So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded
– Hebrews 10
Have you ever gone through a period of discouragement? Perhaps you’re in one right now. Discouragement comes when there is a gap between what you expect and what you experience--what you hoped would happen and what actually does happen. Discouragement can destroy your passion and undermine your purpose. Unmet expectations can become the breeding ground for discouragement to multiply and take root.
Discouragement causes many a believer to refuse to venture out to the adventurous faith. They mumble the words “Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me” over their hopes and dreams. They fill the gap between what they hope for and what they experience with the false belief that dreams aren’t worth the effort.
What we tend to see as a permanent condition, God sees as a temporary situation. What you see as one of your greatest setbacks might be one of God’s incredible setups for marvelous miracles to occur. If you are meeting resistance in your hopes and dreams, then you’re most likely on the right track. The devil wouldn’t mess with you if you weren’t a menace to his plans
and a valuable asset to God.
What the devil really wants to do is to steal your confidence, and the best time to rob you blind is during a season of disappointment. Guard your heart. Don’t be caught unaware and allow him to hold you back, trip you up or slow you down. Don’t let the devil win. You are more than a conqueror through Christ Jesus! Let go of debilitating discouragement and take hold of your next assignment!