RISE ABOVE DISCOURAGEMENT  JEREMIAH 20:1-13    AUGUST 19, 2012FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH JACKSON, MISSISSIPPI         USA
UPCOMING MINISTRIES*Water Distribution forthe State employees at theSillers Building and at theSupreme Court Building  Wed...
Meet in the Chapel DiningRoom for instructions,assignments and prayertime at 3:15 p.m., then at   4:00 p.m.-5:15 p.m.hand ...
invitation to our    “Good Neighbors”If anyone would like tovolunteer, contact CathyJeffcoats or come at 3:15on Wednesday ...
REVIVAL     SEPTEMBER 9-12Dr. Frank Page, PreachingKevin Batson, LeadingMusic, Minister of Musicat Taylors First BaptistCh...
Sunday, September 9 9:00 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday School and       Worship    Sunday night 6:00 p.m.—Worship
Monday, September 10-Wednesday, September 12   11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m.  Lunch $5.00 Lite Line,  $6.00 for Regular Line    (L...
Weekday Revival Services      12:10-12:45 p.m.       5:00-6:00 p.m.   Supper in FellowshipHall East (same price asWednesda...
6:00 p.m.   Revival in Sanctuary(On Wednesday there willbe no other Wednesdaynight activities)
Camp-What-A-Family   Lake Forest Ranch    September 28-30   25th AnniversaryBrochures are available orlook online for all ...
There will also be anopportunity to attend onSaturday only.$5.00 day fee with $10.00per person for each meal.
RISE ABOVEDISCOURAGEMENTJEREMIAH 20:1-13
Definition of discourage -to deprive of confidence,to deprive of hope orspirit.To try to prevent byexpressing disapproval ...
SYNONYMS: dishearten,dispirit.To make less hopeful orless enthusiastic.Enthusiastic -Origin: 1595-1605;Greek enthousiastikós
which ultimately comesfrom entheos: from en (“within”)and theos (“God”)“having God within”.American HeritageDictionary
It is God in us (en theos)that gives us ourmotivations and passions.Enthusiasm is theopposite ofdiscouragement.
God’s enemy wants us toforget that God is ourSource and attempts to“discourage” us with hislies and messages ofhopelessness.
The antonym ofdiscourage is encourage.God has already given usenough courage to facetoday and the challengesthat it brings.
2 Peter 1:3 NIV3 “His divine power hasgiven us everything weneed for life and godlinessthrough our knowledge ofHim Who cal...
Every time God’s enemyattempted to tempt Jesusin Matthew 4:1-12, Jesusquoted God’s word inorder to defeat Satan.We should ...
Ephesians 3:20“God is able to do aboveand beyond all that weask or think according tothe power (His HolySpirit) that works...
1 Samuel 30:6“David encouragedhimself in the Lord hisGod.”
Jude 20*“Build yourselves up inyour most holy faith andpray in the Holy Spirit.”*“Faith cometh by hearingand hearing by th...
Discouragement is:1) dissatisfaction with the    past,2) distaste for the present,3) distrust of the future.
It is:1)   ingratitude for the     blessings of yesterday,2)   indifference to the     opportunities of today,3)   insecur...
Discouragement is:1) unawareness of the    presence of beauty,2) unconcern for the   needs of others,3) unbelief in the   ...
It is:1) impatience with time,2) immaturity of thought,3) impoliteness to God.William Ward,Today in the Word, April,1989, ...
Plough AheadPay as little attention todiscouragement aspossible.Plough ahead as asteamer does, rough orsmooth, rain or shi...
To carry your cargo andmake port is the point.(opPORTunity)Maltbie BabcockBits and PiecesJune, 1990, p. 12From Bible.org
This lesson is about:1) honestly dealing withthe discouragement anddoubts we will experienceas we serve the Lord and
2) maintaining the properfocus on God duringthose times ofdiscouragement andweariness as we serveHim.
9“Let us not lose heart indoing good, for in duetime we will reap if we donot grow weary. 10 Sothen, while we haveopportun...
Jeremiah 20:1-13   HCSB1“Pashhur the priest, theson of Immer and chiefofficial in the temple ofthe Lord, heard Jeremiahpro...
2 So Pashhur hadJeremiah the prophetbeaten and put him in thestocks at the UpperBenjamin Gate in theLord’s temple.
3 The next day, whenPashhur released Jeremiahfrom the stocks, Jeremiahsaid to him, “The Lorddoes not call you Pashhur,but ...
4 for this is what the Lordsays, ‘I am about to makeyou a terror to bothyourself and those youlove. They will fall by thes...
I will hand Judah over tothe king of Babylon, andhe will deport them toBabylon and put them tothe sword.
5 I will give away all thewealth of this city, all itsproducts and valuables.Indeed, I will hand all thetreasures of the k...
They will plunder them,seize them, and carrythem off to Babylon.6 As for you, Pashhur,and all who live in yourhouse, you w...
You will go to Babylon.There you will die, andthere you will be buried,you and all your friendsthat you prophesiedfalsely ...
7 You deceived me, Lord,and I was deceived.You seized me andprevailed.I am a laughingstock allthe time;everyone ridicules ...
8 For whenever I speak,I cry out, I proclaim,“Violence anddestruction!” because theword of the Lord hasbecome for me const...
9 If I say, “I won’tmention Him or speakany longer in His name,”His message becomes afire burning in my heart,shut up in m...
it in, and I cannot prevail.10 For I have heard thegossip of many people,“Terror is on every side!Report him; let’s report...
Everyone I trustedwatches for my fall.“Perhaps he will bedeceived so that we mightprevail against him andtake our vengeanc...
11 But the Lord is withme like a violent warrior.Therefore, my persecutorswill stumble and notprevail.
Since they have notsucceeded, they will beutterly shamed,an everlasting humiliationthat will never beforgotten.
12 Lord of Hosts, testingthe righteous and seeingthe heart and mind, let mesee Your vengeance onthem, for I have presented...
13 Sing to the Lord!Praise the Lord,for He rescues the life ofthe needy from the handof evil people.”         Jeremiah 20:...
Scripture never tries tohide the weaknesses ofGod’s servants.Their failures oftenstemmed from either fear,anger or
Fear motivated Abrahamto lie about hisrelationship with Sarahmore than once (Genesis12 & 20).
