segunda-feira, 8 de janeiro de 2018

SPIRITUAL ALERT! THE DANGERS OF SPIRITUAL DARKNESS

SPIRITUAL ALERT! THE DANGERS OF SPIRITUAL DARKNESS


A "Spiritual Warning" for all Christians today, and many professing Christians in Christ Jesus are unnoticed, is the danger of "Spiritual Discouragement." In this article, we will speak on this subject in a simple and brief way, but supported by the word of God.

Why are we discouraged?

Discouragement is, by definition, a deficit of courage. Biblical courage is the ability to face uncertainty, adversity, danger or suffering with the faith-fueled hope that God will keep us through his word. The apostle Paul went on to say that, "because all the promises of God find their Yes in [Christ]," especially the resurrection, we must "always be of good courage" (2 Corinthians 1:20, 5: 6).

Meditate attentively: 2 Corinthians 1:20; 5: 6)

If we are afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your consolation, which gives you patience to endure the same sufferings that we are suffering.2 Corinthians 1: 6

Therefore, we are always confident and we know that while we are in the body, we are far from the Lord.2 Corinthians 5: 6

But we do not always have good courage. Because? Because disbelief in God's promises makes us discouraged. This is the focus of Satan's strategies, making you lose faith and hope in the promises of God. Their strategies are disorientedly sophisticated, but their goal is simple: to discourage Christians.

Discouraged Christians are immobilized threats. They are like diffused, silenced evangelical bombs, whose faith is erased and may even infect other Christians with the same discouragement.

Discouragement can become a chronic problem in the body of Christ
This is precisely why, shortly after Paul says, "we are always of good courage" (2 Corinthians 5: 6), he says, "For we walk by faith, not by sight" (2 Corinthians 5: 7). Worldly perceptions tend to undermine our courage. But faith perceives a reality so hopeful that even the subject of our own death can discourage our faith in God.


Thanksgiving and Courage

What does this have to do with thanksgiving? Nothing is so encouraging as seeing abundant grace from God (2 Corinthians 9: 8), and gratitude is what we feel when we see (2 Corinthians 1:11).

while you help us with your prayers. So many will give thanks for our sake, for the favor granted to us in response to the prayers of many. 2 Corinthians 1:11

But what we need to understand is that biblical thanksgiving is not merely our response of gratitude to a grace received from God; It is actually a means of perceiving this grace. Biblical thanksgiving is not merely a command to be obeyed; It is a call to see beyond our normal perceptions the hundreds of graces we would otherwise lose because of our sin-induced myopia. And it is a call to see future graces in God's promises so sure that we can thank God for them now.

That is why God commands us so often in the Bible to thank. The commands lead us to ask, "What do I really have to thank?" This question alone can prevent our thoughts from drifting into discouragement while hindering our faith. And that responding we begin to see thanks. Thus, the obedient act of giving thanks to God really results in our gratefulness to God. The commands are by themselves graceful.

God wants this practice of thanksgiving to become a gracious habit. The more usual thanksgiving becomes more grateful. We will find that "giving thanks in all circumstances" (1 Thessalonians 5:18) is not an impossible ideal but an ever more satisfying joy and a powerful and counterintuitive antidote to discouragement.

The best things are hard to learn

Thanksgiving is a counterintuitive antidote to discouragement, because when we feel discouraged, we do not feel like giving thanks. The word of God does not teach to give thanks worshiping and praising God in any situation.

Experiencing the joy of gratitude requires the hard work of learning the habit of giving thanks through daily practice. It is difficult to learn because of our deeply ingrained habits of seeing the world through egocentric lenses. That's why, Satan works hard to distract us with all sorts of discouraging things.

But there is abundant grace available to help us see grace (2 Corinthians 9: 8). That's why there are plenty of commands to thank!

And God is able to make all grace to be added to you, so that in all things, at all times, having all that is necessary, you overflow in every good work. 2 Corinthians 9: 8

Conclusion

Meditate on the commands "thanks" and "thanksgiving" in the Bible, and practice them, especially when you do not feel that way. "Give thanks in all circumstances" (1 Thessalonians 5:18). Fighting discouragement with thanksgiving amidst difficulties! God will provide the strength you need (1 Peter 4:11, Philippians 4:19).

Remember if! Our strength comes from the Lord ... (Psalm 28: 7)

The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and from him I receive help. My heart rejoices with joy, and with my song I will give thanks. Psalms 28: 7

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