Forward and Onward without giving in to Discouragement

Forward and Onward without giving in to Discouragement

 

“The Christian life is not a constant high. I have my moments of deep discouragement. I have to go to God in prayer with tears in my eyes and say ‘O God, forgive me, or Help me’” – Billy Graham   

 

By Pastor George Lehman

 

Faith must always pass the test of discouragement.

 

Hebrews 12:3 (NIV) – Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

 

The reason I want to talk about discouragement again is because very few things can rob us from our joy and passion for life,

like discouragement.

 

If you are battling with discouragement, I believe if you make a determined choice after hearing this word and put it into practice you will live a courageous life –

We look at 2020 and think can life get any worse.

However, a courageous person approaches life very differently.

We must make a commitment to change and apply God’s word to our lives.

 

Job 4: 4-6 (NIV) – 4Your words have supported those who stumbled: you have strengthened faltering knees. 5But now trouble comes to you, and you are discouraged; it strikes you, and you are dismayed. 6Should not your piety be your confidence and your blameless ways your hope?

 

I would say that discouragement is probably the greatest attack of Satan on our lives. (story of the wedge of discouragement – courage kicks it out).

 

The moment we take our eyes off Jesus and you focus on your problems – discouragement will creep in.

 

Colossians 3:2 (NIV) – Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things

 

Proverbs 4:25 (NIV) – Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you.

 

The devil knows, Discouragement will result in sin and going astray:

You become Spiritually drained and it’s harder for you to pray
You stop seeking God
You stop reading your Bible

This is exactly what Satan wants to do, Plant seeds of doubt.

Signs of Discouragement: (May alarms go off in your life)

 

#1. An Attitude of ingratitude

 

The seeds of discouragement will not grow in a Thankful heart. Look at what you have, not at what you don’t have.

 

1 Thessalonians 5:18 (NIV) – Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

 

Discouragement leads to selfishness all about me. Israel is a perfect example of a people who became discouraged that they became ungrateful.

 

Numbers 14:2-4 (NIV) – 2All the Israelites grumbled against Moses and Aaron, and the whole assembly said to them, “If only we had died in Egypt! Or in this wilderness! 3Why is the Lord bringing us to this land only to let us fall by the sword? Our wives and children will be taken as plunder. Wouldn’t it be better for us to go back to Egypt?” 4And they said to each other, “We should choose a leader and go back to Egypt.”

 

God’s response:

 

Numbers 14:11-12 (NIV) – 11The Lord said to Moses, “How long will these people treat me with contempt? How long will they refuse to believe in me, in spite of all the signs I have performed among them? 12I will strike them down with a plague and destroy them, but I will make you into a nation greater and stronger then they.”

 

It’s when discouragement is allowed to set in, we begin to forget all God has done for us in the past – we become ungrateful.

 

#2. A critical fault-finding Attitude

 

A discouraged person battles to say anything positive or anything good. All they ever do is criticise, complain, find fault and are judgemental.

We become careless with our tongue. When you discouraged you want everybody to be miserable and unhappy too! (God doesn’t like murmurers

 

#3. Discouragement leads to doubt and unbelief.

 

When discouragement sets in it leaves us temporarily blind to the many truths of God. We lose sight of God’s goodness, kindness, generosity, and love. The things we believed in were passionate about Yesterday, we doubt today.

 

#4. Discouragement leads to a weak watch against temptation.

 

1 Peter 5:8 LB “Be careful—watch out for attacks from Satan, your great enemy. He prowls around like a hungry, roaring lion, looking for some victim to tear apart.”

We let our guard down when we upset with life.

 

#5. Discouragement leads to giving up.

 

If you allow discouragement to continue, it will suck the energy and passion out of your life.

 

Galatians 6:9 (NIV) – Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

 

We give up reading the word, praying, coming to church and home cells; we give up feeding our Spiritual lives.

 

#6. Discouragement leads to becoming a discourager. (We become instruments for the devil)

Instead of being an encourager, a motivator, speaking words of joy and comfort to others, we become:

Ungrateful
Critical and negative
We show doubt and unbelief
We reflect a poor example by giving into temptation
We become angry people
We lose our testimony and just give up

Hebrews 3:12-13 (NIV) – 12Beware then of your own hearts, dear brothers, lest you find that they, too are evil and unbelieving and are leading you away from the living God. 13Speak to each other about these things every day while there is still time so that none of you will become hardened against God, being blinded by the glamour of sin.

 

I have found its no one else’s job to keep my Spirit up and filled with Courage. Yes the preaching helps, our fellow brothers and sisters help, but the only person that keeps me encouraged is Myself!

1 Samuel 30:6 (KJV) – And David was greatly distressed; for the people spoke of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in the Lord his God.

 

Forward and Onward without giving into Discouragement.

 

Communion

Due to not being able to gather to have communion, we must realize the power is within us.

 

1 Corinthians 11:24-26 (NIV) – 24And when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.” 25in the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me” 26For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.

 

Communion is more than simply remembering

When Jesus said, “Do this…” He was asking us to also do what He was doing.

 

Matthew 14:27 (NIV) – But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”