And the Winner is–Discouragement?

And the Winner is— Discouragement?

 

spies of  Canaan” We… can conquer this land? We’re fools to fight these giants. Let’s go back to Egypt…to the familiar…”

The evil report of ten spies had discouraged the Israelites—God was outraged.

His people had to wander another forty years. They had missed their inheritance—their calling—everything! Discouragement had caused God’s people to forget Whose they were.

However, the promised land of Canaan was God’s mandate.

“You must destroy all the people the LORD your God hands over to you. Have no pity on false godthem, never worship their gods, they will be a trap for you.”

Deuteronomy 7:16

All they had to do was obey. He would fight their battles. But discouragement hindered boldness. Discouragement restrained them from their inheritance. Discouragement shattered, dismayed and abolished the people’s resolve to take God—at His Word.

And—it angered God! And so they wandered.

wild horsesAfter forty years, wild horses couldn’t keep God’s people at bay.
But there was a problem with two of the tribes. Would discouragement cause them to halt again?

Gad and Reuben had found their niche in the Promised Land. They could settle on the western side of Jordan. Their nomadic life could end. But there was a war to fight. Moses was irritated.

“Shall your countrymen go to war while you sit here? Why do you discourage the Israelites from going over into the land the LORD has given them?” Numbers 32:6-7

“This is what your fathers did when I sent them… to look over the land. After they went up… and viewed the land, they discouraged the Israelites from entering the land the LORD had given them.

The LORD’s anger was aroused that day…”

                                                                            Numbers 32:8-10

But discouragement didn’t win this time. Gad and Reuben were pleased to join their brothers in battle. What a triumph it was!

Today’s saint might say this.

“My father always said, ‘Don’t bite off more that you can chew, Son. You’re just an average Joe… settle for the secure, easy route. Forget any off the wall ideas about rescuing the discouragement clip artworld. That’s for the other guy…not you.’”

The words of this father to his son reeked of discouragement.

The Lord hates discouragement. Hear His heart.

Discouragement deprives My people of hope. It shatters their dreams which I have birthed. It frustrates, hinders and restrains them from receiving My promises. And when my people speak discouragement to each other they are frustrating the provisions of My covenant. Discouragement…is …My….enemy!

happy young child clip artTurn away from discouragement, Daughter of the Most High. Turn away– and live!

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4 Responses to And the Winner is–Discouragement?

  1. Cyn Rogalski February 3, 2015 at 3:56 pm #

    More uplifting! You always seem to know when I need to hear it Margie-God bless!

    • admin February 4, 2015 at 12:40 pm #

      Thank you dear Cyn, This post amazed me as the Lord taught me His heart. He hates discouragement! I love you, Cyn!

  2. Jo February 9, 2015 at 12:49 pm #

    Verry, very good

    • admin February 9, 2015 at 4:59 pm #

      Thank you, my Jo! I love you!

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