When all you know is discouragement

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The way to deal with dis'courage'ment is to take the word 'courage' out and uses it. We overcome discouragement when we realise that (1) nothing happens according to our plans; (2) we need to be realistic in our expectations; (3) avoid dwelling on discouragements alone; (4) controlling our emotions; (5) not to give up; (6) that a closed door may leads to many open doors; and that our God is bigger than all our problems.

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When all you know is discouragement

  1. 1. When allyou know isPsalm 11: 1-7
  2. 2. Seven ways to overcomediscouragement
  3. 3. What is
  4. 4. •Studies•Grades•Physical appearance•Spiritual life•Relationship•Friendship•Parents
  5. 5. David theboy whowould beking
  6. 6. King David
  7. 7. Psalm 11: 1-3 1 In the LORD I take refuge. How then can you say to me: "Flee like a bird to your mountain. 2 For look, the wicked bend their bows; they set their arrows against the strings to shoot from the shadows at the upright in heart. 3 When the foundations are being destroyed, what can the righteous do?"
  8. 8. Psalm 4-7 PS 11:4 The LORD is in his holy temple; the LORD is on his heavenly throne. He observes the sons of men; his eyes examine them. 5 The LORD examines the righteous, but the wicked and those who love violence his soul hates. 6 On the wicked he will rain fiery coals and burning sulfur; a scorching wind will be their lot. 7 For the LORD is righteous, he loves justice; upright men will see his face.
  9. 9. Psalm 11:1-7 1 In the LORD I take refuge. How then can you say to me: "Flee like a bird to your mountain. 2 For look, the wicked bend their bows; they set their arrows against the strings to shoot from the shadows at the upright in heart. 3 When the foundations are being destroyed, what can the righteous do?" PS 11:4 The LORD is in his holy temple; the LORD is on his heavenly throne. He observes the sons of men; his eyes examine them. 5 The LORD examines the righteous, but the wicked and those who love violence his soul hates. 6 On the wicked he will rain fiery coals and burning sulfur; a scorching wind will be their lot. 7 For the LORD is righteous, he loves justice; upright men will see his face.
  10. 10. Psalm 11:1-7 1 In the LORD I take refuge. How then can you say to me: "Flee like a bird to your mountain. 2 For look, the wicked bend their bows; they set their arrows against the strings to shoot from the shadows at the upright in heart. 3 When the foundations are being destroyed, what can the righteous do?" PS 11:4 The LORD is in his holy temple; the LORD is on his heavenly throne. He observes the sons of men; his eyes examine them. 5 The LORD examines the righteous, but the wicked and those who love violence his soul hates. 6 On the wicked he will rain fiery coals and burning sulfur; a scorching wind will be their lot. 7 For the LORD is righteous, he loves justice; upright men will see his face.
  11. 11. Psalm 11:1-7 1 In the LORD I take refuge. How then can you say to me: "Flee like a bird to your mountain. 2 For look, the wicked bend their bows; they set their arrows against the strings to shoot from the shadows at the upright in heart. 3 When the foundations are being destroyed, what can the righteous do?" PS 11:4 The LORD is in his holy temple; the LORD is on his heavenly throne. He observes the sons of men; his eyes examine them. 5 The LORD examines the righteous, but the wicked and those who love violence his soul hates. 6 On the wicked he will rain fiery coals and burning sulfur; a scorching wind will be their lot. 7 For the LORD is righteous, he loves justice; upright men will see his face.
  12. 12. Psalm 11:1-7 1 In the LORD I take refuge. How then can you say to me: "Flee like a bird to your mountain. 2 For look, the wicked bend their bows; they set their arrows against the strings to shoot from the shadows at the upright in heart. 3 When the foundations are being destroyed, what can the righteous do?" PS 11:4 The LORD is in his holy temple; the LORD is on his heavenly throne. He observes the sons of men; his eyes examine them. 5 The LORD examines the righteous, but the wicked and those who love violence his soul hates. 6 On the wicked he will rain fiery coals and burning sulfur; a scorching wind will be their lot. 7 For the LORD is righteous, he loves justice; upright men will see his face.
  13. 13. Psalm 11:1-7 1 In the LORD I take refuge. How then can you say to me: "Flee like a bird to your mountain. 2 For look, the wicked bend their bows; they set their arrows against the strings to shoot from the shadows at the upright in heart. 3 When the foundations are being destroyed, what can the righteous do?" PS 11:4 The LORD is in his holy temple; the LORD is on his heavenly throne. He observes the sons of men; his eyes examine them. 5 The LORD examines the righteous, but the wicked and those who love violence his soul hates. 6 On the wicked he will rain fiery coals and burning sulfur; a scorching wind will be their lot. 7 For the LORD is righteous, he loves justice; upright men will see his face.
  14. 14. Courage - key truths about God • He is sovereign over all (v. 4a). • He is well aware of the wicked and what they are doing (v. 4b). • He is not ambivalent about evil but has the utmost hatred for it and in due time will bring judgment on the wicked (vv. 5–6). • He loves righteousness and smiles upon those who practice it (v. 7).
  15. 15. Developing courage Seven ways to overcome discouragement
  16. 16. Nothing happens according1 to plan (Prov. 21:31) The horse is made ready for the day of battle, but victory rests with the LORD.
  17. 17. Nothing happens according1 to plan
  18. 18. 2 Be realistic (Prov. 24:3-4) PR 24:3 By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established; PR 24:4 through knowledge its rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures.
  19. 19. Be realistic in our2 expectations
  20. 20. Avoid dwelling on3 discouragements alone ECC 4:9 Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: ECC 4:10 If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up! ECC 4:11 Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? ECC 4:12 Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.
  21. 21. Avoid dwelling on3 discouragements alone
  22. 22. 4 Control your emotions (Prov. 25:28) PR 25:28 Like a city whose walls are broken down is a man who lacks self-control.
  23. 23. 4 Control your emotions
  24. 24. 5 Don’t give up (Gal. 6:9) 9 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.
  25. 25. 5 Don’t give up
  26. 26. A closed door may lead to6 many open doors (Gen. 50:20) 20 You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.
  27. 27. A closed door may lead to6 many open doors
  28. 28. Your God is bigger than your7 problems (Psalm 11)
  29. 29. When all you know is discouragement• Nothing happens according to our plans (Prov. 21:31)• Be realistic in our expectations (Prov. 24:3-4)• Avoid dwelling on discouragements alone (Eccl. 4:9-12).• Control your emotions (Prov. 25:28)• Don’t give up (Gal. 6:9)• A closed door may leads to many open doors (Gen. 50:20)• Your God is bigger than your problems (Psalm 11)
  30. 30. overcoming
  31. 31. Sermon notes from dr.alex.tang

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