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Slaying the Giant of Discouragement

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June 21, 2019
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Turning Point with Dr. David Jeremiah

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Slaying the Giant of Discouragement

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  • male announcer: Go forth in faith to face foes
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  • greater and mightier than ourselves.
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  • Giants great and tall.
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  • Giants cunning and cruel.
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  • But let us not run from the battle.
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  • Run to victory for our God goes before us
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  • as a consuming fire that we may fight the giant of fear,
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  • destroy the giant of discouragement,
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  • be liberated from loneliness, win over worry,
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  • guard ourselves from guilt, tame the giant of temptation,
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  • attack anger, disarm doubt when we feel overtaken,
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  • and find freedom in defeating failure.
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  • Our God will slay the giants in the land
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  • and bring them down before us.
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  • Through his power, we shall try drive them out
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  • and destroy them quickly as the Lord has promised us.
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  • Do not be afraid, our God will be with us.
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  • He will empower us. We can defeat our giants.
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  • And now here is Dr. Jeremiah with his message,
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  • "Slaying the Giant of Discouragement."
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: Jack Canfield was driving home from work
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  • one day, and he stopped to watch a local Little League game.
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  • As he sat down behind first baseline on the bench,
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  • he asked one of the boys what the score was.
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  • And the boy said, "We're behind 14 to nothing."
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  • He had a big smile on his face.
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  • "Really," said Canfield, he said,
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  • "I have to say you don't look very discouraged."
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  • He said, "Discouraged, why should we be discouraged?
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  • We haven't been up yet."
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  • According to the dictionary, the word "discouragement"
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  • means to deprive of courage,
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  • to deter, to dishearten, to hinder.
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  • Actually, the word "discouragement"
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  • only appears once in the New Testament,
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  • but there are some other words which are translated
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  • in some of the more modern translations
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  • by the word "discourage."
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  • The word that most often gets translated
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  • that is a word of discouragement is the word "faint,"
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  • and it's surprising how many times
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  • that appears in the letters that Paul wrote to his friends.
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  • For instance, in his second letter
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  • to the Corinthians, Paul said that it's possible
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  • to be discouraged in the ministry.
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  • He said in 2 Corinthians 4:1,
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  • "Therefore, since we have this ministry,
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  • as we have received mercy, we do not lose heart."
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  • There's the little word for discourage
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  • to lose heart or to faint.
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  • Later on in the same chapter,
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  • he reminds us that we must not get discouraged
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  • about the perishing of the outward man.
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  • He talks about the fact that it's possible for us
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  • to look at our bodies as they begin to deteriorate
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  • and get discouraged.
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  • How many of you know what that's all about?
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  • You look in the mirror in the morning and you say,
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  • "Oh, no, do I have to go out in the world like this?"
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  • And here's what it says in the book of 2 Corinthians,
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  • "Therefore, do not lose heart, do not get discouraged.
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  • Though your outward man is perishing,
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  • yet the inward man is being renewed day by day."
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  • Now, that's a good thought, isn't it?
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  • When you have a tendency to be discouraged
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  • because of the deterioration of the outward man,
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  • focus on the growth of the inward man.
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  • So today, as we learn about discouragement,
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  • I want you to remember again that this is not a term
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  • that's foreign to the Bible.
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  • it's a term that you find in the Scripture.
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  • Sometime if you feel discouraged,
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  • you may think, "Well, I'm not very spiritual."
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  • Well, I don't know about that.
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  • I just know that discouragement is an issue
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  • that's addressed in the Scripture.
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  • And once again, I want us to turn to the Old Testament
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  • for our story to illustrate
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  • the principles of discouragement and how we deal with it.
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  • This particular situation, we're going to look
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  • at the book of Nehemiah,
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  • and we're going to focus in particularly
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  • on the fourth chapter.
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  • Let me set the stage for this story
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  • and get you up to speed as quickly as possible.
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  • This was a very unique period in Jewish history.
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  • Almost 70 years before the Babylonians
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  • had invaded Jerusalem,
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  • and they had not only destroyed the city,
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  • they destroyed the temple.
