Thursday, April 9, 2020

Slay Discouragement

2 Corinthians 4:16 (AMP)
Therefore we do not become discouraged [spiritless, disappointed, or afraid]. Though our outer self is [progressively] wasting away, yet our inner self is being [progressively] renewed day by day.

Recognize discouragement and fatigue. Don’t listen to the lies of the enemies. Do not be afraid remembering The Lord who is great & awesome & you can receive encouragement from Him. Cry out to Him. Continue His work. Don’t let your feelings rule you. Concentrate on the ig Picture. Claim the encouraging promises of God. Force feed yourself the word of God if you have to. Don’t grow weary. Carry someone else burden. Sow encouragement. Be single minded. Set your focus & faith on unseen & eternal things. See the present from the perspective of the future. Look forward to God’s great & eternal glory. Recognize & believe in the certainty of victory for those who endure to the end. 2 Corinthians 4:17 (AMP) For our momentary, light distress [this passing trouble] is producing for us an eternal weight of glory [a fullness] beyond all measure [surpassing all comparisons, a transcendent splendor and an endless blessedness]! He always causes us to triumph. We are more than conquerors. 

Proverbs 17:22 (KJV)
A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.

Proverbs 17:22 (AMP)

A happy heart is good medicine and a joyful mind causes healing, But a broken spirit dries up the bones.

Proverbs 17:22 (CJB)

A happy heart is good medicine, but low spirits sap one’s strength.

Proverbs 17:22 (GNV)

A joyful heart causeth good health; but a sorrowful mind drouth the bones.

Proverbs 17:22 (MSG)

A cheerful disposition is good for your health; gloom and doom leave you bone-tired.

Matthew Henry:
Note, 1. It is healthful to be cheerful. The Lord is for the body, and has provided for it, not only meat, but medicine, and has here told us that the best medicine is a merry heart, not a heart addicted to vain, carnal, sensual mirth; Solomon himself said of that mirth, It is not medicine, but madness; it is not food, but poison; what doth it? But he means a heart rejoicing in God, and serving him with gladness, and then taking the comfort of outward enjoyments and particularly that of pleasant conversation. It is a great mercy that God gives us leave to be cheerful and cause to be cheerful, especially if by his grace he gives us hearts to be cheerful. The sorrows of the mind often contribute very much to the sickliness of the body: A broken spirit, sunk by the burden of afflictions, and especially a conscience wounded with the sense of guilt and fear of wrath, dries the bones, wastes the radical moisture, exhausts the very marrow, and makes the body a mere skeleton. We should therefore watch and pray against all melancholy dispositions, for they lead us into trouble as well as into temptation.

Proverbs 12:25 (KJV)

Heaviness in the heart of man maketh it stoop: but a good word maketh it glad.

Proverbs 12:25 (GNV)

Heaviness in the heart of man doth bring it down; but a good word rejoice it.

Proverbs 12:25(AMP)

Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs it down, But a good (encouraging) word makes it glad.

Proverbs 12:25 (MSG)

Worry weighs us down; a cheerful word picks us up.

Proverbs 12:25(WYC)

Mourning in the heart of a just man shall make him meek; and he shall be made glad by a good word. (Mourning in the heart of a righteous person shall make him weak; but he shall be made happy by a good, or by a kind, word.)

Happy - Delighted, pleased, glad, favored
Cheerful-pleasant, hearty, ungrudging
Joyful - glad, delighted

Acts 26:2 (KJV)
I think myself happy…

Acts 26:2 (AMP)
“I consider myself fortunate…

Rally yourself

1 Samuel 30:6(KJV)
…but David encouraged himself in the Lord his God.
(He encouraged himself. He found Strength in the Lord. He strengthened himself in the Lord. He drew Strength from the Lord. 

Judges 20:22(KJV)
And the people the men of Israel encouraged themselves
The Troops rallied themselves, took courage and strengthened themselves.

Colossians 2:2 (AMP)
[For my hope is] that their hearts may be encouraged as they are knit together in [unselfish] [a]love (Heart may be encouraged - unselfish love)

Hebrews 13:6(AMP)
So we take comfort and are encouraged and confidently say,
“The Lord is my Helper [in time of need], I will not be afraid.
What will man do to me?”

It’s time we the people of God stand up and be cheerful. We have this confidence that the Lord is bigger than anything we are going through or will go through. Take on courage and strength today. This world needs what we have. Peace with God and the Peace of God. We may walk through the valley of death but He is with us!!!! WE WILL GO THROUGH!!!! 

Psalm 46:1 (AMP)
God the Refuge of His People.
God is our refuge and strength [mighty and impenetrable],
A very present and well-proved help in trouble.

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