Overcome discouragement by reading God’s Holy Word

Overcome Discouragement

2 Corinthians 2:7

Now, however, it is time to forgive and comfort him.
Otherwise he may be overcome by discouragement.
Exodus 6:1-30

Promises of Deliverance

1Then the Lord told Moses, “Now you will see what I will
do to Pharaoh. When he feels the force of my strong hand,
he will let the people go. In fact, he will force them to leave his land!”

2And God said to Moses, “I am Yahweh—‘the Lord.’a 3I appeared
to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob as El-Shaddai—‘God Almighty’b—
but I did not reveal my name, Yahweh, to them. 4And I reaffirmed my
covenant with them. Under its terms, I promised
to give them the land of Canaan, where they were living as foreigners.
5You can be sure that I have heard the groans of the people of Israel,
who are now slaves to the Egyptians. And I am well aware of my covenant
with them.

6“Therefore, say to the people of Israel: ‘I am the Lord. I will free
you from your oppression and will rescue you from your slavery in Egypt.
I will redeem you with a powerful arm and great acts of judgment.
7I will claim you as my own people, and
I will be your God. Then you will know that I am the Lord your God who
has freed you from your oppression in Egypt. 8I will bring you into
the land I swore to give to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. I will give it
to you as your very own possession. I am the Lord!’”

9So Moses told the people of Israel what the Lord had said, but they
refused to listen anymore. They had become too discouraged by the
brutality of their slavery.

10Then the Lord said to Moses, 11“Go back to Pharaoh, the king of Egypt,
and tell him to let the people of Israel leave his country.”

12“But Lord!” Moses objected. “My own people won’t listen to me anymore.
How can I expect Pharaoh to listen? I’m such a clumsy speaker!c”

13But the Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron and gave them orders for the
Israelites and for Pharaoh, the king of Egypt. The Lord commanded Moses
and Aaron to lead the people of Israel out of Egypt.
Hebrews 12-29

12So take a new grip with your tired hands and strengthen your weak knees.
13Mark out a straight path for your feet so that those who are weak and
lame will not fall but become strong.

A Call to Listen to God

14Work at living in peace with everyone, and work at living a holy life,
for those who are not holy will not see the Lord. 15Look after each other
so that none of you fails to receive the grace of God. Watch out that
no poisonous root of bitterness grows up to trouble you, corrupting many.
16Make sure that no one is immoral or godless like Esau, who traded his
birthright as the firstborn son for a single meal. 17You know that afterward,
when he wanted his father’s blessing, he was rejected. It was too late for
repentance, even though he begged with bitter tears.

18You have not come to a physical mountain,h to a place of flaming fire,
darkness, gloom, and whirlwind, as the Israelites did at Mount Sinai.
19For they heard an awesome trumpet blast and a voice so terrible that
they begged God to stop speaking. 20They staggered back under God’s command:
“If even an animal touches the mountain, it must be stoned to death.”i
21Moses himself was so frightened at the sight that he said, “I am terrified
and trembling.”j

22No, you have come to Mount Zion, to the city of the living God, the heavenly
Jerusalem, and to countless thousands of angels in a joyful gathering.
23You have come to the assembly of God’s firstborn children, whose names
are written in heaven. You have come to God himself, who is the judge over
all things. You have come to the spirits of the righteous ones in heaven
who have now been made perfect. 24You have come to Jesus, the one who
mediates the new covenant between God and people, and to the sprinkled blood,
which speaks of forgiveness instead of crying out for vengeance like the blood
of Abel.

25Be careful that you do not refuse to listen to the One who is speaking.
For if the people of Israel did not escape when they refused to listen to Moses,
the earthly messenger, we will certainly not escape if we reject the One who
speaks to us from heaven! 26When God spoke from Mount Sinai his voice shook
the earth, but now he makes another promise: “Once again I will shake not only
the earth but the heavens also.”k 27This means that all of creation will be shaken
and removed, so that only unshakable things will remain.

28Since we are receiving a Kingdom that is unshakable, let us be thankful and please
God by worshiping him with holy fear and awe. 29For our God is a devouring fire.
Revelation 21:3-27

3I heard a loud shout from the throne, saying, “Look, God’s home is now among his people!
He will live with them, and they will be his people. God himself will be with them.a
4He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or
crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.”

