May 29, 2012

It’s been said that discouragement is the devil’s favorite tool.  While I don’t believe in an actual devil, I do recognize the devilish thought called discouragement that seems to distract from finding all the good that we would rather see.  But the Bible says “resist the devil and he will flee from you.”  (see James 4:7)  In other words, resist discouragement and it will flee from you.  Yes, really.

Shifting thought from a sense of hopeless helplessness may take a little effort – but knowing that it’s possible is a great first step.  Why?  Because it directly challenges the assumption that it’s NOT possible!  Once you begin to put down that limited focus, you don’t feel, well, so limited!  That little spark of light begins to chase away the darkness.

Did you know that the best time to really defeat discouragement is when you’re not discouraged?  Joy is natural.  So claim it to be a natural part of your experience and your thought – all the time.  Contentment is also normal, because it’s not based on circumstances but on your relationship with God.  And God is ever-present.

Armed with these two spiritual qualities – joy and contentment – you can hold off discouragement until it flees from you.  Then, reap the benefits of God’s tender ministrations proving that His love was there all along.

And then comes healing.  Always.

Melissa Hayden is a Christian Science practitioner in Salem, OR. You can find more information and additional articles at this link.  If you like what you’re reading, click the “add me” button.

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