The Victor's Spirit
I'm reminded of David in the Bible. He got defeated. He made mistakes. He too experienced discouragement. But he prayed, "God, renew a right, persevering, and steadfast spirit within me" (Psalm 51:10). David asked God to raise him up to win the battle before him. David "encouraged and strengthened himself in the Lord his God" (1 Sam. 30:6). In other words, he got up on the inside and started thinking as a victor.
Paul and Silas were also knocked down on the outside. They were arrested, beaten, and thrown into prison while teaching about God. Did they complain, murmur, or blame others for their hardship? No, in the midst of injustice and suffering, they "were singing hymns to praise God" (Acts 16:25). When they gave God praise and stayed in an attitude of faith, God showed up to save them. Paul and Silas had the attitude of a victor.
Friend, life is too short to spend it depressed or discouraged. No matter what is causing you to slip and fall, no matter what is knocking you down, learn to stand strong in the Lord. You can live in victory full of God's power. God wants you to be a winner!