Before You Throw In The Towel (4 of 4) by Chris Brown

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Before You Throw In The Towel (4 of 4)
Series: The Optimism Factor
Pastor Chris Brown
Psalm 73

THE MAN BEHIND THE STORY:
Psalm 73, 1 Chronicles 6:31-39, 15:16-19, 16:1-7, 37-38, 25:1-2,
2 Chronicles 29:30, Nehemiah 11:17-22

Asaph:

WHEN WE ARE THINKING ABOUT GIVING IN:

Focusing on others will depress us.

Psalm 73:1-12

Focusing on self will disappoint us.

Psalm 73:13-14

Focusing on God will:

Psalm 73
give us an eternal perspective.
Verses 18-20

show us who we really are.
Verses 21-22

show us who He really is.
Verses 23-24

show us what we really have.
Verses 25-28

TWO QUESTIONS TO PONDER:

Do I measure God's blessings by the prosperity of life,
or my closeness to Him?

How is God a daily focus in my life?

Food for Thought
(Questions and Scriptures for further study)

1. Asaph was one of many great leaders who were probably tempted to "throw in the towel" and turn away from God in frustration. Read the following passages and see how Isaiah the prophet, Solomon the king and Paul the apostle vented their feelings. Can you relate with any of them?

Isaiah 49:1-7


Ecclesiastes 2:17-26


Romans 7:14-25


How could Matthew 6:25-34 and Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 give these men a game plan for working through their frustration?


2. Take a minute and go back over Psalm 73:21-28. ...


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