Martin Luther King Jr. What does that name mean to you? Activist? Preacher? Christian? They all fit. Unfortunately, so does martyr. April 4th, 2018 marked the 50th anniversary of the day this brave man was fatally shot. He was killed because of his beliefs and what he was fighting for. Though we don’t want to glorify the fact that he was killed, the anniversary of his death does present a good opportunity to look back at his life and his amazing sermons.
This video below published by “When Faith Gives Reason a Backrub” is an actual recording of the charismatic preacher himself teaching us how to overcome discouragement. Martin Luther King Jr. begins by saying he has faced his share of discouragement yet he has overcome it, not on his own but through God’s help. He says in the message, that when discouragement sets in “the holy spirit revives my soul.”
Martin Luther King Jr. faced an abundance of discouraging situations, some of which landed him in jail. He could easily be compared to Paul in the Bible based on the poor treatment they both endured. However, they both managed to remain true to their mission and purpose in life, despite all the discouragement they faced day in and day out. We can learn a lot from men like them!
What The Bible Says About Overcoming Discouragement
The Bible contains countless passages that address discouragement. The following are just a few:
Psalm 34: 17-19 “When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears and delivers them out of all their troubles. The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all.”
Isaiah 41:10 “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”