Elijah : Discouragement can creep up on you

Discouragement

Elijah was a powerful prophet. A fiery and bold man of God who seemed to be above depression and discouragement.  It’s not uncommon to hear Pentecostal Christians call upon the God of Elijah, the God that answers by fire.

He demonstrated faith and courage at a time when the worship of Baal was very prevalent, and the King and Queen were active Baal worshippers.

King Ahab called him ” troubler of Israel ” .

That’s to tell you how much of a thorn in his flesh Elijah was. He did not fear Ahab. Indeed in  2 Kings 18:16, he met with Ahab even though he knew Ahab was looking for him to kill him and he sent the King to the people and to the prophets of Baal to tell them to assemble .

He did not die. Chariots literally came from heaven to take him up to heaven.

Fearless and powerful Man of God yeah!  But there’s just one little thing.  He was suicidal at a point. He told God he was the only prophet of God left and that he wanted to die. In fact he lay down to die. Of course God was having none of that ?.

Discouragement

Great exploits

Let’s rewind a little bit to what we read of Elijah before his suicidal words. It was of great exploits.  He literally challenged four hundred and fifty prophets of Baal i.e 1 vs 450 .He taunted Baal and his prophets and demonstrated extreme faith by pouring water on the altar three good times. He then called on the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, and you know what happened next. In case you don’t know read 18:36 ?.

The next thing he did after fire came down and he had the prophets of Baal slaughtered was to reverse his decree of drought.  Earlier in 2nd Kings 17:1 He had decreed a great drought and according to his words, so was it. There was neither dew nor rain for a few years. And true to form, a heavy rain fell.

In 18: 45, the power of the Lord came on Elijah and he ran ahead of Ahab all the way to Jezreel.

No one is above discouragement and depression 

Surprisingly, the next two verses show Jezebel issuing a threat and Elijah being afraid. He prayed for death. He became despondent and depressed and did not see anything worthy to live for. You see, that’s the thing about depression and discouragement. Discouragement especially comes when you least expect.

No body is above discouragement. If one of the greatest prophets in the Bible, Elijah forgot about anointing or power and wanted to die, then it means we all must take heed.

Discouragement is Satan’s greatest weapon. Not even Pastors, Reverends, priests, actors, presidents, evangelists are immune. No one is above being discouraged. It’s such a simple tool, yet so Lethal.

If Satan and his demons don’t get us through sex, power, sin, money or food, then discouragement is the next weapon.  

Suddenly Satan whispers something to and you mull it over instead of countering it. Next thing you know, more discouraging thoughts come in and you remember all your unanswered prayers and how long you have been on one prayer point and it becomes a ” woe is me” tirade.

Discouragement

 Discouragement set in for me a few days ago. It weighed me down so much because I didn’t quickly pinpoint discouragement as the cause. I got back home literally sick and weighed down mentally and my sister told me point blank ” This is discouragement, can’t you see? You have to fight it” . I mulled it over for a few hours, and I realized she was right. It caught me by surprise because I was in a good place emotionally and spiritually. How it crept up to me, I don’t know, but fight it I did and soon, the worst was over. Believe me! It could have been worse.

Lessons

The strength to fight and overcome discouragement comes from God.

Not that it won’t come, but we will overcome. Look at how God handled Elijah’s discouragement. God knew that he needed to recharge, and he sent an angel to bring him bread and water. Not just any bread but bread baked over hot coals. That food must have been special because strengthened by that food, Elijah traveled forty days and nights.

You are NOT alone.

The Lord appeared to Elijah in Horeb and promptly disabused him of the notion he had that he was the only prophet of God left.  That’s the thing about discouragement. It makes you feel alone, like you are the only one in this, whereas you are not. God is with you. Plus there’s someone somewhere going through same thing as you are, or worse.

Don’t underestimate the power of discouragement. 

It can lead to loss of everything one has worked for, depression, suicide and even sickness.

Don’t listen to the thoughts that come with discouragement 

Believe me, the most outlandish lies and thoughts come with discouragement. The aim is for you to give up, get tired of waiting,  make it seem like God has forgotten you, like you are a loser, to stop Waiting on the Lord, to denounce your faith, sin, etc.

Arm yourself against discouragement.

