I read it almost every day on Facebook and Instagram. So many women are mentioning how discouraged they are. It doesn’t matter who you are, what you do, how long you’ve been a Christian or where you live. The enemy is attacking and you need to hold your ground in the fight against discouragement.
You are not alone. I fight against discouragement too, sometimes every day. I want you to know that there is hope and I am going to share that with you today. Are you ready?
Please know this that no matter how discouraged you are, you don’t have to give up. Don’t let yourself be crushed by that steamroller of defeat. Come on, stand with me as I encourage you to hold your ground!
Let’s stand strong together as we fight against discouragement!
Survey Your Territory
Before we go any further, I would like you to take note of your surroundings. What is going on in your life that could be causing the discouragement?
Has God given you a task? In your obedience, are you now feeling discouraged? Is the task overwhelming?
Maybe you started that task in full swing, full of energy and zeal but now you feel like you have stalled. If so, that sounds familiar. I’ve been there too.
God has shown me some truths about “discouragement.”
- It isn’t you.
- It isn’t your friends.
- It isn’t even your task.
- And it certainly isn’t God.
It is the enemy. He has targeted you for failure.
Satan’s objective is to kill, steal and destroy and he is using every tactic he knows to defeat you. Discouragement is a popular weapon that he uses against God’s children.
Don’t let him win.
Do not give him an inch of your ground, the territory that God has given you, the task that you have been entrusted with.
Hold your ground and fight against discouragement!
Time to Suit Up
The hardest part is recognizing the enemy is after you. Sometimes it can be days before you recognize what is happening. Are you nodding your head at this?
The more often you recognize what is happening, the sooner your response time will be the next time he comes to discourage you.
It is vital that you are aware of his tactics and you are prepared to fight against him in the spirit realm.
Recognize the enemy’s ploys and take action against him.
To fight, you need to suit up with the proper equipment. Rushing out to battle with no armour will surely get you maimed.
It’s time to put on the armour of God. (Ephesians 6:10-18)
Check your armour, ensure your helmet is securely fastened. Cinch the straps on your breastplate. Tighten the belt around your waist, and make sure your shoes are a good fit. Get a good grip on your sword. Tighten hold on your shield and raise your sword high as you stand your ground.
God has given you territory to defend. That task He has entrusted you with needs to be completed for His glory.
It is time to defend your territory. Do not retreat. The armour is forward facing. It does not cover your rear so there is no retreat. Hold your ground as you stand firm in the fight against discouragement.
Ephesians 6:10-18 tells us four times, not once or twice but four times to ‘stand’ and ‘withstand’. Stand against the wiles of the enemy. Put on the whole armour to withstand the enemy and having done all, remain standing. Stand, therefore, with your armour on securely as you fight against discouragement!
Prayer, the Ultimate Spiritual Weapon
Are you ready to win the battle of discouragement? If so, pray this prayer with me:
You have given me all authority to use the name of Jesus so, in the name of Jesus Christ and by the will of Almighty God, I come against the wiles of the enemy. I stand my ground, I defend the territory, the vision, the task that You gave me.
I stand against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
I come against you satan and your demonic forces. I stand in the name of Almighty God, creator of heaven and earth. I push you back to the pit of hell.
You CANNOT have my territory. You CANNOT have the vision God has given me. You CANNOT have the dream that God has birthed in me. You CANNOT have me.
I belong to God and with every breath, I will worship Him and Him only and I will fight against the discouragement that you have heaped upon me.
I rebuke you, satan, and I stand against you.
In the name of Jesus and by the blood of Jesus, I stand against you. I command you to flee, to run from me. I resist you in Jesus name.
In the powerful name of Jesus and by the blood of the Lamb, I pray.
If you prayed this powerful prayer with me, which are words the Holy Spirit gave me to battle the enemy over discouragement, believe that the power of the name of Jesus prevails and that you have stood your ground. You have kept the territory that God gave you.
Keep your armour on. Satan may be back to try another tactic, recognize it when it comes against you. Remain standing, and having done all, stand.
From My Heart to Yours
I want to pray for you now, that you would have a blessed and fruitful day. That you would sense the presence of God surrounding you and in you and through you. His anointing to be all over you, that it would flow steadily and you would walk in wisdom and discernment. Let me pray:
Father God, I pray for my dear sister who is reading these words. Lord, You see her, You know her. You know her heart and mind and see how much she loves You and desires to serve You as Your consecrated servant. Oh, Father God! She has battled the enemy today. She has won the fight against discouragement.
Keep her strong, Lord. Keep her aware of the enemy’s tactics. Keep her ready to maintain the ground You have given her.
Father, today, may she walk in Your strength, may she sense Your presence surrounding her and keeping her in perfect peace. Fill her with heavenly wisdom, fill her with discernment and fill her with a continual anointing.
May her cup overflow with Your goodness toward her. May everything she does and touches be blessed. May the words of her mouth and all her thoughts be acceptable in Your sight, oh LORD, my God!
My Father, may the love of God shine through her, may others see Christ in her and be drawn to Jesus through her. May her ministry abound more and more. May the fruit of her lips edify and build up those she speaks to.
May she walk in Your blessings today, as she goes in and as she goes out. Father God, bless my sister, Your daughter, to overflowing and may she say back to You, ‘My cup overflows.’
Thank You, Father, for hearing and answering this prayer, in Jesus’ name, Amen.
That’s a Wrap
From my heart to yours, sweet sister. May your day be filled with His purpose for you and may it be accomplished in your life as you fight against discouragement to hold your ground.
Stay strong, stay alert in the spirit realm. Be aware of the enemy’s tactics but don’t let them steamroll you. Maintain the ground you have been given by God and when He increases your reach, expand your territory to maintain the new boundaries.
Would you leave me a comment to let me know how you’re doing? Has God been talking to you about expanding your ministry? Are you working on that? I would love to hear what He is doing in your life.
Reprinted from my former blog, Go Gather Grow.
Cindy Barnes has been called by God in the early 80s to be a teacher of His Word. She is a serious student of the Word, focusing on the Inductive Bible Study Method since 2007. Her passion is to teach women how to study the Bible using this method. In addition, she desires for women to develop an intense yearning to draw closer to God through reading and writing out the Bible.
Cindy teaches hundreds of women in her private online Bible Study Group who express their joy of growing deeper in their spiritual walk.
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