Summary: What do we need to do when it feels like we are alone and have no where to turn.

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There once was a boy playing baseball by himself in the backyard.

• Who said "I’m the greatest batter in the world!"

• Then He tossed the ball in the air and would swing the bat.

• The Problem is He swung and he missed.

• Not one to give up he throws the ball up again and says, "I’m the greatest batter in the world!"

• And again He misses.

• He looks at his ball and then his bat.

• Then Once more he tosses the ball up in the air.

• He says "I’m the greatest batter in the world!"

• He swings and he misses. Strike Three.

• Finally He says "Wow! And I’m an even better pitcher!"

Now you have to like this boy’s positive attitude.

• I like it that he’s not easily discouraged.

• The truth is that we all should be this way

• We should say “I’m a Christian!

• I’m on a winning team!!

• I’m going to live with Jesus forever!

• Notice I said should

• Because there’s this one little thing. This disease.

• It’s called discouragement.

• It hits like a big sudden gust of wind.

• For some people, it’s no big deal.

• Your favorite football team lose 23-20 in overtime.

• You’re bummed out for about ten minutes.

• Then you get up off the couch and eat a hot dog and you’re fine. No big deal.

But for some people,

• Discouragement can hit like a tornado and totally wipe you out.

• They get these crazy thoughts running through their head:

• “I’m not good enough to get that job.

• I’m not good enough to get A’s and B’s on my tests.

• I’m not good enough to do any kind of work at the Church.”

The truth is that we all have our moments like these.

• But the good news is that help is on the way!

• Today, we’re going to talk about the causes of discouragement.

• Then we’re going to look at Psalm 142 and talk

• about getting through the season of discouragement.

One of the things that causes discouragement

• Is the realization that we’re not as young as we used to be.

• I was reading about an older lady who joined a fitness club.

• She said “I decided to take an aerobics class.

• I bent. I twisted. I gyrated. I jumped up and down for an hour.

• But by the time I got my leotards on, the class was over.”

Some day, it will be over for all of us.

That’s why I like Psalm 73:26. It says “

Ps 73:26 My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my

Portion forever.

Our bodies may not be able to do what they used to do.

• But God can do what He’s ALWAYS been able to do!

• He’s the One who gives us the strength to go boldly through this life.

• And He’s the One who gets us ready to be promoted in to the next life.

• Another thing that causes discouragement is the winter weather.

• How many of you are tired of winter?

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