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When Christians Get Discouraged

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By Mike Smith

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!”