Introspection seldom leads to progress and health. Preoccupation with self breeds tiredness of mind and spirit. Who is not disappointed with himself? The world’s ablest and best men usually come from situations where the winds of adversity are common.

Means of defeat in Christian living:

1. Doubt

2. Disbelief

3. Disobedience

4. Discouragement

Causes of Discouragement:

1. Shattered expectations

2. Challenged ambitions

3. Coloured conclusions (premature)

Consequences of Discouragment

1. Quit

2. Hibernate

3. I’ll never do anything again

4. Face it realistically and go on by God’s grace