Discouraged- Where Should You Go?

Where Should You Go When You Get Discouraged?


:1-5 (ASV)
1  Let a man so account of us, as of ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God.
2  Here, moreover, it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.(Genesis 26:3-4)
3  But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged of you, or of man’s judgment: yea, I judge not mine own self.
4  For I know nothing against myself; yet am I not hereby justified: but he that judgeth me is the Lord.

 Wherefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who will both bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and make manifest the counsels of the hearts; and then shall each man have his praise from God.

Hebrews 10:25 (ASV)
25  not forsaking our own assembling together, as the custom of some is, but exhorting one another; and so much the more, as ye see the day drawing nigh.

Judging can be very dangerous for our spiritual attitudes in that it may lead to discouragement when we may arrive at the conclusion that people are not who they proclaim. Since our judgement of others is imperfect and we cannot examine the motive of others, our perceptions can be dead wrong.

Maybe you know someone who has judge themselves or the ministry of others. The Apostle Paul wrote that he did not honor men’s judgement one way or another and that he didn’t even judge his own ministry since he was only accountable to the Lord. (1 Cor. 4:3) People judging, ministry judging and congregation judging is a ploy or scheme of the advisory for us to get trapped by our own pride that may cause us to be discourage or depressed. The Apostle makes it clear that it is the Lord who judges him which includes us. Every saint is being judge in real time or the present time. (2 Cor. 5:10)

There are tons of reasons why people stay away from church when they are discouraged. Perhaps they’re embarrassed that their faith isn’t working as fast as they think it should. Perhaps they’re ashamed that they’re still struggling with problems they think should have been conquered long ago. They don’t want anyone to know they’re still wrestling with the same old problems, so they disappear from sight.

Discourage Souls Thrive Again In Assembly With Other Christians

Don’t let embarrassment or discouragement keep you away from other worship. You need their strength! You need their testimony! You need their encouragement! You need to hear them say, “You can do all things through Christ” (Phil. 4:13)

That’s why Hebrews 10:25 says, “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is….” The word “forsaking” is taken from the Greek word egkatakeipontes. It’s a compound of three different Greek words: eg, kata, and leipo. The first word, eg (actually from the Greek word ek), means out. Kata, the second part of the word, means down. The third word, leipo, means behind. These three words compounded together simply mean out, down, and behind.

These words describe someone who is extremely discouraged, defeated, and depressed. Maybe he feels depressed because it looks like everyone is succeeding but him. Or maybe this is someone who is simply weary from fighting a very long battle. Regardless of the reason why, this word describes a person who feels left out, down, depressed, and far behind everyone else.

The moment people begin to feel like they are failing, the church is failing or they are falling short of where they should be is the moment when Satan tells them, “Oh, just stay home from church today. You don’t need to go down there with all those rejoicing people. You know that you don’t feel like being with them today, so why not just stay home by yourself You don’t need them. You can just read the Bible at home!”

Satan knows that if he can get you to fall out of fellowship with the church—at the very moment when you need fellowship and encouragement the most—then he can probably keep you down and defeated. Yes, it’s true that you can read the Bible at home by yourself, and you need to do this. But fellowship with other believers is essential for everyone, and that includes you! You receive encouragement from other Christians that you can’t get anywhere else.

That is why church is the last place the devil wants you to go when you’re feeling low! He knows if you go to church, you will be touched by the Presence of the Lord; you will get encouraged by other Christians; and in the end, you’ll crawl out of that hole the enemy has put you in and rise up to a place of victory!

The devil works overtime to try to tempt you to skip church, stay home, and do something else instead. But, friend, why isolate yourself when you are in the greatest need of encouragement?

Hebrews 10:25 (ASV)
25  not forsaking our own assembling together, as the custom of some is, but exhorting one another; and so much the more, as ye see the day drawing nigh.

Evangelist James Byrd


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