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Apr22

In Times of Great Loss, Do Not Lose Heart

- the latest from the “Living in Hope with the One Leader” Bible Study Series

 
(Editor's Note: below is an excerpt from this Bible study. Download the full version in the Training section of our website.) 

We face difficult days ahead with many unknowns. People will be panicking and reacting, looking for someone to blame. There will be anger, fear, despair, and even death. We will lose jobs, money, and efficiency. But we must not lose heart!

In fact, as Christians, we should be a beacon of hope and encouragement to a lost world in need. This can only be accomplished by Christ living in and through us by His Spirit, being sustained by God’s eternal Word. The following are some thoughts from the verses referenced below.

Losing heart was a reality for the disciples as they gave up livelihood, endured rejection of family and friends, and faced great uncertainty while they followed Jesus. Losing heart was a teaching both of Christ and Paul, who endured great hardships and even cruel deaths. We all at times can “lose heart,” become discouraged, and give up hope. We live in a fallen world with difficulties and heartache; thus, we must press in and press on for ourselves and for others. We are to be a light to the world.

Four times Jesus says not to lose heart or to be discouraged. 

1. Prayer takes faith and keeps our heart fixed on the Lord. Prayer strengthens our heart.

Luke 18:1, 8 “Now He was telling them a parable to show that at all times they ought to pray and not to lose heart….I tell you that God will bring about justice for them quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?”

2. Overcome a troubled heart with a picture of heaven and of Christ’s sure return. Security, love, and certainty are found in Christ, and all calm the heart.

John 14:1-3 Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also.”

3. True peace is found in Christ alone—not from the world. Peace is the environment of a settled heart.

John 14:27 “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.

4. Jesus gives us this promise: We have Him and His peace. We can take hold of courage because He is greater than the world.

John 16:33 "These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.”

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