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Dealing with Discouragement

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Leadership Straight from Bill Hybels Dealing with Discouragaments I have a fairly high view theologically a high view of what calling means. God called me to start Willow and the few times I have been really, really low and tempted to bail... One time in my car wanting to drive out of the parking lot ready to bail and got to the entrance sign and the Holy Spirit whispered, "Have I released you from this calling?" Technically, probably. Technically, no but... Then with that sense from the Holy Spirit, I turned the car around. I will let you know when you are released from this calling. I remember... this is a little passage very few pastors preach about but I commission all of you Bible teachers to do so someday in Acts 20 when Paul was being called to Jerusalem all the elders were crying that he cannot go. He said, "I am bound in spirit. God has a rope around my heart. I am bound in spirit." He gets half way to Jerusalem and this odd prophet named Agabus... do you remember this? This odd prophet stops Paul and says, "Do not go to Jerusalem because terrible things are going to happen to you there." Paul states he is going. So Agabus takes Paul's belt from around his clothing. And Agabus ties up his own hands and feet and lies down on the ground. You can imagine like a roped steer or cattle. He says, "Get the point Paul. This is what is going to happen to you. They are going to tie up your hands and feet and beat you when you get to Jerusalem. I beg of you do not go." Paul looks at this guy on the ground and states, "I am willing to endure that and I am willing to endure death. But I am bound in spirit and I am going to go." Then Agabus gets up and gives him his belt back. The little phrase states that when Agabus could see that Paul was not easily dissuaded then he said you have to go. I believe if you are bound in spirit you are bound in spirit during the good times and the bad times. This church goes through highs and lows. Willow has been through highs and lows. You do not walk away from a church. You walk away from your volunteer position if it gets hard. You endure. You stay bound in spirit until the Holy Spirit lets you go. When the Holy Spirit lets you go, you are free until He ties the next rope around your heart and calls you into the next thing.

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Duration: 3 minutes and 12 seconds
Country: United States
Language: English
Genre: None
Producer: Willow Creek Association
Director: Willow Creek Association
Views: 64
Posted by: landsm on Sep 29, 2014


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