“DISCOURAGEMENT!” CONTINUED!

 Point # 1 was, “LOOKING AROUND BRINGS DISCOURAGMENT:

Discouragement: Depression of one’s spirit. What are some of the causes?

DISPLEASURE

Look at Moses when he was displeased and discouraged in Numbers 11:10-15.

DEFEAT

Look at Joshua 7:7-9 after the loss of Ai.

DOWNHEARTEDNESS

Look at Elijah under the juniper tree in  I Kings 19:4.

DISILUSIONMENT

Look carefully at the wise preacher Solomon in Ecclesiastes 7:23-29.

What are some of the remedies for disillusionment?

  • Presence of God.

God said to Elijah, “What doest thou here, Elijah?” 1 Kings 19:9-18. Elijah fled to Mt. Horeb, the mountain of God where God met with Moses.

  • Proper casting.

“Cast thy burden upon The Lord, for He careth for you.” Psalm 55:22.

  • Pointed prayer.

Mark 6:31 “Come ye apart … and rest awhile.” Jesus often went alone to pray and rest.

  • Practical preparation.

Luke 21:28, “For your redemption draweth nigh.”

We need to get ready for the coming of the Son of Man.

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“DISCOURAGEMENT!”

Please read Psalm 73

Verses 2-3, “But as for me, my feet were almost gone; my steps had well nigh slipped. For I was envious at the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked. Verse 14 For all the day long have I been plagued, and chastened every morning.”

Verse 16, “When I thought to know this, it was too painful for me;”

One of Satan’s greatest tools is the matter of discouragement. In this chapter we are going to learn how to change from discouragement and depression to delight and direction. In studying both Psalms 73 and 37 we see that discouragement and depression are much alike in that they both cover concern over prosperity of the wicked, which led the psalmist to discouragement. I believe we need to count our many blessings in this world of wealth and materialism, because we have so much.

How can we learn from this psalmist (believed to be Asaph), and what did he learn? He learned several important lessons:

LOOKING AROUND BRINGS DISCOURAGEMENT

Psalm 73:1-3, “Truly God is good to Israel, even to such as are of a clean heart. But as for me, my feet were almost gone; my steps had well nigh slipped. For I was envious at the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.”

Confucius said, “A man who does what he likes will never have to work a day in his life.”

Discouragement: Depression of one’s spirit. What are some of the causes?

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Discouragement

Psalm 73

 

Verses 2-3, “But as for me, my feet were almost gone; my steps had well nigh slipped. For I was envious at the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked. Verse 14 For all the day long have I been plagued, and chastened every morning.”

Verse 16, “When I thought to know this, it was too painful for me;”

One of Satan’s greatest tools is the matter of discouragement. In this chapter we are going to learn how to change from discouragement and depression to delight and direction. In studying both Psalms 73 and 37 we see that discouragement and depression are much alike in that they both cover concern over prosperity of the wicked, which led the psalmist to discouragement. I believe we need to count our many blessings in this world of wealth and materialism, because we have so much.

 

How can we learn from this psalmist (believed to be Asaph), and what did he learn? He learned several important lessons:

 

LOOKING AROUND BRINGS DISCOURAGEMENT

 

Psalm 73:1-3 Truly God is good to Israel, even to such as are of a clean heart. But as for me, my feet were almost gone; my steps had well nigh slipped. For I was envious at the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.

 

Confucius said, “A man who does what he likes will never have to work a day in his life.”

Discouragement: Depression of one’s spirit. What are some of the causes?

 

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Discouragement

Psalm 73

 

Verses 2-3, “But as for me, my feet were almost gone; my steps had well nigh slipped. For I was envious at the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked. Verse 14 For all the day long have I been plagued, and chastened every morning.”

Verse 16, “When I thought to know this, it was too painful for me;”

One of Satan’s greatest tools is the matter of discouragement. In this chapter we are going to learn how to change from discouragement and depression to delight and direction. In studying both Psalms 73 and 37 we see that discouragement and depression are much alike in that they both cover concern over prosperity of the wicked, which led the psalmist to discouragement. I believe we need to count our many blessings in this world of wealth and materialism, because we have so much.

 

How can we learn from this psalmist (believed to be Asaph), and what did he learn? He learned several important lessons:

 

LOOKING AROUND BRINGS DISCOURAGEMENT

 

Psalm 73:1-3 Truly God is good to Israel, even to such as are of a clean heart. But as for me, my feet were almost gone; my steps had well nigh slipped. For I was envious at the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.

 

Confucius said, “A man who does what he likes will never have to work a day in his life.”

Discouragement: Depression of one’s spirit. What are some of the causes?

 

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“THE MISERY OF SLEEEPLESS NIGHTS!”

Psalm 77:1-6

Verse 2, “In the day of my trouble I sought the Lord: my sore ran in the night, and ceased not: my soul refused to be comforted.”

