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Know Thine Enemy - July 2018

Whenever we start to meditate on our problems, we open ourselves up to a spirit of discouragement.

The Devil and Discouragement
Call to Mind – Part 1

Scripture Reading: Lamentations 3:19-26

Key Verse: Lamentations 3:21

Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope

I don’t think anyone would call the book of Lamentations one of the more popular books of the Bible. It was written by Jeremiah, often remembered as the “weeping prophet.” This little book flows from Jeremiah’s broken heart. He is not sad over some personal loss, but rather over the sinfulness of God’s people. The book of Jeremiah predicts the fall of Jerusalem and the book of Lamentations looks back on its destruction. Lamentations is truly a funeral song written for the fallen city of Jerusalem.

If you were able to take time to read the suggested scripture reading section, you noticed that Jeremiah was so downcast—he was deeply discouraged! This discouragement came to Jeremiah in the same way it will come down heavy on us: by allowing our minds to focus on our problems. Look again at verses Lamentations 3:19-20: “I remember my afflictions… I well remember them, and my soul is downcast within me.” Whenever we start to meditate on our problems, remembering all the bad news that we’ve experienced, we open ourselves up to a spirit of discouragement.

Then Jeremiah does what we must do: “Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope” (Lamentations 3:21). We have minds that have been engineered to take control over our thought life, upon demand! We do not need to be victims to our thought life. We can “call to mind” the hope God has for us.

Father, thank you for the hope I have in you, no matter what I’m facing in this life. I will not allow discouragement to win today! In Jesus’ Name, amen.