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The Trap of Discouragement


The Trap of Discouragement

Habakkuk 1:2

Do you feel stuck in discouragement? If so, you are not alone.

At some point everyone experiences dashed hopes. Disappointment—an emotional response to a failed expectation—is the normal initial reaction. But allowed to linger, it can turn into discouragement, which hovers like a dense cloud. When that’s the case, there is no sense of joy or contentment, no matter what you do.

The circumstances that trigger these emotions may be unavoidable, but the way we respond is a choice. We can either let sadness overwhelm our souls or face the situation with courage and bring it before the One who can help us.

Living in discouragement will divide the mind, making it hard to focus on anything besides our pain. Then as anger becomes habitual, we’ll look for someone to blame—whether God, people around us, or ourselves.

Frustration that isn’t handled well may develop into depression, which in turn can estrange us from others—people do not enjoy the company of someone who’s bitter and defeated. This isolation leads to a low self-esteem. Finally, in a fog of discouragement, we can make poor decisions based on crushed emotions instead of truth. Obviously, choosing this self-destructive path is not God’s best for our lives.

Though we’ll all face disappointment from time to time, believers are not to wallow in it. Instead, God wants us to trust Him with everything—even our unmet expectations and deepest sadness. Remember, there is divine purpose for everything He allows to touch His children’s lives (Rom. 8:28).

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Why You Can Always Have HOPE

There’s a very beautiful story about a very beautiful girl named Cinderella. Cinderella lived with a wicked stepmother and two equally wicked stepsisters. and though she was beautiful, she didn’t feel beautiful. She was influenced by a wicked environment that put her down, messed over her, and reduced her to nothing. She was made to live as a slave. You’ve heard the story. You know how through a series of miraculous interventions she was transformed and transported to a ball in a chariot. There she met a prince. The prince saw Cinderella and loved her. But the problem in the story, as you know, is that when the clock hit midnight, she reverted back to her old self. She became a slave again.

The good part of Cinderella’s story is that the prince never forgot her. There was something unique and special about her that made her stand out from the crowd. So the prince set out going house to house in search of his treasure. After a long and hard search the prince finally found Cinderella. And, as the story goes, the lived happily ever after.

A lot of people today are living like Cinderella. They are influenced by a wicked stepmother, the devil, who’s got two wicked stepdaughters: the world and the flesh. Living as slaves in a hostage situation, many individuals feel trapped in a hopeless scenario.

Perhaps the describes you in some way. Maybe you thought you’d be further along than you are right now. Maybe you had a brighter dream for your life. Maybe you even met the Prince of Peace, and He saved you some time ago- but you have found yourself living again in bondage.

It’s easy to lose heart when you see no end in sight to what appears to be a hopeless situation. But what I want to remind you is that there is hope. Jesus knows right where you are, and He knows how long you’ve been there. And He has a way out. Jesus wants to take you out of the bondage that you feel, and let you live in freedom of His presence and provision. He wants to get you out of a spirit of slavery and give you a new hope.

A lot of folks today have not had theirs blessings come through to them because they have given up on God. We have counted the years our prayers have not been answered and we have determined that there is no more hope. Too many times we miss out on the destiny God has for us because we have stopped looking. We have stopped hoping!

Yet what I want to remind you today is that there is always hope in God. And if you put your hope in Him, I promise you that you will not be disappointed.

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