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Don’t Open the Door for Weariness
By Joel Osteen - Nov 08, 2016

I talked to a lady who was in town at MD Anderson, the Cancer Hospital, to hopefully receive her last round of treatment. But when she arrived, she found out she had to take it for six more months. She was very disappointed. She said, "I don't think I can deal with this anymore." I encouraged her the way I want to encourage you today.

When the difficulty is lasting longer than expected, when you're working hard but not seeing increase, that's when weariness will try to set in. If the enemy can't take you out all at once, his next strategy is to try to wear you down. Many people are suffering from battle fatigue. They've been standing a long time, trying to break the addiction, believing for the promotion, praying for that family member, but it hasn't happened yet. They never dreamed they'd still be single, still be dealing with the illness, still be trying to get the loan. Now they're tired.

Paul said in Galatians, "Don't get weary in well doing." God knew weariness would come or He wouldn't have told us not to get weary.  He said, "Don't be weary in well doing." That means you're doing the right thing but not seeing the right results. Let me encourage you that your time is coming. Your due season is on the way. Don't let time talk you out of your victory. Don't let discouragement cause you to give up. Don't let negative thoughts convince you to settle where you are.

Your mind will give you good excuses. Things like, "I'm too tired to fight this addiction." "I'm too tired to believe for my marriage." "I'm too tired to stretch to the next level. I've been doing it for so long." If you dwell on those thoughts, you will allow weariness in. You'll become more tired, more discouraged, more negative. Remember, weariness cannot automatically come. You have to open the door. When thoughts tell you that it's never going to work out, that it's been too long, just say, "No thanks, I know my time is coming. I know God is still on the throne. I am strong in the Lord. I've been armed with strength for this battle, and I will embrace the victory and blessing He has in store for me!"

"Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up." (Galatians 6:9, NIV)
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