When Discouragement Comes by Larry Wynn

(outline) WHEN DISCOURAGEMENT COMES
I KINGS 19
FEBRUARY 15, 1998 A.M.
Larry Wynn

I. INTRODUCTION

A. SOMEONE SENT ME THE FOLLOWING WAYS
TO TELL YOU ARE GOING TO HAVE A BAD
DAY.

1. YOU TURN ON THE MORNING NEWS
AND THEY ARE DISPLAYING
EMERGENCY ROUTES OUT OF YOUR
CITY.

2. WHEN YOUR BOSS TELLS YOU NOT TO
BOTHER TAKING OFF YOUR COAT.

3. WHEN YOU JUMP OUT OF BED IN THE
MORNING AND MISS THE FLOOR.

4. YOU KNOW IT'S A BAD DAY WHEN
THE BIRD SINGING OUTSIDE YOUR
WINDOW IS A BUZZARD.

5. WHEN YOU WAKE IN THE MORNING
AND YOUR DENTURES ARE LOCKED
TOGETHER.

6. IT'S A BAD DAY WHEN THE HORN ON
YOUR CAR GETS STUCK AND YOU ARE
BEHIND THE HELL'S ANGELS.

7. WHEN YOU PUT BOTH CONTACT LENS
IN THE SAME EYE.


8. WHEN YOU CALL YOUR ANSWERING
SERVICE AND THEY TELL YOU IT'S
NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS.

B. EVERYONE HAS A BAD DAY EVERY NOW
AND THEN, BUT FOR SOME BAD DAYS TURN
INTO DISCOURAGING DAYS.

C. DISCOURAGEMENT IS A TOUGH BATTLE,
BUT IT IS A WINNABLE BATTLE.

D. IF YOU ARE DISCOURAGED YOU ARE NOT
ALONE. SOME OF GOD'S MOST POWERFUL
LEADERS BATTLED DISCOURAGMENT.

1. MOSES HAD A PEOPLE PROBLEM.

2. JONAH HAD A SPIRITUAL PROBLEM.

3. ELIJAH HAD A DEPLETION PROBLEM.

a. HE GAVE UNTIL HE FELT HE
HAD NOTHING ELSE TO GIVE.

b. THE RESULT:
DISCOURAGEMENT.

E. TODAY, WE WILL FOCUS IN ON ELIJAH.

1. ELIJAH WAS A PROPHET. HE HAD
GREAT RESPONSIBILITIES.

2. ELIJAH WAS INFLUENTIAL. MANY
PEOPLE RELIED ON HIM.

3. ELIJAH FACED TREMENDOUS
BATTLES.


4. HE WAS A GREAT MAN, BUT HE WAS
ALSO A DISCOURAGED MAN.

F. THERE IS MUCH WE CAN LEARN FROM
PEOPLE LIKE ELIJAH.

II. WE LEARN THE CAUSES OF DISCOURAGEMENT.

A. SUCCESS.

1. THIS MAY BE SURPRISING TO MANY
OF YOU.

2. VICTORIES MAKE US VULNERABLE.

3. IT IS A SHORT DISTANCE FROM THE
TOP OF MT. CARMEL TO THE BOTTOM
OF THE VALLEY OF DESPAIR.

4. SOME OF THE MOST SUCCESSFUL
PEOPLE BATTLE THE MOST WITH
DISCOURAGEMENT ...


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