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April 20, 2016, 9:42 AM

Fighting Through Discouragement

Have you ever really fought for something? 

I'm not talking about literally fighting, like a physical fist fight, but the kind of fight that takes every ounce of your mental, physical, spiritual and emotional strength. Maybe you have fought for your kids to get a fair shake in life. Maybe you fought for your marriage or a friendship. Maybe you fought for yourself to get ahead and succeed despite obstacles against you. 

Near the end of this life the Apostle Paul described his journey in life this way: I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 2 Timothy 4:7

One of the fights that many believers fight is discouragement. I'm not talking about depression, that's a whole different ballgame. I'm talking about discouragement. In the Merriam-Webster Dictionary discouragement is defined as: a feeling of having lost hope or confidence. I want you to notice something...it's a feeling. It's not reality. You still have hope. You still have a reason to be confident. 

Feelings betray us. We feel like no one cares. We feel like we aren't making a difference. We feel like we are in a no-win situation with no way out. We feel as if we are the only one in the world trying to do right. 

Remember the prophet, Elijah? He had just had this great victory in 1 Kings 18. It was 450 prophets of Baal versus one prophet of God, Elijah, and he won. It was another David vs. Goliath kind of victory. Ahab is the evil king who is a Baal worshiper and he is very angry. He sends people after Elijah. We find Elijah hiding in a cave feeling as if he's the only one that's trying to serve God. He has a FEELING of loneliness and betrayal. A wind comes by and the voice of God comes out of it. God tells Elijah that there are 7,000 people who have not bowed down to Baal who are ready to fight for him and with him. 

Discouragment is usually not based in reality. Oh, there are difficult times for sure. But in my experience the feelings of doom that we have are exaggerated. We must fight through them. But we don't have to fight through them alone. 

First of all, you have God. You have his Word. You have his Spirit. You need to lean on him and be encouraged by truth that will never betray you. God will never leave or forsake you. 

Secondly, we have other people we can lean on. There are people in my life who will straighten me out of my discouragement. It might be a kind, supportive word or it might be a kick in the rear end. My friends usually give me what I need. 

Do not allow discouragement to win. Fight it. Fight it with God on your side. Fight it with the truth that if God is for you then it doesn't matter what's against you. 

Fight with your team. You are not alone. You may not have 7,000 people ready to help you, but you have enough. 

Discouragement is an enemy, but it's an enemy that can be defeated. Keep fighting the good fight!


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