Dealing with Discouragement

Ray Pechardo
1 Kings 19:4 But he himself went a day's journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree: and he requested for himself that he might die; and said, It is enough; now, O LORD, take away my life; for I am not better than my fathers.

1 Samuel 30:6  And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters:

Jeremiah 20:7-9  O LORD, thou hast deceived me, and I was deceived: thou art stronger than I, and hast prevailed: I am in derision daily, every one mocketh me. v.8  For since I spake, I cried out, I cried violence and spoil; because the word of the LORD was made a reproach unto me, and a derision, daily. v.9  Then I said, I will not make mention of him, nor speak any more in his name.

Discouragement- To be deprived of courage, hope or confidence.  To be disheartened.  

Once upon a time, Satan was having a garage sale. On display stood many large, shiny, complicated tools. There was envy there.  Pride was there. Jealousy was there. Temptation was there and greed was there.

Yet in one corner sat a tiny, dull, simple tool with a very high price attached. When asked why that worn out tool was so expensive, Satan replied, "That one is called DISCOURAGEMENT. I can use that one on everybody. The reason it’s so worn out is because it’s the one I use more than all the others combined.  When I use all those other tools, some of those Christians are fairly sharp.  They figure out I’m behind it.  But when I use discouragement, often they have no idea that it’s me behind it.  I get them to give up on their marriages.  I get them to give up on God.  I get them to give up on ministry.  I get them to give up on commitments they’ve made.  I get them discouraged and they end up right where I want them, but they never know that I was the one behind it all.”

Discouragement is a very real problem in our world today, even among Christians. Have you ever been discouraged in your bus route, Sunday school class, or with people you’ve invested in? We all know what it’s like when you have that feeling of, “I can’t go any more.  I quit.  I can’t stand it.  I can’t take this one more minute.”  You’re just overwhelmed, discouraged, and ready to quit. There have been plenty of great men and women of God through the ages who have experienced the same problem. The stories of these men offer us some lessons in how we can deal with discouragement and have victory over it.

The Bible tells us of people who got discouraged:

Jeremiah --Jeremiah 20:8-9: For since I spake, I cried out, I cried violence and spoil; because the word of the LORD was made a reproach unto me, and a derision, daily. v.9 Then I said, I will not make mention of him, nor speak any more in his name. But his word was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I was weary with forbearing, and I could not stay.

Elijah – 1 Kings 19:2-4 Then Jezebel sent a messenger unto Elijah, saying, So let the gods do to me, and more also, if I make not thy life as the life of one of them by to morrow about this time. v.3  And when he saw that, he arose, and went for his life, and came to Beersheba, which belongeth to Judah, and left his servant there. v.4  But he himself went a day's journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree: and he requested for himself that he might die; and said, It is enough; now, O LORD, take away my life; for I am not better than my fathers.

David – 1 Samuel 30:3-6 So David and his men came to the city, and, behold, it was burned with fire; and their wives, and their sons, and their daughters, were taken captives. v.4  Then David and the people that were with him lifted up their voice and wept, until they had no more power to weep. v.5  And David's two wives were taken captives, Ahinoam the Jezreelitess, and Abigail the wife of Nabal the Carmelite. v.6  And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in the LORD his God.

Discouragement will come! Storms will come, trials will come, problems will come…it’s just part of life! Discouragement is Satan's most effective tool. If we’re NOT careful it will keep us from doing what God wants us to do, and from becoming all God intends for us to be!

How to overcome discouragement? Let’s learn from these same men how they overcame discouragement:

1. We need to spend personal time with God!

1 Samuel 30:6 And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in the LORD his God.  In v.7 & 8 He sought the presence of the Lord.

David encouraged himself in the Lord his God. He encouraged himself in the Lord by remembering what God had already done for him, and what He had promised to do. Sometimes, when were discouraged, instead of turning to the Lord we turn to someone or something else.

2. We need to meditate upon His Word!

Jeremiah 20:9 Then I said, I will not make mention of him, nor speak any more in his name. But his word was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I was weary with forbearing, and I could not stay.

Jeremiah meditated on God’s Word. He spent time meditating on God’s promises!

*I will never leave thee nor forsake thee..

*Casting all your care upon Him for He careth for you…

*Come unto me all ye that are heavy laden and I will give you rest!

3. We need to keep doing what God wants us to do!

1 Kings 19:13  And it was so, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle, and went out, and stood in the entering in of the cave. And, behold, there came a voice unto him, and said, What doest thou here, Elijah? v.14  And he said, I have been very jealous for the LORD God of hosts: because the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away. v.15  And the LORD said unto him, Go, return on thy way to the wilderness of Damascus: and when thou comest, anoint Hazael to be king over Syria:

Elijah was commanded to go back to doing what he was commanded to. In times of discouragement, we also need to keep doing what were supposed to. Keep reading your Bible, keep praying, stay faithful to church, and keep sharing the gospel. Don’t quit doing what you’re supposed to be doing!

Galatians 6:9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.


Consider this account: There was a man who failed in business in 1831. He was defeated for the legislature in '32. He failed again in business in '34. His sweetheart died in '35. He suffered a nervous breakdown in '36. He was defeated in election in '38. He was defeated for Congress in '43, '46, and '48. He was defeated for the Senate in '55. He was defeated for the vice-presidency in '56. He was defeated again for the Senate in '58. Yet in 1860 Abraham Lincoln became President of the United States of America.

Discouragement is Satan's most effective tool. If we’re NOT careful, it will keep us from doing what God wants us to do, and from becoming all God intends for us to be!

Ray Pechardo

Bro Pechardo serves the Lord full-time as our Filipino Pastor, Missions Director, and Soulwinning Director. Ray and his wife Lucy have three children.

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