Today's Promise : A Daily Devotional
December 23, 2013
Power Over Discouragement
"And let us not get tired of doing what is right, for after a while we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don't get discouraged and give up" (Galatians 6:9).
"Yes, I do get tired inthe work, but I never get tired ofthe work." I have heard many missionaries, ministers and other Christian leaders make such a statement. I echo their sentiments.
The first half of this wonderful verse is the sower's imperative; the second half is the sower's reward. The first half is my responsibility; the second is God's - which of course means that I should concern myself only with the first half, since our faithful God always keeps His promises.
One of the enemy's greatest weapons is discouragement. Years ago that great saint and prophet, A.W. Tozer, preached a sermon on this subject in which he recognized discouragement solely as a tool of the devil, hence one he would refuse to accept in his own life.
It is because of Satan's wiles in this regard - in causing us to be discouraged and give up - that one of God's greatest gifts to His children is the gift of exhortation and encouragement, with emphasis on the latter. How many believers have been strengthened to carry on because of the helpful, encouraging word of a friend! And how important that you and I become that kind of friend. Yet, God's promise of encouragement is far more important.
To "keep on keeping on" is easier when we know that God is faithful.
Bible Reading: Galatians 6:1-8
TODAY'S ACTION POINT: With power from the Holy Spirit who lives within me, I will refuse to allow Satan's trick of discouragement to hinder my work, my walk and my witness for the Lord.