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When Christians Get Discouraged

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By Mike Smith

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  • 5/15/11
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    • 1. When Christians Get Discouraged Numbers 21:4; Galatians 6:9 “ All men are liars” “ Take my life God, I’m no good” “ All my work is for nothing” “ I curse the day of my birth” “ Nobody cares” “ I’ll just run away”
    • 2. Introduction:
      • In the enemy’s arsenal, discouragement is one of the most destructive weapons they have. Num. 21:4; Gal. 6:9
      • But we have God’s Word to inform and equip us for everything.
      • Eph. 6:10ff; 2 Cor. 2:11; 2 Pet. 1:3-4
    • 3. When Discouraged, We Do Many Wrong Things
      • We Pray the Wrong Kind of Prayers…
        • Moses: Numbers 11:15
        • Elijah: 1 Kings 19:3-4
      • We Say the Wrong Things…
        • Job: Job 3:1
        • David: Psalm 116:11
      “ Listen to God!”
    • 4. When Discouraged, We Do Many Wrong Things
      • We Think the Wrong Things…
        • John in prison: Matthew 11:2-3
        • Mary & Martha: John 11:21, 32
      • We Do the Wrong Things…
        • Moses: Numbers 20:8-12
        • Elijah: 1 Kings 19:3
      “ Listen to God!”
    • 5. When Discouraged, We Do Many Wrong Things
      • We See the Wrong Things…
        • Giants instead of God: Numbers 13:30-33
        • Difficulties instead of the power of God:
        • Mark 5:30-31
      • We Get Into the Wrong Place…
        • Jonah: Jonah 1:17
        • Elijah: under the broom tree:
        • 1 Kings 19:4
      “ Listen to God!”
    • 6. When Discouraged, We Do Many Wrong Things
      • We Get Into the Wrong Spirit …
        • Spirit of Defeatism.
          • Elijah: Romans 11:3; cf. 1 Thes. 3:2
        • Spirit of Murmurings. Philippians 2:14
        • Spirit of Grouchiness. John 16:33
        • Spirit of Criticism. Luke 9:49-50
      “ Listen to God!”
    • 7. When Discouraged, Don’t Respond with Wrong Things
      • Don’t…
        • Pray the wrong kind of prayers
        • Say the wrong things
        • Think the wrong things
        • Do the wrong things
        • See the wrong things
        • Get into wrong places
        • Get in the wrong spirit
      “ Listen to God!”
    • 8. When Discouraged, Let God Help You!
      • So many things can get us down, one God and Savior who can get us up! Phil. 4:4
      • When we get discouraged we need to:
        • Admit to ourselves that we’re discouraged.
        • Read and seek encouragement and direction from the Bible. Joshua 1:9; Prov. 3:5-6
        • Pray truthfully confessing to God your discouragement. Matthew 7:7
        • Speak with a close Christian friend, elder, minister, etc. who can help guide you out of discouragement. James 5:16
      “ Listen to God!”
    • 9. Salvation Can Be Yours!
      • Come to Jesus and be saved. 2 Tim. 2:10
      • How…
        • Hearing Him. Mt. 7:21; 17:5
        • Believe the gospel. Rom. 1:16; Mk. 16:16
        • Repent of sin. Luke 13:3
        • Confess faith in Jesus Acts 8:37
        • Baptism Rom. 6:3-6
      “ I’ll Follow Jesus!”