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Hop, Skip, and a Jump

Friday

March 17, 2017

Landing On the Magnificent

Read

Genesis 1:26, “Then God said, ‘Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground’”.
John 6:40, “For My Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in Him shall have eternal life, and I will raise Him up at the last day”.

Think

Within the Trinity—3 in 1 and 1 in 3—each manifestation of God is equal in form and unique in function. God the Father is the initiator of Creation, redemption, and relationships, and the “giver of every good and perfect gift”. He sent His Son, as God incarnate, to redeem the lost through His blood for the forgiveness of our sins. Jesus is our High Priest and the head of the body of Christ. Additionally, God the Son commissioned the Holy Spirit to comfort, counsel, and convict the hearts of believers. Created in God’s image, we too are relational beings, therefore, understanding the role of unity, community, and responsibility within the Trinity helps us grasp the unique roles God has delegated to us within the family and in the church. Husband and wife, also unique in function, delegate to one another. And, we as parents—like God the ultimate parent—must delegate responsibility within the home. Finally, we must remember that God has delegated evangelism to the church and gifted everyone according to His will to serve individual roles within the house.

As we hop, skip, and jump to the conclusion of this series, we must remember and apply the following. By concentrating on our walk with God, we are able to better distinguish the urgent from the important. Then we are open to opportunities to teach and communicate God’s Word and demonstrate His ways. This means we truly walk the walk; not just talk the talk. We must listen to one another and absorb wise counsel. And we prioritize living out God’s principles through our commitments and achieve this by skipping now what we will have to skip in the future. Focusing on the significant means our lives will be magnificent.

Pray

Father God, I love You. Thank You for representing perfect unity and harmony within the Trinity. Help me to apply all of the above in order to be who You want me to be and to do what You have called me to do. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

Act

Be mindful of doing only what you can do and delegating the rest. Also, it’s the weekend! So make sure to keep on inviting others to experience life change first hand at Fellowship Church.

 

Wednesday

March 15, 2017

A Big Slice of Great Advice

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Exodus 18:20-22, “Teach them His decrees and instructions, and show them the way they are to live and how they are to behave. But select capable men from all the people—men who fear God, trustworthy men who hate dishonest gain—and appoint them as officials over thousands, hundreds, fifties, and tens. Have them serve as judges for the people at all times…. That will make your load lighter, because they will share it with you.”

Think

Every now and then, it helps to take a slice of great advice out of some humble pie. Because at times, we can be working very hard, but in the grand scheme of things, we’re barely working—it’s called the tyranny of the urgent. Over the past few weeks, we’ve discussed how God’s man Moses had lost his ‘Mo-Mentum’ having been burdened with the work of many. And that his father-in-law, Jethro, laid down some heavy advice after noticing the inefficiency of Moses’ work, time management, and lack of overall leadership. Moses had lost sight of his calling. God did not call on him to do everything, but to do some things specifically. Jethro wisely pointed him back to his purpose, which was to be ‘the people’s representative before God’.

The advice Moses received with great humility was twofold. First, Jethro redefined Moses’ leadership role, and then he spoke about the art of delegation. Today’s scripture says Moses was to teach God’s decrees and instructions. Suddenly Moses realized he couldn’t do this on a case-by-case basis. He agreed he needed to appoint godly men as officials, and so he did. Proverbs 15:22 says, “Plans fail for the lack of counsel, but with many advisors they succeed”. Nowhere is this better illustrated than by Jesus. He didn’t embark on a solitary mission to save the world. No, He chose twelve disciples to follow Him immediately and taught them how to lead and carry out their prescribed mission after Jesus ascended back to the Father. We are called by God to fulfill specific roles for His purpose. Whether leading a Bible study, a corporation, a classroom, or even a family room, great leaders are set apart by putting the right people in the right positions with the right posture under God’s chain of command. Do only what you can do and delegate the rest. What urgent things are you doing that are keeping you from the important?

Pray

Praise God for His calling on your life and ask Him to guide you in deciphering the urgent from the important.

Act

Has someone ever given you some great advice that you didn’t take? Were there repercussions? Think of a time when you received wise counsel and applied it. What was the outcome? Now memorize Proverbs 12:15, “The way of fools seem right to them, but the wise listen to advice”.

 

Tuesday

March 14, 2017

The Standard

Read

John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life”.

