Discouraging People.

“Then the peoples around them set out to discourage the people of Judah and make them afraid to go on building.” (Ezr 4:4)

When we step out to be obedient to the call of God, one thing is certain. We will get opposition. If you are walking the way of God, you will get flack from the strangest of places.

One of the favorite ways the enemy seeks to oppose us is through discouragement. You will never get that done. Who are you to do that? That’s too big a dream. You must be joking. That will never work. All that is just within your own head; just wait until others start talking to you.

Be prepared, and expect discouragement from others. Recognize it for what it is, respond gracefully, and set your face like flint. Strengthen those feeble knees, lean into the wind, and go forward regardless of the opposition.

Quick Prayer: Keep me from discouragement please, Jesus. Amen.

Have A Crack.

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” (Jos 1:9)

Have a crack! Give it a go! Just do it! Don’t hold back! If you have been sitting on that great idea, stop hatching it out and go and put it into practice. A very successful businessman once told me that the only difference between him and a lot of other less successful people was that he “had a crack.”

Everyone has good ideas or says the all too familiar, “Someone should…” The difference between most of us and the successful few is that the few put it onto practice, take the risk, jump out, and start something.

We are the strong and courageous ones with God on our side, and He will be with us wherever we go. So today just be strong and courageous.

Quick Prayer: I can do all things, for You are with me. Amen.