“That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying,
our spirits are being renewed every day.”
II Corinthians 4:16 (NLT)
Discouragement can be one of the biggest challenges you face in life, but when you are discouraged because of difficulties in your life, you need to rest assured that this too will pass. God allows you to go through challenges and situations in your life to help you to grow but there are also times of refreshment and rest. You need to remember that the Father is always with you, giving you support, protecting you in whatever you are going through. To overcome discouragement, you need to look to Jesus. It’s easy to get discouraged when you just focus on your problems. There are three things that are going to help you.
- Be thankful. “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.I Thessalonians 5:18 NIV.” Start writing out a list of all the things you are thankful for.
- Place your focus on Christ, the One who said in John 14:27 (NIV), “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.” and in John 16:33 (NIV), “These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.”
- Start helping others. Encourage them, pray for them, be generous. “A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.Proverbs 11:25 NIV.”