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  • Alan Fong

Defeating Discouragement

Today’s Verse:

Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by thy name, O LORD God of hosts. ~Jeremiah 15:16

Discouragement is when we are saddened and hurt in our spirit by adverse developments in our life or the life of someone else. When discouragement sets in, we withdraw from social contact, pitch a pity party, lose our desires, lose our appetites, and in some cases, develop sleeplessness. The worst thing about discouragement is that we can become spiritually blinded and forgetful. Times of discouragement can cause us to move away from the Lord. Everyone can get discouraged! This morning, let us see how Jeremiah dealt with discouragement in his life.

We see the painful DISCIPLINE.

The Jews and the city of Jerusalem were under censure by the Lord for their continuous and unrepentant sins. When King Manasseh ruled, he made them do worse than all the preceding kings. Idolatrous altars were in every house and visible in many public areas. The Jews failed to give the l