Beating Discouragement

(Re-post) When faced with a problem, no matter how big or small, my mind can easily be distracted by my troubling circumstances, causing me to forget God’s past faithfulness in my life and leaving me feeling discouraged. At times, I’m like the Israelites who have witnessed God work in amazing ways in their life, yet panic when a problem arises (Exodus 16:3) because I’ve forgotten the awesome ways the Lord has worked out my past problems and that He will surely help me now. Maybe you can relate.

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The good news is when we face trials, we can experience hope and peace instead of discouragement, simply by remembering God’s past faithfulness in our life. When the Lord heaped up the Jordan River upstream so the Israelites could safely cross the river that had previously stood in their way (Joshua 3:15-17), a pile of stones from the riverbed were erected as a memorial—which are still there continuing to testify of God’s goodness even to this day (Joshua 4:9). David Guzik explains, “We don’t remember the past great works of God so that we can live in a dreamland of the past, thinking that the best days of our Christian experience are behind us.  We remember them as a point of faith, so we can trust God for greater and greater works in the future, because we have seen and experienced His past faithfulness.” That was the purpose of these stones, and for any way we seek to remember God’s faithfulness in our life.

This week why not ask God to reveal to you a practical way you can remember the good things He’s doing in your life? Then do as the Lord leads. For me, writing down the neat ways the Lord provides and blesses me is the most ideal way for me to remember His goodness. Then when I experience discouraging circumstances I can read through account after account evidence of God’s faithfulness and be reminded of His good works in my life I had long forgotten, and know that God will somehow deliver me from this trial as He has been faithful to deliver me from all my previous trials. (Psalm 34:17, 19)

Just think what a blessing it will be to go into a trial equipped with a collection of reminders of God’s faithfulness in your life to encourage you and give you hope when you need it most. As your collection of God’s faithfulness builds, you just might find that what normally would have discouraged you is now something that has you eagerly anticipating the good ways the Lord is going to provide and bless through your situation. 

Let Your Mind Dwell On These Things
  • Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them fade from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them. (Deuteronomy 4:9)
  • I will remember the deeds of the LORD; yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago (Psalm 77:11)
  • I remember the days of long ago; I meditate on all your works and consider what your hands have done. (Psalm 143:5)

Question for you: What are you doing to remember the good works the Lord is doing in your life? I'd love to hear your thoughts and ideas.



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10 comments:

  1. oh yes...one just needs to look at past blessings to be assured of future ones!

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  2. I've been taught that thanksgiving is the best remedy for discouragement. Now, if I could only remember that when I'm in the throes of it. Thanks for this valuable suggestions today!

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    1. I agree, Kirsten that "thanksgiving is the best remedy for discouragement." To help remind you of that truth when your in a trial, perhaps one way you could remember is by keeping your journal nearby where you can quickly read a entry and be encouraged of God's faithfulness for whatever trial you are in. God bless!

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  3. This is exactly where my heart has been lately Brooke! I always love reading your wisdom here. So happy to see you at write it girl also! Now, perhaps a blog button? ... so I can add you to my sidebar. :)

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    1. I just love how God works like that Stacy!:) Thanks for your encouraging words. I agree it's time for a blog button. First I have to find out how to make one. :)

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  4. The Lord has been encouraging me to remember the things he has done to boost my faith. Reminding myslef and my family of his goodness is key for walking powerfully by faith. We walk from victory!

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    1. I agree, Marianne, that remembering the good things the Lord does in our life not only boosts our faith, but boosts the faith of those we tell of His goodness. Thanks for sharing!

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  5. I love this! Looking back on His past grace gives us hope for His future grace. Great post! Blessings to you!

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    1. Thanks, Christina! Well put! It's awesome to look forward to His future grace in our life, because He has already proven Himself 100 percent faithful. God bless you much!

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Thank you for taking the time to share. May God bless you richly!