5And the one sitting on the throne said, “Look, I am making everything new!” And then he
said to me, “Write this down, for what I tell you is trustworthy and true.”
6And he also said, “It is finished! I am the Alpha and the Omega—the Beginning and the End.
To all who are thirsty I will give freely from the springs of the water of life.
7All who are victorious will inherit all these blessings, and I will be their God,
and they will be my children.

8“But cowards, unbelievers, the corrupt, murderers, the immoral,
those who practice witchcraft, idol worshipers, and all liars—their fate is in the
fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.”

9Then one of the seven angels who held the seven bowls containing the seven last plagues came
and said to me, “Come with me! I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb.”

10So he took me in the Spiritb to a great, high mountain, and he showed me the holy city,
Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God. 11It shone with the glory of God and sparkled
like a precious stone—like jasper as clear as crystal. 12The city wall was broad
and high, with twelve gates guarded by twelve angels. And the names of the twelve tribes
of Israel were written on the gates. 13There were three gates on each side—east,
north, south, and west. 14The wall of the city had twelve foundation stones, and on
them were written the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.

15The angel who talked to me held in his hand a gold measuring stick to measure the city,
its gates, and its wall. 16When he measured it, he found it was a square, as wide as it was
long. In fact, its length and width and height were each 1,400 miles.c 17Then he measured
the walls and found them to be 216 feet thickd (according to the human standard used by the angel).

18The wall was made of jasper, and the city was pure gold, as clear as glass. 19The wall of
the city was built on foundation stones inlaid with twelve precious stones:e the first was
jasper, the second sapphire, the third agate, the fourth emerald, 20the fifth onyx,
the sixth carnelian, the seventh chrysolite, the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz, the tenth
chrysoprase, the eleventh jacinth, the twelfth amethyst.

21The twelve gates were made of pearls—each gate from a single pearl! And the main
street was pure gold, as clear as glass.

22I saw no temple in the city, for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple.
23And the city has no need of sun or moon, for the glory of God illuminates the city,
and the Lamb is its light. 24The nations will walk in its light, and the kings of the
world will enter the city in all their glory. 25Its gates will never be closed at the
end of day because there is no night there. 26And all the nations will bring their glory
and honor into the city. 27Nothing evilf will be allowed to enter, nor anyone who practices
shameful idolatry and dishonesty—but only those whose names are written in
the Lamb’s Book of Life.

Psalm 61:1-8

1O God, listen to my cry!
Hear my prayer!
2From the ends of the earth,
I cry to you for help
when my heart is overwhelmed.
Lead me to the towering rock of safety,
3for you are my safe refuge,
a fortress where my enemies cannot reach me.
4Let me live forever in your sanctuary,
safe beneath the shelter of your wings!

Interlude

5For you have heard my vows, O God.
You have given me an inheritance reserved for those who fear your name.
6Add many years to the life of the king!
May his years span the generations!
7May he reign under God’s protection forever.
May your unfailing love and faithfulness watch over him.
8Then I will sing praises to your name forever
as I fulfill my vows each day.

Psalm 116:10-19

10I believed in you, so I said,
“I am deeply troubled, Lord.”
11In my anxiety I cried out to you,
“These people are all liars!”
12What can I offer the Lord
for all he has done for me?
13I will lift up the cup of salvation
and praise the Lord’s name for saving me.
14I will keep my promises to the Lord
in the presence of all his people.

15The Lord cares deeply
when his loved ones die.
16O Lord, I am your servant;
yes, I am your servant, born into your household;
you have freed me from my chains.
17I will offer you a sacrifice of thanksgiving
and call on the name of the Lord.
18I will fulfill my vows to the Lord
in the presence of all his people—
19in the house of the Lord
in the heart of Jerusalem.

Praise the Lord!

