Friday, May 30, 2014

When faith seems to fail

2 Kings 2:So the king of Israel set out with the king of Judah and the king of Edom. After a roundabout march of seven days, the army had no more water for themselves or for the animals with them.

10 “What!” exclaimed the king of Israel. “Has the Lord called us three kings together only to deliver us into the hands of Moab?”


“I will go” were my words as I volunteered for a short term mission’s trip. I mustered up all the faith I had at the time, in order to do this. Once I got on the trip things started off smooth but I was assigned to ride with the guy who drove a camper. He couldn’t keep up with the caravan and eventually got lost. We couldn’t speak the language and did not have a GPS, map or a clue!

This was the beginning of the trip! We had many missteps. We were constantly late, once four hours. The last straw was when I set up the equipment, it didn’t work. “GOD, why have you brought me to this place only to fail?!”, I cried out.

  • Sometimes I get to a place where things seem bleak and I cry out.
  • Sometimes I step out on faith only to meet a greater challenge when I get there.
  • Sometimes I take a chance and my risk is met with tougher circumstances.

Faith takes trust in GOD, but sometimes when I used up all of my faith, I run into a situation where I can’t see my way beyond the next circumstance. Looking back, I realize I may have given up a bit too soon on many difficult situations.

  • GOD said “MY ways are not your ways.”
  • GOD said “Trust in ME for I shall never leave you nor forsake you.”
  • GOD said “Believe in the one who can not only kill the body but destroy the soul.”

GOD has delivered me through many bleak situations. HIS power and might seem to overturn even the gravest circumstance. HE easily plows through any problem. When I step out on faith, I should expect to come up against the enemy’s attack. I must add trust to my faith and watch GOD work HIS plan, which includes the tough situation.

  • Are you facing a difficult situation?
  • Do you feel like you have stepped out on faith only to face a larger situation?
  • Can you add trust to your faith and watch GOD deliver you?
  • Can you praise GOD for the future victory today?

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Growing Up

2 Kings 2:When they had crossed, Elijah said to Elisha, “Tell me, what can I do for you before I am taken from you?”

“Let me inherit a double portion of your spirit,” Elisha replied.

10 “You have asked a difficult thing,” Elijah said, “yet if you see me when I am taken from you, it will be yours—otherwise, it will not.”

11 As they were walking along and talking together, suddenly a chariot of fire and horses of fire appeared and separated the two of them, and Elijah went up to heaven in a whirlwind. 12 Elisha saw this and cried out, “My father! My father! The chariots and horsemen of Israel!” And Elisha saw him no more. Then he took hold of his garment and tore it in two.

13 Elisha then picked up Elijah’s cloak that had fallen from him and went back and stood on the bank of the Jordan.14 He took the cloak that had fallen from Elijah and struck the water with it. “Where now is the Lord, the God of Elijah?” he asked. When he struck the water, it divided to the right and to the left, and he crossed over.


Graduation had come and gone. As I stuffed ALL of my belongings in my car, I realized, “I am on my own.” I mean my parents used to tell me what to do, and then the university had my schedule pretty much locked up. But now, I had to figure things out myself.  “How am I going to do this?” I thought.

  • GOD knows the unknown for which I’m walking.
  • GOD holds my future.
  • GOD executes HIS plan and has great thoughts for me.

Elisha asked for special gifts and abilities but was unsure that he received them. I can imagine how he felt when the person who was performing miracles was whisked away in a whirlwind. He probably felt like asking “Now what?” That’s the way my life is. I have started many new chapters and the script is never written for me. BUT GOD’s plan is awesome.

  • GOD wants me to succeed.
  • GOD wants me to be thoroughly blessed.
  • GOD wants me to grow in HIM, trusting HIS ways and believing in HIS future.

The answer to “Now what” is an exciting adventure if I’m willing to accept the road of faith.

  • Are you unsure of your future?
  • Do you think GOD has left you?
  • Can you start walking and let GOD guide your steps?
  • Won’t you add TRUST and FAITH to your daily walk and let go of having to know everything?

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Where Advice Comes From

2 Kings 1:Now Ahaziah had fallen through the lattice of his upper room in Samaria and injured himself. So he sent messengers, saying to them, “Go and consult Baal-Zebub, the god of Ekron, to see if I will recover from this injury.”

But the angel of the Lord said to Elijah the Tishbite, “Go up and meet the messengers of the king of Samaria and ask them, ‘Is it because there is no God in Israel that you are going off to consult Baal-Zebub, the god of Ekron?’


