Disappointment,   Discouragement,  Dejection,
Despair,  Demoralization

When you look at all that is happening in our world, do you sometimes wonder, “Where will it all end?” What’s our future with off-the-chart unemployment, taxes, global debt—and nations polarized politically, socially, and morally?

If you and I as Christians don’t know how to handle all this biblically, we could find ourselves living under a huge, dark, threatening cloud of discouragement—obliterating the light of the Son. As a result, we could be caught in a deluge of depressiondespair, and demoralization, soaked to the skin and trembling uncontrollably, feeling totally defeated.

And what does that bring? A sense of helplessness, inertia.

Rest assured, Beloved, this should never be the lot of a child of God.

Years ago, Joseph Carroll of the Evangelical Institute of Greenville, who is now with Jesus, taught me “Five Deadly D’s” that the enemy uses to defeat us. How often God has used that skeletal outline to minister to me and to others so that we won our battles one by one.

I want to share with you insights the Lord has given me with respect to the Five Deadly D’s and how to combat them.

My goal for you and for me is to triumphantly say, in situation by situation, “But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us” (Romans 8:37). Let me pray for you . . .

I pray, Lord, that You, through Your Word, would assure this man, this woman, this teen, this child, that in Christ Jesus You have made us—those who believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God—overcomers, more than conquerors, through the power of faith. We thank You for the gift of Your lavish, extravagant grace. Grace for any and all situations of life. Grace that is power—power to live, act, and triumph.

Father, let them be aware that because we belong to You, we are going to experience warfare with the prince of this world; it comes with our salvation. And that the closer we come to the return of Your Son, when all the kingdoms of this world will become the kingdoms of our Lord and Christ, the more intense the warfare will be. However, let them also know that the victory is ours through standing firm in the Lord and in the strength of His might, dressed, as you tell us in Ephesians 6:10-17, in the full armor of God.

You tell us, Father, that we are not to be ignorant of the wiles, the methods, the devices of the enemy. Therefore, use this study, dear Lord, to train Your valiant ones for the “front line of duty,” ready to follow without fear—knowing, assured, that greater is He who is in us, than he who is in the world. We ask this in the name above all names, the One before whom every soul will bow and confess that Jesus is Lord to Your glory, our Lord and our God. – Amen

This blog post is excerpted from the out-of-print 30-day devotional “How to Stand Firm Against the Five Deadly D’s” by Kay Arthur.

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