“And the LORD, he it is that doth go before thee; he will be with thee, he will not fail thee, neither forsake thee: fear not, neither be dismayed” Deuteronomy 31:8.
Feeling dismayed is like playing a game you still haven’t conquered. You play again and again and lose, and you wonder if you will ever win. When it comes to your wife, your life, and your situations, you may feel like you will never get it right. I was sitting in my car one morning, and I started thinking about everything I was up against. I felt like I didn’t know how to overcome what I was facing.
As men, we have a number of responsibilities and expectations. We have to work and support our families. We feel the pressure to perform and are pulled on every side. It can be tempting to feel dismayed. Dismay means to breakdown, which I perceive is prevalent with men in these times.
Our dismay comes as a result of listening to the wrong voice. What are the words Satan is tormenting you with for the purpose of breaking you down? God’s words should be the only one you receive. He is telling you now, “Don’t be afraid. I am fighting your battle. I will make a way. I can fix it. I can fix you. I will not fail you. Don’t be dismayed!”
Don’t breakdown under the pressures of being a man. God has already gone before you and has already provided the answer. His desire is victory—through Him and His grace. In the midst of it all, slow down and pray. Open God’s Word and listen for God’s words of life, and respond with courage. Satan says breakdown. God says breakthrough.
Prayer: I thank You Father, Your word for me today is to not be dismayed. I thank You for dealing with all my fears. I rebuke Satan and his pressure right now! I will listen to You only and have faith. I am who You say I am. I am built for this. I ask You to give me instructions on what to do, how to do it and I will do only that. I will respond with courage. I receive a refreshed spirit now! In Jesus’ name, Amen.