The theme for Dr. David Jeremiah daily devotional for today August 21 2023 is ”Forgiving Others” and it is a message highly recommended for today’s spiritual growth and upliftment.
SCRIPTURE: Don’t ever be afraid or discouraged.-Joshua 10:25, NLT
Satan has gotten a lot of victories using his weapon of discouragement. Nowhere in the Bible are we ever told to be discouraged, but how often we fall for this negative emotion! The great hymnwriters addressed this often.
The hymn, “What a Friend We Have in Jesus” says, “We should never be discouraged; take it to the Lord in prayer.”
The opening words of “His Eye Is on the Sparrow” say: “Why should I feel discouraged…. When Jesus is my portion? My constant Friend is He. His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.”
Another favorite song says, “When upon life’s billows you are tempest tossed, when you are discouraged, thinking all is lost, count your many blessings, name them one by one; and it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.”
When you’re discouraged, remember what a friend you have in Jesus. Take your burdens to Him in prayer, and remember He is your portion. The same eye that watches over the sparrow watches over you. Count your blessings, and cast out discouragement.
Discouraged I would often be—my heart remains so vile; except I know I’ll be like Him in just a little while.
William C. Martin