First Baptist Cnurcn
Springdale, Nov. 1, 1987
Series on Nehemiah
"HOW TO OVERCOME DISCOURAGEMENT"
One has said the following words about discouragement, THE MEASURE
OF GREATNESS IN A MAN'S LIFE CAN BE MEASURED-BY WHAT IT TAKES TO
To be discouraged means that you lose courage, hope, and/or confidence.
Are you discouraged today? Do you ever get discouraged?
Nehemiah 1 - He was spiritually broken.
Nehemiah 2 - His brokenness led him to mission.
Nehemiah 3 - People went to work to rebuild.
Nehemiah 4 - People of God lost heart.
regained heart by looking upward to God, inward to
themselves, and outward to others.
This morning I want to be biblical, but yet practical with you. This
morning I want to preach to you on, 1How to Overcome Discouragement."
I want to look at two major areas this morning.
1. The Causes of Discouragement, and
2. How to Overcome Discouragement.
I. THE CAUSES OF DISCOURAGEMENT. (4:7-12)
The three causes of discouragement found in this text are:
1. Small-minded persons. (vs. 7-8)
(v. 7) Uncontrolled emotions.
(v. 8) Planned a conspiracy.
Disturbance was their goal.
Small-minded persons major on the minors, point out continually
your weaknesses, and draw a troubled, negative crowd.
2. Fatigue (v. 10)
Were extremely tired and began to realize how much further they
had to go to completion.
NOTICE: (v. 6) They were one-half completed with the project.
Discouragement usually sets into our lives when we are half
finished with a project. We ask questions, "Is is worth it?"
"Will we ever get finished with this?"
heartless manner like a 'modern day' loan shark' Maanv tiaes
usury consisted of a second interest exacted after a default-
ing debtor was taken into servitude. The Levitical code
allowed interest, but unreasonable interest was not allowed.
The law did not allow the charging of interest to their
brothers, but to foreigners inter ...
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