Centering Defeats Discouragement

In war times they used flak to obscure the bomber’s target. The enemy of our soul uses the flak of discouragement to keep us from God’s purpose.

We see this played out in Nehemiah 4. As soon as they started rebuilding the wall, their enemy became furious and very indignant. They mocked the Jews. Verse 2 says, “…What are these feeble Jews doing? Will they fortify themselves?…Will they revive the stones from the heaps of rubbish–stones that are burned?”

I published an ebook called, “Reviving Burned Stones: rejection recovery.” The Jew’s enemy was using words as flak to discourage them. In verse 4 they put their focus on the Lord and cried out to Him. It says, “Hear, O our God, for we are despised; turn their reproach on their own heads, and give them as plunder to a land of captivity!” We can use this verse right now for our national situation.

The flak began to wear them down because they focused on their impossible circumstances. Verse 10 says, “Then Judah said, The strength of the laborers is failing, and there is no much rubbish that we are not able to build the wall.” Nehemiah marshaled the troops. Verse 18 says, “Everyone of the builders had his sword girded at his side AS he built…” The work continued because they were armed with weapons.

2 Corinthians 10:4 says, “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds.” God’s word hidden within our heart, and coming out of our mouth, will keep us focused on Him and not our circumstances.

As we fight on our knees, the flak of discouragement will clear out so that our target is clear and distinct. We come in the opposite spirit. When the enemy shots fiery darts filled with poisonous lies, we counter that flak through our focus on the Lord. He is the Author and Finisher of our faith. We stand behind our door shield of faith that will instantly quench those fiery darts.

The opposite of discouragement is courage. We gird up our hearts with courage. We encourage those around us to continue fighting through truth. We are God’s army that marches forward without fear because we are following our Triumphant Leader!

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