly how to discourage us depending on our degree of sensitivity. A word, a facial expression or even a look is sufficient sometimes to discourage us. The enemy knows that when we are threatened with dire consequences, we would easily get discouraged and retreat from our course. So the enemy is often engaged in frightening us with false evidences against us and false accusations about us. He will also line up a number of false witnesses who will publicize falsehood against us. When we are thus confronted with the difficult task of disproving witness-based lies, we give up and give in too soon and backtrack in great discouragement. The enemy’s plan is to weaken us in the work that we are engaged in for our God half way. But if we look at our God for help, He will send us courage from His Word and through His Spirit. If we ask God to protect us from getting discouraged, He will strengthen our sagging spirit and revive our weak hands. He will fill us with enthusiasm and excitement about what He will do in and through us and drive us forward with His power. He will give us the strength to withstand the pressures of the enemy and fill us with His Spirit to resist ploys against us. With encouragement from God, we will march forward to accomplish His will in our lives.
Dear reader, are you facing threats, fears and intimidation from the enemy which discourage you in your task for the Lord? Is the enemy frightening you through developments in your work situation, family, loss, failures, fruitlessness, lack of companions in the work, slow growth in the ministry, financial difficulties, health issues, competition or rejection? Are the threats making you afraid of the consequences? But your God knows all about your situation and has ways to deliver you from the intimidation. He will help you solve your problems and handle your situations with His grace. He will give you patience and maturity to keep going and be obedient to the vision He has given you. He will show light on your dark valleys and at the end of the tunnel. He wants you to speak to Him as Nehemiah did when he badly needed encouragement. David and Paul reached such situations of discouragement, but God strengthened them to keep going to complete the task that was assigned to them. God reignited their hearts with renewed vision and He re-energized them to go forward in His strength and power. As they prayed, God revived them and led them on their pathways. He healed their discouragement and filled them with determination, boldness and faith. Today you are challenged by God to renew your commitment to Him and continue with the task that you are privileged to handle for Him.
Deuteronomy 1:21 – See, the Lord your God has given you the land. Do up and take possession of it as the Lord, the God of your fathers, told you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.
Thought for today
Faith in the power of God is the antidote to disillusionment.
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