Miserable man that I am! This is taken from Romans 7:24.
What causes some zealous servants of Jehovah to become discouraged? There could be a number of reasons. Some may simply have a tendency to think badly of themselves and their circumstances in life. Proverbs 15:15 tells us: “All the days of the afflicted one are bad, But the one with a cheerful heart has a continual feast.”
For others, negative feelings might be rooted in a physical disorder that affects the emotions. Whatever the cause, we must remember who wants to exploit those feelings. Really, who wants us to get so discouraged that we give up? Who wants you to feel the same weighty condemnation that looms over him? Revelation 20:10 tells us: “And the Devil who was misleading them was hurled into the lake of fire and sulfur, where both the wild beast and the false prophet already were; and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.”
It is Satan, of course. The truth is, whether by means of some frontal attack or through more subtle attacks, Satan has the same goal—to worry us, to weaken our zeal, and to cause us to quit. Make no mistake, God’s people are involved in spiritual warfare! Be determined not to give up the fight. Keep focused on the reward. 2 Corinthians 4:16, 17 tells us: “Therefore, we do not give up, but even if the man we are outside is wasting away, certainly the man we are inside is being renewed from day to day. For though the tribulation is momentary and light, it works out for us a glory that is of more and more surpassing greatness and is everlasting;”