Israel May 13-24
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*4 Days in Jerusalem
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I completely made this title up by the way, so let me clarify. One thing that drives me crazy as much as anything else is decision making based on what makes the most people…happy. As leaders, our decision making process should run through the leadership of the Holy Spirit, God’s desires and not our own. And just to be frank, often the right decision is the exact opposite of the one that will make the most people happy. And really, who is it that thinks they can make everyone happy anyway? My three children have different desires that would make each happy, how many desires would you have to meet to make everyone happy in your business, or church, or other organization? Bottom line, it can’t be done and shouldn’t be pursued even if it was possible (which it isn’t J).
The Risks of LeadershipLeadership is something that I think about, read about, and talk about a good bit. In fact, it’s something that I think I’ve been gifted with (Rom. 12:6-8) by the Holy Spirit for the purpose of building up the Body of Christ (Eph. 4:12). God helped me to discover this gift of leadership by always putting me in situations where I was required to lead to one degree or another from the time I was saved at age 18. By His grace, I’ve found that I’m able to make tough decisions, decisions that some disagree with, and to be accountable for them. I actually enjoy the responsibility of taking a group of people from point A to point B along a journey of some kind. Leadership is the reason I often enjoy writing, or speaking, or mentoring.
Nehemiah caught a glimpse of a vision for the way things ought to be. That is really what a vision is, an idea or a realization of the way things should be, or you could say it is the desired outcome. In Nehemiah's case that would be the wall rebuilt around Jerusalem. In chapter 1 of the book bearing his name, Nehemiah prays and seeks God. He closes his prayer by asking God for compassion before the king. He leaves you with the impression he is about to go to the king and ask for help in rebuilding the walls. The question in this post is "when?" or the timing of moving forward toward the vision.
In some ways their lives were similar. Both men were captives in a foreign land. However, there is nothing in the life of Nehemiah to indicate leadership training. Nehemiah seems to be only a servant to the king, an important servant, but still only a servant. Nehemiah while at the king’s palace in Susa heard that the walls of Jerusalem had still not been rebuilt. The temple had been completed about 70 years earlier but the walls of the city had not been rebuilt. Now, today in our culture this doesn’t seem to be a big deal, however twenty four hundred years ago things were different. This was a serious problem on many different levels.
Leading a Discover 4 Yourself (D4Y) class was a new adventure for me. My first leadership experiences involved Middle and High Schoolers using the Precept Upon Precept materials or the 40 Minute Studies. When I opened the cover of my first D4Y workbook I really had no idea what to expect. I do strangely remember feeling more pressure in my initial preparation to lead, only because I wasn’t confident in the capabilities of the D4Y material.
He is the next to the youngest son of Jacob, grandson of Isaac, and great grandson of Abraham. Joseph was called and destined by God to be a leader, so it should be an easy road to travel, right? No. It was a hard and ugly path to the place God had called him.
1. Strengthen the core.
So let’s say you’re not sure you can support Kony 2012; is there still something you can do with the message?
Since Don was in the military we moved around the world introducing new areas to Precept Bible studies. When I started a new class I would begin with Lord, I want to know You.
And, watch for Part 2 coming this Thursday.
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