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Summary: Just as an intoxicated person will exhibit certain characteristics, even so, those who are spiritually discouraged will exhibit some disturbing responses to life.

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THE DISASTER OF SPIRITUAL DISCOURAGEMENT

Text: Num.13: 21-25; Deut.1: 24-28

Intro: Discouragement is certainly no stranger to any of us. It is a malady that plagues everyone at some time or the other. As a matter of fact, one might even say that occasional discouragement is a natural part of being human.

There’s nothing wrong with an occasional bout of discouragement. But no one should live that way on an ongoing basis.

However, my point today is not to deal with the psychology of emotional discouragement. I want to talk about what I call spiritual discouragement.

Spiritual discouragement is different from emotional discouragement in that it is directly related to one’s relationship with the Lord. It will however, always go hand-in-hand with emotional discouragement. In many cases, one is the cause of the other.

When a person is emotionally discouraged, it is usually because of unfulfilled expectations—things simply haven’t worked out like they expected. The same thing is true of spiritual discouragement. The exception being that the disappointments lies with one’s expectations of God, and His handling of a particular situation or situations.

Today I want to examine some things that spiritually discouraged people do. I want to look at their mindset, and more importantly, their spiritual condition.

Let’s examine how disastrous spiritual discouragement can be to the Christian.

Theme: Spiritually discouraged people:

I. BELIEVE NOT GOD

A. This Is Evidenced By What They See.

1. They don’t linger on the positives.

Num.13: 26 “And they went and came to Moses, and to Aaron, and to all the congregation of the children of Israel, unto the wilderness of Paran, to Kadesh; and brought back word unto them, and unto all the congregation, and showed them the fruit of the land.

27 And they told him, and said, We came unto the land whither thou sentest us, and surely it floweth with milk and honey; and this is the fruit of it.”

2. They are long on the negatives.

Num.13: 28 “Nevertheless the people be strong that dwell in the land, and the cities are walled, and very great: and moreover we saw the children of Anak there.

29 The Amalekites dwell in the land of the south: and the Hittites, and the Jebusites, and the Amorites, dwell in the mountains: and the Canaanites dwell by the sea, and by the coast of Jordan.

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32 And they brought up an evil report of the land which they had searched unto the children of Israel, saying, The land, is a land that eateth up the inhabitants thereof; and all the people that we saw in it are men of a great stature.

33 And there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, which come of the giants: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight.”

NOTE: [1] The words, “they brought up an evil report” basically means that the ten negative spies “…started a campaign of evil-speaking against the two faithful men” (Charles F. Pfeiffer and Everett F. Harrison, editors, The Wycliffe Bible Commentary: published by Moody Press, Chicago, Illinois; pg. 131).


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