Okay here we are…discouragement. It’s a New Year; the Christmas carols and gift giving have stopped. The family gatherings and the giving of thanks are a faint image in our rear view mirror. We have made our resolutions, written down our goals, or maybe been given an illuminating word from God to carry us through the year.
Everything is going according to plan right? Hmm…not so fast! It is absolutely astounding how we can begin a New Year with such optimism and hope only for things to come screeching to a halt as we become smothered by Satan’s secret weapon: Discouragement!
The unexpected upheavals to the comforts we’ve grown accustomed . The health issues that debilitate us at times, or maybe financial hardships that cause us to worry. Discouragement creeps into our mind distracting us from the purpose that God has planned.
I have found that to be the case as find myself struggling to swim upstream in this river of discouragement. At times I feel extreme sadness and helplessness as my parents approach their 50th wedding anniversary. My father’s brilliant mind is under attack from Alzheimer’s while my mother struggles to care for Him with love and God’s grace.
Just last week a recent doctor’s visit led to an recommendation for a necessary and unwanted surgery? Yikes! This year is definitely not off to the start I was hoping for. How can we have victory in Christ when it feels like we are bombarded relentlessly?
I understand as a believer in Christ there will be spiritual warfare but what can we do to keep our minds right for the battle? I’m going to share with you 7 Key Practices that I am committing to doing as I go forward in this battle to defeat discouragement.
1-Prepare your Mind-As we read and meditate on God’s word, our minds are transformed by the Holy Spirit from the old way of thinking and handling difficulties. (Romans 12:2)
2-Profile the Enemy-The devil wants to destroy us as believers. He is not some silly cartoon character in a red suit or someone to be taken lightly. Remember how he is depicted in 1 Peter 5:8.
Be on the alert, your adversary the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion seeking someone to devour.”
3-Prioritize your Rest-It is so easy with the demands, desires and our daily schedules to put quality rest on the back burner. I consider myself a serious night owl. I feel sharper and have more energy at night. However, without proper sleep and having a tired mind; we become more susceptible to discouragement.
4-Pray without Ceasing-This has been the best weapon in overcoming discouragement. When we maintain an attitude of prayer and remember who we are in Christ; we are encouraged and equipped for anything! Thank Him for the battles He brought you through standing by your side. We need to ask God for wisdom and strength when facing discouragement.
The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.” James 5:16
5-Plan for Stumbles-We do not want to live fearfully but we do need to understand that there will be trials and tests. Satan will continue to attack us as Christians. He wants to destroy our faith, hurt our testimony, and prevent us from sharing God’s word. Jesus warns us to expect these difficulties.
In this world you will have tribulation, but take courage. I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
6-Persevere in Everything-It is during difficult times that discouragement can lead us to consider giving up or question if we are doing the right thing. God instructs us to not quit!
And let us not grow weary in doing good, for in due season we will reap if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:9.
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“For God is working in you; giving you the power and desire to do what pleases Him.(NLT) Philippians 2:13.”
7-Praise God in Victory-As we go through the battles; make it a priority to praise God for the victories both big and small.
Sing to Him, sing praises to Him. Sing of all His wonders!” 1 Chronicles. 16:9
As we prepare for victory in the battle against Satan to defeat discouragement; it is imperative for us to practice these 7 things. Know that God is with us no matter how intense the battle and we will have complete victory putting our trust in Him!
Horace Williams Jr is the oldest son of a pastor who went to be with Jesus in 2020. He is an award-winning author and amateur chef who loves Jesus Christ. His passion for Christ inspires readers to draw nearer to the God who loves them.
12 thoughts on “How to have Complete Victory and Defeat Discouragement”
I am thankful that Jesus is fighting for me! Pray without ceasing..NEVER SAY AMEN!!!
Thanks for the visit Susan. May God richly bless you and yours!
What an encouraging post! I’m so glad I found this through the linkup! Thank you for sharing your thoughts and practical steps to fighting discouragement. 🙂
Thanks for the visit and your comment Haley! I think everyone struggles with discouragement at times. I’m glad you were encouraged. Blessings to you and yours and have a great weekend!
You are so right! It is far too easy to fall into the trap of discouragement and discontentment after the holiday season. The thing is, I don’t even think of it until I’m drowning it it. Thank you for sharing practical and Biblical principles to help us all escape the trap of discouragement and defeat. Here’s to a victorious new year!
Thanks for the visit and your comment Sarah! Yes I have to keep on guard against discouragement because it will sneak up on you if I’m not careful to keep my eyes on Him. Thanks again for the visit and have a wonderful weekend my friend! God bless
Horace, what an encouragement! I agree with Sarah, it is very easy to fall into discouragement and not even know it until I’m drowning in it. I’m thankful Jesus already has the victory and is fighting for me. Thank you for sharing with Thankful Thursdays.
Amen Lori! We have to beware of Satan’s favorite tool and keep our eyes on Jesus. Thanks for the opportunity to share and blessings to you and yours!
Thank you for these helpful tips from Scripture -definitely needed to read this today. Blessings! #IntentionallyPursuing
Thanks for the visit and your comment Bethany. So glad you enjoyed the post. Blessings to you and yours. have a wonderful week!
It is no accident I’ve ended up here at this exact moment, Horace. I love when He leads us to the words we need :). It seems like every time I’m sailing along, discouragement rears its ugly head. #5- Plan for stumbles is something I’m just learning how to do but it’s so incredibly important. They are part of life! When I first became a Christian (not long ago), I thought it would take away all of my problems. As you know, it doesn’t, but Christ definitely makes those stumbles easier to cope with. Thank you for this much needed encouragement!
AMEN Candace… the PROVIDENCE of God is AMAZING! He knows exactly what we need and when we need it. Thanks so much for visiting again. I am blessed that the post was helpful. I can tell by your words that your faith in Jesus Christ is growing. Continue to seek Him first in everything and He will lift you up during those days of discouragement. Thanks again for visiting and may God bless you and yours!