Someone has said that one of Satan’s favorite tools is discouragement. He will use it in every way possible for his advantage. Don’t ever forget that deep down, he doesn’t care about us at all. He is out to destroy the work of God.
He has figured in his deceptive heart that if he can discourage God’s man, he can derail the work of God. He must also know how deeply God loves His men and how when one of God’s servants is hurting, so is God.
Therefore, our Adversary will use anything and anyone he can to discourage God’s men. Let’s be honest, every one of us who have been working for God any length of time has dealt with discouragement.
It could be illness (our own or someone we love), financial difficulties, family problems, consistent temptation, or habitual fighting of some specific sin.
As well, he can use people to discourage us. Maybe it’s the well-meaning brother who is forever critiquing our work or our preaching. Perhaps it’s the elder who is constantly reminding us who is “in charge.” It might even be a small group of people who are “working” behind the scenes to change something they don’t like.
All of these are real, we’ve experienced them in our ministry and in our moments of weakness they can discourage us. So, how do we handle the Devil and one of his favorite tools. Just a few thoughts.
Remember that this is God’s work, we are simply his servants, His spokesmen, the vessels through which He will accomplish His purposes.
Try your best not to focus on those who discourage you. Surround yourself as much as possible with people who support, encourage, and refresh your soul.
Stay in the Word. You’ll be reminded that God has used servants who have been discouraged to do great things for Him.
May He bless you this week with encouragement, strength, and a heart of gratitude. May you know that you are loved and appreciated by many of God’s people.