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  • And they had carried away captives to Babylon
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  • and those captives had, for seven decades,
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  • been away from their homeland.
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  • During the end of the period of captivity,
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  • the Persians were in control and Cyrus the Persian
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  • gave these Jewish exiles permission
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  • to go back to their homeland,
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  • and to reconstitute it and begin to build it again.
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  • First of all, under Zerubbabel,
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  • there were some who went back
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  • to begin the building of the temple.
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  • And then later on, there were two prominent men
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  • whose names are found in the Old Testament
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  • who went back to Jerusalem.
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  • One of them was a priest by the name of Ezra,
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  • and the other was an administrator
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  • by the name of Nehemiah.
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  • In fact, in the early days of the collection
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  • of the Old Testament Scriptures,
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  • Ezra and Nehemiah were just one book.
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  • It wasn't until later that they were separated out
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  • into two different books.
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  • Ezra was the priest who came back
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  • to renew the hearts of the people,
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  • and Nehemiah came back to restore the walls of the city
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  • so that they could live in safety with their neighbors.
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  • As we come to the fourth chapter of Nehemiah,
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  • this administrative leader has galvanized the troops in Israel,
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  • and they have begun this immense building program
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  • to rebuild the walls around the whole city of Jerusalem.
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  • In fact, this project is now halfway done.
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  • You can well imagine that when the walls started
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  • to go up around Jerusalem,
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  • the neighbors of the Israelites weren't very excited.
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  • They rather liked having Jerusalem lying in rubbles
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  • with the stones burnt in the ground.
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  • Here came this nation that had all of the folklore
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  • in their minds about the power of God,
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  • and they were coming right back
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  • into their midst building up the walls of their city.
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  • So, from every side of this project,
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  • there was all kinds of resistance and discouragement.
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  • The Bible tells us that these walls were about halfway built.
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  • And so, things began to happen.
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  • The people began to get discouraged
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  • and Nehemiah had to deal
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  • with the problem of discouragement in his day.
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  • In fact, it's interesting to me
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  • that the same principles of discouragement
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  • that are observable in Nehemiah chapter 4
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  • are the principles we deal with in our day and age as well.
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  • I have experienced these and I'm sure
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  • by the time we're finished, you will all say,
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  • "Yes, I've been there too.
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  • I've done that too."
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  • The first thing we notice as we have our Bibles open
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  • to the fourth chapter of Nehemiah
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  • is that there was a problem of fatigue.
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  • It says in the tenth verse of the fourth chapter
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  • at the beginning of the verse,
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  • "Then Judah said, 'The strength of the laborers is failing.'"
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  • They had been working at this for many days.
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  • In fact, the building of the walls
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  • took a total of 52 days, if they're halfway through,
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  • they had been working steadily now for a month
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  • trying to restore the walls of the city of Jerusalem,
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  • and the people are tired.
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  • Somebody said that fatigue makes cowards of us all,
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  • and I can identify with that.
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  • How many times have you discovered
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  • how much more vulnerable you are to discouragement
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  • when you are really, really tired?
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  • If you keep reading in the story,
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  • you'll discover the second reason
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  • for discouragement and that's frustration.
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  • Something was happening here that was causing
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  • great frustration among the people of God.
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  • They were working diligently,
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  • but they were fighting a war that wasn't very exciting.
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  • Every day they would work hard.
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  • And they would come back the next day,
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  • and it seemed like nothing was there
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  • to show for their work.
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  • All they had done is gotten some more rubbish out of the way.
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  • And every time they'd try to build,
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  • there was this massive task of cleaning out the rubbish,
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  • and they got frustrated.
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  • There's a lot of talk these days about burnout.
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  • I don't know if you read the journals or hear about it,
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  • and I have people ask about burnout.
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  • Somebody said there's three ways to live,
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  • you can live out, you can wear out,
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  • or you can burn out.
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  • I'm hoping to live out,
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  • and I'm sure most of you agree that's the best way to go.
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  • But burnout is often misunderstood.
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  • I see some people talk about burnout sometimes
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  • and it makes me smile.
