What is it that brings an instant emotional response and discouragement in your life? The enemy has your number and he knows exactly what he needs to do to hold your attention. Let's face it, when your focus is on his tactics, it's no longer on Jesus. It then moves into fear which energizes the negative effects, much like prayer and faith brings about a positive outcome.
Staying focused on Jesus and drawing from His strength, even in the midst difficult seasons and circumstances, requires both faith and discipline. The discipline comes into play when we force our attention from the trial and place it onto Jesus and the promises of His Word. In order to overcome discouragement and fear, we must study and know what He has to say about our particular situation, then believe that He would never lie. His promises must not be generalized, you need to realize that they are personal and written just for you.
So, what's holding your attention right now? It could be fear, disease, pain, financial, relational, physical or emotional. Whatever you're going through, the price has been paid for deliverance. Yes, there's lessons to learn and growth in the process, but there's never any waste with God. What the enemy sends for your destruction, God uses for your good, but you must trust Him with the outcome.
He's a good Father and He does desire the best for you, but all blessings in our lives are cultivated out of our intimate relationship with Jesus. Yes, He wants you blessed, but what He wants more is YOU! Find peace, fulfillment and a testimony of His saving grace as you begin to draw closer and depend completely on HIM! Man may fail you, but He never will! He can be trusted!
1 Peter 5:7 (KJV) Casting all your care upon Him; for He careth for you.
Numbers 23:19 (NKJV) “God is not a man, that He should lie, Nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?
Romans 8:28 (NKJV) And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.
Isaiah 50:7 (NKJV) “For the Lord God will help Me; Therefore I will not be disgraced; Therefore I have set My face like a flint, and I know that I will not be ashamed.
Colossians 3:1-3 (NLT) Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand.Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth. For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God.