Why do men sleep? -3
Matthew 13:25 “But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way.”
3. DISCOURAGEMENT: A major reason why men fall asleep spiritually is discouragement. The devil uses the weapon of discouragement to dampen our spirits which causes weariness and eventually sleep. A discouraged man is a man that easily quits.
Discouragement makes a man lose faith in God. We saw several examples of these in the bible.
Genesis 15:1 “After these things the word of the LORD came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I [am] thy shield, [and] thy exceeding great reward.”
Genesis 15:2 “And Abram said, Lord GOD, what wilt thou give me, seeing I go childless, and the steward of my house [is] this Eliezer of Damascus?”
God came to Abram and told him that He is God, His shield and exceeding great reward, what other promise can be greater than that? God was telling Abram to relax that He is his all in all but Abram felt he has heard that too many times and doesn’t seem to believe it again.
He was literally telling God, he is tired of hearing that statement because what God was saying is completely different from what he is “seeing”!
That is the statement of a grossly discouraged man. He seems to have lost hope in God. Hear this:
Proverbs 13:12 “Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but [when] the desire cometh, [it is] a tree of life.”
Proverbs 13:12 “Unrelenting disappointment leaves you heartsick, but a sudden good break can turn life around.” (MSG)
Beloved, we all come to this point once in a while as we journey through life when we feel everything around us looks contrary to what God is saying.
We look around us and all we see is “unrelenting disappointment” which makes us sad and heartsick, but one thing we must always realise is that God never asks us to look at our situation and jump to conclusion.
To be continued…
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