“Should I…” are the words I have said on many occasions. The problem with these unsure words is that they were pointed in the wrong direction. “Should I sneak out of the house?’ was pointed at other teens who had done this and “gotten away with it.”

  • Sometimes I seek advice from those who are not following GOD in order to join the crowd.
  • Sometimes I seek advice from the fearful and they add their worries on me.
  • Sometimes I seek advice from the rich and powerful in order to be more like them.

GOD’s way is definitely not my way. HE does not want me to bow down to gods of money, power and fame so the source of my advice should be different.

  • GOD wants me to seek HIS kingdom first so HE can say “No” or “Yes” to my request.
  • GOD wants me to ask HIM for everything since HE owns everything.
  • GOD wants me to see if I am following HIS plan, not my own.

Even the tiniest decision can be run by GOD. HE can handle it. HE wants total dependence on HIM and reliance on HIS power. Authority is given once I ask GOD “what should I do in this situation?” When HE has first right of refusal then HIS guidance is far better than any human advice.

  • Whose advice are you seeking?
  • Do you check “churchy” advice by comparing it to what GOD says?
  • In your prayers for situations and stuff, do you ask GOD “what do you want?”
  • Can you seek what GOD wants for you today?

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Don’t go with the flow

1 Kings 22:But Jehoshaphat also said to the king of Israel, “First seek the counsel of the Lord.”


12 All the other prophets were prophesying the same thing. “Attack Ramoth Gilead and be victorious,” they said, “for the Lord will give it into the king’s hand.”

13 The messenger who had gone to summon Micaiah said to him, “Look, the other prophets without exception are predicting success for the king. Let your word agree with theirs, and speak favorably.”

14 But Micaiah said, “As surely as the Lord lives, I can tell him only what the Lord tells me.”


“All your problems will go away. GOD will provide you with health, wealth and happiness” is what I want to say to entice people to accept CHRIST.  This naive thinking turned my tongue into a lying instrument.  After telling people “it will be alright” and watching things get worse, I questioned GOD.

  • GOD never said things would be easy.
  • GOD never said I wouldn’t have troubles.
  • GOD never said all of my problems would go away if I follow HIM.

Following GOD invites trouble. I mean as soon as I stop following the world, it becomes my enemy. Things will be a bit tougher as I resist temptation and walk in HIS ways. Even my tongue will have to be guided to give the right words at the right time. Sometimes GOD will give me wonderful news through HIS word and sometimes the words will be a bit sharp, cutting me and others.

  • GOD wants me to speak the truth but delivered in love, not judgment.
  • GOD wants me to speak the truth by understanding HIS word and not deviating from it.
  • GOD wants me to speak the truth by saying HE is supreme and has the right to say “No.”

Yes GOD wants to bless everyone, but in HIS time and HIS way.  There may still be some pain each of us has to endure, some longer than others. BUT GOD wants me to say what HE wants me to say, knowing HIS word is best to follow.

  • Are you telling people what you want to say or what GOD wants you to say?
  • Do you feel you have to say “everything will be alright” even though you weren’t told to do so?
  • Can you ask GOD what HE wants you to say and find the courage to say it?

Friday, May 23, 2014

Being Part of the Set Up

1 Kings 21:Jezebel his wife said, “Is this how you act as king over Israel? Get up and eat! Cheer up. I’ll get you the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite.”

So she wrote letters in Ahab’s name, placed his seal on them, and sent them to the elders and nobles who lived in Naboth’s city with him. In those letters she wrote:

“Proclaim a day of fasting and seat Naboth in a prominent place among the people. 10 But seat two scoundrels opposite him and have them bring charges that he has cursed both God and the king. Then take him out and stone him to death.”


Setting people up for failure was common in the workplace. Give a person a task and don’t give them the resources or support, then write an evaluation on them. Everyone was mad at this consultant anyway, and besides, in my mind he was a jerk!

  • JESUS was falsely accused.
  • JESUS was murdered by those who didn’t like HIM and who wanted power.
  • JESUS was set up for failure by those who wanted HIM out of the way.

Slander is easy when I want to shine, but it takes maturity to confess my wrongs and admit my failures. GOD does not want me to be part of tearing people down rather HE wants me to encourage them to do better. I know everyone cannot be motivated by my words, but I should be ready to speak HIS words when GOD delivers someone to me.

  • Are you setting someone up for failure?
  • Have you pulled your support back?
  • Can you encourage “that” person with words of GOD?

