In Your Bible Read This
Here Is Your Memory Verse
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous.
Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God
will be with you wherever you go." Joshua 1.9
Afterwards Talk About
Is anyone in the group discouraged. Be honest because God
gives grace to the humble. Minister to each other.
Something To Do Before
Ask God in prayer to lead you to some people who are
and begin to minister hope to them. Offer to pray for them
according to the answers we have found.
Written Diploma Work
Look at the reasons for discouragement and write two pages
on where those reasons could be seen in life today.
Meditate Word By Word On
1 Peter 5, 6-11
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Be sure to
teach this lesson to others.
and prepare well adding
your own verses and stories to
bring it to life.
I will always remember my friend John. One
day shortly after he was wonderfully saved from a life of drug
addiction he stood up to sing Psalm 42, verses 1, 2, 5 and 6 in a
beautiful deep voice.
- "Why are you downcast O my soul,
- Why so disturbed within me?
- Put your hope in God,
- for I will yet praise him,
- my Saviour and my God."
Years later I heard that John had been
retired from leadership, and he was very discouraged. What had
Discouraged? You Are Not
Discouragement is one of Satans
favourite weapons, and he has used it against Gods people
down all the ages. Read what these people said,
- Moses, in Numbers 11.15
- Joshua, in Joshua 7.7
- Elijah, in 1 Kings 19.4
- Job, in Job 10.1
- David in Psalms 42, 5 and 43,5.
- Jeremiah, in Jeremiah 15.10
- Two disciples, in Luke 24.17.
So Why Are You So
Encouragement is when we gain more courage
so discouragement means the very opposite and happens when some-thing
causes our courage to drain away. Here are some of the reasons
why that happened to people in the Bible ~
- The Hardness Of The Journey
- In Numbers 21.4 the people were tired
of their journey to the promised land. The desert was
taking its toll.
- Rubbish From The Past
- In Nehemiah 4.10 the people were worn
out moving rubble from the past. That can be true for us
too when past habits come back and cause us to fall.
- Words From The Enemy
- In Neh. 4.11 the local enemies added a
stream of discouraging negative words.
- Eyes Off Jesus, Back On The World
- In Psalm 73, 2-3 the writer testifies
that he almost fell when he stopped trusting God and
started envying the prosperity of the wicked. Danger!
- Secret Or Deceitful Ways
- In 2 Cor. 4.2, Paul knows how
discouraging it can be when people do selfish things
behind your back.
- The God Of This Age
- Thats Satan, mentioned in 2 Cor.
4.4. God is the One who gives endurance and encouragement,
see Romans 15.5, so that you know you who it is that
pours out discouragement.
- Personal Empire Building
- Never carries the blessing of God and
always leads to failure and discouragement. See 2 Cor. 4.5
- Physical Tiredness And Weakness
- In 2 Cor. 4.7 Paul calls us jars of
clay to show how fragile we are, and how glorious is Gods
treasure within. Remember that jars of clay easily break
or crack and that is true of our bodies and minds if we
- The Dealings Of God
- If we forget that the Master potter is
always busy moulding, shaping and stretching us to make
us more like Jesus, then we can soon become discouraged
with some of the things that happen to us in Gods
workshop. See 2 Cor. 4.8-11.
How To Overcome
There is no one thing that you can always
do because as you have seen the reasons for discouragement are so
varied. But here are some steps to take.
- Recognise The Giants At The Gateway
- The two giants who guard the entrance
to the promised land even today are called fear and
discouragement. If you are hearing from them and feeling
their pressure then you know that you are close to your
- At this crucial time like Joshua you
must be strong and courageous and press on in the grace
that God gives. See Joshua 1.9.
- Understand What Is Happening
- In 2 Corinthians 4.16, Paul says not
to lose heart because through our troubles we are being
renewed inwardly. He says that these light and momentary
troubles are achieving something good for us in God.
- Hope In God
- Even if faith is low you can still
hope in God and believe that the God of peace will soon
crush Satan under your feet. See Psalm 42.5 and Romans 16.20
- Confess Your Need, Ask For Prayer
- In Ecclesiastes 4.12 we find out that
two are better than one, especially if one is overpowered.
Dont keep your feelings to yourself, tell someone
and pray together, particularly binding Satan.
- Receive From God
- Open your heart and let Holy Spirit
minister Gods endurance, encourage-ment, hope, joy
and peace to you. Romans 15.5 and 13.
- Deal With The Natural Causes
- When Elijah was tired and discouraged
God sent food and rest for him before dealing with the
real reasons and giving him a new word, a new direction
and a new hope. 1 Kings 19, 3-18.
- Stand On The Promise Of God
- Peter counsels us to humble ourselves
under Gods mighty hand, to cast our anxiety on him,
controlling ourselves, resisting the devil and helping
others who are also suffering. He gives great hope by
saying that the God of all grace will soon come himself
to personally restore you and make you strong, firm and
steadfast." 1 Peter 5, 6-11
Taken from the
Joshua Project Unreached Peoples List
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no cell, church or mission has committed themselves
to prayer, adoption or church planting among this people.
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