Galatians 6:7-10 1NSM 090823
How to Overcome:
How to Defeat Discouragement
Intro: Bees undergo an interesting process to ensure the healthy development of their young. The Queen lays each egg in a six sided cell, which is filled with enough pollen and honey to feed on until the egg reaches a certain stage of maturity. The top is then sealed with a capsule of wax. When the occupant has exhausted its supply of nourishment, the time has come for the tiny creature to be released from its confinement. But what a wrestling, tussling, and straining it endures to get through the wax seal! The opening is so narrow that in the effort of its exit, the bee rubs off the membrane that encases its wings-so that when it does emerge, it is able to fly.
If an insect work to get into the hive and eat the wax capsules off the chambers, the young bees would crawl out without any effort or trouble, but would be unable to fly. Soon their mature relatives would instinctively proceed to sting them to death.
Christians also need the times of wrestling and straining with trials so that they may be prepared to do God’s will for their lives, but a lot of them have an ejection seat mentality. As soon as they get into difficulty, they want to pull the ejection cord and zip off into glory, hoping to get away from it all.
Discouragement doesn’t discriminate. Even the best Christians are under it’s power at times.
C. H. Spurgeon, the great preacher, was given to depression and discouragement. He said, “I would not wish upon my worst enemy the depths of despair and discouragement I often feel for weeks or months at a time.”
John Wesley was also given to discouragement. He married poorly, the wrong woman. I read that there were times she would drag him around the house by the hair! Maybe that’s why so many men are shaving their heads these days!
The phrase, “Let us not grow weary in doing good,” is very interesting. Literally, this verse is, “Let us not keep on giving in to evil while doing the good.” It is curious how easy it is for us to give in and to give out in doing the good which somehow becomes boring or tiring to us. I believe this is at least partly because we are continually fighting against the pressure of sin. After the fall, nothing on earth was as easy for Adam and Eve as it had been before. We have to work hard to cultivate good crops, but the weeds grow all by themselves. Life is not fair!
I. The CAUSES of Discouragement
1. FATIGUE due to a loss of strength.
We do sometimes get weary in welldoing. Anything worth doing takes some real effort, but we must place ourselves. Even the most highly trained marathon runners will fail, if they start all out as though it was a 100 yard dash.
2. FRUSTRATION due to a loss of vision.
We get our eyes on the problems, the rubble around us, and the job seems impossible. Nehemiah 4:10 “10 Then the people of Judah began to complain, ‘The workers are getting tired, and there is so much rubble to be moved. We will never be able to build the wall by ourselves.’”
What did they have their eyes on?
3. FEAR of the enemies
Elijah is a prime example. He successfully defeated 850 prophets of the enemy on Mt. Carmel, but when Queen Jezebel swore to have his life taken from him, he fell into despair. God had to give him a special revelation to get him up and going again.
4. LENGTH of the wait.
Paul assured the Galatians, that they would reap in due season if they did not faint. Sometimes, it just seems to take too long.
II. The CURES for Discouragement
2. The WORD OF GOD and PRAYER.
3. Clear VISION
4. FAITH enough to wait.
5. The ENCOURAGEMENT of others.
Wilson Johnson, the founder of Holiday Inn hotels, once said, “When I was 40 years old I worked in a sawmill. One morning, the boss told me that I was fired. Depressed and discouraged, I felt like the world had caved in. When I told my wife what had happened, she asked me what I was going to do. I replied, ‘I’m going to mortgage our little home and go into the building business.’ My first venture was the construction of two small buildings. Within five years I was a multimillionaire! At the time it happened, I didn’t understand why I was fired. Later, I saw that it was God’s unerring and wondrous plan to get me into the way of his choosing.”
God is always working in the background, even when we can’t see Him. We must not allow ourselves to become weary in doing what is good. Every harvest has it’s season. If we keep on, eventually, we absolutely will reap a wonderful harvest!