January 27, 2019 Pastor: Bryan Glisson Series: Emoji-Masquerade

Scripture: Nehemiah 4:9–20

Series Key Verse: “…we are more than conquerors through Him (God) who loved us.”  (Romans 8:37)

Introduction: While the word discouragement is only found in Scripture a few times, there are other words and phrases used to describe it: weary, faint-hearted, and loss of hope.

The Condition of Discouragement

  • Fatigue  (Nehemiah 4:10a)
  • Frustration (Nehemiah 4:10b)  (Hebrews 12:1-2)

  • Failure (Nehemiah 4:10c)

            discouragement from failure makes one not only fail but also makes one feel like a failure 

            discouragement from failure causes one to neglect their responsibilities

            discouragement from failure makes one negative and cynical


  • Fear (discouragement means deprived of courage) (4:11-12)


The Cure for Discouragement

  • Cry Out to God For Perspective (Nehemiah 4:9-10) (1 Kings 19:10) (1 Kings 19:18)

  • Continue in the Work (Nehemaih 4:13)

  • Concentrate on the Big Picture (Nehemiah 4:14-15)

  • Carry Someone Else’s Burden (Nehemiah 4:16-18)

  • Claim the Promises (Nehemiah 4:19-20)

Application: Do you detect discouragement in your life? Have you considered the cure found in God’s Word?

Breaking the Cycle of Discouragement:

Discouragement + Inaction + Lack of Experience + Ignorance

= Increased Discouragement

Replace this Cycle With:

Discouragement + Action + Experience + Wisdom (God’s Truth)

= Decreased Discouragement and Increased Victory

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