Finding Encouragement In A Discouraging World

December 10, 2023

Finding Encouragement In A Discouraging World
Joshua 1:6-9
Pastor Joel Rissinger

BIG IDEA: God’s courage is en-couraging!

Merriam-Webster – encourage: to inspire with courage, spirit, or hope; hearten. She was encouraged to continue by her early success. b: to attempt to persuade : urge. They encouraged him to go back to school.

Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the assessment that something else is more important than fear.   – FDR

How do we obtain that?

  1. Remember your calling and the mission God has given us.  Joshua 1:6 and Matthew 28:19; Acts 1:8, etc.
  2. Be obedient to God’s instructions.  Joshua 1:7
    Don’t add or take away from them. Pursue your ministry, using your gifts.
  3. Study and meditate on scripture.  Joshua 1:8 and Psalm 119:169-12:1. This brings success!
  4. Remember that God is with you. Celebrate His presence.  Joshua 1:9; Matthew 28:20  

CALL: To seek encouragement and share it no matter what Satan, the world around us, or circumstances present. Especially at Christmas, let’s be sources of hope, courage, and faith!

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