Words Of Encouragement (Weekend Edition)

“Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise Him, my Savior and my God…” (Ps. 42:5, NIV).

As we embark on life’s journeys, we will (of a certainty) face opposition. The sad part about it is that, oftentimes, the individuals do not even understand why they are opposing us. They do not understand why they are attempting to suppress us on our journey to the land of “good success”. They have no real justification for it. But, as one of the older women at my home church used to say, “Baby, consider the source.”

When we look beneath the surface of it all, we will soon recognize or remember that “…though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh…” (2 Cor. 10:3). It does not matter who the individual is, the enemy will use whomever is necessary to attempt to prevent us from ever reaching our purpose. The key to overcoming this attack is to be able to recognize it when it happens.

Feeling depressed, overwhelmed and oppressed? We can always find hope in the power and love of God.

When we are not spiritually alert to our surroundings, it will become easy for us to become the victimized by Satan’s attacks. If we are not paying attention, he will come in and attempt to take up residence in our lives to oppress, depress and suppress us (Jn. 10:10). This is how we arrive at the point of the self-talk found within our Scriptural basis for today.

The beautiful thing about this is that when we cry out to God in similar fashion as the Psalmist did, the Holy Spirit comes to assist us in our moment of need. He strengthens us and empowers us to keep forging ahead toward our destiny. God will take away the feelings of being overwhelmed and depressed. He will lift us up and release us back into the liberty He has provided for each of us through Christ Jesus.

There is absolutely no reason for us to walk around living defeated, depressed and becoming incapacitated. Make no mistake…we will all suffer persecution, but we do not have to live in defeat. With the power of God, we can rise above whatever opposition we may be facing.

Sean Mungin, author of “The Thorn In The Flesh”

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