Anger at the Israelites’hard-heartedness causedMoses to strike the rock togain water instead of justspeaking to it as God ...
Elijah became extremelydiscouraged after Jezebelthreatened his life fordefeating the 500 prophetsof Baal on Mount Carmel(I...
On one occasion whenPaul’s life was threatened,Christ appeared to him toencourage him(Acts 23:10-11;also see Acts 27:23-24).
Jeremiah had his weakmoments too.Like Moses, Jeremiah wasopposed by God’s people.Like Elijah, Jeremiah wasthreatened by a ...
Like Paul, Jeremiah wasimprisoned.This lesson focuses onJeremiah’sdiscouragement , explainsthat it is not uncommonfor God’...
down and discouraged asthey serve Him, andprovides insights that willhelp us to overcomediscouragement as weserve Christ.
Jeremiah 20:11 “Pashhur the priest, theson of Immer and chiefofficial in the temple ofthe Lord, heard Jeremiahprophesying ...
The very one who shouldhave welcomedJeremiah’s words from theLord, Pashhur, was themain aggressor againsthim. Pashhur hadp...
Jeremiah had beenprophesying the truth.True friends tell peoplewhat they need to hear,not what they want tohear.
Your best friend is the onewho tells you the mosttruth.Have you been avoidingspeaking a difficult wordto a friend?
Jeremiah 20:22 “So Pashhur hadJeremiah the prophetbeaten and put him in thestocks at the UpperBenjamin Gate in theLord’s t...
Pashhur had Jeremiahbeaten which may refer tothe maximum of 40 lashesfrom Deut. 25:3 that waslater modified in Jewishlegal...
The Law of Mosesdemanded the deathpenalty for false prophetsin Deut. 18:20 so it seemsstrange that Pashhur didnot have Jer...
As the priest, one ofPashhur’s jobs was topreserve order in theTemple. To him, Jeremiahwas trouble & he had himbeaten and ...
The Hebrew word forstocks means “causingdistortion” since theprisoner was nearlydoubled up.Pashhur had beendistorting what...
wanted said so now hewould attempt to distortJeremiah, God’s prophetat the Upper Benjamin’sGate, one of the busiestlocatio...
Jeremiah in an effort toadd to his pain andhumiliation.
Jeremiah 20:33 “The next day, whenPashhur released Jeremiahfrom the stocks, Jeremiahsaid to him, ‘The Lord doesnot call yo...
4 for this is what the Lordsays, ‘I am about to makeyou a terror to bothyourself and those youlove. They will fall by thes...
I will hand Judah over tothe king of Babylon, andhe will deport them toBabylon and put them tothe sword.’”
Name changes aresignificant in Scripture,and this one predictedGod’s judgment onPashhur.The name Pashhur couldbe of Egypti...
meaning “son of Horus”.His new name means“terror all around”.If God renamed you, whatmight He call you basedon your behavi...
Pashhur may have beenone of the leaderssuperficially claiming,“Peace, peace” to a brokenpeople (Jeremiah 8:11).But there w...
Jeremiah 8:10b-12a10b “From prophet topriest, everyone dealsfalsely.11 They have treatedsuperficially thebrokenness of My ...
people,claiming, ‘Peace, peace,’when there is no peace.12a Were they ashamedwhen they acted soabhorrently?
They weren’t at allashamed.They can no longer feelhumiliation.”      Jeremiah 8:10b-12a
The Day of the Lord1 Thessalonians 5:2-3, 6, 8b, 11 2 ”For you yourselvesknow very well that theDay of the Lord will comej...
 3 When they say, “Peaceand security,” thensudden destruction comeson them, like labor painscome on a pregnantwoman, and t...
6 So then, we must notsleep, like the rest, but wemust stay awake and beserious.8b we must be serious andput the armor of ...
put on a helmet of thehope of salvation.  11 Therefore encourageone another and buildeach other up as you arealready doing...
*Signs of the End of theAge         Luke 21:7-19*The Destruction ofJerusalem Luke 21:20-24*The Coming of the Sonof Man    ...
Signs of the End of theAge           Luke 21:7-197 “so when will thesethings be?And what will be the signwhen these things...
8 Watch out, many willcome in My name.Don’t follow them.9 You will hear of warsand rebellions11 earthquakes, andfamines.
12 Before all these things,they will lay their handson you and persecute youbecause of My name.13 It will lead to anopport...
15 for I will give you suchwords and a wisdom thatnone of your adversarieswill be able to resist orcontradict.
16 You will even bebetrayed by parents,brothers, relatives, andfriends.They will kill some ofyou.”              Luke 21:7-...
The Destruction ofJerusalem Luke 21:20-2420 “When you seeJerusalem surrounded byarmies.24 Jerusalem will betrampled by the...
until the times of theGentiles are fulfilled.”             Luke 21:20-24
The Coming of the Sonof Man      Luke 21:25, 2725 “Then there will besigns… 27 Then they willsee the Son of Mancoming in a...
The Need forWatchfulness            Luke 21:34-3634 “Be on your guard, sothat your minds are notdulled from carousing,drun...
of life, or that day willcome on youunexpectedly 35 like a trap. For it willcome on all who live onthe face of the wholeea...
36 But be alert at alltimes, praying that youmay have strength toescape all these thingsthat are going to takeplace and to...
Pashhur would observethe destruction of those hewas supposed to protect:family, friends, city andTemple.He most likely was...
where he witnessed thedeaths of his own familyand where he died farfrom everything thatmeant anything to him.
6 “As for you, Pashhur,and all who live in yourhouse, you will go intocaptivity.You will go to Babylon.There you will die,...
you and all your friendsthat you prophesiedfalsely to.”
Despite having just beentortured by Pashhur,Jeremiah did not refrainfrom continuing to speakGod’s truth and to tell thepri...
Sometimes circumstancesbring discouragement andsometimes people do butGod always expects us toremain faithful in servingHi...
Even though we expectdiscouragement(John 16:33),we do not have to allow itto have victory over us(Romans 8).Examples from ...
Publicly Jeremiahcontinued his ministry,but privately he wasdiscouraged and he wentto God in prayer andhonestly expressed ...
Let this be a reminder tous that some of ourleaders may appearstrong to us publicallywhen inside, they may beon the brink ...
