DEFYING DISCOURAGEMENT - Fighting Failure, Part 4

“Yes, we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves but in God who raises the dead.”  2 Corinthians 1:9

DISCOURAGEMENT - a feeling we're all familiar with.  Why does God allow us to get discouraged when we're trying to serve Him and follow Him and obey His commandments?  Shouldn't God be helping to make our lives easier?  Shouldn't He be taking care of those things are causing us to be discouraged?  Or is that possible that God would allow us to be discouraged to bring about some good for us?

That's the topic of Round 4 in the Fighting Failure series.  In the message, we look at the Apostle Paul - a man of incredible faith and strength who one day found himself "despairing of life."  How could this great man of faith feel so discouraged?  And more importantly, what message was God trying to him through the discouragement?