“We are hard pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed-- always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body.” II Corinthians 4:8-10 (NKJV).
He summarized his trials in their midst in II Corinthians 7:5b. “Outside were conflicts, inside were fears.”


IV. CONFRONTING THE CHALLENGE OF DISCOURAGEMENT:

"For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls." Hebrews 12:3.

Discouragement has spiritually disabled countless numbers of Christians. Discouragement causes us to lose heart in the battle against evil and to lose interest in the work of the Lord.
We can become discouraged by our own failures; disappointment in others; difficulties that seem overwhelming and a host of other things. The children of Israel were discouraged by the lack of faith on the part of their own brethren as described in Deuteronomy 1:28.
"Where can we go up? Our brethren have discouraged our hearts, saying: ’The people are greater and taller than we are; the cities are great and fortified up to heaven; moreover we have seen the sons of the Anakim there."


V. THE STRENGTH TO CONFRONT LIFE’S GREAT CHALLENGES:

“Nevertheless God, who comforts the downcast, comforted us by the coming of Titus.” II Corinthians 7:6. As the need arises, God will always send a “Titus” to strengthen you, as His Word says: “Wherefore comfort one another with these words:” I Thessalonians 4:18.

Moses knew that Joshua would face some stern challenges as he led Israel to conquer the land of Canaan. Because the task was so great, Moses knew that there would be times when Joshua would experience doubt, fear and discouragement.

Moses encouraged him saying: "Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or tremble at them, for the LORD your God is the one who goes with you. He will not fail you or forsake you.’ Then Moses called to Joshua and said to him in the sight of all Israel, ‘Be strong and courageous, for you shall go with this people into the land which the LORD has sworn to their fathers to give them, and you shall give it to them as an inheritance. The LORD is the one who goes ahead of you; He will be with you. He will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed." Deuteronomy 31:6-8 (NASB)