7 “You deceived me,Lord, and I was deceived.You seized me andprevailed.I am a laughingstock allthe time;everyone ridicules...
8 For whenever I speak,I cry out, I proclaim,“Violence anddestruction!” because theword of the Lord hasbecome for me const...
9 If I say, “I won’tmention Him or speakany longer in His name,”His message becomes afire burning in my heart,shut up in m...
it in, and I cannot prevail.10 For I have heard thegossip of many people,“Terror is on every side!Report him; let’s report...
Everyone I trustedwatches for my fall.“Perhaps he will bedeceived so that we mightprevail against him andtake our vengeanc...
Jeremiah had beenserving God faithfully for20 years when thishappened to him.He had been warningfolks of God’s judgmentand...
God had showedJeremiah that a trainwreck was approachingand he longed forrepentance from those heloved.We as parents feel
discouraged when ourchildren don’t heed ourwarnings and it takes atoll on us.Francis Schaeffer said that“If you love God a...
for them, you will pay areal price psychologically.”*Dont be discouraged ifyour children reject youradvice. Years later th...
Following Jeremiah’sexample, one of the firststeps in overcomingdiscouragement is toconfess our feelings toGod.
He is certainly big enoughto handle our frustrations.Jeremiah told God that thegossip was getting to himin verse 10, “For ...
Gossip is deadly to God’skingdom work.We are to “speak the truthin love” (Ephesians 4:15)but never to gossip.
The Hebrew word translated“gossip” in the OT is definedas “one who goes about as atalebearer or scandal-monger.”
Gossip is distinguished fromsharing information in twoways:1. Intent. Gossipers oftenhave the goal of buildingthemselves u...
themselves as some kind ofrepositories of knowledge.2. The type of informationshared. Gossipers speak ofthe faults and fai...
embarrassing or shamefuldetails regarding the lives ofothers without theirknowledge or approval.Even if they mean no harm,...
In the book of Romans, Paulreveals the sinful nature andlawlessness of mankind,stating how God poured outHis wrath on thos...
Romans 1:28b-31“God delivered them overto a worthless mind to dowhat is morally wrong. 29 They are filled with allunrighte...
They are full of envy,murder, quarrels, deceit,and malice. They aregossips, 30 slanderers, God-haters,arrogant, proud, boa...
disobedient to parents, 31 undiscerning,untrustworthy,unloving, andunmerciful.”        Romans 1:28b-31
We see from this passagehow serious the sin of gossipis and that it characterizesthose who are under God’swrath.
Gossips hear and observesituations which they candistort.“A gossip betrays aconfidence; so avoid a man[or woman] who talks...
“A fools mouth is hisundoing, and his lips are asnare to his soul. The wordsof a gossip are like choicemorsels; they go do...
Those who guard theirtongues keep themselvesfrom calamity(Proverbs 21:23).So we must guard ourtongues and refrain fromthe ...
May we all follow the Bible’steaching on gossip bykeeping our mouths shutunless it is necessary andappropriate to speak.
Jeremiah felt as if no onehad his back and thateveryone was talking behindhis back by turningPashhur’s God-given nameinto ...
The gossips would say,“Here comes old Mr-Terror-on Every-Side himself”.Jeremiah’s pain was so greatthat he, like Job, lame...
14 “May the day I wasbornbe cursed. May the day my motherbore me never beblessed.”            Jeremiah 20:14
There is a differencebetween complainingabout our circumstancesto others and confessingour frustrations to God.
When God calls us to atask, He will give us thestrength and fortitude todo what He wants us todo.
Jeremiah 20:99 If I say, “I won’tmention Him or speakany longer in His name,”His message becomes afire burning in my heart...
I become tired of holdingit in,and I cannot prevail.”           Jeremiah 20:9
How would the world bedifferent if all believersfelt as though God’smessage was “fire in ourhearts” and we werecompelled t...
Jeremiah 20:11-1311 “But the Lord is withme like a violent warrior.Therefore, my persecutorswill stumble and notprevail.
Since they have notsucceeded, they will beutterly shamed,an everlasting humiliationthat will never beforgotten.
12 Lord of Hosts, testingthe righteous and seeingthe heart and mind, let mesee Your vengeance onthem, for I have presented...
13 Sing to the Lord!Praise the Lord,for He rescues the life ofthe needy from the handof evil people.”         Jeremiah 20:...
“But the Lord is with me”in v11 is also proclaimedin Zephaniah 3:17:17“The Lord your God iswith you,He is mighty to save.H...
in you,He will quiet you withHis love,He will rejoice over youwith singing.”          Zephaniah 3:17
“the Lord is with me likea violent warrior” viewsGod as a Champion andDefender of those whoserve Him.God has gone to war a...
The change in tone inthese last three verses isquite abrupt and marksthe change in Jeremiah’sattitude.
Jeremiah stoppedthinking about hissituations through thefilter of his experiencesand began to considerthem in the light of...
This is the only wayJeremiah – and we – cankeep our difficulties inperspective.We must remember Whois in control and ourpr...
into the background aspraise rises to theforeground.What are some of yourexperiences when Godcalmed your fears andhelped y...
What are some situations  when you tend to feel  out of control?•  illnesses?•     bad weather?•     financial difficultie...
How can we give God thepraise in each of thesesituations?How does our desire to bein control prevent ourtrusting God to ta...
Following Jeremiah’sjourney is like riding aroller coaster.He’s up, then he’s down,then he’s up again!We may wonder abouto...
discouragement.Voices try to drag usdown. Others bring usup. Which ones speak forGod?What voices do you hearwhen you’re di...
Which messages do youpay the most attention to?What does that do foryour level ofdiscouragement?The whispers of thosewho d...
prevail against Jeremiahthreatened to drag theprophet into thequicksand ofdiscouragement.But he refused to give into those...
Instead he chose tobelieve God’s promise,“I am with you to rescueyou.” (Jeremiah 1:19)Jeremiah quit focusing onthe hardshi...
focus on the God Whowould deliver him fromthose who opposed him.Jeremiah rememberedthat God was his faithfulwarrior and ev...
true.Jeremiah was so certainthat God would prevailthat he sang a victorysong!
Do you think Jeremiah’ssong of praise came afterGod raised him out ofdiscouragement or did thepraise raise Jeremiah?Or bot...