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  • Burnout's not working too hard.
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  • I know people that work hard, and they're energetic,
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  • and they never burn out
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  • because there's always a focus in their life,
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  • and they're moving forward, and the goals are attainable.
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  • But burnout is working too hard at something you can't do,
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  • something that maybe can't be done.
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  • It's pulling the whole weight up the hill
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  • by yourself and realizing that when you get to the top,
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  • you're gonna get almost there
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  • and then you're gonna fall back down again,
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  • have to start all over again.
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  • Burnout is a very difficult thing.
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  • And the people in Nehemiah's day were suffering
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  • from the burnout of rubbish removal,
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  • always having to do this and not ever being able to see.
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  • And they couldn't see anything
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  • that was going on in the rest of the project.
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  • So, sometimes discouragement comes out of the frustrations
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  • that we face in life.
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  • And then if you keep reading and you read this verse again,
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  • you'll discover that they, they were also convinced
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  • that they were gonna fail.
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  • Sometimes discouragement comes as a result of failure.
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  • All of us in our lives, if we live long enough,
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  • will experience some failure.
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  • Failure is part of being a human being, we all fail.
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  • What we do with it's the difference
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  • and sometimes if we're not careful
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  • during times when things aren't going the way
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  • we would like them to go,
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  • the enemy sneaks in with his little innuendos
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  • and before we know it,
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  • we're beginning to believe the lie sometimes out of fatigue,
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  • and sometimes out of frustration,
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  • sometimes out of failure.
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  • There's one last one,
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  • maybe the most powerful one of all,
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  • and that is fear.
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  • It says in verse 11 of Nehemiah chapter 4,
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  • that while they were trying to build this project,
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  • the adversaries came and they said,
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  • "They will neither know nor see anything till we come
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  • into their midst and kill them and cause the work to cease."
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  • In the next verse it says, "They told us ten times."
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  • So, get what's going on, this little guerrilla warfare
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  • that's happening in all the piles of rubbish
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  • around the wall.
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  • The enemies from the north, and the south,
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  • and the east, and the west,
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  • were filtering in among the builders and saying,
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  • "You just wait.
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  • When you're not thinking, when you're not watching,
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  • when you don't know we're coming,
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  • we're gonna slip in amongst you and we're gonna kill you.
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  • And one by one, we're gonna pick you off
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  • until there will be no builders left,
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  • and then we won't have to worry
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  • about this new city in our midst."
  • 00:13:12.140 --> 00:13:15.120
  • Well, those are four reasons why people get discouraged
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  • and if you've been discouraged recently,
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  • if you go underneath the discouragement,
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  • you'll find one or two of those things that work.
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  • So, what do we do about it?
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  • How do we deal with discouragement?
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  • Once again, the Word of God has got such a wonderful way
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  • of helping us sort this through.
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  • And I want to just take it in the priority system
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  • that's here in the Old Testament Scriptures.
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  • The first thing you do,
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  • which is normally the last thing we do,
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  • the first thing you do is cry out to God.
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  • How many of you know that most of the time
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  • if we're not careful, we wait and do that last?
  • 00:13:49.010 --> 00:13:52.100
  • We have this little phrase that goes like this,
  • 00:13:52.110 --> 00:13:53.260
  • "Well, I guess we're down to this.
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  • All we can do now is pray."
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  • My goodness, why didn't you start there?
  • 00:13:57.250 --> 00:14:00.170
  • Notice what happened when the attacks
  • 00:14:00.180 --> 00:14:02.230
  • begin to intensify upon Nehemiah's workforce.
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  • It says in verse 4 and again in verse 9 these words,
  • 00:14:07.190 --> 00:14:10.260
  • Nehemiah prayed out loud, he said,
  • 00:14:10.270 --> 00:14:12.180
  • "Hear, O our God, for we are despised.
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  • Turn their reproach on their heads
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  • and give them as a plunder to the land of captivity."
  • 00:14:17.100 --> 00:14:19.200
  • And it says in verse 9,
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  • "Nevertheless, we made our prayer to God."
