Do not be Discouraged

By Damilola Olasehinde

It is so easy to be discouraged when life gets tiresome, bills aren’t paid, school gets so difficult, work gets too exhausting, your health deteriorates or future seems bleak. It is so easy. 

A discouraged person is prone to fatigue, hopelessness, despair, depression and bitterness. 
Discouragement stems from past misgivings, present shortcomings and uncertainties about the future. It steals your joy, peace, contentment and zeal. It comes with so many unpleasant thoughts.

The moment you have nothing to rely on or forget your blessings and begin to focus on your circumstances, discouragement sets in. As you become unaware of God’s presence around you begin to forget or doubt the promises of His word, discourages shows up.  

Instead of wallowing in discouragement, yearn to be and remain encouraged.  Be steadfast in your hope in the Lord and let His peace encompass you. Rest in his love and promises for you. God knows your troubles and He cares so much for you that he will not abandon you. 

If you want to stay encouraged, focus on Jesus and His word for your life. When you focus on Jesus, you experience comfort, peace and encouragement. Find Him, focus on Him and his promises, love Him and be steadfast in your faith with Him. 

A snippet of one of my favourite songs says;

When the oceans rise and thunders roar
I will soar with you above the storm
Father you are king over the flood
I will be still and know you are God Still
Hillsong United

Action Point: God did not bring you this far to leave you. No matter the circumstances you find yourself in, be encouraged in the Lord and his word. God will never forsake you.

Bible Passage: 2 Corinthians 1: 3-5



Before The Testimony

By Latifah Shittu

The journey of life could get really tough sometimes, especially when we are faced with challenges and situations that shake our faith. Everyone has dealt with one issue or the other in their lifetime. Facing challenges are normal but it is how we respond to them that really matters.  

1 Peter 5:10 reads “So after you have suffered a little while, he will restore, support and strengthen you, and he will place you on a firm foundation.”

Notice it reads “So after you have suffered (challenges)”. Sometimes, we go through challenges that baffle us but you should know that every challenge has a channel of blessing attached to it. 

As Christians, many of us get so engrossed in our challenges that we start to focus on things of the world instead of the word of God. You can never feed on things of the world and expect the products of the word of God. We want the testimonies but we are not prepared for the test that comes before the testimony.

We need to remember that the race is not for the swift but for those who can endure. Things may not go the way we want them to; and that is why you need to remember the word of God and stand firmly on it. His word says He will never forsake us and that He has plans for us – plans that will give us hope and a solid future. 

 Count it all joy whenever you face challenges. Let them make you become who you need to be and don't let them break you. 

1 Peter 5:10 taught me so much on how to deal with challenges - after I had suffered, he restored me. When you face challenges, guard your heart with all diligence. Let your challenges birth your purpose and increase your faith in God.  Do not allow yourself to be stuck in a cycle, break through it and move forward.  Go about your day praising and glorifying God.

I dare you to trust God today. 

“Even through waters uncharted, let [your] soul embark and let him speak to the sails of [your] wandering heart. Let him be [your] captain and let all [your] allegiance be to him.”Captain, a song by Hillsong United.

Action Point: Work with the word of God and not the world. Trust that after you have suffered a little while, he will restore you. 

Biblical inspiration: 1 Peter 5:10