It’s amazing how quickly discouragement can set in, isn’t it? I can be having a perfectly blissful day, humming right along, and out of nowhere discouragement taps me on the shoulder, whispers in my ear, and settles into my mind and heart. Before I know it, I’m sunk.
But I have a choice in such disturbing moments. I can go with those feelings of sadness, weariness, frailty, and hopelessness, or I can steady myself and push the lies aside with truth.
Jesus said He is the truth. He also said the truth will set me free. Indeed, many times over the years, truth has rescued me from the bondage of Satan’s lies.
When discouragement settles in it’s because we have chosen to believe the lies of the enemy, even if those lies are seemingly harmless and small. Friend, no lie is small and insignificant. Even the “smallest” lie has the ability to cripple me, hold me back, or crush my spirit.
I think the predominant lie we’re believing when we grow discouraged is that God is not for us. We believe He has forgotten us, overlooked our circumstance, grown cold toward us or even angry, removed His love from us, or just neglected to get involved. Those are all lies.
Jeremiah 29:11-14 says,