Hebrews 12:3-29

3Consider him who endured such opposition from
sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

4In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted
to the point of shedding your blood. 5And you have forgotten
that word of encouragement that addresses you as sons:

“My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline,
and do not lose heart when he rebukes you,
6because the Lord disciplines those he loves,
and he punishes everyone he accepts as a son.”a

7Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as sons.
For what son is not disciplined by his father? 8If you are
not disciplined (and everyone undergoes discipline), then
you are illegitimate children and not true sons. 9Moreover,
we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we
respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the
Father of our spirits and live! 10Our fathers disciplined us
for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines
us for our good, that we may share in his holiness. 11No
discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on,
however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for
those who have been trained by it.

12Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees. 13“Make
level paths for your feet,”b so that the lame may not be disabled,
but rather healed.

Warning Against Refusing God

14Make every effort to live in peace with all men and to be holy;
without holiness no one will see the Lord. 15See to it that no one
misses the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause
trouble and defile many. 16See that no one is sexually immoral, or
is godless like Esau, who for a single meal sold his inheritance
rights as the oldest son. 17Afterward, as you know, when he wanted
to inherit this blessing, he was rejected. He could bring about no
change of mind, though he sought the blessing with tears.

18You have not come to a mountain that can be touched and that is
burning with fire; to darkness, gloom and storm; 19to a trumpet
blast or to such a voice speaking words that those who heard it
begged that no further word be spoken to them, 20because they
could not bear what was commanded: “If even an animal touches
the mountain, it must be stoned.”c 21The sight was so terrifying
that Moses said, “I am trembling with fear.”d

22But you have come to Mount Zion, to the heavenly Jerusalem, the
city of the living God. You have come to thousands upon thousands
of angels in joyful assembly, 23to the church of the firstborn,
whose names are written in heaven. You have come to God, the
judge of all men, to the spirits of righteous men made perfect,
24to Jesus the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled
blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel.

25See to it that you do not refuse him who speaks. If they did not
escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, how much less
will we, if we turn away from him who warns us from heaven? 26At
that time his voice shook the earth, but now he has promised,
“Once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens.”e
27The words “once more” indicate the removing of what can be shaken—that is,
created things—so that what cannot be shaken may remain.

28Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken,
let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and
awe, 29for our “God is a consuming fire.”f
Psalms 34:1-21

Of David. When he pretended to be insane
before Abimelech, who drove him away, and he left.

1I will extol the Lord at all times;
his praise will always be on my lips.
2My soul will boast in the Lord;
let the afflicted hear and rejoice.
3Glorify the Lord with me;
let us exalt his name together.

4I sought the Lord, and he answered me;
he delivered me from all my fears.
5Those who look to him are radiant;
their faces are never covered with shame.
6This poor man called, and the Lord heard him;
he saved him out of all his troubles.
7The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him,
and he delivers them.

8Taste and see that the Lord is good;
blessed is the man who takes refuge in him.

9Fear the Lord, you his saints,
for those who fear him lack nothing.
10The lions may grow weak and hungry,
but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.

11Come, my children, listen to me;
I will teach you the fear of the Lord.
12Whoever of you loves life
and desires to see many good days,
13keep your tongue from evil
and your lips from speaking lies.
14Turn from evil and do good;
seek peace and pursue it.

15The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous
and his ears are attentive to their cry;
16the face of the Lord is against those who do evil,
to cut off the memory of them from the earth.

17The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them;
he delivers them from all their troubles.
18The Lord is close to the brokenhearted
and saves those who are crushed in spirit.

19A righteous man may have many troubles,
but the Lord delivers him from them all;
20he protects all his bones,
not one of them will be broken.

21Evil will slay the wicked;
the foes of the righteous will be condemned.
22The Lord redeems his servants;
no one will be condemned who takes refuge in him.
Psalms 42:4-11

4These things I remember
as I pour out my soul:
how I used to go with the multitude,
leading the procession to the house of God,
with shouts of joy and thanksgiving
among the festive throng.

5Why are you downcast, O my soul?
Why so disturbed within me?
Put your hope in God,
for I will yet praise him,
my Savior and 6my God.

Myc soul is downcast within me;
therefore I will remember you
from the land of the Jordan,
the heights of Hermon—from Mount Mizar.
7Deep calls to deep
in the roar of your waterfalls;
all your waves and breakers
have swept over me.

8By day the Lord directs his love,
at night his song is with me—
a prayer to the God of my life.