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  • I want to tell you something,
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  • the first place to look when you get discouraged is up
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  • and begin to ask God to help you deal with the issues.
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  • After you cry out to God,
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  • the next thing you need to do is to continue the work
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  • that God has given you to do.
  • 00:14:39.070 --> 00:14:41.230
  • What is it that we are prone to do when we get discouraged?
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  • What do we--what do you want to do when you get discouraged?
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  • If you're in the midst of a project
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  • or something's going on in your life,
  • 00:14:49.230 --> 00:14:51.180
  • and you get discouraged, what do you want to do, class?
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  • Quit, quit, or "I'm out of here.
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  • I'm going up to my cabin in the woods,
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  • and I'm not coming down for a couple years."
  • 00:15:00.060 --> 00:15:02.040
  • You know, that's the way some people think.
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  • And we stop doing the one thing
  • 00:15:04.240 --> 00:15:06.290
  • that has the greatest possibility
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  • to help us get through the process.
  • 00:15:09.010 --> 00:15:12.090
  • Satan knows that if he can demoralize us
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  • and neutralize us through discouragement,
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  • he can stop the work that God is doing through us.
  • 00:15:18.220 --> 00:15:22.070
  • And what is interesting to me is that when Nehemiah
  • 00:15:22.080 --> 00:15:25.090
  • was discouraged, when the discouraging word came,
  • 00:15:25.100 --> 00:15:28.130
  • the Scripture tells us that he continued to do
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  • what he was already doing.
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  • Yes, he had to deal with the problem,
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  • but he didn't stop building the wall.
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  • It says in verse 6,
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  • "So we built the wall, and the entire wall
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  • was joined together up to half its height,
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  • for the people had a mind to work."
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  • I've been learning as I'm getting older
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  • that there's this strange thing that life does to us.
  • 00:15:47.030 --> 00:15:50.050
  • It goes like this, the time you feel like doing it the least
  • 00:15:50.060 --> 00:15:54.180
  • is the time you need to do it the most like exercise, right?
  • 00:15:54.190 --> 00:16:02.170
  • If we let our feelings rule, we will soon be dissipated,
  • 00:16:02.180 --> 00:16:07.210
  • but we can walk through our feelings
  • 00:16:07.220 --> 00:16:09.180
  • and work through our feelings.
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  • When we feel like bailing, we need to keep on building.
  • 00:16:11.040 --> 00:16:13.160
  • And when we feel like walking, we need to keep on working.
  • 00:16:13.170 --> 00:16:17.170
  • And God can help us
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  • as we work through our discouragement.
  • 00:16:19.000 --> 00:16:20.180
  • Notice the third thing,
  • 00:16:20.190 --> 00:16:22.090
  • it concentrated on the big picture.
  • 00:16:22.100 --> 00:16:24.220
  • You see, what was going on in Nehemiah's time
  • 00:16:24.230 --> 00:16:27.130
  • was that these people were working
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  • on little sections of the wall.
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  • There were spaces between each of them
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  • to the point where they didn't have a lot
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  • of communication with each other,
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  • and all they could see was the little pile of rubbish
  • 00:16:37.160 --> 00:16:39.230
  • they were dealing with,
  • 00:16:39.240 --> 00:16:41.200
  • the little bit of wall they were building.
  • 00:16:41.210 --> 00:16:44.020
  • It was hard to get any perspective.
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  • Sometimes when all you can see is what's going on in your life,
  • 00:16:46.020 --> 00:16:48.210
  • you look around and you think the whole world
  • 00:16:48.220 --> 00:16:50.110
  • is just like what you're dealing with.
  • 00:16:50.120 --> 00:16:52.060
  • As far as they knew, there was nothing going on
  • 00:16:52.070 --> 00:16:54.070
  • on the other side,
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  • nothing down the way a little bit.
  • 00:16:55.230 --> 00:16:57.070
  • They just kind of lost perspective.
  • 00:16:57.080 --> 00:16:59.090
  • So, Nehemiah organized the people
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  • and he gave them a sense of community,
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  • so though they were spread out from one another,
  • 00:17:04.130 --> 00:17:06.090
  • they knew that they were not alone.
