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Welcome back Be the One family!

Pastor Steven here, I am so excited to go into the next part of our series on leadership, "Defeating Discouragement"

1.Fight to maintain a correct perspective.

- There is a difference between broken systems and a broken leader. There is a difference between busyness and perversion. Everything isn’t terrible. Two major perspectives you want to avoid are “I can’t lead at a high level.” and “I am under isn’t a good leader.”

- Maintaining the correct perspective means you have to assess well. Understand that the enemy doesn’t like believers taking territory. Make sure you see clearly. Take a moment to get into the Bible. Start praying and reach out to a leader that is above you. As a leader you treat others the way you want to be treated. Give the grace you want to receive.

- When you battle hurt or offense, take the whole relationship into account rather than one moment. 2. Fight against Frustration - If you care about your area you will get frustrated. Heck you will get mad, even angry. While it isn't a sin to get angry you want to replace that anger with communication and courageous conversations. - Begin to ask yourself- does my team know expectations? Do they remember the goal? Do they understand the picture? - Ask yourself. are you angry about something you've been thinking but didn't communicate? Are you angry because of the work or pressure? Leadership is pressure. - Take a moment before you have that conversation so that you've not started at an 80% intensity. Come down to 60% that way you have a ceiling and you don't blow your top. - Get some wisdom from someone who really knows you and knows how to help you process. There is a big difference between someone who lets you vent and someone who is spiritually mature 3.Give some encouragement

When you're discouraged, find someone to encourage. Don’t just wallow in self pity, rejection or offence. There is someone who needs your words of life.

The Bible tells us that if we give we will receive.

In the moment you want to lash out or step back...step up and show some love. It will change your discouragement to empowerment.


4.Seek the presence of the Lord

Our God is able to carry every one of your frustrations. Sure, we have to step into courageous conversations. Those moments are vital to get clarity and understanding, but before you go to a leader, your boss, and co-worker, I would encourage you to seek the presence of the Lord. The Lord will give you strength when you are weak. He will minister to the hurt and brokenness that is present in your heart.

Discouragement is going to happen. Discouragement is part of leadership.

Isaiah 41:10

Fear not, for I am with you, be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my right hand.

My prayer for you is that you break through that wall. That you are prepared to win and work on taking the next step. Don’t be disheartened by people or their responses. Keep moving.

Be the One family I want to leave you with this:

- How have you responded in the face of discouragement?

- What usually discourages you?

- As a leader, How are you discouraging to your team?

- What part of tonight's content stuck out to you?

Love ya, Pastor Steven Sexton

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