The temptation to be discouraged and disappointed has been strong and consistent. Sometimes I focus on my circumstances more than I should. When I do, I get discouraged because things aren’t the way I want them to be, and the promises I’ve received from God haven’t manifested in my life, YET.
Of course, during those moments, Satan is ready to pounce and entice me to give up. I’m sure he has whispered the same lie to you: “things are never going to change, you should just give up now.”
However, I want to encourage you as the Lord has encouraged me: DO NOT GIVE UP!!!! When you feel like throwing in the towel, try doing the following:
- Spend time with the Lord: (1) Sing praises to the Lord, (2) Read the Word of God, (3) Pray. Bring your petitions to the Lord, and He will give you peace, or (4) Sit still in His presence and wait on Him. When He comes enjoy Him, rest in Him, and listen to Him.
- Take your eyes off your circumstances and put them on Jesus. Keep your focus, attention, and affection on the Lord.
- Faith over feelings. Sometimes you have to move past your feelings and believe what you know to be true (everything in the Word of God) instead of what your feelings are telling you.
- Take it one day at a time. Don’t try to live in days you haven’t received yet. Don’t try to figure it out. Doing the latter, gives birth to anxiety and frustration. You can only live one day at a time. Stay present in the present. Trust the Lord. Choose to be faithful to Him in the days He has given you.
Many of us are waiting for things to change for the better in our lives and in the lives of the people around us. However during this time of waiting, “show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope until the end, that you do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises” (Hebrews 6:11-12). Be encouraged! God is with you. God is for you. God loves you, and He is working all things together for your good if you love Him and are called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28).