  • 00:17:06.100 --> 00:17:08.200
  • Discouragement so often comes when we lose sight
  • 00:17:08.210 --> 00:17:11.190
  • of God's purposes and we get out of perspective.
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  • It's a matter of seeing the big picture.
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  • Then I want to remind you
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  • that in the midst of discouragement,
  • 00:17:21.000 --> 00:17:22.090
  • you'll need to learn how to claim
  • 00:17:22.100 --> 00:17:24.080
  • the encouraging promises of Almighty God.
  • 00:17:24.090 --> 00:17:27.220
  • Go to the Word, go to the Word of God.
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  • The one thing that you're prone to do
  • 00:17:30.260 --> 00:17:32.130
  • when you get discouraged is to say,
  • 00:17:32.140 --> 00:17:33.250
  • "You know, I don't feel like reading the Bible today.
  • 00:17:33.260 --> 00:17:35.150
  • I'm so down."
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  • I tell people you need to learn the--
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  • you need to learn the principle of force feeding.
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  • Get the book out, open it up, stick your feet on the floor,
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  • put your body in a chair,
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  • put the book on the desk and start reading it out loud.
  • 00:17:48.060 --> 00:17:52.190
  • And sometimes I come to the Lord at the beginning
  • 00:17:52.200 --> 00:17:54.140
  • of my period of fellowship with him,
  • 00:17:54.150 --> 00:17:56.200
  • and I don't know if you've ever done this,
  • 00:17:56.210 --> 00:17:58.000
  • I say, "Lord, Lord God, I need something from you today.
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  • I'm going through a rough place here.
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  • God, I don't want to just read these words.
  • 00:18:05.040 --> 00:18:07.030
  • I want you to speak to me through your Word
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  • and I'm asking you meet me in your Word today, Lord."
  • 00:18:08.240 --> 00:18:13.180
  • Sometimes I've said,
  • 00:18:13.190 --> 00:18:14.280
  • "I'm not gonna quit reading till I hear from you."
  • 00:18:14.290 --> 00:18:17.160
  • And God will come, and he'll talk to you,
  • 00:18:17.170 --> 00:18:19.170
  • and he'll help you through his precious Word
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  • to get over the bumps of discouragement in your life.
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  • This is an encouraging book, my friends.
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  • This is a book that will fuel the fire
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  • of your recovery and your return to the main road.
  • 00:18:30.270 --> 00:18:35.110
  • There are verses like Psalm 46:1 to 3,
  • 00:18:35.120 --> 00:18:38.240
  • I love this passage.
  • 00:18:38.250 --> 00:18:40.080
  • "God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
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  • Therefore we will not fear,
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  • even though the earth be removed,
  • 00:18:45.100 --> 00:18:46.270
  • and the mountains be carried into the sea,
  • 00:18:46.280 --> 00:18:49.090
  • though its waters roar and be troubled,
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  • though the mountains shake with its swelling."
  • 00:18:51.100 --> 00:18:54.010
  • There are actually two passages in the New Testament
  • 00:18:54.020 --> 00:18:56.110
  • where the word "discourage" is found
  • 00:18:56.120 --> 00:19:00.170
  • and it reminds us that it's possible for us
  • 00:19:00.180 --> 00:19:02.230
  • to get discouraged doing good things.
  • 00:19:02.240 --> 00:19:05.220
  • Have you read these words from 2 Thessalonians 3:13?
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  • It says, "But as for you, brethren,
  • 00:19:10.070 --> 00:19:12.110
  • do not grow weary in doing good,"
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  • and the words grow weary mean to get discouraged.
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  • Did you know you can get discouraged doing good?
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  • Friends, you can be out making calls on people in the hospital.
  • 00:19:21.180 --> 00:19:25.060
  • You can be teaching Sunday school,
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  • giving your heart to it all.
  • 00:19:26.240 --> 00:19:28.150
  • And in the midst of it all, you can get discouraged.
  • 00:19:28.160 --> 00:19:30.090
  • Did you know that?