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Because HE is GOD

1 Kings 20: 28 The man of God came up and told the king of Israel, “This is what the Lord says: ‘Because the Arameans think the Lord is a god of the hills and not a god of the valleys, I will deliver this vast army into your hands, and you will know that I am the Lord.’”


Looking back on my immaturity, I realize I have sinned quite a bit. Sometimes I even thought I could cover my sinful actions by doing goody good stuff and being nice and following the rules. This type of thinking still puts “me” in control and when I still don’t get my way, I pout and wonder where GOD is.

  • GOD does great things in my life, not because of me but in spite of me.
  • GOD does wonderful things in my life simply because HE is GOD.
  • GOD does merciful, graceful things in my life in the middle of my sin.

I must realize that GOD wants to be known as GOD rather than “giant wish granter.” HIS ways are not my ways and HE accounts for my sin as well as my sincere attempts to serve HIM. HE puts a loving plan together for me which includes my rescue.

GOD did all of this because HE is GOD. I should always remember this when I desire to serve HIM.

  • Are you trying to get GOD to do something for you?
  • Do you think you will get your way if you just act nice?
  • Can you stop trying to manipulate GOD and praise HIM for being GOD?
  • Will you stand still and watch the glory of the LORD deliver you this day?

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Underestimating GOD

1 Kings 19: 14 He replied, “I have been very zealous for the Lord God Almighty. The Israelites have rejected your covenant, torn down your altars, and put your prophets to death with the sword. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me too.”

15 The Lord said to him, “Go back the way you came, and go to the Desert of Damascus. When you get there, anoint Hazael king over Aram. 16 Also, anoint Jehu son of Nimshi king over Israel, and anoint Elisha son of Shaphat from Abel Meholah to succeed you as prophet. 17 Jehu will put to death any who escape the sword of Hazael, and Elisha will put to death any who escape the sword of Jehu. 18 Yet I reserve seven thousand in Israel—all whose knees have not bowed down to Baal and whose mouths have not kissed him.”


With the announcement of the birth of my children, excitement turned into fear as I watched the world’s moral fabric rip apart. “There doesn’t seem to be anyone left to protect my kids from the world” I thought to myself. “How will they survive?”

Years later I realized I wasn’t the only person who believed in GOD. In fact I found out that I had grossly underestimated GOD’s marvelous power in their lives and everywhere we went.

  • When I think too highly of my righteousness I underestimate GOD’s.
  • When I think I am the only one who is righteous I fail to see GOD’s power.
  • When I think everything is out of control I cannot see GOD’s sovereignty.

GOD is awesome and is not worried about the world today. HIS power is far above anything that’s going on and HE is concerned about every aspect of my life and others.

Can you put your trust in GOD today?

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Hiding my faith

1 Kings 18: 21 Elijah went before the people and said, “How long will you waver between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow him; but if Baal is God, follow him.”

But the people said nothing.


Nervous and quite embarrassed, I asked for a coke in a drink glass. Everyone was drinking and laughing and drinking some more. Someone approached me and asked “What will you have?” I didn’t have an answer for him. About a week prior, I had taken a vow that I would never drink again. I did this as part of my journey back to the LORD and I wanted to take HIM seriously by taking a vow. That was the only reason and I didn’t want to say this to the guy.

“I don’t drink” I said to him. “Why?” he replied. “Should I tell him about my vow?” I frantically thought. I panicked and said nothing about GOD. “I just don’t drink.” I wonder if I missed an opportunity.

  • There are times that I felt I could have shared my faith and didn’t.
  • There are times that I felt like hiding my faith in order to “get ahead” in business.
  • There are times that I felt like going with the crowd instead of showing my faith because I didn’t want to be looked at as being weird.

When I looked out the window of life and saw a bunch of people playing in the street of sin, I felt left out.  I mean they seemed to e having so much fun, meanwhile I’m over hear struggling not to do those things AND I’m struggling to make it. It didn’t seem “fair.”

  • GOD said “Don’t hide your light under a bushel” meaning let people know “whose” I am.
  • GOD said “If you are ashamed of me I will ashamed of you.”
  • GOD said “Be ready to speak about ME and I will give you the words.”

I sometimes forget that I am GOD’s creation. HE created me with a purpose to spread the great news about HIS SON. It seems like such a simple task but the world doesn’t want to hear my message and wants me to “say nothing” or join in on the “do anything that feels good” message.

