Vote 2020
Vote 2020

Your vote counts! If you haven't registered to vote, now is the time.

Daily Devotions

What causes discouragement? (3)

March 30, 2016

“We cannot rebuild the wall.”

Ne 4:10 NIV

Failure. The third reason we become discouraged is reflected in the Israelites’ complaint: “We cannot rebuild the wall.” In essence what they were saying is, “We’re too tired. It’s not possible. It’s foolish to try. We give up.” Because they were unable to finish the job as quickly as planned, their confidence plummeted; they lost heart and became discouraged. Question: How do you handle failure in your life? Do you sit down and hold a pity party? Do you say, “Poor me! I can’t get this job done”? Do you start complaining, “It’s impossible. It can’t be done. I was a fool to even try”? Do you blame other people—“Everybody else let me down. They didn’t do their part of the job”? The difference between winners and losers is winners see failure as a temporary setback. They’ve learned to look beyond it, whereas losers see failure as permanent. Each time a winner gets knocked down, “they…get back up again” (Pr 24:16 NLT). There’s an old adage that says, “In the confrontation between the stream and the rock, the stream always wins—not through strength but through perseverance.” It’s when faithfulness is most difficult that it’s the most necessary. As author John Mason observes, “The secret to success is to start from scratch—and keep on scratching!” So when you get discouraged stand on this scriptural promise: “Keep on being brave! It will bring you great rewards. Learn to be patient, so that you will please God and be given what he has promised” (Heb 10:35-36 CEV). Be brave, be patient, and you will succeed.


Sign in or create a account to participate in this discussion.

Sign in

What's New

End Time Essentials

Podcast 4 days ago

End Time Essentials

Blog 4 days ago

Satan's Master Man

Blog 11 days ago

Satan's Master Man

Podcast 11 days ago

Satan's Master Plan

Podcast 18 days ago