Today's encouragement comes from Deuteronomy 3:22, where God spoke these words to Moses (and to all His church):
"You must not fear them, for the LORD your God Himself fights for you."
These words are in reference to God's people conquering kingdoms that were occupying the promised land. The same principle holds to-day: the world, the flesh, and the devil stand in the way of the ad-vancing army of the church--and these enemies put up a pretty good fight, from time to time. But the children of God are not to be afraid of them--and the reason is that "God Himself fights for [us]."
With this perspective, why should we be downcast, discouraged, or disheartened? No one can beat the faithful saints.
[Puritan quote of the day: "In a word, as Christ's Person excels your person, so His obedience infinitely exceeds your disobedience."
--Christopher Love, in, "The Dejected Soul's Cure"]