Discouragement is not a medical condition, it’s a condition of your heart. While there are some medical conditions that can chemically cause feelings of discouragement, most types of discouragement come from being disappointed. I believe one of the biggest reasons people never fulfill their God-given destiny is because somebody told them that it wasn’t possible.
One of the dumbest types of ignorance I see is when people who fail in life give poor advice to others from a place of discouragement, and then they call it “wisdom.” A righteous man/woman is one who is filled with the love and the wisdom of God, and the Bible says that righteous people fall too, but then they get back up again (Proverbs 24:16).
There is a big difference between falling and failing. Everyone falls down, but those who fail are the ones who refuse to rise again. Many years ago someone who was older than me said something like, “When I was your age I used to be passionate about Jesus and on fire just like you, but when you get to my age, you’ll calm down.” That was one of the saddest things I’ve ever heard anyone say in my life.
People who are discouraged and living in defeat are the worst people to take advice from unless you want to become just like them. One way that we need to change our thinking is by changing the way we process poor advice and sarcastic negative remarks. We are made of a spirit, flesh, and blood, not paper.
This third I will put into the fire; I will refine them like silver and test them like gold. They will call on my name and I will answer them; I will say, ‘They are my people,’ and they will say, ‘The LORD is our God (Zechariah 13:9). People who discourage us, whether they mean it or not, are the fire that is designed to refine us like silver and gold so that when we fulfill our God-given promise, our character will be developed enough to sustain the promise.
If we choose to become offended, discouraged, or depressed when people tell us we can’t do something, we end up coming out of the fire looking like talking charcoal, and we wonder why we don’t have any friends. Discouraged people are no fun to be around, I would know, I used to be one of them.
I used to be such a negative and discouraging person that a long time ago when MySpace was still popular, I started an online “I hate reading” negativity club. When we live in discouragement, we live mediocre lives trapped inside the bubble of expectations of what other people think of us, but when we are fully obedient to God no matter what negative people think or say, that’s when we fulfill our individual God-given mandate.
Your motive to fulfill your God-given destiny isn’t so you can prove the haters wrong, it isn’t so you can live a comfortable life and forget about all the other people in this world who need your help to get out of their discouragement, but it’s about turning your disappointment into a divine appointment that will change the lives of those around you forever.
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