How To Overcome Discouragement, Disappointment And Grief

(Ome: Hey Beloveds! Here are the sermon notes from last week’s sermon.

Beloveds, Pastor preached that the way out of discouragement, disappointment and grief, is to see Jesus in the Bible. It doesn’t have to be something cheem, like the altar of incense or the slain man in the field. I believe that it can be as simple as seeing Him as your success, if your grades are disappointing you, or seeing Him as your Lover and your portion, if you are grieving over breaking up with a girlfriend. So whenever you are faced with those things, see Him in the Scriptures, and in a matter of time, those things will slide away!

Be blessed!)

17 July Sunday Service

Preached by Pastor Prince

2nd Service

Verses from the sermon:

Luke 24:13-21

13Now behold, two of them were traveling that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was seven miles from Jerusalem. 14And they talked together of all these things which had happened. 15So it was, while they conversed and reasoned, that Jesus Himself drew near and went with them. 16But their eyes were restrained, so that they did not know Him. 17And He said to them, “What kind of conversation is this that you have with one another as you walk and are sad?” 18Then the one whose name was Cleopas answered and said to Him, “Are You the only stranger in Jerusalem, and have You not known the things which happened there in these days?” 19And He said to them, “What things?” So they said to Him, “The things concerning Jesus of Nazareth, who was a Prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, 20and how the chief priests and our rulers delivered Him to be condemned to death, and crucified Him. 21But we were hoping that it was He who was going to redeem Israel. Indeed, besides all this, today is the third day since these things happened.

2 Peter 1:20

20knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation,

Luke 24:25-27

25Then He said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken26Ought not the Christ to have suffered these things and to enter into His glory?” 27And beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself.

Philippians 2:12-13

12Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling13for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.

Mark 5:33

33But the woman, fearing and trembling, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell down before Him and told Him the whole truth.

Jeremiah 33:9

9Then it shall be to Me a name of joy, a praise, and an honor before all nations of the earth, who shall hear all the good that I do to them; they shall fear and tremble for all the goodness and all the prosperity that I provide for it.’

1 Samuel 17:17-18

17Then Jesse said to his son David, “Take now for your brothers an ephah of this dried grain and these ten loaves, and run to your brothers at the camp. 18And carry these ten cheeses to the captain of their thousand, and see how your brothers fare, and bring back news of them.”

1 John 4:17

17Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world.

Luke 24:35-36

35And they told about the things that had happened on the road, and how He was known to them in the breaking of bread. 36Now as they said these things, Jesus Himself stood in the midst of them, and said to them, “Peace to you.

Matthew 8:17

17that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying: “He Himself took our infirmities And bore our sicknesses.”

1 Peter 2:24

24who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness–by whose stripes you were healed.

Key take-home points:

  • Frustration in life comes, when Jesus is not the centerpiece of our lives. There are times in our lives that we think that Jesus is the means to achieving some other end. Jesus is the means to achieving good grades. (That’s very relevant for us, right?) Why do you want good grades? “So that I can get a good job.” “So that I can get a high-paying job.” *buzzer sounds* Wrong! You are using Jesus to achieve your own agenda. No wonder you are frustrated, because you are having unscriptural expectation. We want Jesus to bless our study, so that we can be an influence to people around us for Him, so that people around us will see Him. We want to get a position, so that we can be an influence to a lost, crying, dying, sighing world. Jesus is both the means, and the end, not just either of.
  • The Bible is not a rulebook. It is a breadbook. It is a book about Jesus. You read the Bible not to find out what to do, but to discover who Jesus is, what He has done, what He is doing, and what He will do. You don’t read the Bible to find you. You read it to find Him. Jesus is in every page of the Bible from Genesis to maps. Reading the Bible, then, becomes an exciting treasure hunt for you to find Him! And the amazing thing is when you find Him, you find you, because God has put you in Him. As He is, so are you in this world! (1Jn 4:17) When you see Him full of peace, you end up being full of peace and coolness like Him. When you see Him healthy, at the Father’s right hand, and you see Him took your diseases at the cross, you end up being healthy. We are not called to do. We are called to behold!
  • Pastor shared a Bible interpretation principle today. 2 Peter 1:20. A Bible verse cannot be interpreted on its own. You need to interpret it with the entire Scriptures. That was how people built a doctrine of confession of sins on 1 John 1:9, when the rest of the Bible said that as a Believer, your forgiveness of sins is a done deal, not contingent upon your confession of sins, and that you are forgiven of all your sins, not forgiven as you confess. Bible interprets Bible, so you need to take the verse to the rest of the Bible and make sure that the interpretation does not contradict the rest of the Bible.