The good news defeating every discouragement is this:
“For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous.”
~Romans 5:19 (NIV).
What one man broke another has restored.
Hence, we’re justified (made right) by our faith in Christ Jesus.
The very thing that Satan thought so smugly about—the deception in the Garden of Eden—engineering the complete derailing of the whole scape of humanity, against the will and purposes of God, was the very most poignant precipice ushering the Saviour into physical being; so he could die for us.
In the turning-out of Satan’s will was—as it happened, eventually—the very ushering of God’s love in Jesus. How that must drive the Accuser to eternal and maddening distraction.
Such was the simple wisdom of God rooted in love and virtue it totally bamboozled the father of lies.
Application to ‘Discouragement’
This very same father of lies, a.k.a. Satan, is the master of disillusionment, discouragement, disappointment and despair.
There are times when we’re legitimately disappointed, sure, but the vast majority of times we’ll be listening to this lying spirit informing us wrongly.
And yet, what one man broke another has restored.
Or still... what Satan has broken, God has restored.
This is the very nature of life. We’re resurrected by God’s Spirit in our resilient responses to life situations and the rejection of our own negative self-talk etc.
Every Person’s Encouragement
Enlightenment, encouragement, euphoric enjoyment and expectation—against their opposite’s: disillusionment, discouragement, disappointment and despair—are entirely God’s dominion and the enemy, that father of lies, has absolutely no control or authority over these situations where we wilfully choose enlightenment, encouragement, euphoric enjoyment and expectation.
It really is so often that simple! God has assured it.
God has fixed what Satan broke. Any sense we have of enlightenment, encouragement, euphoric enjoyment and expectation—even when life is full of challenges—is from God.
In every challenge we can receive this encouragement of God’s.
© 2010 S. J. Wickham.