Words of Discouragement Part 1 (Isaiah 36 and 37)

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Have you been discouraged? Well I have, many times already. Its not a good feeling. Its uncomfortable. Its sometimes comes in words. Mere words can put us down. If inflicting physical pain hurts, words of discouragement is painful too. Our soul’s enemy, Satan uses it to Christians. It may come from our mind as the Devil throws discouragment darts to us. It can come from unbelievers but also, sadly from a fellow Christian. Before we go on to our lesson lets open our Bibles to James 3:9-10 and see how our tongue can be a blessing or a curse to men:

“Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God. Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.” James 3:9-10

Here we can see how we use our tongue and James exhorts not to use it in cursing. We can see how it is important for us to use our tongue as a blessing. Let us not use it for ungodliness, like discouraging others. Christian, please dont let the Devil set foot in our lives.

As look at our main text in Isaiah, King Hezekiah faces a brewing war against the Assyrians. We can see the different strategies our adversary, Satan uses to discourage us.

By bringing up our past mistakes and failures.

“And the Rabshakeh said to them, “Say to Hezekiah, ‘Thus says the great king, the king of Assyria: On what do you rest this trust of yours? Do you think that mere words are strategy and power for war? In whom do you now trust, that you have rebelled against me? Behold, you are trusting in Egypt, that broken reed of a staff, which will pierce the hand of any man who leans on it. Such is Pharaoh king of Egypt to all who trust in him.” Isaiah 36:4-6

Been there before? Bringing up those blunders from the past. Those mistakes and failures might be nagging at us when they are recent or still fresh from our memory, but bringing it up opens new wounds from old scars.

(To be continued next week…)

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