Think

Most people have standards for what they will or will not do. We have societal norms. In the medical field there’s standard healthcare. Companies have standard operating procedures. Students take standardized tests. Why do we set standards? Why do we draw lines between the acceptable and the unacceptable? The answer to these questions may differ according to world-view. Some surmise that humans are basically good, and that the majority of people are kind and hardworking. They believe the status quo comes from the decency of mankind. Conversely, Christ followers understand that, in fact, the opposite is true—we are innately bad with only a modicum of natural goodness. The standard in our lives is the Bible.

Today’s verse provides the standard of God’s love for us—which is limitless and immeasurable. Because our hope is in Christ, our priorities and standards come from God’s principles, which we carry out through our commitments. The Bible also delineates God’s standard of holiness—perfection. Therefore, we know that we are natural born sinners incapable of meeting His standard. But because He so loved the world, He commissioned His only Son to step down from heaven to live perfectly, die sacrificially, and rise bodily; that whosoever believes in Him will receive eternal life. Jesus set us free from sin and death, and now when God sees us He sees the righteousness of Christ. So, God doesn’t expect us to live perfectly, but to live honorably with integrity. Our life standards are to love God, love others unconditionally, practice humility, seek purity, obey His commands, and share the love of Christ with the lost. Is that your standard operating procedure?

Pray

Father God, thank You for sending Jesus to die for my sins and rise again. Help me today to remain humble and guide me to love others as I love myself.

Act

Do you have a life verse? If you don’t, consider selecting one as you read your Bible throughout the week. Proverbs 3:5-6 is a great place to start.

 

Monday

March 13, 2017

Take It In

Read

Exodus 18:8-9, “Moses told his father-in-law about everything the Lord had done to Pharaoh and the Egyptians for Israel’s sake and about all the hardships they had met along the way and how the Lord had saved them.  Jethro was delighted to hear about all the good things the Lord had done for Israel in rescuing them from the hand of the Egyptians.”

Think

When miraculous things happen in our lives we can’t wait to tell somebody about it. It’s especially gratifying when the person we tell shares our enthusiasm as they listen. That’s probably what Moses was experiencing as he told his father-in-law, Jethro, about all the amazing things God had done for the Israelites. The story was so amazing, in fact, that it led Jethro to conclude that the God of the Israelites was the one and only true God.

There are important lessons that can be taken from both of these men. They truly listened and gained from what each other had to say. What Moses shared with Jethro changed his life forever as he was introduced to the Almighty GOD! Jethro’s concern for Moses led him to share some words of wisdom that also brought about life-change. This insight jolted Moses back into the correct direction. He awoke to the realization that he wasn’t on target with God’s plan and purpose, thus he took action. Thereby, not only did this improve his life, but that of God’s people as well. God puts us in the path of people every day that have stories to tell and wisdom to share, and we must  be willing to listen. And, with each new day, we need to be willing to share what God has done in our lives with someone living outside of the family of God.

Pray

Father God, open my eyes to those you place in my path every day. Open my ears to listen and my mind to consider what they have to say. Open my heart to receive advice with a spirit of humility.  And help me to remain alert to share Your love and grace with someone still living in darkness.

Act

Be intentional about not just hearing the people who speak to you today, but listen to them also. Additionally, be mindful to inquire and ask questions, because we are often only one or two questions away from a breakthrough.

 

Friday

March 10, 2017

Leading Past the Likes

Read

Hebrews 13:7, “Hebrews 13:7 “Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God. Consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith.”

Think

We all like to be liked. We like receiving likes on Social Media. We often seek approval and respond well to praise. But likeability and lead-ability do not always go hand in hand. Great leaders understand that their motives, strategies, abilities, and decisions will be questioned. Hence, when an opportunity arises opposition awaits. When we try to make everyone happy, no one ends up happy including ourselves. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus, but a molder of consensus”. This means it’s more important to take people where they need to go than where they want to go. Had Nehemiah worried about his opposition, he would’ve never completed the wall. If Noah had paid attention to the ridicule and mockery he faced, he wouldn’t have completed the Ark. If Moses had succumbed to the children of Israel’s constant berating, whining, and complaining, he never would have gone atop the mountain to receive the 10 Commandments or deliver two million people out of slavery to the brink of the Promised Land. If Jesus had tried to please and appease everyone during His three years of earthly ministry, He would have never made it to the Cross and we would be facing eternal separation from God! Leaders do what is right despite the fight, outwork the opposition, continue casting vision, and remain focused on God’s plans and purpose.