The ultimate source of ourdiscouragement is Satan.We must remember thatGod has already defeatedSatan.
Everything God haspromised about ourvictorious future willcome true.He shows us what to doin the meantime.
God has provided us withthis glimpse intoJeremiah’s psyche toencourage us and let usknow that His servantsget discouraged....
not emotionless super-humans but real peoplewho genuinely care.They want to please God!Every bout ofdiscouragement present...
We can keep lookingdown at the frustrationsand decide to stop servingGod.Or we can look up inprayer and continueserving th...
saved us from the pit ofHell.It is certainly appropriateto confess our frustrationsto God, but if we want torise abovedisc...
conclude with worship.Jeremiah followed Job’sexample and made thelarge jump frompessimism topraise.
Discouragement is notalways a sign ofunhealthy mood swings.During those times ofdiscouragement anddespair, we call on Godf...
We should sing praises toHim even in the midst ofpersecution, sufferingand despair.We remain confident thatHe is in control.
He proved His love for usat the cross!Let us rise abovediscouragement.
5 Biblical truths of thislesson:1) Those who serve Godfaithfully can expectopposition from God’senemies, even to the point...
2) God calls on us to befaithful in proclaimingHis Word regardless ofthe cost to us or to thosearound us.
3) God’s Word issometimes hard toproclaim, especially if itsays something people welove and want to help areoffended by – ...
4) Feeling frustrated ordiscouraged while servingthe Lord is notuncommon.At such times, we shouldbe honest with God aboutt...
5) God’s people need toremain confident in Himas the Sovereign of theuniverse Who willaccomplish His purposeand vindicate ...
2 Cor 4:8 We are pressuredin every way but notcrushed; we are perplexedbut not in despair; 9 we arepersecuted but notaband...
2 Corinthians 4:16-1816 “Therefore we do notgive up. Even though ourouter person is beingdestroyed, our innerperson is bei...
17 For our momentarylight affliction isproducing for us anabsolutely incomparableeternal weight of glory.
18 So we do not focus onwhat is seen, but on whatis unseen. For what isseen is temporary, butwhat is unseen is eternal.”  ...
Assignment for next weekis to study Jeremiahchapters 37 and 38.
Psalm 27My StrongholdWritten by David1 ”The Lord is my lightand my salvation—whom should I fear? 
The Lord is thestronghold of my life—of whom should I beafraid? 2 When evildoers cameagainst me to devour myflesh, 
my foes and my enemiesstumbled and fell. 3 Though an armydeploys against me, myheart is not afraid; thougha war breaks out...
4 I have asked one thingfrom the Lord; it is what Idesire: to dwell in thehouse of the Lord all thedays of my life, gazing...
temple. 5 For He will conceal mein His shelter in the day ofadversity; He will hide meunder the cover of Histent; He will ...
6 Then my head will behigh above my enemiesaround me; I will offersacrifices in His tent withshouts of joy.  I will singan...
7 Lord, hear my voicewhen I call; be gracious tome and answer me. 8 My heart says this aboutYou, “You are to seek Myface.”...
9 Do not hide Your facefrom me; do not turn Yourservant away in anger. You have been myhelper; do not leave me orabandon m...
10 Even if my father andmother abandon me,the Lord cares for me.11 Because of myadversaries, show meYour way, Lord, and le...
12 Do not give me over tothe will of my foes, forfalse witnesses rise upagainst me, breathingviolence.13 I am certain that...
in the land of the living. 14 Wait for the Lord;be strong andcourageous. Wait for the Lord.”                  Psalm 27
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08 August 19, 2012 Jeremiah 20;1-13 Rise Above Discouragement
08 August 19, 2012 Jeremiah 20;1-13 Rise Above Discouragement
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  1. 1. RISE ABOVE DISCOURAGEMENT JEREMIAH 20:1-13 AUGUST 19, 2012FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH JACKSON, MISSISSIPPI USA
  2. 2. UPCOMING MINISTRIES*Water Distribution forthe State employees at theSillers Building and at theSupreme Court Building Wednesday, August 22 3:15 p.m.
  3. 3. Meet in the Chapel DiningRoom for instructions,assignments and prayertime at 3:15 p.m., then at 4:00 p.m.-5:15 p.m.hand out water for FBCJ’s
  4. 4. invitation to our “Good Neighbors”If anyone would like tovolunteer, contact CathyJeffcoats or come at 3:15on Wednesday to theChapel Dining Room
  5. 5. REVIVAL SEPTEMBER 9-12Dr. Frank Page, PreachingKevin Batson, LeadingMusic, Minister of Musicat Taylors First BaptistChurch, Taylors, SC
  6. 6. Sunday, September 9 9:00 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday School and Worship Sunday night 6:00 p.m.—Worship
  7. 7. Monday, September 10-Wednesday, September 12 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Lunch $5.00 Lite Line, $6.00 for Regular Line (Lunch: 11:30-12:10)
  8. 8. Weekday Revival Services 12:10-12:45 p.m. 5:00-6:00 p.m. Supper in FellowshipHall East (same price asWednesday evening)
  9. 9. 6:00 p.m. Revival in Sanctuary(On Wednesday there willbe no other Wednesdaynight activities)
  10. 10. Camp-What-A-Family Lake Forest Ranch September 28-30 25th AnniversaryBrochures are available orlook online for all details.
  11. 11. There will also be anopportunity to attend onSaturday only.$5.00 day fee with $10.00per person for each meal.
  12. 12. RISE ABOVEDISCOURAGEMENTJEREMIAH 20:1-13
  13. 13. Definition of discourage -to deprive of confidence,to deprive of hope orspirit.To try to prevent byexpressing disapproval orraising objections.
  14. 14. SYNONYMS: dishearten,dispirit.To make less hopeful orless enthusiastic.Enthusiastic -Origin: 1595-1605;Greek enthousiastikós
  15. 15. which ultimately comesfrom entheos: from en (“within”)and theos (“God”)“having God within”.American HeritageDictionary
  16. 16. It is God in us (en theos)that gives us ourmotivations and passions.Enthusiasm is theopposite ofdiscouragement.
  17. 17. God’s enemy wants us toforget that God is ourSource and attempts to“discourage” us with hislies and messages ofhopelessness.
