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When Christians Get Discouraged


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By Mike Smith

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When Christians Get Discouraged

  1. 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. 2. Introduction: <ul><li>In the enemy’s arsenal, discouragement is one of the most destructive weapons they have. Num. 21:4; Gal. 6:9 </li></ul><ul><li>But we have God’s Word to inform and equip us for everything. </li></ul><ul><li>Eph. 6:10ff; 2 Cor. 2:11; 2 Pet. 1:3-4 </li></ul>
  3. 3. When Discouraged, We Do Many Wrong Things <ul><li>We Pray the Wrong Kind of Prayers… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Moses: Numbers 11:15 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Elijah: 1 Kings 19:3-4 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>We Say the Wrong Things… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Job: Job 3:1 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>David: Psalm 116:11 </li></ul></ul>“ Listen to God!”
  4. 4. When Discouraged, We Do Many Wrong Things <ul><li>We Think the Wrong Things… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>John in prison: Matthew 11:2-3 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mary & Martha: John 11:21, 32 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>We Do the Wrong Things… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Moses: Numbers 20:8-12 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Elijah: 1 Kings 19:3 </li></ul></ul>“ Listen to God!”
  5. 5. When Discouraged, We Do Many Wrong Things <ul><li>We See the Wrong Things… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Giants instead of God: Numbers 13:30-33 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Difficulties instead of the power of God: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mark 5:30-31 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>We Get Into the Wrong Place… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Jonah: Jonah 1:17 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Elijah: under the broom tree: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>1 Kings 19:4 </li></ul></ul>“ Listen to God!”
  6. 6. When Discouraged, We Do Many Wrong Things <ul><li>We Get Into the Wrong Spirit … </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Spirit of Defeatism. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Elijah: Romans 11:3; cf. 1 Thes. 3:2 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Spirit of Murmurings. Philippians 2:14 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Spirit of Grouchiness. John 16:33 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Spirit of Criticism. Luke 9:49-50 </li></ul></ul>“ Listen to God!”
  7. 7. When Discouraged, Don’t Respond with Wrong Things <ul><li>Don’t… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Pray the wrong kind of prayers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Say the wrong things </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Think the wrong things </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Do the wrong things </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>See the wrong things </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Get into wrong places </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Get in the wrong spirit </li></ul></ul>“ Listen to God!”
  8. 8. When Discouraged, Let God Help You! <ul><li>So many things can get us down, one God and Savior who can get us up! Phil. 4:4 </li></ul><ul><li>When we get discouraged we need to: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Admit to ourselves that we’re discouraged. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Read and seek encouragement and direction from the Bible. Joshua 1:9; Prov. 3:5-6 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pray truthfully confessing to God your discouragement. Matthew 7:7 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Speak with a close Christian friend, elder, minister, etc. who can help guide you out of discouragement. James 5:16 </li></ul></ul>“ Listen to God!”
  9. 9. Salvation Can Be Yours! <ul><li>Come to Jesus and be saved. 2 Tim. 2:10 </li></ul><ul><li>How… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Hearing Him. Mt. 7:21; 17:5 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Believe the gospel. Rom. 1:16; Mk. 16:16 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Repent of sin. Luke 13:3 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Confess faith in Jesus Acts 8:37 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Baptism Rom. 6:3-6 </li></ul></ul>“ I’ll Follow Jesus!”