  • 00:19:30.100 --> 00:19:31.190
  • And the Word of God says, "Don't get discouraged doing good."
  • 00:19:31.200 --> 00:19:33.260
  • And the book of Galatians says the very same thing.
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  • "Let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season
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  • we shall reap if we don't get discouraged."
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  • Let the Word of God speak to your heart.
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  • Claim the promises of God's Word,
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  • that's how you get through discouragement.
  • 00:19:49.070 --> 00:19:52.120
  • And then last but not least, carry somebody else's burden.
  • 00:19:52.130 --> 00:19:56.250
  • If you read verses 16 through 23
  • 00:19:57.270 --> 00:20:00.030
  • in the fourth chapter of Nehemiah,
  • 00:20:00.040 --> 00:20:01.220
  • you're gonna find something interesting there.
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  • You're going to find over and over
  • 00:20:04.080 --> 00:20:07.020
  • people helping each other, some people carrying,
  • 00:20:07.030 --> 00:20:11.140
  • some people guarding, some people building,
  • 00:20:11.150 --> 00:20:14.160
  • all of them wearing a sword.
  • 00:20:14.170 --> 00:20:17.060
  • At the end of the passage,
  • 00:20:17.070 --> 00:20:18.180
  • it says they stayed up all night.
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  • They didn't even go back to their homes.
  • 00:20:20.000 --> 00:20:21.090
  • They stayed and says,
  • 00:20:21.100 --> 00:20:22.190
  • "We didn't even change clothes, except for washing."
  • 00:20:22.200 --> 00:20:25.220
  • What were they doing?
  • 00:20:25.230 --> 00:20:27.030
  • They were protecting one another and helping one another,
  • 00:20:27.040 --> 00:20:29.020
  • and coming together in community to make this happen.
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  • They were carrying one another's burdens.
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  • How many of you know what happens
  • 00:20:33.090 --> 00:20:34.260
  • when you get discouraged?
  • 00:20:34.270 --> 00:20:36.100
  • You get so inward, you get your own little pity party,
  • 00:20:36.110 --> 00:20:39.200
  • and you think the whole world is against you.
  • 00:20:39.210 --> 00:20:41.140
  • And you really get down,
  • 00:20:41.150 --> 00:20:42.260
  • and you forget of all the other things out there
  • 00:20:42.270 --> 00:20:45.240
  • that you have something to offer to people.
  • 00:20:45.250 --> 00:20:49.150
  • I found this--well, I haven't even thought about it
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  • on occasion when I've been discouraged
  • 00:20:51.170 --> 00:20:53.030
  • and I had on my on my agenda
  • 00:20:53.040 --> 00:20:54.290
  • that I needed to call somebody on the phone who was sick,
  • 00:20:55.000 --> 00:20:57.210
  • or go to the hospital
  • 00:20:57.220 --> 00:20:59.010
  • and see somebody who was in difficult straits.
  • 00:20:59.020 --> 00:21:01.220
  • And I've been discouraged and I've said,
  • 00:21:01.230 --> 00:21:03.250
  • "Lord, I don't have anything to give these people.
  • 00:21:03.260 --> 00:21:06.040
  • How am I gonna--"
  • 00:21:06.050 --> 00:21:07.210
  • And in the process of going to carry somebody else's burden,
  • 00:21:07.220 --> 00:21:10.070
  • I felt that my burden was lightened.
  • 00:21:10.080 --> 00:21:13.040
  • You ever had that happen?
  • 00:21:13.050 --> 00:21:14.260
  • You see, God hasn't meant us to carry all of our own burdens.
  • 00:21:14.270 --> 00:21:17.260
  • He's meant for us to carry
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  • the burdens of one another and to encourage one another.
  • 00:21:19.090 --> 00:21:21.170
  • When we get discouraged, here's my best counsel,
  • 00:21:21.180 --> 00:21:24.070
  • find somebody who needs your encouragement
  • 00:21:24.080 --> 00:21:26.200
  • and go encourage them.
