Sometimes we have truly deep trauma that drags us maliciously back into our sorrow, disabling our ability to move forward. Sometimes we just allow petty gunk to collect overtime, clogging our ability to see beyond the moment. Or maybe disappointments begin to reek havoc on our mental status becoming like a cancer raging through our thought system.
No matter how we arrive at the place of discouragement, it is a town we all make stops in. It is a place where we are required to reevaluate ourselves and our faith. Sometimes we have short moments of discouragement, and sometimes whole seasons. And it certainly can get tricky when our stay becomes longer than anticipated, when grief rings deeply within us. No matter the level of difficulty you find yourself in, there will be times when we struggle to stand firm in our faith, and when we will need to scream truth over our hearts.
I have collected verses that have helped me in both times of mourning, and in daily discouragement. My hope is that you will allow the word of God to comfort and strengthen you. That you will remind yourself who God is, and who you are to Him.
What I want mostly is for men to pray—not shaking angry fists at enemies but raising holy hands to God.
2 Timothy 2:8 MSG
(too often we forget to begin in prayer.)
I will give you the treasures of darkness,
riches stored in secret places,
so that you may know that I am the Lord,
the God of Israel, who summons you by name.
(God will show you the goodness in the midst of the storm.)
Stop and consider God’s wonders.
(Remember what God has already done!)
I remember the days of long ago;
I meditate on all your works
and consider what your hands have done.
Psalm 143: 5
Do not despise these small beginnings
for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin
Zechariah 4:10 NLT
(When you get caught up in comparison, remember that the Lord rejoices over you – where you are.)
A man with leprosy came to him begging him on his knees, “If you are willing, you can make me clean.”
Filled with compassion, Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean.”
Mark 1: 40-41
(We serve a compassionate God who meets our needs.)
Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
2 Corinthians 4: 16-18
1 You have searched me, Lord,
and you know me.
2 You know when I sit and when I rise;
you perceive my thoughts from afar.
3 You discern my going out and my lying down;
you are familiar with all my ways.
4 Before a word is on my tongue
you, Lord, know it completely.
5 You hem me in behind and before,
and you lay your hand upon me.
6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
too lofty for me to attain.
7 Where can I go from your Spirit?
Where can I flee from your presence?
8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
9 If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
if I settle on the far side of the sea,
10 even there your hand will guide me,
your right hand will hold me fast.
11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me
and the light become night around me,”
12 even the darkness will not be dark to you;
the night will shine like the day,
for darkness is as light to you.
13 For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place,
when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed body;
all the days ordained for me were written in your book
before one of them came to be.
17 How precious to me are your thoughts, God!
How vast is the sum of them!
18 Were I to count them,
they would outnumber the grains of sand—
when I awake, I am still with you.
19 If only you, God, would slay the wicked!
Away from me, you who are bloodthirsty!
20 They speak of you with evil intent;
your adversaries misuse your name.
21 Do I not hate those who hate you, Lord,
and abhor those who are in rebellion against you?
22 I have nothing but hatred for them;
I count them my enemies.
23 Search me, God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.
24 See if there is any offensive way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting.
(This whole chapter is everything. He knows you. He loves you.)
During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with loud cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission.
(Bring everything to the Lord, AND submit your will.)
But as for me, I will always have hope;
I will praise you more and more.
My mouth will tell of your righteousness,
of your salvation all day long
though I know not it’s measure.
Psalm 71: 14-15
(Declare it even when it’s hard. Especially when it is hard. Your Father is not holding out on you. You can always hope in Him, friend.)
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