God's Remedy For Discouragement

“Therefore lift your drooping hands and strengthen your weak knees, and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be put out of joint but rather be healed” (Hebrews 12:12-13).

As we continue looking at the life of Elijah, we marvel at his dynamic faith and courage in the face of stiff opposition. Yet he was human, subject to the same discouragements as the rest of us. But God not only helped him physically, but also spiritually.

In the passage above from Hebrews, the writer exhorts us to “lift your drooping hands and strengthen your weak knees. . .” Just before this, he explained the spiritual benefit of trials (Hebrews 12:5-11). When God exercises us in various afflictions, He also teaches us many beneficial lessons that help us spiritually. Once we understand the spiritual blessing of trials, we can then move forward with renewed vigor and strength.

Our only protection from discouraging times comes from God, and His dear care for His children. But we must place Him first. We must make our time with Him a priority. Here’s some steps we all can take:

1. Confess any known sins to God and ask for forgiveness.
We need to keep close accounts with God, and make things right with Him. Remember, He is “faithful and righteous to forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9).

2. Read God’s Word each day.
Our souls need to connect with God and listen to Him. We do this by taking in His Word each day and reflecting on its truths. When we reflect on it, we can then apply it to all the situations of life. Paul spoke this:

“And now I commend you to God and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified” (Acts 20:32).

3. Pray without ceasing.
God invites us to communicate with Him and share with Him our troubles, praises, and requests. Our constant coming to Him does not drive Him away, but instead demonstrates our faith in His faithfulness to hear and answer (see Luke 18:1).

4. Attend church each week and serve Him.
God wants us to gather with others in worship each week to praise God together and learn about Him. He also wants us to use our gifts and abilities to bless others and help them grow spiritually.

In conclusion, we must protect our spiritual lives by doing those things that please God. He will bless us as we obey Him and make Him our great priority in life.

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