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Piper and Charles on Scriptures They Turn to When Discouraged

Every Christian deals with discouragement. The question for each of us is not whether discouragement will come, but where we will turn when it does.

TGC Council members John Piper and H. B. Charles Jr. sat down to discuss their own favorite Bible passages for battling discouragement. When his soul is downcast, Charles has two go-to books. When he needs hope, strength, and joy, he turns to the Psalms. And when discouraged by his weakness, he looks to 2 Corinthians to remind himself that “God uses our weakness as a platform for his glory.”

Piper has a two-pronged approach. He memorizes Bible promises that address specific areas of discouragement. But he also keeps a few general promises for all occasions, especially those times when discouragement is so great that his mind goes blank and he can’t remember the topical promises he’s memorized. One of these all-purpose promises is Romans 8:32: “He who did not spare his own son but gave him up for us all, how will he not with him freely give us all things?”

Memorizing the promises of God is one effective way to wield the shield of faith when Satan fires the flaming arrows of discouragement at us.

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