THE ANTONYM OF JOY Discouragement is dissatisfaction with the past, distaste for the present, and distrust of the future. It is ingratitude for the blessings of yesterday, indifference to the opportunities of today, and insecurity regarding strength for tomorrow. It is unawareness of the presence of beauty, unconcern for the needs of our fellowman, and unbelief in the promises of old. It is impatience with time, immaturity of thought, and impoliteness to God.
The Parable of the Persistent Widow: Luke 18:1 through Luke 18:8 (NIV) 1Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. 2He said: “In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared about men. 3And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, ‘Grant me justice against my adversary.’ 4“For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, ‘Even though I don’t fear God or care about men, 5yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won’t eventually wear me out with her coming!’” 6And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says. 7And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? 8I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?”
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Sanballat = sin has healed Tobiah = Jehovah is good Geshem = rain
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When things go wrong, as they sometimes will, When the road you're trudging seems all uphill, When the funds are low and the debts are high, And you want to smile but you have to sigh, When care is pressing you down a bit— Rest if you must, but don't you quit. Life is odd with its twists and turns, As everyone sometimes learns. And many a person turns about When an individual might have won had he or she stuck it out. Don't give up though the pace seems slow— You may succeed with yet another blow. Often the goal is nearer than it seems To a faint and faltering woman or man; Often the struggler has given up When he or she might have captured the victor's cup; And one learned too late when the night came down, How close he or she was to the golden crown. Success is failure turned inside out— The silver tint of the clouds of doubt, And when you never can tell how close you are, It may be near when it seems afar; So stick to the fight when you're hardest hit— It's when things seem worst, you mustn't quit.
Deliver Me From Discouagement
Deliver Me From Discouragement
Deliver Me From DiscouragementNehemiah 4:6-9 (NLT) 6At last the wall wascompleted to half its original height around theentire city, for the people had worked very hard.7But when Sanballat and Tobiah and the Arabs,Ammonites, and Ashdodites heard that the workwas going ahead and that the gaps in the wallwere being repaired, they became furious. 8Theyall made plans to come and fight againstJerusalem and to bring about confusion there.9But we prayed to our God and guarded the cityday and night to protect ourselves.
Deliver Me From DiscouragementIf we were to ask ten people what it means to serve theLord, we would achieve multiple answers, yet the sumtotal of our purpose and existence is predicated on serviceto the Lord. Even though being selfish and self-servingseems appealing, these attitudes and practices neverprovide life long fulfillment. To be honest, they leave uswith feelings of emptiness. Add to our discussion,“discouragement” which seemingly attacks our attemptsto serve and with it the unwelcome weight of failure andfutility, it is like a Category 5 hurricane. Discouragementis a personal and very pesky obstacle to service. In today’smessage we will visit a Biblical hero who learned how to bedelivered from discouragement.
Deliver Me From DiscouragementDiscouragement: feelings of lostmotivation, confidence, or optimism;something that makes somebody losemotivation, confidence, or optimismNehemiah = Jehovah comforts
Deliver Me From DiscouragementThe devil has a plan for your life:• Doubt - To make you question God’s word and Hisgoodness• Discouragement - To make you look at your problemsrather than at God• Diversion - To make the wrong things seems attractive sothat you will want them more than the right things• Defeat - To make you feel like a failure so that you don’teven try• Delay - To make you put off doing something so that itnever gets done
Deliver Me From Discouragement2 Corinthians 4:1 (NIV) 1Therefore, since throughGod’s mercy we have this ministry, we do not loseheart.2 Corinthians 4:16 (NIV) 16Therefore we do not loseheart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yetinwardly we are being renewed day by day.Luke 18:1 (NIV) 1Then Jesus told his disciples aparable to show them that they should always prayand not give up.
Deliver Me From DiscouragementRecognize Discouragement – Nehemiah 4:10-12• Discouragement can cause Fatigue• Discouragement can be Frustrating• Discouragement can cause Failure• Discouragement can elicit the spirit of Fear
Deliver Me From Discouragement"What we do not see, what most of usnever suspect of existing, is the silent butirresistible power which comes to therescue of those who fight on in the face ofdiscouragement.“Napoleon Hill
Deliver Me From DiscouragementResponding to DiscouragementCry out to GodNehemiah 4:4 (NIV) Hear us, O our God, for we aredespised. Turn their insults back on their ownheads. Give them over as plunder in a land ofcaptivity.Nehemiah 4:9 (NIV) But we prayed to our God andposted a guard day and night to meet this threat.
Deliver Me From DiscouragementResponding to DiscouragementContinue the Work God Has Given You To DoNehemiah 4:6 (NIV) So we rebuilt the wall till all of itreached half its height, for the people worked withall their heart.Nehemiah 6:1-4
Deliver Me From DiscouragementResponding to DiscouragementConcentrate on the Big PictureNehemiah 4:13-14 (NIV) 13Therefore I stationed some of thepeople behind the lowest points of the wall at the exposedplaces, posting them by families, with their swords, spears andbows. 14After I looked things over, I stood up and said to thenobles, the officials and the rest of the people, “Don’t be afraidof them. Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, andfight for your brothers, your sons and your daughters, yourwives and your homes.”
Deliver Me From DiscouragementResponding to DiscouragementClaim the Encouragement of God’s Promises2 Thessalonians 3:13 (NIV) And as for you, brothers,never tire of doing what is right.Galatians 6:9 (NIV) Let us not become weary in doinggood, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest ifwe do not give up.
Deliver Me From DiscouragementResponding to DiscouragementCarry Somebody Else’s BurdenMatthew 11:28-30 (NIV) 28“Come to me, all you whoare weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.29Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for Iam gentle and humble in heart, and you will findrest for your souls. 30For my yoke is easy and myburden is light.”