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August 2016 • Vol. 12, No. 5

K.P.’s Corner

Discouragement is one of Satan’s most powerful tools against us. The word “discouragement” actually means a “loss of courage.”

When we are without courage, it becomes difficult to see our circumstances clearly because we no longer have the right perspective—all of the little, insignificant things in our lives start to look like huge mountains. It’s in times like these when we need to remember God sees more of the situation at hand than we do.

In the early days of the ministry, when we first began to broadcast radio programs in Asia, I received a few letters each week from people who harshly criticized the radio station. The letters never seemed to stop coming, and it began to wear on me. I hadn’t even wanted to start a radio program in the first place, and now these negative letters kept trickling in. Was the program helping anyone at all? I wondered.

After this had gone on for a while, I finally asked if we ever received any good letters.

“Oh yes,” my staff replied, “thousands of them.”

All that time, I couldn’t see what was really happening. I only received the bad letters. I was ready to pull the whole radio program off the air because I didn’t think it was doing any good. From then on, I asked the radio station to send me the good letters!

It is so easy to become discouraged when we are in the midst of trials, when all we hear is bad news. It’s important to recognize in those times that God sees far beyond our present circumstances. He’s working for our good even when we can’t see it.

When you are weary, remember that you serve the Living God. Pray with another brother or sister, and ask the Lord for His help and strength as you wait on Him. As He assures us in Philippians 1:6, He will finish the good work He begins in us. We can take great confidence in this promise.

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