Am I Demonstrating Fear or Faith

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There is an immediate call to action on the part of American citizens to practice social-distancing in the wake of a national crisis – the spread of the Coronavirus. Should Christians submit to this order? Should churches close their doors? Does submission mean Christians are operating out of fear and not faith?

God gave Adam the authority to lead. “And out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air, and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them; and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof,” Genesis 2:19. Yet, Adam failed in his leadership because of disobedience. Therefore the Lord God sent him out of the garden of Eden to till the ground from which he was taken.  So He drove out the man; and He placed cherubim at the east of the garden of Eden, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to guard the way to the tree of life,” Genesis 3:23-24.

Jesus, as our leadership model, lived among the people – a society. He was part of a natural family. He taught his disciples how to live in a society. His obedience was his strength not his weakness. It was important that Jesus showed his faith through obedience.

Obeying the law of the land to “stay-in” place does not have to diminish your faith. The emphasis should not be fear but obedience Personally, I know it is a difficult thing to isolate. As a caregiver, I did not want to be at home on Sunday mornings when church was happening; but my Mom’s medical needs called for 24 hours of isolation. At that time, there was no one else to help. I was angry at the disease and situation. Yet, I learned to yield to someone else’s needs over my own under difficult circumstances. I learned more about humility and compassion; I am learning other ways to stay engage in the Kingdom of God. as a Servant Leader.

Servant Leaders lead by godly examples. Use this opportunity to show your faith through obedience. Pray for first-responders, government employees, truck drivers, grocery workers, military, business leaders, health professionals and others, who have no choice but to be available in this moment of crisis for our safety. Remember the homeless who feels isolation every day. Do not let disobedience lead to hurting those you want to help. Isolation does not mean you are operating in fear. It is God who is faithful. He is merciful. This is only a moment in time – critical moment that you are called to action as an obedient servant leader.

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BREAK-FAST

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An evangelist whom I find to be a serious prayer warrior and a person of faith, shared with me the willingness to “check” the family.  Somethings come by fasting and prayer.  When the family has gone through chaos and confusion, she took extreme measures and took away their “pleasures.”  This was to demonstrate the serious of the matter.  Without warning, she would gather her lock and chain, march toward the refrigerator and lock its door.  “NO ENTRANCE TO THE REFRIGERATOR ALLOWED! We are going to fast and pray until the issue is resolved.” Everyone in the house was barred from the fruits of Dad and Mom’s hard labor until order was restored.  She was willing to turn away from what gave her pleasure – preparing delightful meals for her family – until the family crisis was resolved.  They were on a BREAK – FAST!  The family did not starve, but they certainly did not have access to the abundance of their labor.  Needless to say, the attention that this family gave to fasting and prayer yielded positive results – with thanksgiving

One of the most beautiful times of my day is spent early morning on my patio, watching the rising of the sun.  I look toward the east where the sky is dark; slowly, the sky changes to a light gray.  It continues until there is a BREAK of light!  What occurred is a break between the darkness and light.  A new dawning has occurred. So it is in the natural, it is in the spiritual.  Breakfast is considered the most vital meal of the day.  It nourishes the body; it replenishes after a night of rest.

Servant leaders are called to “BREAK.”  As Servant Leaders, we pray for the guidance of the Holy Spirit.  We do this to allow our natural and spiritual bodies to rest in His comfort; our spirit-man is then renewed. We feel healthier act upon that in a more positive manner.  The benefits of a breaking is comforting.  BREAK-FAST diminishes the cycle of lack and confusion.  It allows us to hear from God; we gain the abundance that God desires for us.

