105. Discouraged by the News?

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“What I focus on,” Stan began, “really determines whether or not I am encouraged.”

“There was a time in my life, where the first thing I did in the morning was to look at the newspaper.  Boy, what a downer that can be. And it can be even worse today when the first thing looked at is the internet news and social media.”

“Yeah, I know,” I responded.  “I kind of hate knowing what’s going on.”

Stan continued, “With all of the 24-hour news channels, the internet, and the instant communication that is available today, it is way too easy to focus on the bad news the great discourager has for me.”

“The great discourager?” I asked.

“Yes, absolutely,” Stan replied.  “If Satan can get me to focus on what he wants, he has won a victory,”

“It is not a victory that lasts into eternity, for he was defeated at the cross for all who accept that victory, but it is a victory for him on this side of eternity.”

“In what way?” I asked.

“By discouraging me,” Stan replied.  “And if that discouragement affects how I serve the Lord, Satan goes back to his pit laughing.”

“But for me,” Stan said, “I deliberately choose to focus on the Good News of the Great Encourager.”

“And it is a choice I can make, just like everything else I face each day.”


Choose for yourselves today whom you will serve.  Joshua 24:15.

Prayer:  Lord, you are the source of the Good News.  Satan is the source of the bad news.  Please help me to focus on your news, not his.  Lead me in being encouraged by you, and away from being discouraged by him.  I choose you.  Thank you I can come before you and pray in the name of Jesus.  Amen.

One thought on “105. Discouraged by the News?”

  1. By this mornings “train” devotional, I am reminded of the scheme of comparison of gifts talents and abilities that God has given to each to nurture and grow.
    As His children, we can choose to either focus on the “gift” in self or “gifting” in others or on the “Gift Giver”. One leads to pride or discouragement, the other leads to abundant living! Too often I find myself focusing on the gifts given to self and others rather than on God, the Giver! I thank God for the Holy Spirit who IS the One called alongside to help in getting me back on track! Thanks for today’s devotional helping once again, to get back on track!


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