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How to Overcome Discouragement

Think Christianly: How to Overcome Discouragement

Monday, July 6, 2009

How to Overcome Discouragement

Who doesn't get discouraged sometimes? My wonderful wife passed this along to me...and I needed to hear it. Perhaps you do to? (click here for article)

Discouragement is curable. Whenever I get discouraged, I head straight to Nehemiah. This great leader of ancient Israel understood there were four reasons for discouragement.

First, you get fatigued.
You simply get tired as the laborers did in Nehemiah 4:10. We’re human beings, and we wear out. You cannot burn the candle at both ends. So if you're discouraged, it may be you don’t have to change anything. You just need a vacation! Sometimes the most spiritual thing you can do is go to bed.

Second, you get frustrated.
Nehemiah says there was rubble all around. So much that it was getting in the way of rebuilding the wall. Do you have rubble in your life? Have you noticed that anytime you start doing something new, the trash starts piling up?

If you don’t clean it out periodically, it’s going to stop your progress. You can’t avoid it, so you need to learn to recognize it and dispose of it quickly so you don’t lose focus on your original intention.

What is the rubble in your life? I think rubble is the trivial things that waste your time and energy and prevent you from accomplishing what God’s called you to do.

Third, you think you’ve failed.
Nehemiah’s people were unable to finish their task as quickly as originally planned, and as a result, their confidence collapsed. They were thinking, "We were stupid to think we could ever rebuild this wall."

But you know what..

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