Discouraged, Depleted, Drained! Don’t Give Up!!!

Commentary By:  Gordon King

Hello folks, I hope and pray that all are well!  However, if you are like me then you are most likely feeling down and depleted!  I’m not writing this to try and be a downer, but it is something that has been weighing heavily upon me for quite some time now and I have put off writing about it for that very reason.  I feel that there may be many more believers in the same boat that I am, and that is being discouraged, depleted mentally, drained emotionally, and even physically!

I have been inundated with trials and tribulations, I have been attacked by unbelievers but even more so by believers!  And that my friends is very discouraging!  I feel the pressures of the world mounting greater each day, I see the disgusting and lewd behaviors of the world around me and I feel it tearing at my soul!  All of these things have taken a toll on me in many ways and I feel as though I have hit a wall.  Many times I have felt like just throwing in the towel, like giving in and giving up! 

I’m not sure how many other believers are feeling the same way but I don’t believe that I am alone in this struggle.  If by chance you are a believer who has an amazing life, who is blessed beyond measure, who loves his or her life, then God bless you!  I wish that I could say the same thing about my life but I cannot.  At the same time I would never want to take away from you your blessings, from you enjoying what the good Lord has given you, and you should by all means enjoy it!

Sure, I’ve had many good times, I have had many blessings from the Lord, but for the most part life has been very difficult, it has been filled with trial after trial, with misfortunes, and with the feelings of not being able to continue on, as if I have nothing left to give, of feeling depleted!

For some reason I feel that I need to write about this, and if I said that my life were any different then I would be a liar! 

Some of what is happening to me is brought on by myself, some attacks are brought upon me by a fallen world, others are attacks upon me by evil and demonic spirits, and some are the pressures of an evil world!  All of which have been weighing heavily upon me for years and years now!

I’m not writing this for anyone to feel sorry for me, that is not my intention here.  So why am I doing it?  Because I feel that I am not alone in this, and I feel that we all need encouragement, we all need to know that we are not alone in this!

I know that there are believers who will tell me that I just don’t have enough faith in God!  Or that if I just trusted in God more then I wouldn’t be feeling this way.  That may be true to some extent, but I love God dearly, I trust in Him as much as I can, I seek Him in all things, but I still feel very overwhelmed and exhausted!  I’m only being honest!

The end times are filled with evil and wickedness, with deceptions and fraud, with demonic spirits leading people astray and causing havoc.  These times that we are now living in are intensifying and becoming darker by the day!  And if you are a believer in Jesus Christ then you are open game for evil spirits!

My friends, if you feel the same way that I do then you are not alone!  I feel your pain!  I know how you feel and it sure doesn’t feel good! 

I know that in the past there were many godly people who felt this way at times. King David struggled with pain and suffering, feeling that the Lord had abandoned him.

Psalm 13:1-2

How long, O Lord? Will You forget me forever?
How long will You hide Your face from me?
How long shall I take counsel in my soul,
Having sorrow in my heart daily?
How long will my enemy be exalted over me?

We all know what happened to Job and how he suffered through trials and tribulations.  He was a very godly man yet suffered more than most of us ever will!  My point is that no matter how godly we are we are all prone to suffering, to pain, to feeling like just giving up. 

Job 2:3

Then the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered My servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, one who fears God and shuns evil?…”

Just because bad things happen to a believer does not mean that he or she has done anything wrong, on the contrary, it just may be that he or she are doing things right, just as Job did!  Did Job have faith?  Of course he did, he had great faith in God!  Did King David have faith in God?  Of course, just read the Psalms!  And we can also have faith in God and yet still have a life that is painful, a life that is filled with suffering, that doesn’t mean that we don’t love God or have faith in Him!

Satan brought death and destruction to the life of Job, it was Satan that caused him pain and suffering.  This is also true today my friends, Satan and his fallen angels and demons use their powers against us in order to bring us down.  They attack those sharing the word of God Almighty!  They don’t need to attack unbelievers because unbelievers already are in unbelief.  But they hate God’s word, they hate the gospel, they hate God and the things of God, especially His children!

The world is a great big mess because of Satan, it was Satan that caused Adam and Eve to fall from grace in the Garden of Eden, it was Satan that caused the fallen world.  And it is Satan that causes the world to come against believers in Jesus Christ!  Therefore we can safely say that it is Satan and his minions that are the cause of our pain and suffering in the world today.  Even our own sin is ultimately caused by Satan, however we must take responsibility for our own actions as we are all born into the flesh and our fleshly bodies are sinful bodies.

Ephesians 6:12

For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.

 

John 10:10

The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy.…”

This life is a struggle, especially for the believer in Jesus Christ.  We will suffer in this life, the bible tells us that we would.

2 Timothy 2-3

You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.

 

2 Timothy 2:11-13

This is a faithful saying:

For if we died with Him,
We shall also live with Him.
12 If we endure,
We shall also reign with Him.
If we deny Him,
He also will deny us.
13 If we are faithless,
He remains faithful;
He cannot deny Himself.

 

Philippians 1:29

For to you it has been granted on behalf of Christ, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake,

 

John 16:33

These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.

 

John 16:22

Therefore you now have sorrow; but I will see you again and your heart will rejoice, and your joy no one will take from you.

