Discouragement...One of life's giants to try to break us.

Discouragement --- a loss of confidence or enthusiasm -- to extinguish the courage of --- to dishearten ---- dispiritedness

This series is all about defeating the giants hampering our lives and moving to a place where God wants us to be and where we can do the most for Him.

Pastor Angelo started his preaching with a story of feeling offense when his parking lot in Walmart was 'taken' from from him (while clearly waiting for it) and how he talked to the person and she just brushed him off.

Question #1:

Discouragement is a very powerful tool to try to break people down, why do you think this is so?

Verse: John 16:33 Amplified Bible (AMP)

Pastor Joe shared his heart about his recent struggles with his health

"One surgery after another — Doctors giving discouraging reports —— going through test after test — trying to get stronger through the many hours spent in physically therapy——yet when I was trying to get two steps ahead I get some news to knock me three steps back—"

Question:

I think thats the most potent form of discouragement — making progress then finding yourself taking 3 steps back! (remember ptr joe's shared quote of 'just when I think I can make ends meet.... it feels like somebody takes the ends farther apart..')

Verse: John 16:33 Amplified Bible (AMP)

I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace. In the world you have tribulation and distress and suffering, but be courageous [be confident, be undaunted, be filled with joy]; I have overcome the world.” [My conquest is accomplished, My victory abiding.


Parting Question:

we can focus on a discussion on the antidotes on discouragement which are the following:

· **REST PHYSICALLY AND SPIRITUALLY

· *REORGANIZE AND PRIORITIZE YOUR LIFE

· RESIST THE DISCOURAGEMENT

· REMEMBER--GOD IS FAITHFUL TO HELP US

Take Away:

Apply these four principles in your life, even if you have to start with one of them this week. I challenge you to pray, spend time seeking God and ask the Holy Spirit to direct you. He doesn’t want you down and discouraged. If you can begin to apply one of these principles change can and will take place but it has to come through your action of faith and your desire to possess freedom from your giant of discouragement.