Encouragement for the Discouraged!

Encouragement for the Discouraged - Treasure Tuesdays

I love the promises of God because it is encouragement for the soul. When I am discouraged or frustrated, I read over His promises, and I am immediately charged with confidence. The confidence that whatever negative situation I am experiencing will change. As my grandmother used to say, “This too shall come to pass.”

“That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither–whatever they do prospers.” Psalm 1:3 NIV

Allow the Promises in Psalm 1 to Encourage You!

  • You will be planted – not wavering to and fro in unstable ways
  • You will be refreshed with multiple streams [scripture says streams (plural) of water NOT stream]
  • The promise that YOU will bring forth fruit at just the right time! We all want to help others, right?
  • You will flourish and not diminish or fade away
  • You will prosper in whatever you do
  • Your ways will be known of the Lord – God sees you and hears you

When I discovered this Psalm many years ago, I began to pray it over my life. Then one day, the Holy Spirit whispered to my heart, “Daughter, this is a conditional promise.” My response was, “Okay, what is the condition?” His response was “Read the entire Psalm and not just the parts you like.” Our prayer time conversations with the Lord will always guide and reveal the keys to walk in His will, way, and abundance.

This Conditional Promise is Twofold!

  1. Watch the company you keep
  2. Meditate on my Word day and night

Our focus today is on condition #2. “But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and in His law he meditates day and night.” Psalm 1:3 NKJV

Quick Background: At the time that the Psalms were written, they didn’t have all 66 books of the bible, they only had the Torah. Torah defined: (in Judaism) the law of God as revealed to Moses. These are the first five books of the Hebrew scriptures (the Pentateuch). Now that we have the bible in its totality, His law represents His word, the full bible.

New Testament Reminder: As a believer in Jesus Christ, you are righteous. As you identify as the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus, your behavior will align accordingly.

In order for us to receive this promise, we must renew our minds through His word. It is so interesting that He calls us to meditate on his word both day and night. He knows how He wired our brains. The subconscious is most impressionable the first 20 minutes of the day and the last 5 minutes of the day. That time of day, when you are groggy and not fully alert, is the Theta state.  During this time, you can literally rewire your brain and bypass your conscious mind. According to brain scientists, 95% of all your behavior comes from your subconscious mind and not your conscious mind. You hold the power to change how you think, believe, and behave! NOW THAT’S ENCOURAGEMENT FOR YOU!

Don’t Be Discouraged by These Word Curses!

This is why we can consciously know that Jesus loves us unconditionally and still struggle to believe in ourselves. Over time we all pick up some beliefs that say:

  • You are not good enough
  • You are not smart enough
  • You’re not pretty enough
  • You are not loveable
  • You’re not worthy
  • You are not acceptable

When we believe these word curses they become embedded in our subconscious mind. This is how we can know one thing and act contrary to the very thing we claim to know.

I want every one of you to prosper in all the works of your hands. I pray for you to prosper in your relationships, in your life purpose, in your health, and in your bank accounts. We all have a role to play in unlocking this promise. Let’s do our part to rewrite the script society and life has embedded in our brains. This will allow us to prosper abundantly.

“Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers. The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away. Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous; for the Lord knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.” Psalm 1:1-6 ESV

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