Above was the information, so here’s the application. When facing criticism, always consider the source, and critique the opposition. Look at their underlying motives and the spirit behind their aversion. We cannot afford to think our critics are always correct and question ourselves to death. Conversely, we cannot assume that every negative voice is wrong and that we are always right. No, we must remain humble and seek wise counsel. In addition, we never forget to look to the book—the Bible, and pray for the wisdom and discernment to make the right choices. Remember, the loudest boos usually have no clue about effective leadership. So, we keep on leading past the likes knowing that following God will take us to the greatest heights.

Pray

Today, pray through the four C’s: Acknowledge the CHARACTER of God, CONFESS your sins, show CONFIDENCE in God’s promises, and stay COMMITTED to being part of the answer.

Act

As a leader for Christ, invite someone to church; knowing if even if they don’t want to go, it’s where they need to be.

 

Thursday

March 9, 2017

Tragedy to Triumph

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II Corinthians 4:17-18, “For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”

Think

We like to root for the underdog. We love happy-endings and amazing accounts of overcoming the odds—going from tragedy to triumph. But victory is the endgame and only made possible by the preceding struggle, tragedy, loss, betrayal, or sickness. The greatest leaders often face the greatest pain, because they take people where they need to go versus where they want to go. God’s man Moses, experienced numerous tragedy to triumph moments. He carried the weight of 2 million people on his shoulders, because he bore the brunt of every struggle and uncomfortable situation the Israelites faced. How could they have been so blind to God’s provision? How many miracles did they have to witness? But before we get too critical, we must stop and ask ourselves the same thing? Where are we in the process, who are we blaming, and do we trust God with the outcome?

Let’s take a closer look at the memory failure, nearsightedness, and distrust within the children of Israel as well as the mental beating Moses endured after delivering them out of Egyptian slavery. God personally escorted them day and night to the edge of the Red Sea. They witnessed the waters part, crossed on dry ground, and watched as the water came crashing down on their enemy. They sang and danced praising God until they grew thirsty and then blamed Moses. God provided. When they grew hungry—it too was Moses’ fault. Evidently, they missed sitting around eating pots of meat in captivity. Once more God provided and they witnessed the glory of the Lord appear in a cloud over the desert. They journeyed on and again were in need of water. This time not only were they angry with Moses, they considered stoning him! With frustration mounting, he said, “Don’t tell me, tell the Lord!” So God led Moses to produce water from a rock—and even still they questioned His presence. You see, without playing the blame game, we’ve got to trust in our great and faithful God who’s never failed us and never will. Remember, Jesus’ death looked like the most epic failure of all time until He burst forth from the grave with supernatural resurrection power forever defeating death. And with Christ in us, hope prevails every time we pass from tragedy to triumph.

Pray

Father God, thank You for working through all things for my good. I know that no matter what I face, You are in control. I love You, trust You, seek You, and want to please You! In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

Act

Reflect on the major obstacles you’ve overcome since knowing Christ. What are you facing that seems as if it will never bring about any good? Today, how can you trust Jesus to lead you through tragedy and into triumph?

 

Wednesday

March 8, 2017

Jethro Jolt

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Exodus 18:17-19, “Moses’ father-in-law replied, ‘What you are doing is not good. You and these people who come to you will only wear yourselves out. The work is too heavy for you; you cannot handle it alone. Listen now to me and I will give you some advice, and may God be with you. You must be the people’s representative before God and bring their disputes to Him.’”

Think

We like to be right. We don’t naturally enjoy being told what we’re doing is wrong. So what about when it comes to receiving advice—not unsolicited opinions—but insightful observations? Jethro was the priest of Midian and was well versed in effective leadership. No wonder he was taken aback by the futile and time-consuming methods employed by his son-in-law. Moses had gone slow-Mo and needed a jolt from Jethro to pick up his Mo-mentum! Speaking the truth in love, Jethro offered some great wisdom and perspective. Moses could have taken it as an insult, but fortunately he had a teachable spirit and showed great humility in receiving the advice. Wisdom is a quality of the soul, and within this exchange, Jethro pointed Moses back to God’s calling for his life.

In this series, we’ve talked a lot about the necessity of skipping within leadership, but one thing we should never skip is constructive criticism. Accountability emerges from affinity. Who are you listening to? Usually the people with the most experience have the most to say within a climate of critique. The moment we stop listening is the precise moment we stop leading. Learning is a lifelong process, and great information lacking application is an abomination. Proverbs 16:20 states, “Those who listen to instruction will prosper; those who trust the Lord will be joyful”. Are you teachable and adaptable? Or are you in need of a Jethro jolt? Because when we land on good advice, we will soar to places we never dreamed possible.

