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As you meet discouragement in your personal evangelism, I urge you to keep evangelizing. As you consistently evangelize, although there will be discouraging moments, there will be encouraging ones, as well. One encouraging experience can make up for more than 10 discouraging ones!

Recognize discouragement for what it is—a Satanic attack.
Satan is aware that God will use you to bring people to Christ, so he tries to attack through discouragement. It is the one tool he can use when nothing else seems to work. Put up resistance! When Satan finds that discouragement is not working to thwart your effort to lead others to Christ, he will leave you: “Resist the devil and he will flee from you” (James 4:7b).

Talk to God about it.
One of my favorite verses is Hebrews 4:16: “Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” Unfortunately, we often limit what we bring to God. He encourages us to come boldly about anything we need.  That verse is in the context of being tempted by our adversary. One way we are tempted is when Satan tries to discourage us in our evangelism efforts. Bring that temptation to the Lord and experience grace and the strength to keep evangelizing.

Remember that you don’t know everything.
I wish we could sit down and talk for an hour. I could tell you about experience after experience I have had in traveling for 44 years as an evangelist about the circumstances that brought people to Christ. Many times, people actually trusted Christ after believers shared the gospel despite initial rejection from the unbelievers. Later events caused them to reflect upon the conversations they had with the believers. Their hearts began to soften, and eventually they came to Christ. The evangelizing believers may never see that fruition. Scripture reminds us that God calls us to faithfulness, even when we cannot see the fruit: “moreover it is required in stewards that one be found faithful” (1 Corinthians 4:2).

As you reflect upon the above, know that discouragement will be passing, not permanent. As you have some fruitful experiences, you will be grateful that you did not allow discouragement to keep you from doing what you should do—tell people about Jesus.

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