9I say to God my Rock,
“Why have you forgotten me?
Why must I go about mourning,
oppressed by the enemy?”
10My bones suffer mortal agony
as my foes taunt me,
saying to me all day long,
“Where is your God?”

11Why are you downcast, O my soul?
Why so disturbed within me?
Put your hope in God,
for I will yet praise him,
my Savior and my God.
Psalms 73-89

A psalm of Asaph.

1Truly God is good to Israel,
to those whose hearts are pure.
2But as for me, I almost lost my footing.
My feet were slipping, and I was almost gone.
3For I envied the proud
when I saw them prosper despite their wickedness.
4They seem to live such painless lives;
their bodies are so healthy and strong.
5They don’t have troubles like other people;
they’re not plagued with problems like everyone else.
6They wear pride like a jeweled necklace
and clothe themselves with cruelty.
7These fat cats have everything
their hearts could ever wish for!
8They scoff and speak only evil;
in their pride they seek to crush others.
9They boast against the very heavens,
and their words strut throughout the earth.
10And so the people are dismayed and confused,
drinking in all their words.
11“What does God know?” they ask.
“Does the Most High even know what’s happening?”
12Look at these wicked people—
enjoying a life of ease while their riches multiply.

13Did I keep my heart pure for nothing?
Did I keep myself innocent for no reason?
14I get nothing but trouble all day long;
every morning brings me pain.

15If I had really spoken this way to others,
I would have been a traitor to your people.
16So I tried to understand why the wicked prosper.
But what a difficult task it is!
17Then I went into your sanctuary, O God,
and I finally understood the destiny of the wicked.
18Truly, you put them on a slippery path
and send them sliding over the cliff to destruction.
19In an instant they are destroyed,
completely swept away by terrors.
20When you arise, O Lord,
you will laugh at their silly ideas
as a person laughs at dreams in the morning.

21Then I realized that my heart was bitter,
and I was all torn up inside.
22I was so foolish and ignorant—
I must have seemed like a senseless animal to you.
23Yet I still belong to you;
you hold my right hand.
24You guide me with your counsel,
leading me to a glorious destiny.
25Whom have I in heaven but you?
I desire you more than anything on earth.
26My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak,
but God remains the strength of my heart;
he is mine forever.
27Those who desert him will perish,
for you destroy those who abandon you.
28But as for me, how good it is to be near God!
I have made the Sovereign Lord my shelter,
and I will tell everyone about the wonderful things you do.

Isaiah 50:1-11

Israel’s Sin and the Servant’s Obedience

1This is what the Lord says:
“Where is your mother’s certificate of divorce
with which I sent her away?
Or to which of my creditors
did I sell you?
Because of your sins you were sold;
because of your transgressions your mother was sent away.
2When I came, why was there no one?
When I called, why was there no one to answer?
Was my arm too short to ransom you?
Do I lack the strength to rescue you?
By a mere rebuke I dry up the sea,
I turn rivers into a desert;
their fish rot for lack of water
and die of thirst.
3I clothe the sky with darkness
and make sackcloth its covering.”

4The Sovereign Lord has given me an instructed tongue,
to know the word that sustains the weary.
He wakens me morning by morning,
wakens my ear to listen like one being taught.
5The Sovereign Lord has opened my ears,
and I have not been rebellious;
I have not drawn back.
6I offered my back to those who beat me,
my cheeks to those who pulled out my beard;
I did not hide my face
from mocking and spitting.
7Because the Sovereign Lord helps me,
I will not be disgraced.
Therefore have I set my face like flint,
and I know I will not be put to shame.
8He who vindicates me is near.
Who then will bring charges against me?
Let us face each other!
Who is my accuser?
Let him confront me!
9It is the Sovereign Lord who helps me.
Who is he that will condemn me?
They will all wear out like a garment;
the moths will eat them up.

10Who among you fears the Lord
and obeys the word of his servant?
Let him who walks in the dark,
who has no light,
trust in the name of the Lord
and rely on his God.
11But now, all you who light fires
and provide yourselves with flaming torches,
go, walk in the light of your fires
and of the torches you have set ablaze.
This is what you shall receive from my hand:
You will lie down in torment.

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