What to Do When You’re Discouraged

Discouragement.  It happens to the strongest of God’s children from time to time.  Think of any great Christian that you admire, has done great things for the Kingdom and has stayed true to the faith.  Surely someone is coming to your mind.  Now understand that they have faced discouragement just like you.  Thankfully, they learned how to confront the spirit of discouragement when it comes to torment and bring despair.  They discovered certain keys to overcome and I want to pass them to you today because in these trying times in which we are living we need them now more than ever.

We know that problems, challenges and disappointment come to everyone in a lifetime.  No one is exempt.  After all, we have an enemy that has a vested interest in causing us to despair and give up on life.  Jesus said, “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace.  In this world, you shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)

So, let’s take a look at a few common things that cause discouragement and examine how to conquer those hopeless feelings.  Discouragement slips in when there is defeat and loss in an attempt at a particular goal in life.  We don’t always give up at the first failed attempt, but repeated failure and loss can be devastating to the soul.

Think about Sarah in Genesis or Hannah in I Samuel who, after so many years of hoping and trying, were still unable to have children.  This constant defeat must have not only been personally painful, but publicly humiliating! Nevertheless, God intervened on their behalf.  He had compassion on their constant longing and heard their persistent prayers. The Lord opened up their wombs to give birth to amazing men of God.  He gave Isaac to Sarah and Samuel to Hannah.

In times of disappointment we must continue to have faith in God and bring our petitions before Him in faith, refusing to give in!  The Word says in Galatians 6:9, “Don’t get weary in doing what is right, because you will surely reap in due season if you do not give up!”  You cannot give up on any promise from God!  He keeps his promises to a thousand generations and all of the promises of God are “yes” and Amen!”  Just continue to bring your petition before Him like the widow and the unjust judge in Luke 18.  If an unjust judge gave the persistent woman what she was asking for, then how much more will God answer your request as His child!

Things won’t always work out the way God has shown you or promised you right away.  Look at the life of Joseph in Genesis.  God gave him dreams of the position and authority he would have in the earth, but he spent years as a slave and in prison before that came to pass, but come to pass it did!  God did exactly what he said he would do in Joseph’s life and more.  We serve a God who is so faithful and does exceeding and abundantly above and beyond what we can even think or imagine!  (Ephesians 3:20)

As a practical matter, if you are confronted with discouragement, you can confide in a trusted friend and ask them for prayer support, a firm shoulder or a listening ear.  It’s hard to get through disappointment alone.  God will send people to you who love and care about you and who can often present you with a different perspective on the situation and give you new strategies for the next opportunity for you to overcome and win.

You won’t always have others around you though, and that is okay.  Sometimes you’ll need to encourage yourself like David did in I Samuel 30 when he came back from battle and found his village plundered by the enemy and all of his and his troops’ wives and children taken captive.  The men even talked of killing David because of their deep grief and despair.  Scripture says that David encouraged himself in the Lord.  Then he sought counsel from God and prayed for instructions on what to do.  This was his time alone with his God.  No one was there to support and encourage him, but the Lord was faithful to answer David and told him to pursue the enemy and he would surely recover all that was taken.  Hallelujah!

Do you find yourself discouraged?  Are you feeling hopeless about a situation?  Remember the scripture that says, “Why so downcast, o my soul?  Put your hope in God!”  (Psalm 42:11)   So, today I encourage you to pray.  Seek God and trust in his immense love and faithfulness toward you.  He sees you.  He loves you.  He wants you to win.  There are challenges and enemies that He knows you will face, but God also has the answers you need to pursue your dreams and recover all that the enemy has stolen, in Jesus’ name!

The WAVE: Divine Protection in Psalm 91

Bible Study on Psalm 91

Dear partners and friends,

Blessings to you all!  I wanted to write to you and share what the Lord had put on my heart to teach on the WAVE Bible Study during this challenging season in which we find ourselves globally.  The world is in a frenzy of fear because of all of the breaking and unexpected news that seems to come at us at the speed of light.  Military conflicts involving Iran, sudden death of young athletes such as Kobe Bryant, natural disasters, economic volatility and infirmities like the novel Coronavirus COVID-19.  Yes, these things are dark, but we are carriers of the light!  Jesus – He is the light of the world!

