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Chris Voss

Considerations The man said, “I have spent so many hours when I was driven by despair to my knees because I had nowhere else to go.” The man’s name? Abraham Lincoln. The “man after God’s own heart,” King David, understood discouragement. I Samuel 30:6, Then David was greatly distressed, for the people spoke of stoning him, because the soul of the people was bitter, every man for his (captive) sons and daughters. But David strengthened himself in the Lord his God. Even the incomparable prophet Elijah had his moments of despair. 1 Kings 19:4, Alone, Elijah went a day’s journey into the wilderness, and he came and sat down under a broom tree. Elijah prayed that he might die and said, “It is enough! Now, Lord, take my life, for I am no better than my ancestors!” These two larger-than-life biblical personalities struggled at times with discouragement, just like you and just like me. Even our Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ, experienced discouragement. Come with me to six months before Jesus was to die. Two and one-half years have come and gone in the ministry of our Lord. Time is running out for Jesus in the flesh and He has doubt if anyone understands what He has said. Was there anyone who had recognized Him for who and what He was? Were there any, who, when He was gone from this world, would carry on His work. Would there be any who would labor for His kingdom? Obviously that was a crucial question, for it involved the very survival of the Christian faith. If there were none who had grasped His Truth, then all His work was undone; if there were some few who understood this blessed Truth, His work would continue after His earthly death and not be in vain. So Jesus was determined, despite His discouragement, despite His disappointment, to ask His disciples who people believed Him to be. Matthew 16:13 & 14, When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Phillippi, He asked His disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?” They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” For at least two and one half years, Jesus had performed miracle after miracle, preaching endlessly, and living a perfectly sinless life. Yet, vast numbers of people just didn’t understand who Jesus was. How amazing that none of the popular beliefs at that time identified ...

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