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Victory Over Discouragement (4 of 6)
Series: YOU CAN HAVE VICTORY
I want to speak to you about dealing with discouragement in the Christian life. If you will turn to Nehemiah 4:6-11 and you will remember the story of Nehemiah and how he was commissioned to build a work for God. Of course, any time God's people say let us arise and build the devil's people say we will arise and stop them because God is constantly in the building business. God is constantly in the growing business. He wants to grow our lives constantly. He wants to grow our church constantly. You are never static in the Christian life. That is why the Christian life is so exciting, it is constantly changing. You are constantly seeing new horizons, new answers to prayer, new vistas. That is the way God wants to grow us in the Christian life. So God constantly presents us and allows us to have great challenges to test us and strength us and to keep us going on to be what God wants us to be.
Now right in the midst of Nehemiah's task of building the wall, there came a time of discouragement. Just look at verse 10 and notice what Judah said in that verse. Judah said "the strength of the bearers of burden is decayed and there is much rubbish so that we are not able to build the wall." So here was Judah who got discouraged. This was the first discouraging note in all of the Book of Nehemiah. The first discouraging note in all of this great project to rebuild the walls, to glorify God, and to show that Jerusalem could stand once again as the name of God and the tower of God. And right in the midst of it there came a note of discouragement. As we think about discouragement today, I want us to think first of all about the curse of discouragement. Then we are going to think about the cause of discouragement and then the cure for discouragement.
I. THE CURSE OF DISCOURAGEMENT
First of all what about the curse of discouragement? We need to recogni ...
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