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The Other Side of Discouragement
By Joel Osteen - Sep 15, 2010
On the way to fulfilling your destiny, you will inevitably encounter opposition. What you've been hoping for may take longer than you had expected. It may be more difficult than you thought. You might be tempted to get discouraged and think, "It's never going to work out. I'm tired of what's happening in this relationship. I'm tired of treating these people right when they are treating me wrong." No, you have to realize that on the other side of that discouragement is a new level. When you pass the test faith, there will always be promotion.

Are you in a difficult season right now? Maybe you have plenty of reasons to be sour and live down and discouraged. Perhaps you're struggling in your finances or you don't feel well physically. Maybe a relationship is giving you trouble. It would be easy to settle there and think, "You know what? Forget it. It's not going to work out." But, I've found that in order to be everything God has created us to be, we've got to dig our heels in and say, "I have come too far to stop now. It may be tough. It may be taking a long time. I may not understand it but I do know this: my God is still on the Throne and what He promised He will bring to pass."

Today, make up your mind that no matter what comes your way, no matter how long it takes, or impossible it looks, you are in it for the long haul. Don't give up your passion! Press past discouragement because victory is already on the way. Galatians chapter six tells us, "Don't get tired of doing what's right for in due season you will reap if you just don't give up." Instead, shake off discouragement by getting a fresh, new vision for your life! Remember, where you are is not where you're going to stay. God has armed you with strength for every battle and He has equipped you for victory in every area of your life!
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