What Asaph is saying is, “My hand in the night season was stretched out, and ceased not.” In other word’s he stretched his hand out to God until weary; yet he refused to rest.

The causes of sleepless nights in most cases are burdens on the mind, rather than pains in the body. We begin to think about things that cause us to worry and we can’t sleep.

Asaph apparently suffered with mental depression, because he was anxious over the condition of his nation. I am sure to get some disagreement on the next statement: “Times of mental depression are not always wrong or because of sin.” They are often the natural response of the mind to physical conditions surrounding us and outward circumstances over which we have no control. It might also mean that there is “sensitivity” on the part of the one that is suffering with this depression.

Each individual’s response is different from others because God has made each of us different. He did not put us in a cookie mold and make everybody the same.  Some are easily depressed because they have possibly suffered more. Some may have had a terrible upbringing. Some see the glass as half empty while others see it as half full; neither is wrong, but they look at things differently. Some see the black clouds gathering in the sky to be threatening; while others say, “Whoopee, here comes some rain.”

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“LONELINESS” CONCLUSION!

If you feel no one cares or you feel isolated – find someone else who is worse off than you and make him/her feel like he/she is important. Do something for them – such as baking a pie or drop off a pizza, etc.

THE LONELINESS OF SEPARATION

Having lost a loved one, etc.

THE LONELINESS OF EXITENTIAL

You just exist, without apparent hope of any kind. This is one we definitely do not need to feel. Look at verses 4-6.

God cares about each one of these.

Come boldly to Him for help, because you feel that even He does not care and that you have lost all contact with Him. So, get back in touch with Him, because He has not left.

Come boldly to the Throne of Grace to find mercy and help in time of need, AND keep on coming back to Him.

Think of how Jesus must have felt in the Garden all alone; on the cross, all alone; on the Mount of Temptation, all alone; alone in all night prayer meetings; alone in suffering, etc.

Just think: He is your helper!

“HOW TO DEAL WITH LONELINESS!

Hebrews 13:1-6

How lonely we all get at times. We must all face it. One needs only to visit in the rest homes and retirement centers to see the loneliness of the elderly. Talk to a poor widow lady who has to try to make it on her own or a husband who struggling after the loss of his lifelong mate.

David knew something about loneliness in Psalm 63:1-11.

Paul said in Romans 1:1, “I long to see you.”

In Philippians 1:8 he said, “How greatly I long after you all.”

Think of your personal illustration of loneliness when you are traveling without your wife or family. Think of brotherly love in verses 1-3.

In his book, “Coping with Loneliness,” Leroy Peterson points out four kinds of lonely people.

THE LONELINESS OF ALIENATION

You just don’t feel a part of it – don’t belong. You feel left out, even in the family. No one cares about you.

THE LONELINESS OF ISOLATION

Those living alone without any relationships whatsoever: rest homes, etc. Often even Christians who have isolated themselves. Both of these can be helped.

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“DEPRESSION” CONCLUSION!

Now, here is an important lesson:

THE DEVIL USES DEPRESSION AGAINST GOOD CHRISTIANS

Please study Psalms 42-43.

The sons of Korah, a Levite who rebelled against Moses, wrote chapters 42-49; however, his sons and descendents did not join his wickedness, but faithfully continued to serve God as musicians in the Temple for hundreds of years.

The important lesson in these chapters is that the psalmist learned to focus on the goodness of God in times of depression. Rather than focus on his inability to help himself, he focused on the ability of God to help in times of trouble.

The lesson for each Christian reading this message is to focus not only on the goodness of God, but His ability, action and our attitude.

Learn to enjoy working in the valley, and with problems, because the more success you have, the more valleys you will experience. The higher you go the lower you fall.

I am of the firm belief that depression can lead to bad attitudes or a yielding to and falling into sin.

The prescription for depression: Go to God; don’t complain to anybody, and get busy praying, helping others, working on a solution, and in some extreme cases perhaps professional help may be needful.

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Here is a good rule: If you feel condemnation it is from the devil, and if you feel conviction it is probably from God.

MONEY PROBLEMS AT HOME OR BUSINESS

Judas Iscariot is a picture of one whose greed led to money problems and much worse. Why not make it a law of the Medes and the Persians, “If you don’t have it don’t buy it.” In other words, build your future on common (cents)?  Our ministry goal ought always to be, to build people not buildings.

Dr. Hyles said “Don’t use your people to build your work, but your work to build your people.”

Money problems in the home, business or even church can cause the worst kind of depression.

LOSS OF A VISION

Study Judges chapter 15 and 1 Kings 19:3-8.

  • Sampson is certainly a good example of defeat after a great victory.
  • Elijah is another example of defeat after his great victory on Mt. Carmel. In the following chapter we see him running from Jezebel.

When the excitement is over ask God to give you a fresh vision, and never do anything because of its excitement, but because it is right and needs to be done.  If you have excitement as a byproduct, have it. Be motivated by the need rather than the excitement. Major on the simple, obvious, needy and not on wishful thinking.

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