While studying about the Old Testament prophet Elijah and his experience of incredible victory followed by extreme discouragement, I was reminded this past week of reading a book entitled Down to Earth by John Lawrence. The following segment speaks to the issue of discouragement and how it can be such a big issue in the lives of so many believers.
It was advertised that the devil was going to put his tools up for sale. On the date of the sale the tools were placed for public inspection, each being marked with a sale price.
There were a treacherous lot of implements. Hatred. Envy. Jealousy. Doubt. Lying. Pride. And so on. Laid apart from the rest of the pile was a harmless-looking tool, well-worn and priced very high. “The name of the tool?” asked one of the purchasers. “Oh,” said the adversary, “that’s Discouragement.” “Why have you priced it so high?” “Because it’s more useful to me than the others. I can pry open and get inside a person’s heart with that one, when I cannot get near him with other tools.
Now once I get inside, I can make him do what I choose. It’s a badly worn tool, because I use it on almost everyone since few people know it belongs to me.” The devil’s price for Discouragement was so high, he never sold it. It’s still his major tool, and he still uses it on God’s people today. John Lawrence – Down to Earth
Now that is obviously a fictional story, but the truth it conveys is a very practical one for us as believers. The next time you are feeling under the cloud of discouragement, pause and remember who you are IN CHRIST.
Here is a very brief list to help remind us of who we are in Jesus.
The Word of God Says in Jesus Christ…
I am God’s child (John 1:12)
I have been justified (Romans 5:1)
I am Christ’s friend (John 15:15)
I am forgiven (Ephesians 1:8; Colossians 1:14)
I am victorious (I John 5:4)
I belong to God (1 Corinthians 6:20)
I am a member of Christ’s Body (1 Corinthians 12:27)
I am a citizen of heaven (Philippians 3:20)
I am holy and blameless (Ephesians 1:4)
I am adopted as his child (Ephesians 1:5)
I am hidden with Christ in God (Colossians 3:3)
I am assured all things work together for good (Romans 8:28)
I have been established, anointed and sealed by God (2 Cor 1:21)
I am confident that God will perfect the work in me (Philippians 1:6)
I have not been given a spirit of fear, but of power, love (2 Tim 1:7)
I am born of God and the evil one cannot touch me (1 John 5:18)
I am blessed with every spiritual blessing (Ephesians 1:3)
I am chosen before the creation of the world (Ephesians 1:4, 11)
I have purpose (Ephesians 1:9 & 3:11)