November 4, 2018

How to Crush Discouragement

“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”-- Jeremiah 29:11 (KJV)

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My last article here was about how everyone needs mercy. We’re all imperfect. In this writing, we’ll explore how to counteract a common feeling of self-doubt. (In other words, we need to have compassion for ourselves.) This can be done in three ways:
  • Defend against negativity.
  • Move forward--no matter what.
  • Believe in Jesus’ compassionate view of humanity.

Protection From the Pessimism of the World

Ephesians, chapter 6, is the definitive passage on combatting the prevalent darkness around us. Verse 11 states:

“Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.”-- Ephesians 6:11 (KJV)

What is this Heavenly protection? The Powerpoint slide below illustrates six methods of defense:
  • Breastplate of Righteousness
  • Belt of Truth
  • Shoes of Preparation of the Gospel of Peace
  • Shield of Faith
  • Helmet of Salvation
  • Sword of the Spirit/Word of God

This sermon is by Pastor Chad Veach of Passion City Church. He gives us four empowering messages for overcoming discouragement. The following passages detail the need to keep progressing and believing in Christ’s vision for us:
  1. Move beyond disappointments, delays, and destructive thinking.
  2. Jesus sees beyond our failure. He sees us as we’re supposed to be. You made a mistake; you aren’t a mistake.
  3. It’s always too early to quit and never too late to start. The only people who win in life are those who don’t quit.
  4. Jesus calls out greatness. He uses ordinary, broken, people.
My Conclusion

 “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”-- 2 Timothy 1:7 (KJV)
” I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.”-- Philippians 3:14 (KJV)
“What if you are more capable than you imagine?”--@CoryLebovitz

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