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Sermon shared by Dewayne Bolton

March 1999
Summary: In the midst of the journey of life there comes times we are distressed and don't know how to handle the difficult situations of life. But thanks be to God there is one we can go too and know He knows the way through life's difficult times.
Denomination: Holiness
Audience: Believer adults
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the things he was confused about. About five years later he called me one day and invited me to come to his baptismal as he had given his heart to the Lord. Words can never express the joy that flooded my heart and life when I heard those words. And yes I was there and what a time it was. He has since come to the church I pastored and given his testimony of how across the years God had been working to bring him to the point to where he was ready and willing to turn his life over to Jesus. And oh what a difference Jesus has made in his life.
Yes Jesus can and will bring us out of our confusion if we will surrender all to him trust and obey Him. Don’t become discouraged if it takes some time to bring you our but rest assured He will. It has not been too long ago that I went through a time of confusion distress discouragement that I was on the verge of doubting God’s very existence. But by sheer bull dog tenacity I continued to believe read His word and pray and one day He assured me He was real and there all the time. Hallelujah to the Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world and just the time we need Him He is near to comfort and cheer just when I we need Him most.
We need someone to go too when discouraged. Discouragement is a shoreless bottomless ocean on which many a soul has been lost forever. It has nothing to anchor too or hold too. Many more are sinking in this ocean and the further the sink the darker things become. I know for I’ve been there and have discovered it is both dangerous and frightening. In fact I remember one time when I was driving a log truck to help make a living for myself and my family in a small mission type church I became so discouraged that one day I said to the Lord, Lord just release me from the call and let me go. Less than one hundred yards later suddenly the realization came to me of what I had said and tears began to stream down my cheek as I prayed Lord forgive me I am so sorry for what I just said. It was then that I realized the danger of allowing discouragement to advance that far.
We all face and fight discouragement but we don’t have to become its victim but can become the victor through Jesus Christ our Lord. Remember He has said he would allow nothing to come our way that we cannot bear but what with it He will make a way of escape. (I Corinthians 10:13) So when discouragement comes and it will don’t burrow your head in the sand like an ostrich but lift your eyes to the hills from which comes your help and look full in His wonderful face as the things that discourage you grow strange dim and weak in the light of His glory and grace. This is easy to say when you’re not in that situation but very difficult to do when you’re facing discouragement with all you’re might. Remember we may and will lose a battle now and then but He has already won the war. We are fighting a defeated enemy and he knows he is defeated but he never gives up on trying to defeat us and one of his greatest weapons is discouragement.
A discouraged person is on the brink of despair for they see no help or hope in sight. If you are there let me share with you the words of Daniel to Nebuchadnezzar THERE IS A GOD IN HEAVEN. (Daniel 2:29) Let me assure you He will help you He will not leave your there He will come to you and lift you. He will lift
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