Overcoming Discouragements

Oct 18, 15 Overcoming Discouragements

“Disappointment is God’s appointment. He will free you from your problems and turn it around, only if you would ask”

What do you do in the face of discouragement?
Disappointment and discouragements are an illness human beings face. Today we reference the Word of God that has the power to carry us through tumultuous times.

Scripture 

‘Look, the LORD your God has set the land before you; go up and possess it, as the LORD God of your fathers has spoken to you; do not fear or be discouraged.’ (Deuteronomy 1:21 NKJV)

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9 NKJV)

Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord. (1 Corinthians 15:58 NKJV)

David’s example – what not to do

David gives a good example of what not to do when we are worried, discouraged when things go bad.

 

David joins the Philistines as King Saul pursuits him 

And David said in his heart, “Now I shall perish someday by the hand of Saul. There is nothing better for me than that I should speedily escape to the land of the Philistines; and Saul will despair of me, to seek me anymore in any part of Israel. So I shall escape out of his hand.” (1 Samuel 27:1 NKJV)
David and his 600 men’s place of rest were raided 

Now it happened, when David and his men came to Ziklag, on the third day, that the Amalekites had invaded the South and Ziklag, attacked Ziklag and burned it with fire, (1 Samuel 30:1 NKJV) 
and had taken captive the women and those who were there, from small to great; they did not kill anyone, but carried them away and went their way. (1 Samuel 30:2 NKJV)
David took strength in the Lord and the Lord answered immediately 

Now 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 his daughters. But David strengthened himself in the LORD his God. (1 Samuel 30:6 NKJV)
So David inquired of the LORD, saying, “Shall I pursue this troop? Shall I overtake them?” And He answered him, “Pursue, for you shall surely overtake them and without fail recover all.” (1 Samuel 30:8 NKJV)
All was recovered as God promised 

Now 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 his daughters. But David strengthened himself in the LORD his God. (1 Samuel 30:6 NKJV)

  

   
  What you need to do when in:

Pain – pray

Worry – worship 

Grief – share with Godly Christians 

Being grateful 

David had the heart of God and his solution was to divide the spoils, graciously sharing it with those 200 men who stayed behind to guard the supplies equally with the 400 men who fought the Amalekites. 
How can we manage  discouragement?
1. Take a short look at problems 

2. Take a long look at God.

Discouragement is inevitable when we attempt to face the problems of life in our own strength
David encourages Himself in the Lord His God

God can turn all our problems around as to the power of Christ’s resurrection. 

“Disappointment is God’s appointment. He will free you from your problems and turn it around, only if you would ask” 
Words of encouragement 

 Fear not, for I am with you;

 Be not dismayed, for I am your God. 

 I will strengthen you, 

 Yes, I will help you, 

 I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’ (Isaiah 41:10 NKJV)
   
 

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