Turn Discouragement Into Encouragement

To keep from being discouraged means you will have to stop comparisons and keep pushing yourself forward.
This will take discipline.
Discipline is determination to move forward despite any comparison.
A disciple is a disciplined learner; to learn, you must love discipline. Prov 12:1 NLT
Paul used an athletic analogy to get the point across; remember that in a race everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize. You also must run in such a way that you will win. All athletes practice strict self-control. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize. So I run straight to the goal with purpose in every step. I am not like a boxer who misses his punches. I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should. Otherwise, I fear that after preaching to others I myself might be disqualified. 1 Cor 9:24-27 NLT
In athletics there could be a lot of discouragement if it wasn’t for the discipline to continue pushing forward.
The writer of Hebrews said, “Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses (the object of comparison), let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us (the comparison), and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us (the discipline), looking unto Jesus. (the reward of discipline)” Hebrews 12:1-2
There can be discouragement when the pastor says, “Read your Bible!” and you don’t.
“Pray for others!” and you fail.
“Share the love of Jesus with your neighbor!” and you never do.
Again, you’re discouraged when you compare what you fell you should be doing with what you actually are.
Discipline to do those things will end discouragement and give encouragement.
Peter said, “…be earnest and disciplined in your prayers.” 1 Peter 4:7 NLT

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