A Word of Encouragement for You
by MaryAnn Diorio
Are you feeling discouraged by what's happening in the world around you? Or, perhaps, by what's happening in your own life? If so, take heart.
We are living in an age when everything seems to be falling apart. But we are also living in one of the greatest times in history. Many signs are pointing to the soon return of Jesus! The time of our redemption is growing very near! Jesus said that we are to look up! To lift our heads in hope toward the heavens from whence He will return.
But, meanwhile, what can you do if you feel discouraged? Here is what I do when the evil spirit of discouragement tries to disrupt my peace: I begin to praise the LORD.
Scripture tells us that when the spirit of heaviness tries to overtake us, we are to put on the garment of praise (Isaiah 61: 3). Praising God will drive out the spirit of discouragement every single time.
I can vouch for this from personal experience. Whenever the enemy tries to make me feel discouraged, I immediately lift my hands and start praising the Lord. And that spirit of discouragement leaves within a minute or two. Every single time!
So, the next time a spirit of discouragement tries to rob you of your peace, lift up your hands toward heaven and shout praises to the King of kings and Lord of lords!