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  • If you want encouragement,
  • 00:21:28.050 --> 00:21:29.150
  • go sow some and it'll come back to you.
  • 00:21:29.160 --> 00:21:31.260
  • And in the process of encouraging
  • 00:21:31.270 --> 00:21:33.160
  • and carrying the burden,
  • 00:21:33.170 --> 00:21:35.060
  • you will feel the burden begin to lift off of you.
  • 00:21:35.070 --> 00:21:39.170
  • Discouragement is a real challenge
  • 00:21:39.180 --> 00:21:41.240
  • and as we face the challenges of our very complicated culture,
  • 00:21:41.250 --> 00:21:47.200
  • we need to understand how from the Word of God
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  • to deal with discouragement when it comes.
  • 00:21:50.180 --> 00:21:53.120
  • It's easy for the enemy to use discouragement,
  • 00:21:53.130 --> 00:21:56.250
  • to get a foot into our life,
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  • open the door and then all kinds of things
  • 00:21:59.000 --> 00:22:00.270
  • can come in when we're discouraged.
  • 00:22:00.280 --> 00:22:04.180
  • John Trent, the partner of Gary Smalley
  • 00:22:04.190 --> 00:22:08.100
  • in the marriage seminars over the years,
  • 00:22:08.110 --> 00:22:10.160
  • John Trent tells about a woman who came up to him
  • 00:22:10.170 --> 00:22:12.230
  • after he had been teaching at a conference
  • 00:22:12.240 --> 00:22:15.040
  • in which he had been speaking
  • 00:22:15.050 --> 00:22:16.180
  • about the importance of affirming one another
  • 00:22:16.190 --> 00:22:19.010
  • and encouraging one another.
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  • And she told John about something that her son did
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  • with her granddaughter that illustrated
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  • what he had been talking about
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  • during the last hour in his conference.
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  • She said, "My son has two daughters,
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  • and one is five and one is in the terrible twos."
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  • And when a grandmother says this child is in the terrible twos,
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  • believe me, this child is in the terrible twos.
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  • She said, "For several years,
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  • my son has taken his oldest girl for a date,
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  • but he had never taken the two-year-old until recently.
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  • On his first date with the younger one,
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  • he took her out to breakfast to a local fast food restaurant.
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  • And they'd just gotten their pancakes
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  • and my son decided it was a good time
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  • to tell this child how much he loved her,
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  • and how much he appreciated her.
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  • So, he leaned over the table and he said,
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  • 'Jenny, I want you to know how much I love you,
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  • and how special you are to mom and to me.
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  • We prayed for you for years and now that you're here
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  • and growing up to be such a wonderful girl,
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  • we couldn't be more proud of you.'"
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  • Once he had said all of this, he stopped talking
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  • and reached over for his fork to begin eating.
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  • But he never got the fork to his mouth.
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  • His daughter reached out her little hand
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  • and laid it on her father's hand
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  • and his eyes went to hers and in a soft pleading voice
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  • she said, "Longer, daddy, longer."
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  • He put his fork down
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  • and proceeded to tell her some more reasons
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  • why he loved her and appreciated her,
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  • and then he reached for his fork.
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  • And the second time, and a third, and fourth,
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  • he heard the words, "Longer, daddy, longer."
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  • The father never did get much to eat,
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  • but his daughter got the emotional nourishment
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  • that she needed.
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  • In fact, a few days later,
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  • she came up to her mom spontaneously and she said,
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  • "Mom, I'm really a special daughter, daddy told me so."
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  • How many of you know that when you're discouraged,
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  • you need a word of affirmation
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  • more than you need your next meal?
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  • And you know how you're supposed to get that?
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  • From each other, from each other.
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  • Did you know that every one of us
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  • need every other one of us?
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  • There's something you can do that can help me,
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  • something I can do that can help you.
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  • As we reach out to one another and carry each other's burdens,
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  • we lift this burden of discouragement
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  • so that we can go through life with joy.
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  • I never ever heard of anybody say,
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  • "I was encouraged too much."
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  • But there are a lot of people
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  • who live in encouragement deprivation,
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  • and you and I can be the answer.
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