  18. 18. The antonym ofdiscourage is encourage.God has already given usenough courage to facetoday and the challengesthat it brings.
  19. 19. 2 Peter 1:3 NIV3 “His divine power hasgiven us everything weneed for life and godlinessthrough our knowledge ofHim Who called us by Hisown glory and goodness.”
  20. 20. Every time God’s enemyattempted to tempt Jesusin Matthew 4:1-12, Jesusquoted God’s word inorder to defeat Satan.We should do the same.
  21. 21. Ephesians 3:20“God is able to do aboveand beyond all that weask or think according tothe power (His HolySpirit) that works in us.”
  22. 22. 1 Samuel 30:6“David encouragedhimself in the Lord hisGod.”
  23. 23. Jude 20*“Build yourselves up inyour most holy faith andpray in the Holy Spirit.”*“Faith cometh by hearingand hearing by the Wordof God.” Romans 10:17
  24. 24. Discouragement is:1) dissatisfaction with the past,2) distaste for the present,3) distrust of the future.
  25. 25. It is:1) ingratitude for the blessings of yesterday,2) indifference to the opportunities of today,3) insecurity regarding strength for tomorrow.
  26. 26. Discouragement is:1) unawareness of the presence of beauty,2) unconcern for the needs of others,3) unbelief in the promises of old.
  27. 27. It is:1) impatience with time,2) immaturity of thought,3) impoliteness to God.William Ward,Today in the Word, April,1989, p. 18
  28. 28. Plough AheadPay as little attention todiscouragement aspossible.Plough ahead as asteamer does, rough orsmooth, rain or shine.
  29. 29. To carry your cargo andmake port is the point.(opPORTunity)Maltbie BabcockBits and PiecesJune, 1990, p. 12From Bible.org
  30. 30. This lesson is about:1) honestly dealing withthe discouragement anddoubts we will experienceas we serve the Lord and
  31. 31. 2) maintaining the properfocus on God duringthose times ofdiscouragement andweariness as we serveHim.
  32. 32. 9“Let us not lose heart indoing good, for in duetime we will reap if we donot grow weary. 10 Sothen, while we haveopportunity, let us dogood to all people”Gal 6:9
  33. 33. Jeremiah 20:1-13 HCSB1“Pashhur the priest, theson of Immer and chiefofficial in the temple ofthe Lord, heard Jeremiahprophesying these things.
  34. 34. 2 So Pashhur hadJeremiah the prophetbeaten and put him in thestocks at the UpperBenjamin Gate in theLord’s temple.
  35. 35. 3 The next day, whenPashhur released Jeremiahfrom the stocks, Jeremiahsaid to him, “The Lorddoes not call you Pashhur,but Magor-missabib(MAY gahr-mih SAY bib),
  36. 36. 4 for this is what the Lordsays, ‘I am about to makeyou a terror to bothyourself and those youlove. They will fall by thesword of their enemiesbefore your very eyes.
  37. 37. I will hand Judah over tothe king of Babylon, andhe will deport them toBabylon and put them tothe sword.
  38. 38. 5 I will give away all thewealth of this city, all itsproducts and valuables.Indeed, I will hand all thetreasures of the kings ofJudah over to theirenemies.
  39. 39. They will plunder them,seize them, and carrythem off to Babylon.6 As for you, Pashhur,and all who live in yourhouse, you will go intocaptivity.
  40. 40. You will go to Babylon.There you will die, andthere you will be buried,you and all your friendsthat you prophesiedfalsely to.’”
  41. 41. 7 You deceived me, Lord,and I was deceived.You seized me andprevailed.I am a laughingstock allthe time;everyone ridicules me.
  42. 42. 8 For whenever I speak,I cry out, I proclaim,“Violence anddestruction!” because theword of the Lord hasbecome for me constantdisgrace and derision.
  43. 43. 9 If I say, “I won’tmention Him or speakany longer in His name,”His message becomes afire burning in my heart,shut up in my bones.I become tired of holding
  44. 44. it in, and I cannot prevail.10 For I have heard thegossip of many people,“Terror is on every side!Report him; let’s reporthim!”
  45. 45. Everyone I trustedwatches for my fall.“Perhaps he will bedeceived so that we mightprevail against him andtake our vengeance onhim.”
  46. 46. 11 But the Lord is withme like a violent warrior.Therefore, my persecutorswill stumble and notprevail.
  47. 47. Since they have notsucceeded, they will beutterly shamed,an everlasting humiliationthat will never beforgotten.
  48. 48. 12 Lord of Hosts, testingthe righteous and seeingthe heart and mind, let mesee Your vengeance onthem, for I have presentedmy case to You.
  49. 49. 13 Sing to the Lord!Praise the Lord,for He rescues the life ofthe needy from the handof evil people.” Jeremiah 20:1-13
  50. 50. Scripture never tries tohide the weaknesses ofGod’s servants.Their failures oftenstemmed from either fear,anger or
  51. 51. Fear motivated Abrahamto lie about hisrelationship with Sarahmore than once (Genesis12 & 20).
  52. 52. Anger at the Israelites’hard-heartedness causedMoses to strike the rock togain water instead of justspeaking to it as God hadcommanded him(Numbers 20).
  53. 53. Elijah became extremelydiscouraged after Jezebelthreatened his life fordefeating the 500 prophetsof Baal on Mount Carmel(I Kings 19).
  54. 54. On one occasion whenPaul’s life was threatened,Christ appeared to him toencourage him(Acts 23:10-11;also see Acts 27:23-24).
  55. 55. Jeremiah had his weakmoments too.Like Moses, Jeremiah wasopposed by God’s people.Like Elijah, Jeremiah wasthreatened by a powerfulruler.
  56. 56. Like Paul, Jeremiah wasimprisoned.This lesson focuses onJeremiah’sdiscouragement , explainsthat it is not uncommonfor God’s people to get
  57. 57. down and discouraged asthey serve Him, andprovides insights that willhelp us to overcomediscouragement as weserve Christ.
  58. 58. Jeremiah 20:11 “Pashhur the priest, theson of Immer and chiefofficial in the temple ofthe Lord, heard Jeremiahprophesying thesethings.”
  59. 59. The very one who shouldhave welcomedJeremiah’s words from theLord, Pashhur, was themain aggressor againsthim. Pashhur hadprophesied falsely.
