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God's Discouraged Ministers.
It is not unusual for Christian ministers to become prey to discouragement. Any and all Christians in ministry will be engaged in episodes and experiences that are dark and worrisome. And often, we conform to the environment of troubles that are full of dreadful experiences. Discerning Christians are fully aware that God’s ministers are susceptible to spiritual afflictions that greatly discourage them
Often, the response is to presume one is guilty of some sin due to falling victim to discouragement. Yet, sin is not necessarily connected with discouragement of mind and heart. Joseph, Elijah, Peter and even the apostle Paul were seemingly in an irreversible state of discouragement while remaining white as snow. Even our Lord Jesus Christ once said, ‘My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death.’ And yet, we know Christ is without sin, for there is no sin in Him.
B I B L E
COLLEGE @ HOME
As Christians, it behooves us to encourage one another with a benevolent approach to all believers. We must not necessarily presume one is to be blamed and faulted for their sadness and discouragement. And while it may be so, that one's discouragement is born from unbelief, so also, one will inevitably cry to God to be delivered from it; God faithfully engages believers even while they yet sigh in sorrow and spirit.
COLLEGE OF THE OPEN BIBLE
The great and grievous danger with discouraged ministers is when they become so sorrowful, they are beyond just being tired in ministry... it is when they become tired OF the ministry. Yet, as ministers of the Word, we should and must be careful to note; that discouragement is often due to believing a lie. Thus, self-examination is a perpetual discipline we must remain engaged in. Yet, an even greater discipline is to feverishly encourage ourselves in the Lord. The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? Psalm 27:1
Sincerely, Dr. Arthur Belanger