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An Encouraging Word




Don't Stop

“As I looked over the situation, I called together the leaders and the people and said to them, "Don't be afraid of the enemy! Remember the Lord, who is great and glorious, and fight for your friends, your families, and your homes!" (Nehemiah 4:14)

Discouragement is one of the greatest attacks that we face daily. It’s purpose is to stop us from accomplishing God’s plan for our lives. It can come in many forms: doubt regarding resources and ability; tiredness; or complacency, just to name a few.  However, we gain encouragement from Nehemiah on how to fight discouragement.  Many times when I read Nehemiah 4 I dwell on vs. 6, which says, “and the people had a mind to work.”  The people were half way into building their wall, which was for protection against the enemy; however discouragement began to come on all fronts. What do you do when you “lose” your mind to work?


Many begin to ask themselves “doubt” questions like: “am I supposed to do this?; do I have the resources, will, and stamina to complete my task?; where’s the people who said they would help me?; why do I feel so alone?,  I can go on and on, but you get the picture.  


Discouragement causes us to lose focus; however, Nehemiah provides one key word in our verse today that will help us in our battle for focus.  Remember! James 1:8 says, “a double-minded man is unstable in all his ways.” In other words we cannot believe God’s word one moment and then believe our circumstances another moment… our unstableness will affect every area of our lives and eventually cause us to stop doing what God has told us to do.  We must dwell on God’s word.


Nehemiah provides some great nuggets when facing discouragement in chapter 4:

a.     Pray (vs. 9)
b.     Strategically position those who are with you and provide them with tools necessary for success. (vs. 13)
c.      Remember the Lord and His greatness. (vs. 14) 
d.     Keep fighting discouragement – it will leave (vs. 15)
e.     Allow discouragement to generate greater focus and determination (vs. 16)
f.       Don’t be silent; come together with other believers when discouraged and encourage one another. (vs. 20) 
g.     Allow God to fight for you. (vs. 15) 
h.     Stay persistent until the end. (vs 21)


What does God’s word say to us regarding discouragement?

a.     Put on the whole armor of God so you can stand. (Ephesians 6:11)
b.     Be alert and watchful. (1 Peter 5:8)
c.     Know that your help comes from the Lord. (Psalms 121:2-3)
d.     Wait on Him…. He will renew your strength. (Isaiah 40:31)
e.     Fear Not – He is with you always. (Isaiah 41:10)
f.       Come to Him for rest. (Matthew 11:28)
g.     Don’t throw away your confidence in God. (Hebrews 10:35)


If you are overwhelmed by an assignment, tired, and discouraged I ask you to pray and ask the Lord to remind you of His purpose for your life and for strength to finish your assignment.  As the last part of our scripture states, your fight is not just for you, but it’s for your friends, family, and home, Don’t Stop!


“Your Focus Determines Your Feelings.”- Mike Murdock 






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