Overcome Discouragement

I love to read the encounters that Jesus had with individuals in Matthew 9. What He said back to them contains many examples of priceless wisdom.

In Matthew 9:2, (link above) Jesus saw the faith of those who brought the paralytic to Him.  When Jesus said, “Son, be of good cheer; your sins are forgiven you.” the paralytic was cured.  However, when the doubting scribes chastised Him through saying out loud, “The Man blasphemes,” Jesus also knew what was in their hearts and said back to them,  “Why do you think evil in your hearts?  “For which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Arise and walk’?  “But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins”—then He said to the paralytic, “Arise, take up your bed, and go to your house.” And he arose and departed to his house.  Matthew 9: 4-7

What is interesting to note, is the fact that the “multitudes” had a very positive reaction to this, whereas the ‘scribes’ accused Jesus of blasphemy.

Mat 9:8
Now when the multitudes saw it, they marveled[fn] and glorified God, who had given such power to men.

Further on in the chapter, the Pharisees asked several more questions like, “Why does your Teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?” and “Why do we and the Pharisees fast often,[fn] but Your disciples do not fast?”

Jesus’ answer to them was epic!

Mat 9:15
And Jesus said to them, “Can the friends of the bridegroom mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them? But the days will come when the bridegroom will be taken away from them, and then they will fast.

Also, see within these verses (note: some don’t apply) how often Jesus Christ is referred to as the “Bridegroom” and the Church (believers, not any building) is referred to as the “bride.”

All of the continuing turmoil that is going on here in America, as well as around the world can be very discouraging. Hurricanes causing death and destruction, flooding damaging homes, electricity taken away for weeks or months, wildfires in Northern California engulfing over 3,500 homes, the horrible shooting at an open air concert in Las Vegas that killed 48 people and injured 500 others, the threats of nuclear war with North Korea and the ongoing attack of global radical Islamic Jihad!  Adding to the misery are those “hidden culprits” in government (a.k.a. “The Deep State”) and the media of mass deception that continually lies to the public and puts forth propaganda in order to push forward their own evil agenda.  Such awful events can cause heartache, depression, hopelessness; loss of joy in this life, discouragement and no peace.

From the Christian perspective, the truth is that we will never have peace in the world until individuals have peace with God.  The only way to have peace with God is to repent and confess our sins at the foot of the cross of Jesus Christ, ask for forgiveness, and welcome the Holy Spirit into our hearts for the salvation of our souls.

During this time of hatred often being spewed against Christians, conservatives, white people etc. by groups whose goal is to demonize those of us with such beliefs and characteristics; it can be hard to witness to them about Jesus Christ.  Many just don’t want to hear it!  They have put up their hearts of stone against any conversation that they don’t agree with and/or hate, and therefore refuse to listen or even discuss the issues calmly.

It is often my prayer that people who are searching for answers would find this blog and read something here that would help them to at least consider Jesus Christ and encourage them to read the Bible.  After all, the Bible is the best selling book of all time!

Here are some quotes from people who have prayed and asked for supernatural help in loving those who seem “un-lovable” at times; that also helped to remind themselves of all the blessings in life.

“This Joy that I have the world didn’t give it and the world can’t take it away.”

“I have to learn that as long as I have Jesus in my heart, I can find joy in everyday life, no matter how gloomy life may be around me.”

“My joy is dependent on Him, not me or my circumstances and if I am struggling to feel joyful, time in praise and worship – redirects my eyes back to Him, always lifting me up again.”

“God has transformed my life through peace because I was a person that was always stressed, never settled down, worried all the time.  By reading in the Bible, it has helped me to transform and live one day at a time and not to worry about so much.”

When I get discouraged, the following verses always lift me right back up and bring comfort and joy in the midst of whatever is happening in this world:

Rom 8:35

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

Rom 8:36

As it is written:

“For Your sake we are killed all day long;
We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.”[fn]

Rom 8:37

Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.

Rom 8:38

For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come,

Rom 8:39

nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Jesus speaking:

Jhn 16:33

“These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will[fn] have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”

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