No matter how successful you are or how many victories you’ve had in the past, sooner or later there will be an opportunity to give up your happiness and become discouraged.
I see too many people who’ve allowed life to wear them down. They once were joyful. They walked with a spring in their steps. They greeted each day with excitement. But over time, they’ve allowed their happiness to give way to heaviness. Just like a dark cloud, it follows them everywhere they go. Unless they learn how to pass the discouragement test, it will keep them from God’s best.
You may face problems and setbacks, but remember, God is still leading the way. He has given us the strength to be where we are with a good attitude. When that discouraging spirit comes knocking on the door, you don’t have to answer. Just say, “No, thanks. I’m keeping my joy. I know God is in control of my life. He will allow me to go where I’m supposed to be.”
There will be opposition on the way to your destiny. It may take longer than you had hoped. It may be more difficult than you’d thought. You can easily feel discouraged and think it will never work out, whatever the challenge might be. But you have to realize, on the other side of that discouragement awaits a new level of your destiny. When you pass the test, there will always be promotion.
If you are to become everything God has created you to be, you must be willing to say, “I have come too far to stop now. It may be tough. It may be taking a long time. I may not understand it, but I do know this: My God is still on the throne, and what He promised, He will bring to pass.” Have a made-up mind, and resolve that no matter what comes your way, no matter how long it takes or how impossible it looks, you are in it for the long haul. You will not lose your passion. You will pass these discouragement tests. Your victory is already on the way.