Discouragement cannot but come. Even secular people feel discouraged how much more Christians who walk by faith. However, we can prepare ourselves against its onslaught.

Discouragement

This we do with fasting, prayer, the word of God, teachings and preaching of Christians, exhortations, spiritual songs etc. I went on the Internet, and read a few posts. God had already prepared the posts to calm me down, he used the writers to tell me what was going on, and I calmed down.

Don’t give in to fear.

Fear can precede discouragement. Elijah was afraid when he heard Jezebel’s threat and fear gave in to depression.

Discouragement can come when least expected.

Anybody can be used to discourage you

Satan can use the least expected people to discourage you. This may be those you love or even strangers. One time my friend said the most hurtful thing to me, and it almost made me depressed but I recognized it for what it was and had to shake it off. 

Talk to somebody .

God can use anybody to encourage us to keep going and not give up. Believe me, if those thoughts had persisted, you may have gotten an email in your box. Yes! You reading this. You are my friend aren’t you??

Finally, Discouragement comes when Satan is afraid and breakthrough is near.

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15 Comments

  • Reply
    Joan
    March 24, 2017 at 10:21 pm

    This was so encouraging. Thanks Bisola. It’s been one of those tough “What’s going on” weeks for me but I believe in the power of the holy spirit to scatter any form of discouragement! We are overcomers in Jesus name. Amen ??

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      Bisola
      March 25, 2017 at 9:41 am

      Thanks Joan. I appreciate your words.
      Amen and Amen. We are indeed overcomers and don’t forget “you are not a loser, you have authority ” ? . OK I am just quoting you.
      It’s funny how discouragement has no limits or barriers but for sure, the Holy Spirit has the power over discouragement in any form whatsoever.

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    Zinny
    March 27, 2017 at 7:52 pm

    Thank you for sharing. It’s good to read some biblical posts sometimes. I hope you have a great week ahead.

    http://www.zinnyfactor.com

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      Bisola
      March 28, 2017 at 7:43 pm

      Zinny. Lol! Sure. Not everytime celebrity news.
      Thanks dear. I wish you same.

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    Precious
    March 28, 2017 at 4:53 am

    Awww such a good read. No one is above discouragement – word!
    This is why we must constantly lean on God and trust Him to lead us on.
    If Elijah could be discouraged then we could be too. May God continue to uphold us.
    Thanks for sharing, dear. Hope you are good.

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      Bisola
      March 28, 2017 at 7:39 pm

      Thank you Sis. Leaning on God is key to overcoming and fighting discouragement. Discouragement can only get us when we forget to lean on and trust God and allow fear come in.
      Amen and Amen. I am fine now. Thank God.

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    Amaka
    March 28, 2017 at 7:31 am

    This is good food. Thank you.

    “Discouragement creeps up on us when breakthrough is near.” Ironically, that’s encouraging.

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      Bisola
      March 28, 2017 at 7:32 pm

      Yeah. I can understand how that can be encouraging. Knowing that discouragement isn’t random and is evident of the enemy’s desperation and anger encourages me too sometimes.
      Thank you too dearie.

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    Dee
    March 29, 2017 at 3:15 pm

    thanks much for this sis. may d Holy Spirit always be by us to discourage us from being discouraged.

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      Bisola
      March 31, 2017 at 10:56 pm

      Thank you dear for your comment. Indeed the Holy Spirit is key to encouraging us during moments of discouragement.

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    Jayda
    April 3, 2017 at 6:43 pm

    This is just for me! Thank you soooo much and God bless you.

    • Reply
      Bisola
      April 5, 2017 at 5:21 pm

      Thank you Jayda for reading. God bless you too.

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    FTJ
    April 14, 2017 at 8:38 pm

    This post is just the right word. Thank you for sharing this.
    Just imagine. Where have I gotten to compared to Elijah? And he was discouraged! Then imagine him afterwards, when he didn’t give in. I’m laughing out loud in victory abeg. The devil is a liar!

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      Bisola
      April 14, 2017 at 10:33 pm

      Lol at where have I gotten to compared to Elijah? My dear, the Lord is our strength. The realisation that no one is above discouragement hit me hard. And makes me determined to be more careful in future. One can win a thousand souls for Christ and still fall victim.
      God help us not to allow Satan space in our heads.
      Devil is a liar indeed. Victory is yours dear.

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