Ever found that life tries to take a lot out of you? Has life ever caused you to feel weary, tired, or exhausted, even when you are doing good things? Has your life ever caused you to feel discouraged, down, disheartened, dejected, or gloomy, even when you are doing good work? Choose not to give up when things feel hard. Decide not to give into the lies of the devil who is trying to discourage and keep us from finishing the good works that God has prepared in advance for us to accomplish! The devil will use his strategies and the usual bag of tricks to try and make us stop or give up through lies and his trickery.
I found this list of tricks the devil tries to use to make us weary and stop us from finishing the good works that God has prepared in advance for us to accomplish:
- Baby and bath-water trick
- Gospel can’t work for me trick
- God is too kind to condemn good people trick
- The freedom trick
- The Shoved down my throat trick
- The hypocrites trick
- The later trick
- I can’t understand those things trick
- This is how I am trick
- That is how they are trick
- I see where you are going trick
- I won’t like heaven; it won’t be fun trick
- You can’t prove it trick
- I’m rich and doing evangelism trick
- I thank you, oh God, that I am balanced and level-headed and not like this Pharisee…trick
- Authorities disagree trick
- The informed and intelligent judge trick
- It doesn’t affect me that way trick
- God told me trick
- I prayed and prayed trick a
- I prayed and prayed trick b
- I’m called to do what I like trick
- God let it happen trick
- The slippery slope trick a
- The slippery slope trick b
- First duty is to my family trick
- I will go and minister to my friends trick
- I don’t need anyone to teach me trick
- You can find what you are looking for trick
- I’ll witness by living a good life trick
- You are judged by what you know trick
- More people will accept the truth this way trick
- I can’t take it any longer trick
- What counts is a personal relationship trick
- The Bible, not Ellen White trick
- God is blessing trick
- Boy-Girl bag of tricks
Check out the post: Tricks of the Devil to get more details on each of the tricks.
Let’s be the dads who prepare and are aware of the devil’s tricks and strategies!
Ten of the devil’s strategies:
- Lies, and is the father of lies.
- He blinds the minds of unbelievers.
- He masquerades in costumes of light and righteousness.
- Does signs and wonders.
- Tempts people to sin.
- Plucks the word of God out of people’s hearts and chokes faith.
- Causes some sickness and disease.
- Satan is a murderer.
- Fights against the plans of missionaries.
- Accuses Christians before God.
Firstly, let’s be the dads who are encouraged by doing good! Secondly, let’s be the dads who get energy when we are doing good! Thirdly, let’s be the dads who realize that by doing good there is a time coming when we will reap! Finally, let’s be the dads who don’t and won’t give up but instead press in and press on to finish the good works that God has prepared in advance for us to accomplish! Let’s be the dads who apply godly principles and rely upon God’s strength to help us stay focused, avoid weariness, and fulfill the good works God has prepared for each of us!
So how do we do it? What can we do to be the dads God created us to be, purposed for us to be, and planned for us to be?
Applications of today’s verse of the day that will keep us from growing weary in doing good:
- Seek God’s Strength: Regularly pray for strength and guidance, seeking God’s help to sustain you in your journey of doing good.
- Stay Focused on God’s Promises: Remind yourself of the promises and rewards that God has in store for those who persevere in doing good. This will give you motivation and encouragement to keep going.
- Surround Yourself with Supportive Community: Build relationships with fellow believers who can support and encourage you in your pursuit of doing good. Fellowship with like-minded individuals can provide strength during challenging times.
- Pace Yourself: Avoid burnout by setting realistic expectations and managing your time wisely. Remember that it’s a marathon, not a sprint, and prioritize self-care to maintain your own well-being.
- Practice Gratitude: Cultivate an attitude of gratitude by regularly acknowledging and giving thanks for the opportunities God has given you to do good. Gratitude helps shift your focus from weariness to appreciation.
- Stay Grounded in God’s Word: Regularly engage in reading and meditating on the Scriptures to gain wisdom, guidance, and inspiration. The Word of God provides strength and refreshment for your spirit.
- Find Rest in God: Seek regular moments of rest and solitude in God’s presence. Take time to recharge, reflect, and allow God to renew your strength.
- Celebrate Small Victories: Acknowledge and celebrate the progress you make in doing good. Recognizing even the smallest accomplishments can provide encouragement to continue on your journey.
- Embrace Accountability: Surround yourself with people who can hold you accountable for your actions and provide guidance and correction when needed. This accountability helps keep you on track and motivated.
- Maintain an Eternal Perspective: Remember that the work you do for God has eternal significance. Keep your eyes fixed on the ultimate reward of pleasing and glorifying God, which will give you the endurance to press on.