Pray

Father God, melt away any stubbornness from my heart. Help me to be humble and open to wisdom and critique. Thank You for placing people in my life who care enough to speak the truth in love. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

Act

Read the prologue in Proverbs 1:1-7. Then commit verse 7 to memory: “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline”.

 

Tuesday

March 7, 2017

Let Them Hear

Read

Mark 4:9, “Then Jesus said, ‘He who has ears to hear, let him hear’”.
James 1:22, “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.”

Think

Jesus said, ‘Whoever has ears, let them hear’, approximately fourteen times in the New Testament. He captivated crowds by the authority with which He spoke—and people raptly listened. In the early church, people didn’t have written access to the gospel. The apostle’s letters were circulated around the various congregations and read as sermons. How fortunate we are today to have access to every Bible translation at the touch of our fingers! However, we must credit those who were “hearers of the word”. Comparatively, our listening skills leave much to be desired. In our ADD society, we must remember that hearing is with the ears, and listening is with the brain. Are you merely skimming through Scripture? Or are you listening for God’s voice and obeying His commands?

What kind of listener are you? Some people are pre-occupied listeners. They can’t seem to give others their undivided attention. Then there are those that occupy space, yet their thoughts are a million miles away. And we’ve all fallen prey to those suffering from ‘Interrupter-itis’,  who sit perched and ready to jump in anytime you take a breath. This is the exact reason God gave us two ears and one mouth. Also, there are the armchair experts always on hand to provide unsolicited answers. And finally, although a rare breed, there are those who actually listen. They actively engage in hearing what others have to say. They empathize and wait until the other person finishes speaking. God listens and He wants us to be intentional listeners as well. Good listening is an act of love, requiring patience, and reflects a healthy relationship with Christ. Whether in prayer or in a personal conversation with others, we must remember to listen for what God is speaking into our lives.

Pray

Thank God for constantly speaking into your life. Ask Him to guide you in becoming a better listener and spend a few moments meditating on the name of Jesus.

Act

What kind of listener are you? Over the next week pay special attention to your interactions with others.

 

Monday

March 6, 2017

A Time To Skip

Read

Exodus 18:17-18, “Moses’ father-in-law replied, “What you are doing is not good. You and these people who come to you will only wear yourselves out. The work is too heavy for you; you cannot handle it alone.”

Think

We are all guilty of thinking that if we want something done right we have to do it ourselves. False pride definitely stokes this sentiment. Therefore, this errant belief stymies us from reaching our maximum potential. We get so caught up in the superfluous that we are blind to the significant. Why? Because we are too busy trying to please everyone, yet it’s an impossible thing to do. Moses had just led two million Jews out of Egyptian slavery. The Israelites had seen amazing things happen. God parted the Red Sea and led them in a cloud by day and in a pillar of fire by night. He had produced water from a rock and provided manna and quail for their every meal. And still, they complained about their living conditions to Moses. This led him to think that he alone had to sit and judge every dispute between the entire nation.

Thankfully, Moses’ father-in-law, Jethro, helped him to see the pitfall of trying to do everything himself. He led him to understand that he wasn’t doing what God had commissioned him to do. He had far greater responsibilities awaiting. What if Moses hadn’t taken his father-in-law’s advice? Would he have been available to hear God’s voice? Because soon after, guess what? Moses received the 10 Commandments. Are you skipping the insignificant to perform what God has called you to do?

Pray

Father God, thank You for Your divine leadership and providing me with the discernment of when to leader-skip. Help me to know when I need to let go, when I need to say no, and when I need to take hold of what You have called me to do. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

Act

Spend some time considering what major thing God has called you to do, that if you hadn’t yielded to His command you might not have done, or vice versa. What did you potentially miss?

 

Friday

March 3, 2017

Keep On Asking

Read

Matthew 7:7, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you”.

Think

We don’t ask a plumber for legal advice. For health-related concerns, we don’t schedule an appointment with an accountant. We don’t call the police (hopefully) when our child is making bad grades. Instead, we ask the right questions to the right people to get the right answers. And sometimes in leadership, we have to ask tough, pointed, and uncomfortable questions in addition to receiving certain answers that we don’t want to hear. Nonetheless, we must always go for the A.S.K. — always seeking knowledge. However, there are two main reasons we don’t ask questions, and the first is pride. The moment it enters the equation, God exits, because pride is the forerunner of all sins. When we’re on the ride of pride, we cannot seem to admit that we don’t know everything and we don’t have all the answers. The second reason is fear. We’re afraid of exposing weakness. And once we know the answer, we may have to make some changes. God wants us to ask questions. Learning is a lifelong process, and in fact, many of us are just two to three questions away from a breakthrough.

