Why You Must Never Give in to Discouragement

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“Why You Must Never Give In

to Discouragement”

Series: Biblical Truths for Stronger Families 


Nehemiah 4  

 May 19, 1996



What Causes Discouragement?

·         ____________ of others (v. 1)

·         ______________ (vv. 1-2)

·         ______________ (v. 3)

·         __________________ opposition (v. 8)

·         ________________ (v. 10)

·         ________________ (v.10)

·         ________________ (v.10)

·         _____________ (vv. 11-12)

God’s Cure for Discouragement:

Þ      __________ Your Body

Þ      __________________ Your Life

Þ      ___________ That Which Seeks to Destroy God’s Purposes

“Therefore I stationed some of the people behind the lowest points of the  

 wall at the exposed places, posting them by families, with their swords,

 spears and bows.”    Nehemiah 4:13 (NIV)


Þ      _______________ that God Will Help You

                “Don’t be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome…”

                  Nehemiah 4:14b

Þ      _______________ Your Life With Other Like-Minded People

“. . . posting them by families . . .”  Nehemiah 4:13

“From that day on, half of my men did the work, while the other half were equipped with spears, shields, bows and armor. The officers posted themselves behind all the people of Judah”  (Nehemiah 4:16 NIV)

Þ      _____________ the Discouragement

                “… fight for your brothers, your sons and your daughters, and your wives

                 and your homes.” Nehemiah 4:14c

Principles to Live By 1.      Give yourself permission to stop what you’re doing and re- evaluate yourself and your situation. 2.      Pray for those who oppose you and what you are doing in obedience to God. 3.      Find the balance between thoughtful prayer and diligent obedience. 4.      Spend some time with someone who isn’t discouraged. 

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