His Most Subtle Tool

“One of the most difficult things in life is to stay encouraged.” – K.P. Yohannan founder – Gospel for Asia

In his booklet titled “Stay Encouraged“  K.P. Yohannan writes ” I think it’s safe to say that discouragement comes to the best of us.  It seems that we are so fragile, prone to live by our feeling and our emotions that we become so easily discouraged.  It really doesn’t take much at all to get discouraged.  It can be one look or one word, someone’s silence, a phone that doesn’t ring, a text message, or something we expected that didn’t happen.”

The smallest of things can be a trigger for discouragement.  Even our own imaginations.  Have you ever let your imagination get the best of you?  It could be a simple word that sets us off, and we spiral into a hundred and one different scenarios as to either what was said, or the intention behind what was said.  We start to recall things from days, weeks, months, and even years past that could have attributed to what was said.  We start to imagine the absolute worst case situations becoming of it, and all of these things can happen within a moment’s notice.

I want to share a story that I read today called ‘His most subtle tool‘.

It was advertised that the devil was going to put his tools up for sale. On the date of the sale the tools were placed for public inspection, each being marked with its sale price. There were a treacherous lot of implements. Hatred, Envy, Jealousy, Doubt, Lying, Pride, and so on. Laid apart from the rest of the pile was a harmless-looking tool, well-worn and priced very high.

“The name of the tool?” asked one of the purchasers.

“Oh,” said the adversary, “that’s Discouragement.”

“Why have you priced it so high?”

“Because it’s more useful to me than the others. I can pry open and get inside a person’s heart with that one, when I cannot get near him with other tools. Now once I get inside, I can make him do what I choose. It’s a badly worn tool, because I use it on almost everyone since few people know it belongs to me.”

The devil’s price for Discouragement was so high, he never sold it. It’s still his major tool, and he still uses it on God’s people today.

It’s happened to me time and time again.  It doesn’t even have to be a word, it could even be a look that someone gives you.  There have been many times over the past few years where I’ve done or said something and my wife will give me the look.  I don’t need to explain it, you are probably familiar with it yourself.  But at the very moment I get that look my mind starts racing, and within a few seconds I’m thinking about something else I said that was dumb or inconsiderate, and that she’s probably still upset over that – even if it happened three years ago.

The truth in these situations has always proved that those thoughts were never the case, but you couldn’t have convinced me of that the moment discouragement was running it’s course as I began to doubt.  Doubt and Discouragement are the two biggest tools that the enemy uses against me.  Sadly I seem to fall for these same scenarios – repeatedly.  I am learning however, and God is teaching me to be able to combat these kinds of situations with the Truth from His Word.

So how do you battle against discouragement?

Here are some truths for you to hold onto, trust in, and believe:

The Father loves me as He loves Jesus (John 17:23).

God is the strength of my life (Psalm 27:1)

My God shall supply all my needs according to His riches (Philippians 4:19)

I can resist the devil and he will flee from me (James 4:7)

No weapon formed against me will prosper (Isaiah 54:17)

He will never leave me nor forsake me (Hebrews 13:5)

What are some promises that God has given you in the midst of the battle?


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