I Would Have Lost Heart
I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord In the land of the living. Psalm 27: 13
Anyone feeling depressed just lately. Feeling like you want to give up, overcome by thoughts of, "Is this really worth it? Is anything really going to change?" Experiencing a loss of your usual energy and zest for life? If this is you, you are probably in the middle of a spiritual warfare and the enemy is using some sneaky tactics to get you to throw in the towel.
As Christians we will always be in a war. We are called to take territory for the Kingdom of God, we are called to establish His will on earth as it is in heaven and this is a warfare! There are seasons where the war can intensify and October is generally one of those times. Many are celebrating Halloween and there is a lot of witchcraft activity. We must be aware of this and daily 'take up the whole armour of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day'. Ephesians 6:13
One of the greatest strategies the enemy uses against God people is discouragement. How many of us start out in great faith, believing that God can do all things? We trust in Him, we make great declarations of faith, but when we do not see results, when we do not see tangible change in our situation, we begin to get discouraged. Our prayers become shorter, our decrees softer, our fight more timid. Where we once 'saw' with they eye of faith how God would come through for us, we can no longer see a way out of our situation. We have lost hope and with that our faith slides down and out our toes.
This is what discouragement does to us. It causes us to lose heart. Even the root meaning of the word discouragement means 'to move away from your heart'. We have all found ourselves in this place from time to time. Even the mighty King David. In Psalm 27, we see David making a declaration of His faith that He trusts in God. He calls out to God to hear his prayers and have mercy on him (verse 7). Why would he say this unless he FELT like God was not answering him. Unless he felt like God had turned His back on him. This is a spirit of discouragement at work. A spirit that is trying to take your 'heart' away from you.
The moment, we recognize ourselves in this place, we MUST know that we are under direct attack from the enemy and it is time to begin to fight. And David tells us how.
I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait on the Lord; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the Lord!
Psalm 27:13 - 14
Firstly we must start to BELIEVE. We must take captive EVERY thought that says that God does not want us to succeed or overcome. We must BELIEVE that we will see and experience the life of God in our land.
Today, if you are caught in a place of discouragement and losing heart. If you can no longer see the good things that God has for you in your future, if you feel like giving up - the word of God to you is to BELIEVE. The hebrew word for believe is aman (strongs H539) and it means:
to build up or support
to foster as a parent
to be firm and faithful
to be permanent
If we are to BELIEVE, then we are to support something. Belief is the parent that cares for a child. It is the support that holds your ideals, dreams and visions in place. If you feel discouraged with your situation or with God, you need to re-inforce what you believe about Him and what he says about your life. Go back to scripture, go back to words that God spoke to you. Look up prophetic words that were given to you that you know were from Him. Speak them out loud and begin to BELIEVE again the words that He spoke.
David also tells us to WAIT on the Lord so that He can strengthen our hearts. The Hebrew word for wait is 'qavah' (Strongs H 6960) and means:
to bind together
to be patient
I understand this to mean that we should bind ourselves to the Lord, come close to Him and expect to hear His voice. Patiently wait for Him to speak. As we do this, the scripture says that HE WILL strengthen our hearts. Remember that discouragement takes you away from your heart, but God will strengthen it. The fight is always around our HEARTS. What is going on in your heart? Is it turned towards God or away from HIm?
So back to my opening question....Anyone feeling depressed just lately. Feeling like you want to give up, overcome by thoughts of, "Is this really worth it? Is anything really going to change?" Experiencing a loss of your usual energy and zest for life?
Then you are under attack from a spirit of discouragement.
Recognize that this is just a tactic of the enemy. God is still with you, His promises remain yes and amen. He has not changed what He said, do not allow the enemy to turn your heart away from God. With David, I say to YOU, Wait on the Lord; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the Lord!