Our pain, our suffering, our trials and tribulations all come from Satan, his dominions, and a fallen world, a world which fell due to Satan successfully tempting Adam and Eve.  Even if we do not fall to the desires of the flesh we will still be tempted by evil spirits, and all of us can be tormented by these same spirits.  While they may be able to cause us pain and suffering they cannot harm us without God’s permission, nor can they possess us or steal our soul!  That my friends belongs to God Almighty!

It’s very difficult in these last days to stand tall against a world that is in opposition to you and to Jesus Christ.  It’s difficult to not feel overwhelmed at times, to continue on day by day, week by week, month by month, and year by year!  To stand in the face of adversity, being a target for ridicule and hatred. And to have fellow believers in Jesus Christ not only discourage you but tear you down and scoff at you for speaking up about what the bible tells us is the truth, this is absolutely demeaning!

But this is the world that we now live in my friends, a world that is led by demonic forces, by the god of this world, Satan!  It’s a world that is blinded to the truth, a world that cannot see the things of God Almighty, a world that is in direct opposition to God and the things of God including us, His children, the light and salt of the world!  And as time goes on we will more and more be the target of demonic and evil attacks.  It will continue to get worse for those in the church until the rapture!

We know that we are living in the last days if we study the bible and compare it to what is happening in the world today.  We know what will happen, we know that it’s happening now, but that doesn’t always make it any easier to bear!  However, we are told over and over again in scripture to endure to the end, to finish the race, to fight the good fight!  We are told that if we endure to the end that we shall receive an imperishable crown!

1 Corinthians 9:24-25

Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it. 25 And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown.

Jesus tells us to persevere and He will keep us from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, the Tribulation period!

Revelation 3:10

Because you have kept My command to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth.

We must strengthen each others souls, encouraging one another in the faith, and through many tribulations (not the Tribulation period) enter the kingdom of heaven!

Acts 14:22

strengthening the souls of the disciples, exhorting them to continue in the faith, and saying, “We must through many tribulations enter the kingdom of God.” ‘

And one day soon Jesus Christ shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, with the trumpet of God!  This my friends is our blessed hope, the glorious appearing of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!  And through it all this is what keeps me going, this is what encourages me the most, this is what makes it all worthwhile. 

1 Thessalonians 4:16-18

For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. 18 Therefore comfort one another with these words.

Encourage one another with these words!  This is what we need to be doing my friends, encouraging one another, not tearing each other down, not discouraging but encouraging!  The good Lord left us here for a reason, and one of those reasons was to be an encouragement to each other during times of trouble.

We need God in our lives to make it through, we need God as our Lord and Savior to make it through!  But that doesn’t mean that there won’t be times that are difficult to bear, times that we shall suffer through, for there will be, the bible tells us so.  What we need to remember is that God is with us each step of the way, and even though I may be walking through the valley of the shadow of death I shall not fear for You are with me!  Amen.

I believe that all of these things are signs of the closeness of Christ’s return for His bride!  It seems that He is much closer to returning than ever before, that it’s just around the corner!  Help each other, support each other, encourage each other, that’s why we’re here!

At times I feel like just throwing in the towel, but I won’t!  At times I just want to give up, but I shall persevere to the end to receive an imperishable crown!  And at times I just feel overwhelmed by the wicked world around me, but I know that the more I see of this means that we are closer to the rapture of the church than ever before!  And that is reassuring!  Amen.

God bless my friends!  Maranatha!

12 thoughts on “Discouraged, Depleted, Drained! Don’t Give Up!!!

  1. Hello Gordon, It is getting darker and there is so much going on in this world so quickly, we can see it is all being geared against Jesus and bringing in the anti -christ one world order . We are like lot who was grieved by what he saw going on around him. I feel like you do , we know we must occupy until The Lord comes, I will keep you in my prayers and thank you, for I know you pray for me too and that is a great comfort .
    God bless you brother
    Maranatha!
    Christine

  2. Isaiah 40:30-31 (KJV)
    30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall:

    31 But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

    be encouraged Gordon!
    Love in Jesus
    Christine

  3. Thanks for your comment Christine!

    I appreciate the support and encouragement, we all need it! Hold fast to the truth, I am praying for you also! He’s coming soon!

    God bless sister! Maranatha!

  4. hi Gordon wonderful blog,i think a lot of us are feeling this way the world is getting darker day by day the spirit of the anti christ is certainly here and the unsaved world is ready to receive it…my husband and I lift you up in prayer every day know that you are not alone Galatians 6:2 Bear ye one another`s burdens,and so fulfil the Law of Christ….God Bless you and yours.
    Annemarie and Michael Australia…

  5. Hi Gordon, Yup, I’m right there with you brother. I opened your message last night and read it knowing that it was speaking loudly to my own personal situation. We know that many people who God uses are first put through the hard and desert places as a test of their faith. Even in the midst, we are homeward bound.
    Press on brother,
    Ethin

  6. Thanks for your comment annime5!

    Thank you so much for your prayers, I am praying for the both of you as well sister! None of us know just how bad it will get before Jesus raptures us out of here!

    God bless! Maranatha!

  7. Thanks for your comment Ethin!

    Thank you for your encouragement and in knowing that I am not alone in this! I know that we shall go through trials and tribulations before we enter the kingdom of heaven, I know it because I’m going through them but also because the bible tells me so. It’s like you said brother, the good Lord is testing and increasing our faith in Him, Amen. We must continue to keep our eyes on the prize, our blessed hope!

    God bless! Maranatha!

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