Am I Demonstrating Fear or Faith?

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

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

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!

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!

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Under-Shepherds

Reprinted from December 9, 2019

Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night, (Luke 2:8 NKJV). Apostle Luke told the story of how the angel of the Lord appeared unto a group of shepherds with the news of the birth of Christ (vv9-20). Today, I encourage each of us to keep watch as an under-shepherd of The Great Shepherd, of The Good Shepherd.

Shepherds are known for their special attributes and the rough terrain they travel. They were expected to spend long difficult days away from their families. Their determination was driven by the need to get their flock to green pastures. The shepherd’s natural “watch” was critical to the success of their task.

In ancient times, a shepherd also went ahead of the flock to inspect the land before taking sheep on dangerous journeys. Prior to his journey, he eyed-out the poisonous plants which could hurt the sheep; the nourishing plants that could heal his sheep; the shady trees which would provide comfort from the heat; and the cooling, still waters from which they could drink. The shepherd carried necessary essentials in his grip (bag) to sustain himself for the journey. Still, if the shepherd did not keep a watchful eye, the sheep most certainly would be lost.

King David, knew the value of a shepherd’s spiritual eye (quite different from the natural). While shepherds flocks and fields may differ, the spiritual eye must not be neglected for the success of the task. God gives the gift of the Holy Spirit for leading and guiding. A good shepherd must adhere to the watchful eye of the Holy Spirit. The natural eye cannot be equated to the spiritual eye. As an under-shepherd of His, if one fails to be guided by the Holy Spirit, you will become weakened and your survival is threatened (1 Corinthians).

Finally, keep watch as well as pray so that you will not enter into evil ways (Matthew 26:41).

Fool’s Gold – Part II

There is an expression “worth your weight in gold.” This saying refers to someone or something that is valuable. How much is your weight in gold?

In ancient times, it was not uncommon for the king to sit in judgement of the people. He had unlimited powers over the lives and conditions of his citizens. His authority was not to be questioned nor amended. Unwillingly or willingly, the people were expected to serve the king. To do otherwise, could cost you your life; even the lives of your family.

Still, there were thousands who rose up in defiance of oppression because they believed that God sets the standard. Their belief was worth their weight in gold to them. Thousands became followers of Jesus the Christ. Thousands were executed because they chose to follow Jesus as their Savior. However, there were those who wanted to profit from Jesus’s teaching. They sought opportunities of leadership in the church and communities for their own self-interest. As it was then, so it is today. Jesus has a position on this type of leadership. They will be reckoned with on his terms. He left these words with us: “then you will begin to say, ‘We ate and drank in Your presence, and You taught in our streets.’ But He will say, ‘I tell you I do not know you, where you are from. Depart from Me, all you workers of iniquity,’ Luke 13: 26-27. They are not worth their weight in gold. They are fool’s gold.

When measured against God’s standard, their value is weighed down by deceitfulness and dishonor. To pass off their standards as that of God’s, is certainly foolishness; It is an abomination!

Personally, what is your weight in gold? Can your leadership be measured as a calling on your life that serves the honor of God? Does your leadership serve those whom God has supplanted in your life? Do you support leadership that operates in lies, venom, jealousy, or self-interest? Do your leaders lift up their distorted actions by suggesting that it is based on the Word of God? Is their leadership fool’s gold?

While you are concerned by your own leadership, you must be aware of those who lead you. Servant leaders can not allow their leadership to be tainted by fool’s gold. As a leader, it is your responsibility to examine ” Is my leadership worth the weight in gold?

Fool’s Gold – Part I

The term “fool’s gold” is not an unfamiliar one. Fool’s gold has the appearance of real gold; it shines like gold but it is not the real deal. It is pyrite. As a servant leader, one will be expected to become as pure gold. Not because he or she is great, but because God is great. Job 23:10 says, “But He knows the way that I take; When he has tested me, I shall come forth as gold.” Job’s experiences with God bought about that type of assurance. Matthew 5:8, “ Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.”

Scripturally, the servant leader must be refined as pure gold. Zechariah 13:9, “I will bring that group through the fire and make them pure. I will refine them…

Scientifically, companies treat metals in a furnace to separate pure gold from other precious metals. In the process, they add borax and soda ash to the melting metals. The result is a separation that brings forth the purest form of gold. The purest gold is then used to produce other products such as jewelry.
Although servant leaders find the “furnace” fiery and uncomfortable, there is something to be celebrated about the scourging (the affliction). First, the purest form of you will come through. Remember, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego (the Hebrew boys) in the fiery furnace; they came through without the stench of fire (Daniel 3:13-23) because of who they served. He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God (verse 25). Second, the spiritual connection with God is magnified. The evidence of survival will be on you. It will be that God did it – not man.

Allowing God to process you through is to allow Him to separate your impurities. The melting away of impurities will not define you but the glory of God will be magnified. To reject God’s refinement, is to reject His best for you. Leadership that is fool’s gold – is pyrite. It will sour those that one leads. It will cause stench. Not the real deal ordained by God.

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