Are You Discouraged?

For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, so that you won’t grow weary and lose heart. Hebrews 12:3 HCSB

Anxiety and Depression Association of America reports:
* Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting 40 million adults in the United States age 18 and older (18% of U.S. population).
* Anxiety disorders are highly treatable, yet only about one-third of those suffering receive treatment.
* Anxiety disorders cost the U.S. more than $42 billion a year, almost one-third of the country’s $148 billion total mental health bill, according to “The Economic Burden of Anxiety Disorders,” a study commissioned by ADAA (The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 60(7), July 1999).

It is common for a person to have anxiety and become discouraged. We all will become discouraged at some point in our lives. We sometimes lose sight of the big picture and focus only on our problems and hardships. Jesus has already endured much more than we will ever face in our lives. Therefore, we can look to Him when we become discouraged and depressed. Suffering is often considered the training ground for believers. It develops maturity and patience and makes victory even sweeter when we overcome.

Challenge: Do not lose heart; there are no hardships or problems that you are facing that Jesus has not already faced. When difficulties come your way, turn to Him for help and direction. He will help you overcome your problem, discouragement, and depression.

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