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Triumphing over Discouragement

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Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again.........

Triumphing over Discouragement
5Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again— my Savior and

I. Don’t Give In to Satan causing Discouragement.

So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

7So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

A. Many people give in to discouragement because they lack discipline and self-control.

B. We must stir up our will power when it comes to discouragement. Determination and faith bring God’s power and help us win. tells us, “God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation. Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.”

12God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation. Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.

II. Don’t let Negativity become verbal.....

Sing to him; yes, sing his praises. Tell everyone about his wonderful deeds.
2Sing to him; yes, sing his praises. Tell everyone about his wonderful deeds.

A. Some people are negative. Their pessimistic thoughts and words bring discouragement to themselves and to others.

B. We must be positive—look for the good, not the bad, and talk optimistically. By doing so we win over discouragement.

Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice!

4Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice!

III. Don’t Get Down/Sad/Depressed from Things...

But you, O Lord, are a shield around me; you are my glory, the one who holds my head high.

3But you, O Lord, are a shield around me; you are my glory, the one who holds my head high.

A. When Christians neglect to pray and believe God’s Word, they are easy prey to discouragement.

B. We must have faith in God. We must ask Him to lift us up and believe that He is able to keep us from falling.

Jude Chapter 24 tells us: Now all glory to God, who is able to keep you from falling away and will bring you with great joy into his glorious presence without a single fault.

24Now all glory to God, who is able to keep you from falling away and will bring you with great joy into his glorious presence without a single fault.

IV. Don’t Give Up Through Issues, Through Troubles, Through Hard Times.........

And all nations will hate you because you are my followers. But everyone who endures to the end will be saved.

22And all nations will hate you because you are my followers. But everyone who endures to the end will be saved.

A. Self-centeredness makes people easy prey to Satan. A lack of love for God and others causes them to give up when discouragement strikes.

B. We must be filled with God’s love. Then we must reach out to help the needy and witness to the lost. We can win over discouragement if we “keep on keeping on.”

AMEN

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