9/17, PM, A Leader Resists Discouragement (Part 2)
September 17, 2017

9/17, PM, A Leader Resists Discouragement (Part 2)

Passage: Numbers 21:1-9
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Bible Text: Numbers 21:1-9 | Preacher: Pastor Bruce Carlson | Series: Determined

1. Look to others who have Suffered and Succeeded

a. Remember others made it through

b. Remember faith pleases God

2. Look to God

Remember the following realities about God:

God is good                          God is all-powerful

God cares                              God understands

God loves me                        God is God

3. Look to Jesus

4. Look to the Truth

God never fails – Heb 13:5
Pain has a purpose (it purifies) – 1 Peter 4:1
God answers prayer – John 14:13-14
God is with me in my struggles – Ps. 46:1
Good will be the result – Rom. 8:28
This will make me like Jesus – Rom. 8:29
This is temporary – 2 Cor. 4:17
God is in control – Duet. 33:26-27
God gives me strength – Is. 40:31

5. Look at the Past

a. Past perspective

b. A past encouragement

c. A past memorial

Keep a journal – answers to prayer, favorite verses, times of God’s special favor
Write in your Bible
Sing Hymns
Review with a friend
Specific provisions by God

6. Look to the Future

a. Beware of false images and impressions

b. Beware of brewing on the problem

c. Beware of giving up

When will it ever end! 1 Corinthians 15:19

7. Look at the Benefits

a. Job 23:10 – you will have greater value

b. Psalm 119:67,71 – keeps you from going deeper into sin

c. Romans 5:3-5 – you develop patience, experience, and hope

d. 2 Corinthians 1:4 – you will have a ministry to others

e. 2 Corinthians 12:9 – you will experience God’s strength

8. Look at Praise

9. Look to a Friend

a. They will listen to you, help discern truth from error and reinforce the truth of God’s Word to you.

b. They will pray with and for you

c. They will help redirect your thoughts to the big picture and the joys of life.

d. They will “lend you their faith”.