Monday, August 1, 2011

Are You Discouraged?

I have talked to many people recently who are solid Christians but they are discouraged.  I have heard from people in numerous states and numerous churches that are discouraged.  Discouragement can be caused from so many different things.  When you are discouraged it is easy to quit reading your Bible and praying...the very things that help one come out of discouragement.  It is easy to have a pity party about whatever it is that has caused it.  I have found that it hinders when we look around at our circumstances and even at other people.  I have also found that it helps when we keep our eyes on Jesus.  "Look unto Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, scorning its shame..."  Hebrews 12:2 (paraphrase from memory)  Because we are living in the last days where discouragement is rampant and people are quiting right and left it is so important to keep your eyes on Jesus!

Jesus will never leave you nor forsake you.  People will.
Jesus is not a man that he should lie.  People will.
Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever.  People change.
Jesus brings peace.  People bring turmoil.
Jesus brings joy.  People bring momentary happiness.
Jesus gives selflessly and sacrificially.  People are selfish.
Jesus is longsuffering and patient.  People are pushy.
Jesus is your All in All...for every need...every heart ache...He is always there.

"Turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full in His wonderful face, and the things of earth will grow strangely dim, in the light of His glory and grace.."

Remember, we are only passing through this world...life is but a vapor...give your all to Jesus.  Finish your race to receive the prize in Heaven!  It will be worth it and "we will understand it better by and by." 

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