Servant Leaders, let us take seriously our time to “BREAK-FAST.” What pleasure(s) in your life are you willing to do without for a while to hear from Him?  What issue do you desire Him to  resolve? He knows your needs.  Let your request be known. Perhaps you are willing to BREAK-FAST just to give Him thanks. He will appreciate this from you too.  When we continuingly hoard up on God’s blessings without giving Him due reverence – thanksgiving and worship – it is a sign of ungratefulness. He deserves better. Take a meaningful BREAK -FAST.  As a family, individual, church, or nation, break-fast can only yield good things from Him.  When we lose sight of who is all-powerful, we will see the price of lack and confusion.  BREAK- FAST!

My Husband Confessed

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Last week, I mentioned to my husband that I had not posted in a while and looking forward to getting something out soon. He didn’t respond. I am not sure how much time passed when he made this confession – “Well, I haven’t really missed your posts. I read your journal.”

Are you kidding me? I couldn’t believe it. These are my private thoughts to my God. It is healing and reflective for me. This man is reading my journal!

“Why would you do that?” I asked. This time he gave me immediate response. “Well, you leave it around, so I figured it must be ok to read.” Before I could express my displeasure, he spoke up and said, “What you are writing in your journal is what people really need to hear.”

I don’t necessarily agree with his observation. However, because of him, I will share one piece this morning on behalf of my husband’s confession. Here it is:

Our Heavenly Father,

I come in the name of Jesus the Christ to give you thanks, first of all. I am grateful for your son, Jesus Christ, who is seated at your right-hand advocating for us, who has made us joint heirs of Yours. I am thankful for another chance to get into your presence. Thank you for your listening ear. Thank you for your enduring love, your mercy and grace. Thank you for the blood of Jesus which cleanses and restores us. Thank you for the position that we have as your children seated with Jesus Christ, Our Saviour. Thank you for peace and joy not according to the world standard but Yours. Thank you for your faithfulness, even when we are not faithful to you. There is no one like You. Thank you Abba, Our Father, for your gracious time in listening to me. You are Jehovah God – the Almighty, Our Creator, Alpha and Omega. You are righteous and just. You are our provider; you are omnipresent, all-sufficient, and divine. All shall come to recognize that “You are Lord of Lords, King of Kings – the Only True God.” At your name, every knee will bow.

I pray the blessings upon your children that we walk in obedience in You. Forgive us, O Lord, for sins we have committed and even those sins unknown to us for truly, we are in need of your mercy. Keep us from the deceitfulness of the enemy. Incline our ears to be in tune with You. Allow the Holy Spirit to guide us this day in your way. All of these blessings, we ask, in the name of Jesus. Amen.

 

Healing Hurts!

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I wrote the book, “Servant Leadership NOW,”   because God ordained the message for such a time as this – NOW. It is a source of healing. President Jimmy Carter took the time to respond to my messages in the book about serving and leading; I am grateful. As a Christian, his life reflects the type of service and leadership that God calls upon each of us to do – to serve mankind.

Healing hurts! In the natural, when we get a cut, we treat it with antiseptics and bandages. Immediately, the body responds to defend itself. Within a few days, a scab appears as an added defense of protection.

My Mom recently had a serious surgery. Although the recovery is still painful, the pain prior to the surgery was much more severe.

Recently, I attended the Truth Summit 2020 where panelists shared how they were able to emerge from hurt, deception and harmful situations. While each story was different, there were common elements in the panelists’ process of healing: (1) each person had a desire to change the crippling effects in their lives; (2) each emerged from “the blame game;” (3) each found the Word to be their comforting Source; and (4) all of them are finding ways to lead and support others in their NOW season.

Healing hurts and it begins with acknowledgement. It is ok to acknowledge that you did not always use the right tactics in the process. It is ok to question, self-reflect and make corrections. Proverbs 3 verses 5 to 6 says,

“Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” You will learn in the process that the hurt lessens as the wounds heal.

May 2020 bring healing to your wounds!

Summit 2020

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Saturday, February 29, 2020   Registration Open! This Summit will allow participants to gain an insight for charging themselves as well as others to develop their leadership gifts.  Registration includes autographed copy of Servant Leadership NOW!

Servant Leadership NOW Summit 2020 Event