  60. 60. Jeremiah had beenprophesying the truth.True friends tell peoplewhat they need to hear,not what they want tohear.
  61. 61. Your best friend is the onewho tells you the mosttruth.Have you been avoidingspeaking a difficult wordto a friend?
  62. 62. Jeremiah 20:22 “So Pashhur hadJeremiah the prophetbeaten and put him in thestocks at the UpperBenjamin Gate in theLord’s temple.”
  63. 63. Pashhur had Jeremiahbeaten which may refer tothe maximum of 40 lashesfrom Deut. 25:3 that waslater modified in Jewishlegal procedures to 39lashes for misconduct.
  64. 64. The Law of Mosesdemanded the deathpenalty for false prophetsin Deut. 18:20 so it seemsstrange that Pashhur didnot have Jeremiahexecuted.
  65. 65. As the priest, one ofPashhur’s jobs was topreserve order in theTemple. To him, Jeremiahwas trouble & he had himbeaten and placed in thestocks.
  66. 66. The Hebrew word forstocks means “causingdistortion” since theprisoner was nearlydoubled up.Pashhur had beendistorting what God
  67. 67. wanted said so now hewould attempt to distortJeremiah, God’s prophetat the Upper Benjamin’sGate, one of the busiestlocations of the city wherepeople could observe
  68. 68. Jeremiah in an effort toadd to his pain andhumiliation.
  69. 69. Jeremiah 20:33 “The next day, whenPashhur released Jeremiahfrom the stocks, Jeremiahsaid to him, ‘The Lord doesnot call you Pashhur, butMagor-missabib’ (MAY gahr-mih SAY bib),
  70. 70. 4 for this is what the Lordsays, ‘I am about to makeyou a terror to bothyourself and those youlove. They will fall by thesword of their enemiesbefore your very eyes.
  71. 71. I will hand Judah over tothe king of Babylon, andhe will deport them toBabylon and put them tothe sword.’”
  72. 72. Name changes aresignificant in Scripture,and this one predictedGod’s judgment onPashhur.The name Pashhur couldbe of Egyptian origin,
  73. 73. meaning “son of Horus”.His new name means“terror all around”.If God renamed you, whatmight He call you basedon your behavior andcharacter?
  74. 74. Pashhur may have beenone of the leaderssuperficially claiming,“Peace, peace” to a brokenpeople (Jeremiah 8:11).But there would be nopeace, only terror.
  75. 75. Jeremiah 8:10b-12a10b “From prophet topriest, everyone dealsfalsely.11 They have treatedsuperficially thebrokenness of My dear
  76. 76. people,claiming, ‘Peace, peace,’when there is no peace.12a Were they ashamedwhen they acted soabhorrently?
  77. 77. They weren’t at allashamed.They can no longer feelhumiliation.” Jeremiah 8:10b-12a
  78. 78. The Day of the Lord1 Thessalonians 5:2-3, 6, 8b, 11 2 ”For you yourselvesknow very well that theDay of the Lord will comejust like a thief in the night.
  79. 79.  3 When they say, “Peaceand security,” thensudden destruction comeson them, like labor painscome on a pregnantwoman, and they will notescape.
  80. 80. 6 So then, we must notsleep, like the rest, but wemust stay awake and beserious.8b we must be serious andput the armor of faith andlove on our chests, and
  81. 81. put on a helmet of thehope of salvation.  11 Therefore encourageone another and buildeach other up as you arealready doing.”1 Thessalonians 5:2-3, 6, 8b, 11
  82. 82. *Signs of the End of theAge Luke 21:7-19*The Destruction ofJerusalem Luke 21:20-24*The Coming of the Sonof Man Luke 21:25-28
  83. 83. Signs of the End of theAge Luke 21:7-197 “so when will thesethings be?And what will be the signwhen these things areabout to take place?
  84. 84. 8 Watch out, many willcome in My name.Don’t follow them.9 You will hear of warsand rebellions11 earthquakes, andfamines.
  85. 85. 12 Before all these things,they will lay their handson you and persecute youbecause of My name.13 It will lead to anopportunity for you towitness.
  86. 86. 15 for I will give you suchwords and a wisdom thatnone of your adversarieswill be able to resist orcontradict.
  87. 87. 16 You will even bebetrayed by parents,brothers, relatives, andfriends.They will kill some ofyou.” Luke 21:7-19 
  88. 88. The Destruction ofJerusalem Luke 21:20-2420 “When you seeJerusalem surrounded byarmies.24 Jerusalem will betrampled by the Gentiles
  89. 89. until the times of theGentiles are fulfilled.” Luke 21:20-24
  90. 90. The Coming of the Sonof Man Luke 21:25, 2725 “Then there will besigns… 27 Then they willsee the Son of Mancoming in a cloud withpower and great glory.”
  91. 91. The Need forWatchfulness Luke 21:34-3634 “Be on your guard, sothat your minds are notdulled from carousing,drunkenness, and worries
  92. 92. of life, or that day willcome on youunexpectedly 35 like a trap. For it willcome on all who live onthe face of the wholeearth. 
  93. 93. 36 But be alert at alltimes, praying that youmay have strength toescape all these thingsthat are going to takeplace and to stand beforethe Son of Man.” Luke 21
  94. 94. Pashhur would observethe destruction of those hewas supposed to protect:family, friends, city andTemple.He most likely was takento Babylon in 586 B.C.
  95. 95. where he witnessed thedeaths of his own familyand where he died farfrom everything thatmeant anything to him.
  96. 96. 6 “As for you, Pashhur,and all who live in yourhouse, you will go intocaptivity.You will go to Babylon.There you will die, andthere you will be buried,
  97. 97. you and all your friendsthat you prophesiedfalsely to.”
  98. 98. Despite having just beentortured by Pashhur,Jeremiah did not refrainfrom continuing to speakGod’s truth and to tell thepriest what God had instore for him.
  99. 99. Sometimes circumstancesbring discouragement andsometimes people do butGod always expects us toremain faithful in servingHim regardless of the costto us & to those around us.
  100. 100. Even though we expectdiscouragement(John 16:33),we do not have to allow itto have victory over us(Romans 8).Examples from your life?
