Everybody in the world gets discouraged once in a while, and the devil will use discouragement to get you out of the will of God. He’ll use discouragement to cause you to speak wrong and to act wrong. You notice here that it says, Jesus will have the spirit of God upon Him, and it says that He will not fail nor be discouraged until He finishes the work God gives Him to do. He said, I’m going to set My face like a flint, and I refuse to fail. I refuse to be discouraged. I’m going to do what My Father sent Me to do.
You know, that’s the attitude we ought to have. We ought to be little willows that bend over with every wind that comes along. We ought to be strong oaks or mighty red woods that cannot be uprooted. The devil wants to send discouragement. We ought to resist discouragement. He’ll discourage you in many ways, but Jesus said He will not be discouraged nor fail until He has finished the job.
Notice what God says about Him and He says it about us: I have called You. Thank God His call has come to us. I have called You in righteousness. I will hold Your hand. No use to be discouraged. He’s going to hold your hand. I will keep you. Well, that’s enough. If He’s called you and holds you by the hand and says, I’m going to keep You, well, let discouragement come. You can whit it every time.
Many of you of you may be concerned and discouraged about your family, finances, business, circumstances, about yourself, about your body or even about people. People have a way of discouraging you. Children have a way of discouraging you. Husbands have a way of discouraging wives. Wives have a way of discouraging husbands. But what I want you to know is that we are well able as children of God to overcome all discouragement.
You know, the Bible talks about people – and I’m going to give you examples of people who got discouraged in the Bible and they overcame it.
Paul the apostle got discouraged. You know, it’s almost unthinkable that this great apostle could become so discouraged. But then again, we are made out of flesh. So, you CAN get discouraged. But you don’t have to stay discouraged.
Now, listen to what Paul says. He said, “For when we were come into Macedonia, our flesh had no rest. We were troubled on every side. Without were fighting’s, within were fears.” Paul had to fight fear.
Here’s this great apostle and he said all these troubles upon – we’re getting discouraged by the hour. Nevertheless God that comforteth those who are cast down – I want to say that to you.
God is the God who comforts those who are cast down.
Are you cast down today? Has something come into your life to discourage you? God is the God who comforts those who are cast down.
You may be cast down. You may have fighting’s without and fears within. You may have trouble on every side; but be of good cheer, Titus has come. I’m here as Titus to bring you comfort that Jesus will see you through.
So, we have Paul as one example. He fought discouragement.
PEOPLE GOING SOMEWHERE CAN GET DISCOURAGED
Numbers 21:4-5 says, “as the people journeyed, they became greatly discouraged.” You’re making a journey through life all the way to heaven; and on that journey sometime, you can get mighty discouraged. Nobody is beyond discouragement. And as they journeyed, the people became greatly discouraged.
Don’t get discouraged and give up. Keep your mouth shut if you’re discouraged. The Bible says, and the people on their journey were greatly, much discouraged; and they spake. That’s the biggest mistake you can ever do, is start speaking your mind when you’re discouraged.
The Bible also says, they were much discouraged and spake against God and against Moses. See, when you’re discouraged, if you’ll just keep your mouth shut, you won’t get into trouble. But if you open your mouth, you’re going to say, “Why God?” “Why did you do this to me, God?” “Why did you let this happen to me, God?” People today are shaking their fist in the face of God. Why? Why? Why? Let me ask you something: Don’t you know there’s not only a God, but there’s also a devil.
When you open your mouth and you’re discouraged, you’re liable to blame God and then you’re liable to blame the preacher. For goodness’ sake, don’t take it on me.