Humans are finite and limited. God is infinite and limitless. So, there are countless questions only He can answer. James 1:5 says, “If you need wisdom ASK our generous GOD, and He will give it to you”. And, not only will He give us wisdom, He blesses us for asking! Proverbs 3:13 states, “Blessed are those who find wisdom, those who gain understanding”. But here’s the caveat, when Jesus says, “I will do whatever you ask in My name” it doesn’t mean that we have a genie God always on standby to grant our every desire. If we want Him to respond to our interests, we must first be devoted to His. Remember, even Jesus yielded to His Father’s will in prayer. When we align our will with His, He will respond in amazing ways. We will never grow intellectually, spiritually, or otherwise, if we can’t humble ourselves enough to always keep on asking!

Pray

Pray through Psalm 25:4-5, “Show me Your ways, O Lord, teach me Your paths; guide me in Your truth and teach me, for You are God my Savior, and my hope is in You all day long”.

Act

There is a treasure trove of wisdom found in Proverbs 3. Read the chapter and journal the words or phrases that especially stand out to you.

 

Thursday

March 2, 2017

Celebration in Mo’s Town

Read

Exodus 18: 9-11, “Jethro was delighted to hear about all the good things the LORD had done for Israel in rescuing them from the hand of the Egyptians. He said, “Praise be to the LORD, who rescued you from the hand of the Egyptians and of Pharaoh, and who rescued the people from the hand of the Egyptians. Now I know that the LORD is greater than all other gods, for He did this to those who had treated Israel arrogantly.”

Think

Celebration begets celebration, and a great example of this is found in Exodus 18. We often gloss over the first day of Jethro’s visit with his son-in-law. We tend to skip to day two when Moses received great advice and wise counsel in the necessity of delegation within leadership. Upon Jethro’s arrival, he was greeted warmly and invited into his son-in-law’s tent. There, Moses shared all the miraculous and amazing things God had done to save His people. Jethro listened intently and was “delighted to hear” such incredibly awesome news. Truly listening to someone is the highest form of honor. At Fellowship Church, we talk a lot about having the right ‘THEY’ in our lives, because the right THEY always have something to SAY when we do something great! Jethro responded in a celebratory manner. Then he praised God as the Most High. And in that moment he underwent a life-changing transformation, which leads us to the next celebration…

Jethro was the Midianite priest of a religion that likely worshiped a multitude of gods. However, he was familiar with the God of Israel. How could he not be after spending forty years with Moses on the far side of the desert? Until his visit, though, he hadn’t committed to the Lord because in verse 11 he said, “Now I know that God is greater than all other gods”. Then as an act of worship, he brought a burnt offering and other sacrifices to the Lord out of gratitude for the mercy and deliverance God had shown him and his family. After this initial act of devotion, he came together with all the elders to share a portion of the sacrificial meal as a celebration in the presence of God. So, although he was not born into the Israelite faith, it was by faith after hearing Moses’ account of events that he committed to the God of Israel. This greatly applies to us! We are to bring our offerings and tithes as an act of worship to the house. We celebrate and encourage one another in Christ. And we share our stories in hope of leading people towards God, thus building new relationships and refueling those we have come to cherish.

Pray

Thank God for those who celebrate with you in the good times and stand by you in the bad. Ask Him to provide opportunities to share your story, and praise Him for His Almighty power, provision, and strength.

Act

Give someone a compliment, send an encouraging message, and smile at everyone you pass!

 

Wednesday

March 1, 2017

Two Great Questions

Read

Exodus 18:14, “When his father-in-law saw all that Moses was doing for the people, he said, “What is this you are doing for the people? Why do you alone sit as judge, while all these people stand around you from morning till evening?”

Think

God’s people were coming off a major victory after defeating the Amalekites. Moses, who sat on a hilltop overlooking the battle—where he was supposed to be—came down and returned to his daily grind. His father-in-law, Jethro, was visiting from out of town when he observed Moses sit all day and serve as judge for every problem and dispute for the entire nation of Israel—we’re talking about a population of two million people! Jethro, seeing the futility in his son-in-law’s time management—or lack thereof—asked two critical questions: “What are you doing?” And, “Why are you doing it?” We should all ask ourselves these two great questions in every facet of our lives, especially in our service to God.

