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Family Matters 01/28/16

Spiritual Help to Fight Discouragement

Young woman reading the Bible

The days are short. Winter has set in and the lack of light leads us to feel a little down. Then, you add family problems, work troubles and maybe a little financial stress and it is easy to feel discouraged. During difficult times, it is easy to allow life circumstances to discourage us. But one of the best ways to fight discouragement is with God’s Word.

Note the cure for discouragement the psalmist David employed in Psalm 103:1-5. David talks to himself in a way that uplifts his soul. He tells his soul to bless the Lord and to remember the benefits of serving God.

David begins the psalm by blessing the Lord.

Praise the LORD, my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Praise the LORD, my soul, and forget not all his benefits. Psalm 103:1-2

Then, he speaks to his soul and reminds himself of all that God does for those who are faithful to Him. So when you feel discouraged, encourage yourself in the Lord. Use Psalm 103 and apply it to your life.

Psalm 103 says, the Lord:

1. Forgives all my sins. There is no need to live in condemnation or guilt. The past is forgiven and gone.
2. Heals all my diseases. A bad report is subject to the healing power of Christ.
3. Redeems my life from the pit. And in that process, He crowns me with love and compassion.
4. Satisfies my desires with good things. He renews my youth like the eagle’s.

This is only a partial list of all the benefits that come with serving God. Yes, bad news comes, life gets crazy and stressful, but remember who we serve and the blessings that come from being one of God’s children.

To fight discouragement, do what David did and encourage yourself in the Lord.

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