Prophetic Voice Title: Discouragement and Fear
Discouragement and fear are two obstacles to complete God’s work. Discouragement eats away at our motivation. Fear paralyzes us so we don’t act at all.
SAINTS: Remember that God’s people in every age have faced these problems. Be an overcomer and you won’t be defeated.
“My Dear Children it is easy to be discouraged and fear that you don’t measure up. Who put those thoughts in your mind? I only want the best for you.
My servant Elijah who was a powerful prophet and done many miracles in My name; feared wicked Jezebel because she threatened to have him killed. He ran! My servant Moses did not want to go back to Egypt to free My people because he gets tongue-tied, and his words get tangled. I used both Elijah and Moses in a powerful way even though fear tried to grip them, and discouragement took over.
If I could use them even with their obstacles don’t you think I can use you? Of cause I can. I can bring some of My servants to help and guide you. Don’t you realize by you being down and out you affect your love ones? Are you having a pity party and blocking everyone that cares about you out? You are, even if you do not want to admit it. I will never forsake you nor leave you. Come back to Me. Don’t let the enemy put negative thoughts in your mind. My servants I send your way will take you under their wings and guide and mold you. Then you will know without a shadow or doubt how much I love you and you will have no fear to do the work I have for you, says the Lord.”
1 King 19:1-4 “When Ahab came home, he told Jezebel everything Elijah had done, including the way he had killed all the prophets of Baal. So, Jezebel sent this message to Elijah: May the gods strike me and even kill me if by this time tomorrow I have not killed you just as you killed them. Elijah was afraid and fled for his life. He went to Beersheba, a town in Judah, and left his servant there. Then he went on alone into the wilderness, traveling all day. He sat down under a solitary broom tree and prayed that he would die. I have had enough Lord, he said. Take my life, for I am no better than my ancestors who have already died.”
Exodus 4:10-16 “But Moses pleaded with the Lord, O Lord. I’m not very good with words. I never have been, and I’m not now, even though you have spoken to me, I get tongue-tied, and my words get tangled. Then the Lord asked Moses: Who makes a person’s mouth? Who decides whether people speak or do not speak, hear or do not hear, see or do not see? Is it not I, the Lord? Now go! I will be with you as you speak, and I will instruct you in what to say. But Moses again pleaded: Lord, please! Send someone else. Then the Lord became angry with Moses. All right, He said: What about your brother Aaron the Levite? I know he speaks well. And look! He is on his way to meet you now. He will be delighted to see you. Talk to him, and put the words in his mouth. I will be with both of you as you speak, and I will instruct you both in what to do. Aaron will be your spokesman to the people. He will be your mouthpiece, and you will stand in the place of God for him, telling him what to say.”
Ezra 4:4 “Then the local residents tried to discourage and frighten the people of Judah to keep them from their work. They bribed agents to work against them and to frustrate their plans.”
Nehemiah 4:10-14 “Then the people of Judah began to complain: The workers are getting tired, and there is so much rubble to be moved. We will never be able to build the wall by ourselves. Meanwhile our enemies were saying: Before they know what’s happening, we will swoop down on them and kill them and end their work. The Jews who live near the enemy came and told us again and again: They will come from all directions and attack us! So, I placed armed guards behind the lowest parts of the wall in the exposed areas. I stationed the people to stand guard by families, armed with swords, spears, and bows. Then I looked over the situation, I called together the nobles and the rest of the people and said to them: Don’t be afraid of the enemy! Remember the Lord, who is great and glorious, and fight for your brothers, your sons, your daughters, your wives, and your homes!”
Nehemiah 6:9 “They were just trying to intimidate us, imagining that they could discourage us and stop the work. So, I continued the work with even greater determination.”
Job 28:28 “And this is what he has to say to all humanity: The fear of the Lord is true wisdom; to forsake evil is real understanding.”
Luke 12:4-5 “Dear friends don’t be afraid of those who want to kill your body; they cannot do any more to you after that. But I’ll tell you whom to fear. Fear God, who has the power to kill you and throw you into hell. Yes, He’s the one to fear.”
2 Timothy 1:7 “For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.”
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