Can you imagine living in a house that’s wired for electricity but the house sits in darkness because you didn’t go to the breaker box and flip on the switch? No lights. No appliances. No air conditioning. No power.
That may sound a bit crazy, but I think we do something similar when we don’t deal with discouragement in our life. When you feel like you’re never good enough, when people are talking down about you, and then you join in with your time, critical thoughts about yourself, it’s as though you’re wired for God’s power but you’ve not turned it on. The enemy will work overtime to keep you distracted from what God says about you by reminding you of difficulties in your circumstances. So how do you turn on the power?
When you read the psalms of David, you know that he was no stranger to discouragement. In Psalm 43, he begins to talk about his overwhelming feelings of oppression and rejection, about all the problems he was facing, but suddenly there’s a complete turnaround in his prayer. It’s as though he stops in his tracks, wheels around, and defies that discouraging voice. He challenges those negative situations by focusing on God dwelling on His holy mountain, the God who is David’s “joy and delight”. He says, “Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad”? Then he declares, “I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again – my Savior and my God”!
David realized, just as we must realize, that God has wired us for power, but we have to switch it on. Romans 10 verses 9-10 not only tells you how to get wired, but it tells you how to flow in the power. The apostle Paul says, “If you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and is justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved”. If you are a believer today, you have the Lord Jesus living inside you. The Spirit of God dwells inside you, so you’re fully wired.
Now switch on the power. When you’re feeling like you’re never good enough, believe with your heart and confess with your words, “No, I’m fearfully and wonderfully made”. When you start feeling sick, confess, “No, God is my healer”. When people are talking down about you, confess, “No, I don’t listen to that. I only repeat what God says about me. He says I’m His masterpiece”. Use your words as weapons to walk in power, and you can overcome every discouragement!