40-Day Prophetic Bootcamp
Day 35: Defeating Discouragement
In Ezra Chapters 4-6, we see the children of Israel making progress in Jerusalem, rebuilding the temple of God. However, the enemy rose up accusations against the children of Israel to King Darius – halting the progress of rebuilding the temple for about 16 years.
In Ezra 4:4:
“Then the people of the land discouraged the people of Judah, and frightened them from building.”
In life and in ministry, the enemy will often use discouragement to frustrate your purpose and cause you to abandon your assignment. If you are discouraged today, look up! Yeshua is our hope. He revives our broken spirits. He puts back the pieces of shattered dreams and broken lives. He strengthens us for the journey and empowers us to fulfill our purpose.
What is Discouragement?
The word discourage means, “to deprive of confidence.” The enemy is after our confidence in God. When problems or pressures overwhelm us, we often experience depression, which drains us of spiritual, emotional, and physical strength. When this happens, we often experience a crushed spirit leaving us with no desire or energy to fulfill our God given purpose.
In this fallen world, discouragement and disappointment are emotions that we will experience. However when these emotions arise, we must take care of our well being by re-setting our focus on God. The enemy brings discouragement to distract our focus from God and His kingdom purpose. When the children of Israel were rebuilding the temple, the enemy sent accusations against them to disrupt the purpose of God.
How To Overcome Discouragement?
Take courage today that He who began a good work in you shall complete it. “I am sure of this very thing—that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the Day of Yeshua Messiah.” (Philippians 1:6)
- When we are discouraged – PRAY
- When we are physically or emotionally exhausted – get some REST
- When we are frustrated – LOOK UP
- When we experience failure – BE FLEXIBLE
- When we are afraid – LOVE – Perfect love casts out fear – (1 John 4:18)
- When are feeling vulnerable – BE ACCOUNTABLE
- When we feel uneasy – STAY HUMBLE
- When we are unsure – SEEK GODLY COUNSEL
- When we feel defeated – STAY ON YOUR FACE BEFORE GOD
- When we are in doubt – BELIEVE
PRAY – Let’s build our spiritual endurance. Pray without ceasing.
SOAK – In the presence of the Lord, release the people that you need to forgive. In worship, allow the Lord to bathe your wounds and take away the sting of discouragement. Encourage yourself in the Lord.
REMAIN FOCUSED – We are accomplishing a great work in the realm of the Spirit! Let us cancel every assignment of distraction or discouragement that would hinder our progress over the next 40-days.
In the MIGHTY name of Yeshua:
I loose confusion against every demonic conspiracy against my life. Let the secret counsel of the wicked be turned into foolishness. Destroy, O Lord, and divide their tongues (Psalm 55:9). No weapon formed against me shall prosper. The gates and plans of hell shall not prevail against me. I overcome every strategy of hell against my life. Every strategy of hell is exposed and brought to light. I receive the plans of God for my life, thoughts of peace and not evil to bring me to an expected end.
I am delivered from every satanic trap and plot against my life. I release the whirlwind to scatter those who would conspire against me. Let those who devise my hurt be turned back and brought to confusion. I bind and rebuke every spirit of Sanballat and Tobiah in the name of Yeshua (Nehemiah 6:1–6). Hide me from the secret counsel of the wicked (Psalm 64:2) In the MIGHTY name of Yeshua – Amen!
Additional Prayers: Defeating Discouragement