Navigating Discouragement

Whatever God has called us to do, it will never be revoked. Romans 11:29 says, “For the gifts and calling of God are irrevocable.” Adversity may war against us, but God’s purpose and calling will never change. Job 42:2 says that nothing can thwart Him!

We are called with a holy calling (2 Timothy 1:9) and secured in His love that will never diminish, ebb, or flow. In order to navigate through all adversarial circumstances, we need to remember and stand in what He has said.

The disobedience of the folks who went up to rebuild the temple brought lethargy. Lethargic means dullness, inaction, and inattention. Have you become discouraged? Have you lapsed into complacency? Have you let go of something the Lord has called you to do?

Take heart. The Lord stirred up the spirit of the leaders and the people through Haggai’s word. They rose up to do the work of repairing the temple. The Hebrew word for ‘stirred up’ means to arouse, awaken, excite, raise up; to incite, to arouse to action; to open one’s eyes. If you have become lax in anything, ask the Holy Spirit to stir up your spirit.

Isaiah 50:4 is a great example of being stirred up. It says of the Lord, “The Lord God has given Me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him who is weary. He awakens Me morning by morning, He awakens My ear to hear as the learned.” Verse 5 is a good one for us to remember to be ready to respond with an obedient heart. It says, “The Lord God has opened My ear; and I was not rebellious, nor did I turn away.” 

1 Samuel 12:21 is a warning to us. It says, “And do not turn aside; for then you would go after empty things which cannot profit or deliver, for they are nothing.” That is exactly what happened to the folks in Haggai. Here are some of the fruits. Haggai 1:5 called them to consider their ways. Verse 6 says, “You have sown much, and bring in little; you eat, but do not have enough; you drink, but you are not filled with drink; you clothe yourselves, but no one is warm; and he who earns wages, earns wages to put into a bag with holes.”

One of the key ways we turn aside is to go back to our past. This seems especially true when we are discouraged. Have you ever thought something like, “If only…?” That statement can go several ways. We may wish that things were like they used to be. We may wish we hadn’t done something. It’s all in the past. One hour ago is in the past.

We must let go of the past to walk victoriously in the present. The Lord is Ever Present. He is ready to enable us to do what He has called us to do. When discouragement looms like a Jericho wall, we must recognize and affirm who we are in Christ.

Isaiah 54:17 says, “No weapon formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue which rises against you in judgment you shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is from Me, says the Lord.”

The word ‘formed’ can be likened to forged. In the old days the warriors had heavy metal armor. They needed chicks to help them move and navigate. The enemy would forge a specific weapon that would go into the chink. No matter what our enemy fashions against us it will not prosper!

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