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Port Hueneme church of Christ


Discouragement and Pride

I Thessalonians 5:14

by Mason French


  • Introduction
    • 1. All of us have spiritual problems
    • 2. Discouraged or proud
    • 3. How do we humbly live with reality and not fall into despair?
    • 4. How do we overcome pride?
  • I. What Is Discouragement?
    • A. Not having enough confidence
      • 1. Not sure of relationship with God. Lack of faith, which equals Lack of Love. (I John 4:17-19)
    • B. Discouragement involves failure to adequately deal with God's mercy and grace
      • 1. Look through God's eyes (I John 5:13-14)
        • a. Nothing can remove us from Christ (John 10:28-29)
        • b. Get positive (Philippians 4:13)
      • 2. If discouraged: FOCUS!
        • a. Mercy, love, help
  • II. What Is Wrong with Pride?
    • A. Opposite of Discouragement
      • 1. Too much confidence in self
    • B. Failure to deal adequately with some parts of truth about self
      • 1. King David understood the dangers (Psalm 19:12-14; Psalm 139:23-24)
        • a. Revelation 3:7
      • 2. It takes work to remain saved (Philippians 2:12)
      • 3. Self examination (II Corinthians 13:5)
      • 4. Recognize weakness (I Corinthians 10:12)
  • III. The Answer to Discouragement and Pride:
    • A. Look back to cross
    • B. The cross humbles and encourages
      • 1. Understanding cross removes pride (Romans 5:6-8)
      • 2. Cross takes away doubt about God's love (Romans 8:31-39)
    • C. In Christ, arrogance and fear replaced with gratitude and joy
      • 1. Must be humble (Matthew 5:3)
      • 2. God will remind us if we let Him (II Corinthians 12:7-11)
      • 3. Remember we are forgiven (I Corinthians 15:9-10)
    • D. The cross enables us to see people (including ourselves) in a new way, in the light of God's truth
      • 1. II Corinthians 5:14-17

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