Today has been one of those days of discouragement. I wasn’t expecting it but a darkness covered everything and it was hard to see anything clearly because my lens was such a mess. Very humbling, but it happens every now and then and I promised myself and the Lord long ago that I wouldn’t pretend to have it all together or that this life is always easy. It’s not….but in the middle of today’s darkness as I finally went from crying to crying out to God, He spoke to my heart and I heard Him clearly!!! He reminded me again for the hundredth or so time to fight through His strength! And then He brought me right back to one of those very first things He taught me to fight the devil when he came at me with those other nasty spirits of depression and anxiety and fear – Declare His Word! Declare His Word over the spirit of discouragement and don’t give in to it. So I followed the Holy Ghost and He took me on a journey through the Scriptures tonight. What follows is what He used from His Word to break that discouragement off of my mind. Maybe they will help someone else someday or maybe they will just stand here as a “stone” of remembrance for what my God has provided for me tonight. I am grateful to You, my Father and to the Holy Ghost and His Word tonight. And always, always, always thank you Jesus!
Joshua 1:9 – Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.
1 Chronicles 22:13 – Then shalt thou prosper, if thou takest heed to fulfil the statutes and judgments which the Lord charge Moses with concerning Israel: be strong, and of good courage; dread not, nor be dismayed.
Psalm 31:24 – Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the Lord.
Psalm 34:17-19 – The righteous cry, and the Lord heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles. The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all.
Psalm 55:22 – Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and He shall sustain thee: He shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.
Proverbs 3:5-6 – Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths.
Isaiah 40:31 – But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary, and they shall walk, and not faint.
Isaiah 41:10 – Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.
Isaiah 42:16 – And I will bring the blind by a way that they knew not; I will lead them in paths that they have not known: I will make darkness light before them, and crooked things straight. These things will I do unto them, and not forsake them.
Jeremiah 29:11 – For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
Jeremiah 29:12-13 – Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me and I will hearken unto you. And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.
Matthew 11:28 – Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
John 16:33 – These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In this world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
Romans 8:28 – And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.
Romans 8:31 – What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?
Romans 15:13 – Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.
1 Corinthians 9:24 – Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain.
1 Corinthians 15:58 – Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.
2 Corinthians 4:8-10 – We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed. Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.
2 Corinthians 5:7 – For we walk by faith, not by sight.
Galatians 6:9 – And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.
Philippians 4:19 – But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
Hebrews 12:1 – Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us.
1 Peter 1:6-9 – Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: that the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ. Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.
1 Peter 5:7 – Casting all your care upon Him; for He careth for you.
James 4:7 – Submit yourselves, therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
AMEN! AMEN! AMEN!