One day, according to an old fable, the devil decided to sell some of his well-worn tools. On display were some treacherous instruments, including hatred, jealousy, lying, and pride. Set apart from the rest was a harmless-looking device with a very high price tag. “What’s this?” someone asked. “That’s discouragement,” Satan replied. “It’s one of my most effective tools. With it I can pry open the hearts of God’s greatest servants and bring on depression” (Our Daily Bread, June 20, 1991).
Discouragement is simply losing God’s perspective. You no longer see yourself the way God sees you! After the tremendous victory on Mt. Carmel and years of powerful ministry, experiencing one miracle after another, Elijah would never have dreamt that one day he would find himself under a tree wanting to die, simply because he was so deeply discouraged. The spirit of fear had robbed him of all Godly perspective. However, God had not changed nor had HE lost control over the situation!
If you stay close to God and communicate with him on a regular basis, you can maintain His view of things! There have been times in my life when I was so overwhelmed with discouragement that I felt very tempted to simply give up. But then all of a sudden, God showed me the reality: I am not a victim, I am a VICTOR! In those moments I now say, “In the name of Jesus, I rebuke that evil spirit!” As soon as I take advantage of that Godly authority, discouragement is broken every time!
Refuse to be put in the devil’s prison! You cannot afford it, because the harvest fields are demanding the best right now (see John 4:35).
“‘They will fight against you but will not overcome you, for I am with you and will rescue you,’ declares the LORD” (Jeremiah 1:19).