When You Feel Discouraged: A Scripture Pep Talk

It’s so easy to get discouraged, isn’t it? Life hits us hard and trials last too long and we just get worn out trying to stand firm in faith. Or, sometimes we are in the thick of doing good, serving God and it just seems like progress is slow, our confidence is low and discouragement is high.


I’ve felt discouraged for both reasons lately. I’ve felt overwhelmed and under-qualified to rise to the demands of ministry. I’ve fallen into a confidence crisis and just plain felt defeated. And, at the same time, my sweet Dad has been in the hospital, fighting pain and infection. My mom is worn out caring for him and instead of things getting better, they just seem to get worse. As soon as we see some progress, the next day, his fever spikes and our hope deflates. It is just downright discouraging.

I know you’ve felt discouraged too.

When you’re discouraged, what do you do? Do you find a friend to give you a pep talk? Or do you look in the mirror and spout some “you can do it!” kind of self-talk?

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Sometimes you just can’t get the fuel or encouragement you need from your people or your own perspective. Sometimes the words you need won’t come from your lips or the lips of a friend. Sometimes the only words that will give you the umph you need when you’re discouraged, are God’s words.

So, instead of randomly opening my Bible app to read something to lift me up, I created my own Scripture pep talk!  I intentionally found verses in the Bible that boost me when I’m down or fearful or worried and put them all together as one, big beautiful message!

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A quick read when  I’m struggling is all it takes to remind me Who my God is, who I am, what God can do and why I can trust Him!

So, if you need some courage, read this! Read it out loud to yourself so you hear it loud and clear! Print it out and read it over and over! Bookmark it on your phone so you can find it with the touch of a finger and watch how God’s Word is all the pep talk you need!

Scripture Pep Talk

“The Lord is with you mighty warrior! Go in the Strength you have… am I not sending you? I will be with you.

No weapon formed against you will prosper.

There is no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus.

Your strength will lie in quiet confidence and the peace of God will keep your heart and mind through Christ Jesus.

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The Lord Himself goes before you and will be with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged…

For it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill His good purpose.

God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

Be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God so that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against powers, against principalities, against rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

Don’t be afraid and don’t panic, for I, the Lord your God, am with you.”

(Judges 6:12-14; Isaiah 54:17; Romans 8:1; Isaiah 30:15; Philippians 4:7; Deuteronomy 31:8; Philippians 2:13;  2 Timothy 1:7; Ephesians 6:10-12; Joshua 1:9)

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So, let’s rise up in courage and trust God with all we’ve got because He’s given us all we need!

By the way… all those Scriptures come from different books of the Bible so if you want to experience more of God’s encouragement from Scripture, check out my new book “66 Ways God Loves You” and experience God’s love through every book of the Bible!

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