God is a God of order. The devil deals in disorder and distraction. He doesn’t want us to stay on track with God’s agenda. Is each distraction some horribly evil temptation? No, in fact, the majority of them are good things that hinder us from pursuing the great. That’s why it’s so imperative that we regularly examine our actions and the reasons for them. In response to Jethro’s inquiry, Moses (notice the irony in his reply) said, “The people come to me seeking God’s will. Whenever they have a dispute, I decide between the parties and inform them of God’s decrees and laws.” As the Hebrew head honcho, Moses should have skipped judging individual disputes. Unfortunately, he landed for too long and got caught in the wrong spot. He was NOT doing the significant things God had called him to do! Instead, he was distracted by the superfluous. None of us will likely ever be called to lead two million people, but we all have influence. As leaders in the home, church, at work, and elsewhere, what we do matters greatly. Remember, we were created on purpose for a purpose. Are you dealing with distraction or taking action within God’s plan for your life?

Pray

Father God, thank You for creating me to serve a special and uniquely specific purpose. Guide me, Lord, to regularly consider the ‘what’ and the ‘why’ questions, as I desire to stay on course with Your will. In Christ’s name I pray, Amen.

Act

Over the next week, spend some time considering the ‘what’ and the ‘why’ questions in your life.

 

Tuesday

February 28, 2017

The Art of Leader-Skip

Read

Psalm 27:8, “My heart says of You, ‘Seek His face!’ Your face, Lord, I will seek.”
Jeremiah 29:12-13, “Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. You will seek Me and find Me when you seek Me with all your heart.”

Think

Praying about priorities is a senseless waste of time. Why? Because, our priorities are clearly delineated throughout Scripture. The problem is that we get so caught up in the superfluous that we miss the important. Thus, our priorities are about skipping. Great leaders are defined more by what they miss than the meetings they make. It’s called the art of leader-skip and delegation. When we skip we are in the air with the ability to see farther and gain a more unique perspective. Of course, what goes up must come down. But when we land, we don’t want to stay on the ground for too long.

The Amalekites had just attacked the Israelites. Moses, wise in his decision, delegated leading the battle and selecting soldiers to Joshua. As the nation’s leader, Moses went to the top of a hill with God’s staff in hand to watch the battle. As long as his hands were raised the Israelites were winning. When he lowered his hands the Amalekites started winning. To secure the victory, Moses’ brother Aaron and friend Hur helped him elevate his arms. And by God’s power, the Israelites won. Had Moses been on the ground in the midst of the battle, or anywhere else besides the hilltop, the enemy would have likely crushed the Israelites. Only there did Moses have the ability to see the events unfold, and he gained a greater perspective because he was where he was supposed to be. Likewise, in leadership, to make the greatest decisions we must go where God calls us to go. When we prioritize His will, He will grant us the discernment to do what needs to be done according to His purpose in a magnificent fashion.

Pray

Father God, help me discern when to skip and when to land. Guide me in Your way as I seek Your kingdom and righteousness above all else. I love You! Thank You, Lord for calling me according to Your purpose.

Act

Here’s the phrase that pays: We skip the superfluous and land on the significant. And when we land on the significant our lives will be magnificent! Write this helpful saying at the top of your calendar or daily planner. Then take it a step further and post it on social media with #FellowshipChurch.

 

Monday

February 27, 2017

Task Overload

Read

Exodus 18:13, “The next day Moses took his seat to serve as judge for the people, and they stood around him from morning till evening”.

Think

We live in a very task-oriented society. Everyday, from the time we get up until the time we go to bed, our schedules are jam-packed with things vying for our attention. It’s such an epidemic, that we constantly see articles and reports on stress management related to handling task overload. So, why? Why is this the norm? It’s because we so easily lose sight of the significant in the midst of the superfluous.

Moses had a similar problem.  He was one man taking on the daily problems of an entire nation. It seems crazy, right? That he would take on the concerns of two million people? Well, unfortunately, God’s man became so mired down by trying to do everything, that he lost sight of God’s purpose for his life. This same man who delivered the Israelites out of Egyptian slavery by the miraculous power of God, found himself essentially working in the customer service complaints department. So, what are you cramming into your life, right now, that is distracting you from doing what God wants you to do? What should you be focusing on instead?

Pray

Father God, thank You for all of the amazing things You have in store for my life.  Help me to discern between the important and the insignificant. I solely want to do everything that fulfills Your plan and purpose. I worship You with all of my heart in the name of Jesus, Amen.

Act

Study your calendar or daily planner. What do you need to skip to allow more time to pursue excellence in God’s economy?