Leadership Lessons – June 30, 2012
Hunger for Power
I know the name of my sheep and many who come say they desire to serve me but inwardly they focus on their own desire to satisfy the flesh. My sheep hear my voice because they listen for it, knowing it will preserve them in safety.
“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.” (John 10:27)
Wolves only hear the sound of their own growling appetite for recognition as they rush forward to devourer the undiscerning. They gain strength by depleting the life from others. Those who hunger for power are exposed by its’ snare but all those who lift up my son, Jesus, will share in his glory.
“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves.” (Matthew 7:15)
“Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents and harmless as doves.” (Matthew 10:16)
Beware, beloved, of the motives of man for many will be deceived by their own lusts. Fill up on my words until you walk in uprightness. In all that you say and do, may you display yourself as mature. But do not ever loose your childlike faith because if you do, you cannot please me. Liken yourself unto righteousness until those who follow will be modeled the same. Serve the King with diligence but do not let its’ practice become his replacement.
Watch your calendar and your wallet—let them point to your priority whose focus is being adjusted like the steering wheel of life. Priorities are displayed by actions and actions produce results displaying what was meant to be revealed.
Tree branches that are dead will be brittle and break easy, not supporting your weight. As you fall to the ground, snapping and grabbing, you find one that is alive, one that will hold your weight. When you do, cut off the deadness just above the life mark and the tree will live. Do nothing and death will pass down the tree until it is unstable. Cut it down when you find it, while you can still choose its’ landing, lest other trees be affected by its’ fall. If in the tree there are living things, help them to safety. Even what has been cut down can be useful. For example, it can be used to provide fuel for burning and light in the darkness. Gather around it so that all can benefit from each lesson as you share stories in love and learn to grow in maturity. Every branch that does not bear fruit should be cut down and thrown into the fire.
“And even now the ax is laid to the root of the trees. Therefore every tree which does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.” (Matthew 3:10)
At least then it becomes useful. A crow may land but it will not rest until it is satisfied. So it is with the wicked as they hunger for the blood of the righteous.
1 TIMOTHY 4
New King James Version (NKJV)
THE GREAT APOSTASY
4 Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, 2 speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron, 3 forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from foods which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth. 4 For every creature of God is good, and nothing is to be refused if it is received with thanksgiving; 5 for it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.
A GOOD SERVANT OF JESUS CHRIST
6 If you instruct the brethren in these things, you will be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished in the words of faith and of the good doctrine which you have carefully followed.7 But reject profane and old wives’ fables, and exercise yourself toward godliness. 8 For bodily exercise profits a little, but godliness is profitable for all things, having promise of the life that now is and of that which is to come. 9 This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance. 10 For to this end we both labor and suffer reproach,[a] because we trust in the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of those who believe. 11 These things command and teach.
TAKE HEED TO YOUR MINISTRY
12 Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit,[b] in faith, in purity. 13 Till I come, give attention to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine. 14 Do not neglect the gift that is in you, which was given to you by prophecy with the laying on of the hands of the eldership. 15 Meditate on these things; give yourself entirely to them, that your progress may be evident to all. 16 Take heed to yourself and to the doctrine. Continue in them, for in doing this you will save both yourself and those who hear you.