Christians have been urged not to be discouraged irrespective of situations confronting them and the nation.
The General Overseer of Mountain of Fire and Miracle Ministries Worldwide, Dr. Daniel Olukoya made the call during his Sunday sermon via social media.
Speaking on what he tagged “Discouragement” from first Samuel chapter 30 verse 6, Dr. Olukoya who said discouragement had killed a lot of people advised Christians to always cry out to God in time of trouble and crisis for peace.
The MFM General Overseer who explained that discouragement brings disconnection between God and man added that encouragement brings peace and sound health.
Dr Olukoya therefore appealed to Christians to always encourage themselves through the word of God, so as to receive the promises and blessings of God.
“Courage is the inner strength that enables you to stand against the odds of life with a determination to reach your goal”
“Satan brings negative circumstances your way so as to discourage you; His aim is to reduce your courage in order to stop you from taking steps towards your goal in life” Dr. Olukoya explained.
He stressed that most people that are stagnated today are simply victims of discouragement.
“This is why you must know how to keep boosting your courage by encouraging yourself in the Lord.
The MFM General Overseer stated that a time came in the life of David when he would have been overtaken by discouragement but he encouraged himself in the Lord, he boosted his courage.
As a result, he was strengthened to pursue the enemy and recover all that he and his men had lost (1 Samuel 30:1-18).
“If the devil wants you to cry; laugh. If he wants you to mourn; dance” Olukoya advised.“
He said the spirit of discouragement is one of the deadliest enemies of destiny, it sponsors oppression and opens the door for satan to wreak havoc on a person’s life.
Discouragement frustrates discretion and reasoning. Whenever a man is discouraged, he cannot reason properly.
Discouragement almost destroyed the life of Elijah. After he successfully executed the prophets of Baal with fire from heaven, Jezebel threatened to take his life. Elijah became discouraged, depressed and even preferred to die (1 Kings 19:4).
Discouragement also decreases momentum. A discouraged person is always tired; he sleeps tired and wakes up tired.
Medically, depression is a psychiatric condition. When a person agrees to sink into depression, he has surrendered his life for destruction.
Beloved, fight discouragement. Disengage yourself from every negative association that tends to depress you. Make up your mind to be joyous at all times because an enthusiastic man is energetically vibrant.
He is a man who sees possibilities and believes that God is up to something positive in his life.
Don’t be discouraged, don’t giveup, keep your faith alive and you will see God in your case! Halleluyah!