Hand Me Another Brick Leadership Series: The Four Cures of Discouragement (Part 4)

Dear Visionary Leader,

We have been learning the causes and cures of discouragement. We have also been applying practical lessons to help us push forward and pull upward and out of the vortex of discouragement. If we are not careful, when the “four horsemen” of fatigue, frustration, fear, and failure march into our lives, we can become overwhelmed by the sounds of discouragement that fill our minds and hearts. Yet, praise be to the Lord: there are at least four cures to the four causes of discouragement.

When you are fatigued, renew your strength. When you are frustrated, rethink your strategy. When you are fearful, renew your spirit. Last, in the midst of approaching failure, resolve your success.

When I use the term “approaching failure,” it is not implied that you have failed or are about to fail. Rather, there are times when people bring “bad news” and try to make us feel that we will not succeed. The situation appears gloomy and doubtful. It is during this timeframe that we need a psychological cure to resolve our success.

As we build or rebuild the walls of our organization or ministry, we will need strong spirits, straightforward strategies, and simple steps to move through the rubbish of our lives and truly build upon the stones of success. Once we have learned this cycle of personal success, we will be able to apply and reapply it throughout the rest of our lives and ministries.

In Nehemiah 4:14-15, we read, “And I looked and said unto the nobles, and to the rulers, and to the rest of the people, Be not afraid of them: remember the LORD, which is great and terrible, and fight for your brethren, your sons, and your daughters, your wives, and your houses. And it came to pass, when our enemies heard that it was known unto us, and God had brought their counsel to naught, that we returned all of us unto the wall, everyone unto his work.”

A Psychological Cure: Resolve Our Success

We need to say, “I will, by the grace of God, succeed.” That’s not positive thinking; I’m talking about faith. First, you remember the Lord when you say this. Then, you say, “I have victory in Jesus.”

If you’re discouraged today, hear me: it’s always too soon to quit. Don’t give in, and don’t give up. Why? Remember what’s at stake. Nehemiah said, “Be not ye afraid of them: remember the LORD, which is great and terrible, and fight for your brethren, your sons, and your daughters, your wives, and your houses.” In other words, he said, “Yes, the situation looks bleak, your enemies are laughing, and the hounds of hell are marching. But remember the Lord! Let’s stand up for our families, our children, and our homes.” As a result, the people went right back to the task, and Satan’s plan failed.

Nehemiah said, “We’re going to do it!” So they kept on building, and they finished the wall. Don’t try to make yourself “feel” encouraged. You will never “feel” your way into a work, but you can work your way into a feeling. Just get yourself back to the job!

Get some rest. It may be as simple as this. Change your diet; get some exercise; resign from being the sovereign of the universe. Let God have the throne back. “He gives His beloved sleep” (Psalm 127:2). This deals with fatigue.

Then, give yourself some think-time and say, “What am I doing? Am I doing a right thing the wrong way? Do I need to reorganize my life, as I get these stones out of all of this rubbish that surrounds my life?”

Next, put your eyes on the Lord; remember God. You cannot look into the face of God and harbor fear in your heart at the same time. “God has not given us the spirit of fear” (2 Timothy 1:7).

Finally, say, “By the grace of God, I will not give up, and I will not give in. God did not call me to fail.” The Bible says, “Thanks be unto God, which always causes us to triumph in Christ” (2 Corinthians 2:14).

Until The Last Person Has Heard,

Dr. James. O. Davis
Global Church Network
Cochair / Global Networking