Discouraging thoughts never help. Such thoughts come as an intruder. The question is how do we overcome discouraging thoughts? The answer is clear. "Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go" (Joshua 1:9). God's word to you is for encouragement. Believe His promise.
Discouraging thoughts work with fear. It is the work of fear to prepare the way for discouragement. We are easily dismayed after fear gains entrance to our thoughts, then discouragement is soon to appear. Are we helpless victims without any recourse? Certainly not. Turn your thoughts toward God who always wants to encourage you.
Be encouraged with this thought. God is with you. He is with you everywhere and all the time. Focus your thoughts upon God and the sure promises of His word. Repeat this promise: "The LORD is my helper; I will not fear" (Hebrews 13:6). When faith receives God as your helper, discouraging thoughts are dismissed.
Be encouraged now with this thought. God will never leave you. Hear His promise for you: "I will never leave you nor forsake you" (Hebrews 13:5). God is with you now and always. He is your constant companion. Trust His promise. Believe His encouraging words. When you do, discouraging thoughts depart. Think and believe encouraging thoughts.