Fear ties you up; discouragement ties you down.
Fear says “you’d better not do it”; discouragement says, “it can’t be done.”
Fear trips you up; discouragement keeps you from getting up.
Fear wants you not to begin; discouragement wants you to quit.
Fear avoids the battle; discouragement throws in the towel.
Fear gives you the chills; discouragement gives you the blues.
Fear shuts you down; discouragement shuts you off.
Fear paralyzes; discouragement demoralizes.
Fear waves the flag of danger; discouragement waves the flag of defeat.
Fear deters; discouragement disqualifies.
Fear wants you to worry about the future; discouragement says you have no future.
What can you do when you encounter one or both of these spiritual foes? Don’t give in and don’t give up. Listen to the voice of the Lord, and not to the voices of fear or discouragement.
Here is what the Lord says…
Be strong and courageous! For you will lead these people into the land that the Lord swore to their ancestors he would give them. You are the one who will divide it among them as their grants of land. Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord will personally go ahead of you. He will be with you; He will neither fail you nor abandon you.” Deuteronomy 31:7-8 NKJV
Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you. I have called you by name; you are mine. Isaiah 43:1 NKJV
God’s answer and provision against these foes are strength and encouragement. It is His strength that makes you strong; it is His presence that gives you encouragement. The Lord is your strength; be strong in the Lord; encourage yourself in the Lord.
- God will go before you.
- God will be with you.
- God will not fail you.
- God will not abandon you.
- God knows you, claims you, and calls you His own.