Archive for August 2012

Dealing With Disease of Discouragement

Definition of disease: 1. A disorder of structure or function in a human, animal, or plant, esp. one that produces specific signs or symptoms or that affects a... 2. A particular quality, habit, or disposition regarded as adversely affecting a person or group of people.

Let me say that physical disease is a worse condition that discouragement. A Dis-ease is a disturbance in your life whether in spirit, soul or body.

Sources of the Disease of discouragement 1. Interpersonal: Psalm 41:(NLT) 9 Even my friend, the one I trusted completely, the one who shared my food, has turned against me. 2. Institutional Job, school, church 3. Internal, worry, firery darts

Reasons for discouragement:

1. Unmet Expectations (Are your expectations reasonable or Unreasonable?)

2. Cognitive dissonance: People tend to seek consistency in their beliefs and perceptions. So what happens when one of our beliefs conflicts with another previously held belief? The term cognitive dissonance is used to describe the feeling of discomfort that results from holding two conflicting beliefs. When there is a discrepancy between beliefs and behaviors, something must change in order to eliminate or reduce the dissonance.

1 Kings 18:21, Elijah went before the people and said, "How long will you waver between two opinions? If the LORD is God, follow him; but if Baal is God, follow him." But the people said nothing.

3. Covenant breaking. Broken promises or commitments

Strength Quotes For Encouragement

Strategy for Winning

Perfect Praise Psalm 8:2 From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise because of your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger.

Put your mind on the things that bless you. Phil 4:8, Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things.

Do what God says Deuteronomy 31:6 Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the LORD your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.”

Isaiah 41:10 fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

1 Corinthians 10:13 No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.

2 Corinthians 4:16-18 So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.

Psalm 55:22 Cast your burden on the LORD, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved.

Matthew 11:28-29 Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

Peace Scripture Quotes For Encouragement John 16:33 I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”

Romans 8:6 For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.

Philippians 4:6-7 do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

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God is Love

1John 4:7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. 8] He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.

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Perfecting Our Love Walk

Perfecting our Love-Walk

A. We know love not by how we feel, but by what God has done for us. Therefore, we love not by how we feel, but by what we do.

1. 1JO 3:16 By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. 17] But whoever has this world's goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him? 18] My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth.

2. Walking in love is an affirmation of our right standing with God

1JO 3:19 And by this we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before Him.

B. Walking in love is the key to answered prayer

Receiving from God is based on two pre-conditions which supports our faith in God

1. We keep His commandments 2. Do things that are pleasing in His sight 1John 3:22 And whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do those things that are pleasing in His sight. 23] And this is His commandment: that we should believe on the name of His Son Jesus Christ and love one another, as He gave us commandment. 24] Now he who keeps His commandments abides in Him, and He in him. And by this we know that He abides in us, by the Spirit whom He has given us.

C. We don’t know God any more than we walk in love

1. To know love is to know God 1John 4:7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. 8] He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.

2. Over and over, the Word emphasized that love is rooted in acts, not feelings.

1John 4:9 In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. 10] In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

3. Our spiritual depth is determined by our natural love-walk.

a. We are self-deceived when we declare that we love God, but we do now want anything to do with God’s people. If you do not people, you do not love God.

1John 4:12 No one has seen God at any time. If we love one another, God abides in us, and His love has been perfected in us. 13] By this we know that we abide in Him, and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit. 1 John 4:20 If someone says, "I love God," and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen? 21} And this commandment we have from Him: that he who loves God must love his brother also.

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Abounding In Love

2 Thessalonians 1:3, We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is fitting, because your faith grows exceedingly, and the love of every one of you all abounds toward each other

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