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Throwback Thursday: The Danger of Discouragement

 

THE DANGER OF DISCOURAGEMENT

 

And those who know Your name will put their trust in You;

For You, Lord, have not forsaken those who seek You.

Psalm 9:10 (NKJV)

It was one of those days. It started with a phone call to the doctor to check on my test results. It had been nine days, and somebody forgot to tell me that I had an UTI. The next phone call was to the bank, and the bank teller couldn’t even tell me why my balance was short – once again. It went on from there. With each discouraging blow, like an ax to a tree, I began falling into despair.

I started going through my twitter feed, and I found the above verse from Psalms. How could I let little discouragements and disappointments get me down? However, Satan is clever, and he knows how to get to us. Of course, He must have permission from God, like he did with Job (Job 1:10). God may allow the temptation, but Paul said, “No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape that you may be able to bear it.” (1 Cor. 10:13). That verse was my way of escape.

I failed to keep my eyes on God, and I focused on the discouragement. When we do that, we are not trusting God to handle things. We start feeling sad and frustrated, but God is faithful, even when we are not. I fail to whole heartedly trust Him, but He has never forsaken me. Then I realized why it had all happened – so I could write about it and lift you up.

Friend, lets remind one another that we shouldn’t let these little things steal our joy. We know His name, and we will put our trust in Him.

Copyright 2014 Carolyn Dale Newell.

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Hope From the Holy Spirit

HOPE FROM THE HOLY SPIRIT

By Carolyn Dale Newell

 

Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Romans 15:13 NKJV

Have you ever had a day where everything goes wrong, and suddenly, God speaks comfort and hope to your weary soul? It is exactly what you need in that moment. Perhaps it is a realization that your bad day is not nearly as rotten as somebody else’s. It may come in the form of a song, a Bible verse on Twitter, or a reassuring Facebook post.

I recently went through a season where discouragement was taking up residence on my doorstep. Just at the point where I thought I would break, there was the Holy Spirit with just the right word or phrase, the perfect Scripture or song. It felt like my heavenly Father had just wrapped His arms around me.

It’s wonderful when our spirits are lifted by others, but when the Holy Spirit, Himself inspires us, it is precious. What an honor it is when He makes a point to lift me up. In those moments, I feel especially loved.

Christian, the same Holy Spirit dwells within each one of us. He will tenderly nudge you with comfort, peace and joy. Keep an eye out for those special instances of grace and mercy. Let’s show our gratitude by extending that same gift to others.

As vessels of the Spirit, we should overflow with the very same support to others. Words of encouragement and hope should spill over onto those who are near. We don’t want to miss any opportunity God gives us to bless our brothers and sisters with Spirit filled kindness. The hope I need is the hope I need to share. “Be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord” (Eph. 5:18b-19).

Heavenly Father, thank You for the times when You plant special signs along my path inspiring me to keep going even when the road gets steep. Help me renew and inspire others along life’s journey. Amen.

DIG DEEPER

Read Hebrews 6:18-19.

HIKING THE TRAIL

When I begin feeling discouraged, I turn to Scripture or gospel music. It is also a good time for me to reach out and encourage someone else. How can you share hope with someone today?

Copyright 2015 Carolyn Dale newell.