  101. 101. Publicly Jeremiahcontinued his ministry,but privately he wasdiscouraged and he wentto God in prayer andhonestly expressed hisfeelings.
  102. 102. Let this be a reminder tous that some of ourleaders may appearstrong to us publicallywhen inside, they may beon the brink of despairand need our support.
  103. 103. 7 “You deceived me,Lord, and I was deceived.You seized me andprevailed.I am a laughingstock allthe time;everyone ridicules me.
  104. 104. 8 For whenever I speak,I cry out, I proclaim,“Violence anddestruction!” because theword of the Lord hasbecome for me constantdisgrace and derision.
  105. 105. 9 If I say, “I won’tmention Him or speakany longer in His name,”His message becomes afire burning in my heart,shut up in my bones.I become tired of holding
  106. 106. it in, and I cannot prevail.10 For I have heard thegossip of many people,“Terror is on every side!Report him; let’s reporthim!”
  107. 107. Everyone I trustedwatches for my fall.“Perhaps he will bedeceived so that we mightprevail against him andtake our vengeance onhim.”’
  108. 108. Jeremiah had beenserving God faithfully for20 years when thishappened to him.He had been warningfolks of God’s judgmentand no one was listening.
  109. 109. God had showedJeremiah that a trainwreck was approachingand he longed forrepentance from those heloved.We as parents feel
  110. 110. discouraged when ourchildren don’t heed ourwarnings and it takes atoll on us.Francis Schaeffer said that“If you love God and lovemen and have compassion
  111. 111. for them, you will pay areal price psychologically.”*Dont be discouraged ifyour children reject youradvice. Years later theywill offer it to their ownoffspring.
  112. 112. Following Jeremiah’sexample, one of the firststeps in overcomingdiscouragement is toconfess our feelings toGod.
  113. 113. He is certainly big enoughto handle our frustrations.Jeremiah told God that thegossip was getting to himin verse 10, “For I haveheard the gossip of manypeople”.
  114. 114. Gossip is deadly to God’skingdom work.We are to “speak the truthin love” (Ephesians 4:15)but never to gossip.
  115. 115. The Hebrew word translated“gossip” in the OT is definedas “one who goes about as atalebearer or scandal-monger.”
  116. 116. Gossip is distinguished fromsharing information in twoways:1. Intent. Gossipers oftenhave the goal of buildingthemselves up by makingothers look bad and exalting
  117. 117. themselves as some kind ofrepositories of knowledge.2. The type of informationshared. Gossipers speak ofthe faults and failings ofothers, or reveal potentially
  118. 118. embarrassing or shamefuldetails regarding the lives ofothers without theirknowledge or approval.Even if they mean no harm,it is still damaging gossip.
  119. 119. In the book of Romans, Paulreveals the sinful nature andlawlessness of mankind,stating how God poured outHis wrath on those whorejected His laws (includinggossiping). Romans 1:29b-32
  120. 120. Romans 1:28b-31“God delivered them overto a worthless mind to dowhat is morally wrong. 29 They are filled with allunrighteousness, evil,greed, and wickedness.
  121. 121. They are full of envy,murder, quarrels, deceit,and malice. They aregossips, 30 slanderers, God-haters,arrogant, proud, boastful,inventors of evil,
  122. 122. disobedient to parents, 31 undiscerning,untrustworthy,unloving, andunmerciful.” Romans 1:28b-31
  123. 123. We see from this passagehow serious the sin of gossipis and that it characterizesthose who are under God’swrath.
  124. 124. Gossips hear and observesituations which they candistort.“A gossip betrays aconfidence; so avoid a man[or woman] who talks toomuch” (Proverbs 20:19).
  125. 125. “A fools mouth is hisundoing, and his lips are asnare to his soul. The wordsof a gossip are like choicemorsels; they go down to amans inmost parts”(Proverbs 18:7-8).
  126. 126. Those who guard theirtongues keep themselvesfrom calamity(Proverbs 21:23).So we must guard ourtongues and refrain fromthe sinful act of gossip.
  127. 127. May we all follow the Bible’steaching on gossip bykeeping our mouths shutunless it is necessary andappropriate to speak.
  128. 128. Jeremiah felt as if no onehad his back and thateveryone was talking behindhis back by turningPashhur’s God-given nameinto a slurring nickname forJeremiah.
  129. 129. The gossips would say,“Here comes old Mr-Terror-on Every-Side himself”.Jeremiah’s pain was so greatthat he, like Job, lamentedthe day of his birth(Jer. 20:14-18; Job 3:1-12).
  130. 130. 14 “May the day I wasbornbe cursed. May the day my motherbore me never beblessed.” Jeremiah 20:14
  131. 131. There is a differencebetween complainingabout our circumstancesto others and confessingour frustrations to God.
  132. 132. When God calls us to atask, He will give us thestrength and fortitude todo what He wants us todo.
  133. 133. Jeremiah 20:99 If I say, “I won’tmention Him or speakany longer in His name,”His message becomes afire burning in my heart, shut up in my bones.
  134. 134. I become tired of holdingit in,and I cannot prevail.” Jeremiah 20:9
  135. 135. How would the world bedifferent if all believersfelt as though God’smessage was “fire in ourhearts” and we werecompelled to share it withothers?
  136. 136. Jeremiah 20:11-1311 “But the Lord is withme like a violent warrior.Therefore, my persecutorswill stumble and notprevail.
  137. 137. Since they have notsucceeded, they will beutterly shamed,an everlasting humiliationthat will never beforgotten.
  138. 138. 12 Lord of Hosts, testingthe righteous and seeingthe heart and mind, let mesee Your vengeance onthem, for I have presentedmy case to You.
  139. 139. 13 Sing to the Lord!Praise the Lord,for He rescues the life ofthe needy from the handof evil people.” Jeremiah 20:1-13
  140. 140. “But the Lord is with me”in v11 is also proclaimedin Zephaniah 3:17:17“The Lord your God iswith you,He is mighty to save.He will take great delight
  141. 141. in you,He will quiet you withHis love,He will rejoice over youwith singing.” Zephaniah 3:17
  142. 142. “the Lord is with me likea violent warrior” viewsGod as a Champion andDefender of those whoserve Him.God has gone to war andwill go to war for you!
