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Ezra’s Talk: Discouragement
What discourages others/you? Why?
When you feel discouraged, how do you respond to good news?
Why is it harder to believe good news when you are discouraged?
When you try to encourage someone who is discouraged, and they reject your encouragement (or ignore you), how does that make you feel?
What do you think God would like us to do if we get discouraged?
Exodus 6:6-12 (NIV)
“Therefore, say to the Israelites: ‘I am the Lord, and I will bring you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians. I will free you from being slaves to them, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with mighty acts of judgment. I will take you as my own people, and I will be your God. Then you will know that I am the Lord your God, who brought you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians. And I will bring you to the land I swore with uplifted hand to give to Abraham, to Isaac and to Jacob. I will give it to you as a possession. I am the Lord.’ ” Moses reported this to the Israelites, but they did not listen to him because of their discouragement and harsh labor. Then the Lord said to Moses, “Go, tell Pharaoh king of Egypt to let the Israelites go out of his country.” But Moses said to the Lord, “If the Israelites will not listen to me, why would Pharaoh listen to me, since I speak with faltering lips ?”
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