You may be struggling with discouragement today, and if this is you I want to share 4 steps to find your source of encouragement, so that you can overcome discouragement and enter into the supernatural realm of God’s encouragement.
A woman wrote me with the following need for prayer for her miracle. She shared, “My cancer returned after three years and I feel so bad. I am going to undergo radiation and chemo in the next few days. I need prayer. Please, I need help to get new cells and lymph nodes, and complete healing and removal of all cancer cells in my body.”
This lady received a negative medical report, and naturally discouragement follows right behind the negative words of “cancer returns.” And so too the spirit of fear floods her memories of the pain she experienced years ago with all the radiation and chemo treatments and procedures. Knowing she needs help to overcome this discouragement and the deadly attack against her life, she does the right thing and reaches out to someone who will encourage her in the faith to stand strong on the promise of God’s Word, “by His stripes she is healed.”
But [in fact] He has borne our griefs, and He has carried our sorrows and pains; yet we [ignorantly] assumed that He was stricken, struck down by God and degraded and humiliated [by Him]. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was crushed for our wickedness [our sin, our injustice, our wrongdoing]; the punishment [required] for our well-being fell on Him, and by His stripes (wounds) we are healed. Isaiah 53:4-5, AMP.
Perhaps, you are in a similar situation as this woman and need help to get out of the realm of discouragement and find someone who will offer hope to trust God for a miracle. If so, you are not alone; many struggle to find a bit of encouragement these days. Let’s face it, the news is gloomy, social media is filled with hate, and in general, people have become so negative.
So, where do God’s people find a word of hope? Right from the source — God’s Word. And this is where we are going to turn to right now and search the Scriptures to fight off discouragement.
Let’s begin with a prayer directly to the Source of encouragement: “From the ends of the earth I call to you, I call as my heart grows faint; lead me to the rock that is higher than I” (Psalm 61:2 NIV).
Psalm 27:14 gives us biblical instruction on how to overcome discouragement: “Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; wait, I say, on the Lord!” We are to wait on the Lord with hope, with expectancy, like a pregnant woman awaits the blessed day for the birth of her child.
Consider the word “wait” in a different manner, not just a s a period of time passing by waiting for something to happen, but to wait to serve the Lord. Look at this well-known verse from Isaiah 40:31 in this way, “But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.”
As we serve the Lord with a true heart, our strength is renewed. We are filled with joy; and because joy is a supernatural strength, we become stronger as we serve Him. And to clarify what I mean by serving the Lord, it doesn’t mean to take on another task at your local place of fellowship, but to wait upon Him as follows:
Four Steps to Find Your Source of Encouragement
- Believe God. In the Gospel according to John, our beloved Jesus comforts us with His words in John 14:1, “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me.”
- Worship Him in spirit and in truth. Jesus tells us in John 4:24, “God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”
- Pray in the Spirit and encourage yourself. Apostle Paul instructs us in First Corinthians 14:4 (NIV) how to encourage ourselves. He says, “Anyone who speaks in a tongue edifies themselves, but the one who prophesies edifies the church.”
- Perfect the love of God in you by His Word. Apostle John writes to us in First John 2:5 (NIV), “But if anyone obeys His word, love for God is truly made complete in them. This is how we know we are in Him.”
If you follow these simple steps, you will find your Source of encouragement in Christ and overcome the enemy’s power of discouragement.
Becky Dvorak is the host of the dynamic teaching program, Empowered for Healing and Miracles, featured globally on the It’s Supernatural! Network on ISN. Join her on Mondays at 8:30 AM and 8:30 PM EST.
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