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The definition of “Discouraged” is: “Having lost confidence or hope; dejected; disheartened.” and “lacking in resolution”. Having resolution means to be determined and unwavering!

It’s important to always remember that the devil is a hope thief! Jesus said that the devil only comes to STEAL, kill and to destroy. He wants to steal your hope, your joy and peace, kill your destiny and if he can, destroy you. But praise God, we’ve been given authority and power over the enemy. It’s not scriptural to ever fear the devil, but it’s scriptural to be aware of him.

2 Cor 2:11 says, “…in order that Satan might not outwit us. For we are not unaware of his schemes.” 1 Peter 5:8 also says, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour”

Be aware, be sober-minded and be vigilant of the plans and schemes of the enemy, but never fear him. When you are aware that the enemy is attacking your hope, and trying to bring you in discouragement, you can begin to take steps according to the Word of God to bring yourself through it!

Psalm 43:5, “Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again— my Savior and my God!”

Part of getting out of discouragement is making the decision that “I WILL put my hope in God! I WILL praise Him again!” It’s a decision you make, to choose to hope in God! It’s very important that the moment you find yourself discouraged, you don’t waller around in it and fall into the sin of feeling sorry for yourself. When all of the people were against David and even spoke of stoning him, he became greatly distressed. But the Bible said he encouraged himself in the Lord.

1 Sam 30:6 “Now David was greatly distressed, for the people spoke of stoning him…But David strengthened himself in the LORD his God.”

Psalm 27:13, “Yet I am confident I will see the LORD’s goodness while I am here in the land of the living.”

You WILL see the Lords goodness! You WILL see what He has promised you! Don’t let the devil steal your hope!

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The Bible says in James 1:21-25, “Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you. Do not MERELY LISTEN to the word, and so deceive yourselves. DO WHAT IS SAYS. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it–not forgetting what they have heard, but DOING IT—they will be blessed in what they do.”

The Bible is not something for us to just read and think to ourselves, ‘Wow, how nice’ or ‘What a great scripture.’ the Bible says, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God (he’s talking to YOU Christian!) may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.” (2 Timothy 3:16-17)

To do what the Bible tells us to, we must first read it. And we must read it humbly, allowing the Holy Spirit to change our minds, thoughts, opinions & even our feelings. One area that is often tested in the Believer’s life is that of forgiveness.

Here are some scriptures to meditate on on forgiveness!

1.) It’s a Christian’s glory to forgive
Good sense makes one slow to anger, and it is his glory to overlook an offense. Proverbs 19:11

2.) If you forgive others God will forgive you
For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. Matthew 6:14-15

3.) Unforgiveness can hinder our prayers
Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses. Mark 11:24-25

4.) We must love & forgive to be able to love God
If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. And this commandment we have from him: whoever loves God must also love his brother. 1 John 4:20-21

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For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues: But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.
– 1 Corinthians 12:8-11
There are 9 Gifts of the Holy Spirit
1. Word of Wisdom
2. Word of Knowledge
3. Gift of Faith
4. Gifts of Healing
5. Working of Miracles
6. Prophecy
7. Discerning of spirits
8. Divers Tongues
9. Interpretation of Tongues
These 9 Gifts can be split into 3 different categories…

Power Gifts – Gifts that DO something!

1. Gift of Faith
2. Gifts of Healing
3. Working of Miracles

Revelation Gifts – Gifts that REVEAL something!
1. Word of Wisdom
2. Word of Knowledge
3. Discerning of spirits

Utterance Gifts – Gifts that SAY something!

1. Prophecy
God has things He wants to say to His people, and He will do this through the Gift of Prophecy! To understand the other two Utterance Gifts we must first understand the Gift of Prophecy. Prophecy is not the gift to be able to foretell future events. Prophecy is a supernatural utterance in a known tongue. The purpose of Prophecy is for the exhortation, edification and comfort of the Church (1 Cor 14:1-5). The Hebrew word translated “to prophecy” means “to flow forth. To bubble forth like a fountain,, to tumble forth, to spring forth.” The Greek word translated “to prophecy” means “to speak for another”, it means to speak for God, or to be His spokesman. Have you ever been speaking with a person, and suddenly Scripture and encouragement began flowing out of your mouth? Maybe later you thought “Oh my, I don’t know where that came from!” You could have been actually operating in the Gift of Prophecy. God was speaking through you! This is something you cannot make happen, however if your faith is active and you’re available you can certainly expect God to use you in this way!

2. Divers Tongues
The next two Gifts work together. Divers Tongues is a supernatural utterance in an unknown tongue. Divers Tongues is God speaking through a person in a heavenly language, followed by an interpretation of what was said. This is not to say a person’s prayer in tongues needs to be or should be interpreted, however if a person were you stand up and publically speak in Tongues to a congregation an interpretation should be expected to follow.

3. Interpretation of Tongues
Divers Tongues and the Interpretation of Tongues is the equivalent to the Gift of Prophecy. In 1 Cor 14:5 Paul said, “Greater is he that prophesieth than he that speaketh with tongues, except he interpret.” Remember that it is an interpretation of tongues, not a translation. Some people wonder why the interpretation of what was said is longer or shorter than the length of the Tongue that was given. This is because it is an Interpretation of Tongues, not a direct Translation.

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