1 – INSIST: The cure for this disease is perseverance, holding firm to your convictions, trust, and communion with God, as well as refusing to pay attention to circumstances, time, and difficulties. This communion with God is essential because it produces the faith that sustains us.
Imagine this: You, in times of faith: ‘The problems are here, but God is with me!’
You, in times of discouragement: ‘The problems are here… is God with me? Maybe things will be easier if I just give up on my faith…’
If you want something from God, then insist until you receive it. ‘Yes, but it’s too hard.’ If it’s hard with God, then imagine what it would be like without HIM!
Remember: Make a Chain of Prayer. It works! (Luke 18)
2 – CHANGE YOUR FOCUS: “…Forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal to the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:13,14)
Stop complaining about your past. Start focusing on the present. Remember that what you do (or fail to do) today determines what tomorrow will be like.
3 – DON’T LISTEN TO THE WRONG VOICE: You have to be deaf to the negative voice of discouragement. A woman who attends our church recently gave her testimony, saying that on the very day she had planned to attend church she had this thought: ‘Don’t go to church today. Petrol is expensive. Only go on Sunday. Nothing’s wrong with that.’ And she reacted like this: ‘What? I reject that thought so much that I’m going to attend two meetings today!’
Follow this example. Make the devil pay for everything he does against you! If he tries to discourage you, REACT! Do what he’s not expecting you to do. Be unpredictable: If you normally cry, now fight! If you normally get depressed, try again and again!
Discouragement comes to us all, especially to those who belong to God: ‘I have told you these things so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But be of good cheer. I have overcome the world’ (John 16:33). When you notice that this virus is trying to enter your body, when the symptoms mount up and begin to appear, start taking the steps above.
‘Therefore do not throw away your confidence, which will be greatly rewarded. For you need patience, so that after you have done the will of God, you will receive the promise. For, “In yet a little while, He who is to come will come, and will not wait. Now the just shall live by faith; but if anyone draws back, My soul shall have no pleasure in him.” But we are not of those who draw back to destruction, but of those who have faith to the saving of the soul.’ (Hebrews 10:35-39)
VICTORY WILL COME ONLY AFTER WE OVERCOME DISCOURAGEMENT!