Dealing With Discouragement

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Based on a radio message presented by Dr. Warren Wiersbe

Meditate on Romans 8, especially verses 31-39:

What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?
He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?
Who shall lay anything to the charge of God's elect? It is God who justifieth.
Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Circle the phrase “for us” each time you find it in the passage.
Focus on the thought, "If God be for us, who can be against us?"

Other thoughts to consider from Romans 8:
He died for us . . . He justified us . . . He intercedes for us . . . He loves us!

Repeat the phrase “GOD IS FOR ME!” four times, emphasizing a different word each time:
God is for me!
God is for me!
God is for me!
God is for me!

Concentrate on this thought throughout the day. Work on learning to say it first thing in the morning and last thing at night. Substitute your name for the word “me” occasionally.

Print the phrase on a card and stick it on your mirror, windowsill, refrigerator or computer--anywhere you'll see it often. Read it and rejoice!

Warren Wiersbe reminds us we can rejoice because we have:
No judgment (condemnation) because we have His righteousness (Romans 8:1-4)
No obligation (free from defeat) because we have His Spirit (8:5-17)
No frustration (free from discouragement) because we share His glory (8:18-30)
No separation (free from fear) because we experience the love of God 8:3

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