So many Christian friends I know are dealing with trying circumstances. Anxiety about the government, health concerns and relational issues are just of the few hindrances bothering us today.
Are you feeling defeated and disappointed?
Life seems to be sucked right out of every one of us.
Sorrow and complacency have replaced joy. Lethargy and passivity seems to be running prevalent. In other words, we are like zombies who are just living without any real feeling.
We listen to the Word, but somehow we are only hearing it and not living by it.
Kicking the ground, we are existing and thinking something bad is going to happen.
Many of us have huge mountains and strongholds standing in the way of our journey.
The mentality of failure and discouragement has taken hold of so many of us.
It’s too hard. The situation is impossible.
Each of these mindsets make God appear smaller and smaller.
Are you waiting for the other shoe to drop? What bad event is going to happen today?
The media reports just confirm our doom and gloom. As a result, we can’t even find encouragement from others because something is affecting us all. We say Christian clichés without really believing what we say or hear.
Darkness seems to be prevalent, doesn’t it?
Why are we living defeated?
We seem to be carrying ourselves like we’ve lost. We begin the day like we aren’t going to make it.
The definition of defeatism: the attitude, policy, or conduct of a person who admits, expects, or no longer resists defeat, as because of a conviction that further struggle or effort is futile; pessimistic resignation.
Are you living this way?
Overcome and beaten down, this isn’t the way God wants us to live.
Living out Faith
It’s one thing to say I have faith when it’s easy, but it’s another thing to act out my faith when life is hard. When the circumstance is quick, I can handle it, but an extended difficult situation can pull me down fast.
My problem becomes magnified in my mind, and God is minimized. Under those circumstances, my problem weeds out God in the place of priority in my life.
I flip through the Bible to find comfort, but how do you grasp hold of the victory?
How do I apply this victory from the Bible into my every day life?
Victory is found in faith. We believe even when we can’t see. God can be trusted, period.
We live defeated because we doubt, but in reality everything important is done for us. We are given eternal life in heaven.
Discouragement is a choice.
We choose whether we believe and trust, or lead ourselves into discouragement and despair.
It’s important to realize, we experience no triumphs without troubles.
1 John 5:4 (NLT) For every child of God defeats this evil world, and we achieve this victory through our faith.
How do we find victory?
- Accept our circumstances. Look for something good in them.
- Appreciate the chance to grow.
- Allow ourselves to grasp hold of what we need to change. We learn more about ourselves in the tough times than in the easy times.
- Abide in the truth of being made into Christ’s image more and more.
- Approach life again with this new perspective.
- Apply prayer
God is using every single hard thing in your life to grow you!
He cares for us.
Although it seems like He’s absent or making us uncomfortable, we can believe it will be worthwhile in the end.
Don’t lose hope, or take on the mindset of defeat. We have victory through Him.
James 1:12 (NLT) God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation. Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.
“Nothing paralyzes our lives like the attitude that things can never change. We need to remind ourselves that God can change things. Outlook determines outcome. If we see only the problems, we will be defeated; but if we see the possibilities in the problems, we can have victory.”
– Warren Wiersbe