“DISCOURAGEMENT” CONTINUED!

Several important lessons:

DISCOURAGEMENT COMES WHEN A CHRISTIAN TAKES HIS EYES OFF THE LORD

The children of Israel took their eyes off the Lord and put them on their circumstances.

  • Christians sometimes get discouraged when the way is too hard, but God says, “And the cause (problem) that is too hard for you, bring it unto me, and I will bear it.”
  • Christians sometimes get discouraged when the task is too difficult. All of us face difficulties at times.

Look at Nehemiah in the building of the wall when his people said, “We are not able to build the wall.”  Why? There was too much rubbish and the burden bearers were weakened. What did Nehemiah do? He looked unto the Lord.

You say, “God what you are asking is too hard for me.” Yes, but “Is anything too hard for God?”

  • Christians sometimes get discouraged by the prosperity of the wicked, Psalm 73.

A truth or two about what God says about prosperity: The true secret of prosperity is

  • God’s blessing

Psalm 35:27 Let them shout for joy, and be glad, that favour my righteous cause: yea, let them say continually, Let the LORD be magnified, which hath pleasure in the prosperity of his servant.

  • God’s guidance

In Genesis in 24 we see the beautiful story of how the servant gets the bride for Isaac by

  • Trusting in God

Nehemiah 2:20 Then answered I them, and said unto them, The God of heaven, he will prosper us; therefore we his servants will arise and build: but ye have no portion, nor right, nor memorial, in Jerusalem.

  • Listening to God’s prophets

Ezra 6:14 And the elders of the Jews builded, and they prospered through the prophesying of Haggai the prophet and Zechariah the son of Iddo. And they builded, and finished it, according to the commandment of the God of Israel, and according to the commandment of Cyrus, and Darius, and Artaxerxes king of Persia.

  • Believing God’s Word

2 Chronicles 20:20 And they rose early in the morning, and went forth into the wilderness of Tekoa: and as they went forth, Jehoshaphat stood and said, Hear me, O Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem; Believe in the LORD your God, so shall ye be established; believe his prophets, so shall ye prosper.

It is a sin to fret over those who prosper and do evil. Please read Psalm 37:1-11.

CONTINUED TOMORROW!

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