Sunday, March 30, 2014

Dealing with Discouragement

Exodus 15: 22-27
Every individual will, at some time, face discouragement. One of Satan’s greatest tools in stopping the work of the God in a church or a believer is not envy, jealousy, hate, or greed. It is discouragement! 
Discouragement is dissatisfaction with the past, distaste for the present, and distrust of the future. William Ward

There must be an expectation for there to be disappointment.

Discouragement is not the absence of adequacy but the absence of courage.

Circumstances do not cause discouragement for some will face those same situations with courage and find opportunity.

Momentary disappointment must never be allowed to stay long enough to conquer our spirit

A Conquering Spirit comes from our Faith in God.  

Our KNOWLEDGE of God determines the level of our FAITH.
The reality of faith brings us HOPE.
The presence of hope changes discouragement to courage

Deal with discouragement by remembering these things:
  1. The Greatest Successes Of Life Are Often Followed By
  2. The Greatest Services Of Life Are Often Followed By Forgetfulness. v.1-21,24
  3. The Greatest Shortages In Life Are Always Followed By Fullness. v.27
What's The Cure for Discouragement?

  1. Rest Your Body
  2. Resist the Discouragement 
  3. Reevaluate Your Life
  4. Reorganize Your Life 
  5. Remember God Will Help You   Psalms 27:14

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