There are many people in this world that find themselves discouraged and
are not sure how to get back in stride with who they once were. We must
remember that there is a spiritual war constantly going on and the devil
tries his best to bring discouragement to people's lives that will keep
them from reaching the heights of victory which God has prepared for them.
We are to be mindful of the enemy's tactics and be quick to cast down his
thoughts and renew our mind with the Word of God. I truly believe that
discouragement's main ingredient is fear. We are tempted to think on our
past failures and future uncertainties and that is where fear comes in to
bring discouragement and disheartenment. We must keep in mind that the
devil is a liar and the father of lies and we are to guard our hearts not
allowing his deceit to enter our lives. (Ephesians 6:12) (John 8:44)
When the enemy brings these temptations of fear and uncertainty, we are to
remember 2 Timothy 1:7 which declares "For God hath not given us the spirit
of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind." We must stand
in our authority as believers in Christ and know that God has given us His
Word and His Name to defeat the enemy and come forth victorious. Be
encouraged and know that you are well able to overcome, overtake, and rise
up above the enemy's evil devices. (Luke 9:1-2) (Mark 16:17-18)
I hope you are encouraged by today's message to resist the enemy and stand
in your authority as a Child of God knowing that you have been given
authority over all principalities and powers of the enemy.
In the street of life, walking in the darkness of the shadows, satan was
hunting with his dogs, the imps of human weakness. A man came down the
street and satan said to one imp, "Go get him for me!" Lightly, the imp
hopped onto the man's shoulder. "You are discouraged," he whispered.
"No," said the man, "I am not discouraged." "You ARE discouraged!"
This time the man replied, "I do not think I am."
The imp repeated, "I tell you, you are discouraged."
The man dropped his head and murmured, "Well, I suppose I am."
"I've got him, he's discouraged," the imp reported back to satan.
Another man passed. Again satan said, "Get him!"
The demon of discouragement repeated his tactics. The first time he said,
"You are discouraged," the man replied emphatically, "No!" The second time
the man replied, "I tell you I am NOT discouraged!" The third time he said,
"You lie! I am NOT discouraged!"
The imp returned to satan, crestfallen, "I couldn't get him," he reported.
"Three times I told him he was discouraged. The third time, he called me a
liar, and that discouraged ME!"
Don't forget satan is the liar of all liars...And only the Word of God can
We must be ever mindful of the enemy's tactics and be quick to cast down
his evil thoughts in the name of the Lord and speak the authoritative words
of victory that God has given us through His Word. The Bible declares in
2 Corinthians 10:5 "Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that
exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity
every thought to the obedience of Christ." The Lord Jesus has given every
believer His word that whatever we bind on earth is bound in heaven and
whatever we loose on earth is loosed in heaven. We must keep this in mind
and know that by the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ we can overcome the
enemy's devices and stand victorious in who God has called us to be.
(Matthew 16:19) (John 14:12-14) (1 Peter 2:9-10) (Romans 6:20-23)
Be encouraged and know that you have the ability to defeat discouragement,
depression and any other device of the enemy that is meant to pull you
down. Stand in your authority as a Child of God and in the name of Jesus
take back what the enemy has stolen.
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
Matthew 16:19 Jesus declares "And I will give unto thee the keys of the
kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound
in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in
2 Corinthians 10:3-5 "For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after
the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty
through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations
and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and
bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ."
Ephesians 6:10-14 "Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the
power of His might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to
stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and
blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of
the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to
withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore..."
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
Today's Selected Poem: LANDMINES AND LIES
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Today's Selected Testimony: FROM CRACK TO CHRIST
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In Christ's Service,
Gods Work Ministry