  143. 143. The change in tone inthese last three verses isquite abrupt and marksthe change in Jeremiah’sattitude.
  144. 144. Jeremiah stoppedthinking about hissituations through thefilter of his experiencesand began to considerthem in the light of God’sgreatness and power.
  145. 145. This is the only wayJeremiah – and we – cankeep our difficulties inperspective.We must remember Whois in control and ourproblems begin to fade
  146. 146. into the background aspraise rises to theforeground.What are some of yourexperiences when Godcalmed your fears andhelped you to see Him?
  147. 147. What are some situations when you tend to feel out of control?• illnesses?• bad weather?• financial difficulties?• family crises?
  148. 148. How can we give God thepraise in each of thesesituations?How does our desire to bein control prevent ourtrusting God to take careof us?
  149. 149. Following Jeremiah’sjourney is like riding aroller coaster.He’s up, then he’s down,then he’s up again!We may wonder aboutourselves during times of
  150. 150. discouragement.Voices try to drag usdown. Others bring usup. Which ones speak forGod?What voices do you hearwhen you’re discouraged?
  151. 151. Which messages do youpay the most attention to?What does that do foryour level ofdiscouragement?The whispers of thosewho declared they would
  152. 152. prevail against Jeremiahthreatened to drag theprophet into thequicksand ofdiscouragement.But he refused to give into those messages.
  153. 153. Instead he chose tobelieve God’s promise,“I am with you to rescueyou.” (Jeremiah 1:19)Jeremiah quit focusing onthe hardship andhumiliation and chose to
  154. 154. focus on the God Whowould deliver him fromthose who opposed him.Jeremiah rememberedthat God was his faithfulwarrior and everythingHe told Jeremiah came
  155. 155. true.Jeremiah was so certainthat God would prevailthat he sang a victorysong!
  156. 156. Do you think Jeremiah’ssong of praise came afterGod raised him out ofdiscouragement or did thepraise raise Jeremiah?Or both?What say ye?
  157. 157. The ultimate source of ourdiscouragement is Satan.We must remember thatGod has already defeatedSatan.
  158. 158. Everything God haspromised about ourvictorious future willcome true.He shows us what to doin the meantime.
  159. 159. God has provided us withthis glimpse intoJeremiah’s psyche toencourage us and let usknow that His servantsget discouraged.The people God uses are
  160. 160. not emotionless super-humans but real peoplewho genuinely care.They want to please God!Every bout ofdiscouragement presentsus with a choice.
  161. 161. We can keep lookingdown at the frustrationsand decide to stop servingGod.Or we can look up inprayer and continueserving the God Who
  162. 162. saved us from the pit ofHell.It is certainly appropriateto confess our frustrationsto God, but if we want torise abovediscouragement, we must
  163. 163. conclude with worship.Jeremiah followed Job’sexample and made thelarge jump frompessimism topraise.
  164. 164. Discouragement is notalways a sign ofunhealthy mood swings.During those times ofdiscouragement anddespair, we call on Godfor help and guidance.
  165. 165. We should sing praises toHim even in the midst ofpersecution, sufferingand despair.We remain confident thatHe is in control.
  166. 166. He proved His love for usat the cross!Let us rise abovediscouragement.
  167. 167. 5 Biblical truths of thislesson:1) Those who serve Godfaithfully can expectopposition from God’senemies, even to the pointof torture.
  168. 168. 2) God calls on us to befaithful in proclaimingHis Word regardless ofthe cost to us or to thosearound us.
  169. 169. 3) God’s Word issometimes hard toproclaim, especially if itsays something people welove and want to help areoffended by – but we doso anyway.
  170. 170. 4) Feeling frustrated ordiscouraged while servingthe Lord is notuncommon.At such times, we shouldbe honest with God aboutthose feelings.
  171. 171. 5) God’s people need toremain confident in Himas the Sovereign of theuniverse Who willaccomplish His purposeand vindicate them at theproper time.
  172. 172. 2 Cor 4:8 We are pressuredin every way but notcrushed; we are perplexedbut not in despair; 9 we arepersecuted but notabandoned; we are struckdown but not destroyed.  
  173. 173. 2 Corinthians 4:16-1816 “Therefore we do notgive up. Even though ourouter person is beingdestroyed, our innerperson is being renewedday by day.
  174. 174. 17 For our momentarylight affliction isproducing for us anabsolutely incomparableeternal weight of glory.
  175. 175. 18 So we do not focus onwhat is seen, but on whatis unseen. For what isseen is temporary, butwhat is unseen is eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:16-18
  176. 176. Assignment for next weekis to study Jeremiahchapters 37 and 38.
  177. 177. Psalm 27My StrongholdWritten by David1 ”The Lord is my lightand my salvation—whom should I fear? 
  178. 178. The Lord is thestronghold of my life—of whom should I beafraid? 2 When evildoers cameagainst me to devour myflesh, 
  179. 179. my foes and my enemiesstumbled and fell. 3 Though an armydeploys against me, myheart is not afraid; thougha war breaks out againstme, still I am confident.
  180. 180. 4 I have asked one thingfrom the Lord; it is what Idesire: to dwell in thehouse of the Lord all thedays of my life, gazing onthe beauty of the Lord and seeking Him in His
  181. 181. temple. 5 For He will conceal mein His shelter in the day ofadversity; He will hide meunder the cover of Histent; He will set me highon a rock.
  182. 182. 6 Then my head will behigh above my enemiesaround me; I will offersacrifices in His tent withshouts of joy.  I will singand make music tothe Lord.
  183. 183. 7 Lord, hear my voicewhen I call; be gracious tome and answer me. 8 My heart says this aboutYou, “You are to seek Myface.” Lord, I will seekYour face. 
  184. 184. 9 Do not hide Your facefrom me; do not turn Yourservant away in anger. You have been myhelper; do not leave me orabandon me,God of my salvation.
  185. 185. 10 Even if my father andmother abandon me,the Lord cares for me.11 Because of myadversaries, show meYour way, Lord, and leadme on a level path.
  186. 186. 12 Do not give me over tothe will of my foes, forfalse witnesses rise upagainst me, breathingviolence.13 I am certain that I willsee the Lord’s goodness
  187. 187. in the land of the living. 14 Wait for the Lord;be strong andcourageous. Wait for the Lord.” Psalm 27

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