Summary: There is a plague sweeping churches, individuals, governments & nations. It’s not Ebola, Zika or West Nile Virus, cancer, or the flu. It’s called Epidemic of Discouragement. This outbreak is universal, deadly as the most dreaded disease. David faced it.
SERIES: DAVID - A MAN AFTER GOD’S OWN HEART:
Part 9: The Power Of Discouragement
1 Samuel 27:1 (quickview)  And David said in his heart, I shall now perish one day by the hand of Saul: there is nothing better for me than that I should speedily escape into the land of the Philistines; and Saul shall despair of me, to seek me any more in any coast of Israel: so shall I escape out of his hand. 2 And David arose, and he passed over with the six hundred men that were with him unto Achish, the son of Maoch, king of Gath. 3 And David dwelt with Achish at Gath, he and his men, every man with his household, even David with his two wives, Ahinoam the Jezreelitess, and Abigail the Carmelitess, Nabal's wife. 4 And it was told Saul that David was fled to Gath: and he sought no more again for him. 5 And David said unto Achish, If I have now found grace in thine eyes, let them give me a place in some town in the country, that I may dwell there: for why should thy servant dwell in the royal city with thee? 6 Then Achish gave him Ziklag that day: wherefore Ziklag pertaineth unto the kings of Judah unto this day. 7 And the time that David dwelt in the country of the Philistines was a full year and four months.
INTRO: David - A Man After God's Own Heart Pt. 9 The Power Of Discouragement
Illustration: Once upon a time the devil decided to have a garage sale. He did it because he wanted to clear out some of his old tools to make room for new ones. After he set up his items, a man dropped by to see what he had. Arranged on a long table were all the tricks of his hellish trade. Each tool had a price tag. In one corner was a shiny tool labeled “Anger - $250,” next to it a curved tool labeled “Sloth - $380. “Criticism - $500”. “Jealousy - $630.” Out of the corner of his eye, the man spotted a beaten-up tool with a price tag of $12,000. Curious, the man asked the devil why he would offer a worn-out piece of junk for such an exorbitant price. The devil said it was expensive because he used it so much. “What is it?” the man asked. The answer came back, “It is discouragement. It always works when nothing else will.”
There Is A Plague Sweeping Churches, Individuals, Governments & Nations Today? It’s not Ebola, Zika Virus, West Nile Virus, cancer, or even the flu. It’s called the Epidemic of Discouragement. This outbreak is universal, deadly as the most dreaded disease known to man. Being discouraged once does not give you an immunity to the disease. You can be discouraged over and over again. Discouragement is highly contagious and spreads by casual contact. People can become disheartened because you are discouraged. Believe it or not – elections are run on the heels of profiting on the discouragement of people. This coming election earns a high mark in that area. How Many Of You Have Ever Been Discouraged? Welcome to the camp. As long as you are alive, you will get discouraged – at times. Bible characters: Jesus: Mk 9:2-29 Epileptic, who will be great, Job, Abraham, Moses, Jacob, Joshua(7), Samuel, Elijah, Jeremiah, Mary, David, etc.