WHEN THE GOING GETS TOUGH - Build Your Kingdom Part 3

Discouragement: we've all been there.  We've all faced it.  We know how it feels and how paralyzing it can be.  The only people who avoid discouragement are people who never attempt to do anything hard/great in this world.

So what happens when a kingdom builder gets discouraged?  Is that even allowed?  Aren't the "spiritual" people always supposed to be upbeat and positive?  What happens when the "good guys" get down?

That's this week's topic in the Build Your Kingdom series.  Check out the video above and watch as I share how I personally went through some discouragement recently and how I dug my way out of it.  Trust me, if you're feeling down or discouraged, you MUST watch this message.

And I pray that God uses it to pick you up as He did me as well.

The Prodigal Son and His Pit

Yesterday I preached a sermon based on the story of the Prodigal Son (which I’ll assume everyone knows but it wouldn’t hurt to go back and read it as a refresher, see Luke 15:11-32).  The story is an exact fit for all that I wrote about last week.  When I read the story in the morning, what jumped out at me was how deep the boy had fallen and how amazing his deliverance was.  He went from the deepest pit to the highest palace in no time.

How deep did he sink?  We often have this picture of the Prodigal Son eating pig’s food with dirty animals in a pen.  But actually that is NOT what the Bible says.  The Bible doesn’t say he ate food with the pigs; what the Bible says is actually that it was even worse than that.

“And he would gladly have filled his stomach with the pods that the swine ate, and no one gave him anything.”  Luke 15:16

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