I want you to know and remember a few very important things today:

1. You are not alone!  Jesus has made a promise to you that he will never leave you nor forsake you and absolutely nothing can separate you from his love.  The word says, “Who shall separate us from the love of God?  For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God.”  (Hebrews 13:5; Romans 8:38-39)  Hallelujah!  Not only is the God of the Universe with you, but we have an intercessory team that prays for our partners too!  We may not see each other in person often, but you are continually in our hearts and prayers…and we are some praying sisters!

2.  As born again believers in the Lord Jesus Christ you enjoy the promises and protection found in Psalm 91.  Please take time to read and share the attached Bible Study notes from the lesson I recently taught on Psalm 91.  Just click on the link in this post.  We should become so familiar with this divine insurance plan that when danger or calamity comes to threaten us. we stand confident and assured that the Lord will keep His word concerning us and protect us from every kind of harm!  We must plead the blood of Jesus and put a demand on these verses because they are the law and we need to invoke them over ourselves, our families and our communities.

3.  God has the final say in every matter concerning you, not a virus the economy or anything else.  Let us continue to stay close to the Lord in prayer and in the Word so that our faith will not be shaken with every wind of bad news.  Do you know what’s odd?  The word “corona” in Spanish means “crown”.  The enemy is sorely mistaken if he thinks that this new virus will lord it over and control us!  No way!  There is only one crown and one King…he is the Lord of Lords and the King of Kings!  His name is Jesus!  Amen and amen!!

Stay strong in the Lord and in the power of His might!

Love in Christ,

Cynthia Murray

Whatever He Tells You to Do, Do It!

Friends, PLEASE DO NOT do what I’m about to tell you I did yesterday without hearing clearly from Holy Spirit, but be sensitive to His voice and do whatever He tells you!

So, yesterday on my way to the post office I noticed a handicapped man walking on the sidewalk with a cane. I prayed for his healing as I sped hurriedly on my way. When I arrived at the post office and bought my stamps, this same man was coming in. He just mailed one letter and simply stood there in the lobby not wanting to start his journey outside again.

I could tell he was from the Middle East. I felt strangely drawn to him, but still I didn’t speak. I slowly exited, almost waiting for him to come out hoping that I could say something to him…yet not knowing what!

I got into my car to leave and out he came, limping and looking up at the hot sun. He was mumbling something to himself as I drove away. Well, I didn’t get far. I was compelled to back up and greet this man!

“Excuse me, sir.”, I said sheepishly. “I saw you walking to the post office and I couldn’t help but notice that you are in pain. It’s hot and you have no ride. If you’ll allow me, I’d like to take you to your home.”

He smiled up to heaven. “Yes, please! Thank you! He spoke in a heavy accent. ”I just live down the street near Whole Foods.”

I rushed to open the car door for him and he painstakingly lifted his leg into the car. “My name is Cynthia. What’s yours?”

He told me his name and when I asked where he was from we both said, “Syria” at the same time! I greeted him in Arabic and told him I’m a Christian and just love helping people for God, (as I could almost read his mind asking why this woman is doing this for a stranger). He put his hand over his grateful heart. And just like that, I’d made a new friend.

Upon dropping him off at his house he insisted that I come in to meet his sons and wife who was cooking something delicious (see photo) and they offered to give me a whole pan of it!! Of course I was fasting…why, Lord!?) 🤣 But, I took one for tomorrow and not to offend. 😂

The children then happily reminded their mom, “We know her!” The younger son said that we were the people who come out to the neighborhood at Christmas and bring toys, gifts and food and we’d given gifts to them before. 🎁

Suffice it to say, I will see my new Syrian friends again and I will tell them more about Jesus and pray, but until then, I’m happy to just be The Master’s hands and feet! I hope this story encourages you also to always listen to that still, small voice of God guiding you to share His love wherever you go from day to day.

Love you guys!

Cynthia Murray, Founder