The New You: April 12, 2014 (ep 36)

 


Saturday, April 12, 2014
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Episode Outline:

Question: “Sometimes I feel all alone as a Christian, as though no one else is trying to do what I’m trying to do. Is that a sin?”

No, being discouraged is not intrinsically sinful. However, unless we properly deal with it, discouragement could cause our faith to falter. Taking the example of Elijah in 1 Kings 19, let’s look at how to deal with discouragement:

  1. Elijah needed to rest, eat and drink (1 Kings 19:5-8).
  2. Elijah needed to draw near to the Lord (1 Kings 19:10-12).
  3. Elijah needed to seek God in the peace of the small things (1 Kings 19:12).
  4. Elijah needed a reminder that he was never actually alone (1 Kings 19:13-18).

An important New Testament example is found in Acts 4:23ff. where Peter and John went to the church to pray after being told not to teach about Jesus any more.

Other relevant passages:

  • Galatians 6:9
  • 1 Peter 5:7
  • Philippians 4:6-7
  • Hebrews 13:5-6

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