I do know it’s confusing to talk about grace verses working my way into heaven, BUT GOD want me to be prepared to speak about HIM at a moment’s notice. HE will give me the right words to douse the confusion and make HIM known. HE doesn’t want me to “hide” my faith in order to get ahead.

  • Are you hiding your faith?
  • Do you feel ashamed to say “JESUS” out loud?
  • Do you act different around one crowd?
  • Can you drop your shame of GOD?
  • Can you start by showing your faith in a small way and build on it daily for GOD’s purpose?

Monday, May 19, 2014

Trust takes dependence

1 Kings 17:Then the word of the Lord came to him: “Go at once to Zarephath in the region of Sidon and stay there. I have directed a widow there to supply you with food.” 10 So he went to Zarephath. When he came to the town gate, a widow was there gathering sticks. He called to her and asked, “Would you bring me a little water in a jar so I may have a drink?” 11 As she was going to get it, he called, “And bring me, please, a piece of bread.”

12 “As surely as the Lord your God lives,” she replied, “I don’t have any bread—only a handful of flour in a jar and a little olive oil in a jug. I am gathering a few sticks to take home and make a meal for myself and my son, that we may eat it—and die.”

13 Elijah said to her, “Don’t be afraid. Go home and do as you have said. But first make a small loaf of bread for me from what you have and bring it to me, and then make something for yourself and your son. 14 For this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘The jar of flour will not be used up and the jug of oil will not run dry until the day the Lord sends rain on the land.’”


“Open Immediately” were the all too familiar words on the envelope. This time it was from the bank stating my rent check had bounced and my account was now negative. I sat and wondered what I should do. My landlord was going to call soon and I only had a few dollars in my pocket.

I hadn’t been to church and someone on campus asked me to go.  I went and they said “give,” well at least that’s all I could hear since I was broke. I nervously reached in my homemade wallet and gave one of my last dollars. I didn’t even know why I did this at the time. A miracle did not happen that day.  I went home dejected. BUT GOD worked everything out in HIS time.

Sometimes I can’t see what GOD is doing.
Sometimes I think GOD has left me to work everything out by myself.
Sometimes I think my troubles are punishment and I can never get out of trouble with GOD.

Complaints roll off my lips when things don’t quite go my way. I mean, “I’m not really doing bad things” I rationalize to myself in my protest to GOD. HIS reply was very simple.

  • Trust in ME and I will never forsake you.
  • Believe in ME and I will supply all your needs.
  • Follow ME and your path will be made straight.

GOD wants total dependence on HIM.  Bank accounts, insurance and conveniences sometimes blind me and others around me to GOD’s saving grace. HIS mercy came with a great price, namely the loss of HIS SON. BUT GOD didn’t stop at JESUS’ death. HE raised HIM from the dead and placed HIM over everything.

By belief that HIS SON is GOD and is now alive, I am adopted in HIS all-powerful family. Now, my circumstances can be directed by the ONE who made everything. I can depend on GOD.

  • Are you worried?
  • Do you think you have the power to overcome your circumstances?
  • Can you ask GOD what HE wants you to do today?
  • Won’t you put your trust in GOD today and let go of your worries?

Friday, May 16, 2014

GOD’s Elevator

1 Kings 16: Then the word of the Lord came to Jehu son of Hanani concerning Baasha: “I lifted you up from the dust and appointed you ruler over my people Israel, but you followed the ways of Jeroboam and caused my people Israel to sin and to arouse my anger by their sins. 


“You are one of the best” someone said to me. I said “Thank you” and moved on. Another person said “You are THE best we have.” I said “Thank you and by the way, have you noticed how other people are slacking off around here?” In fact the more I got complimented, the more I complained about my surroundings.

  • Sometimes I think “I” am talented.
  • Sometimes I think “I” am the one who is smart.
  • Sometimes I think “I” am needed and they are disposable.

It seems like the higher I go the blinder I become as to how I got there. Once I reach a certain height then I think “I” did it all and no one else helped me. BUT GOD wants me to understand where blessings truly come from.

  • GOD is the one who has raised me up and HE wants me to proclaim HIS name every step of the way.
  • GOD is the one who has raised me up and HE wants me to show appreciation by following HIS way.
  • GOD is the one who has raised me up and HE wants me to thank HIM instead of thanking myself.

Recognizing GOD is a must. HE protects me, leads me and loves me so why not proclaim HIS name? Proclaiming HIS name comes with a price. It means I can’t falsely thank HIM and secretly follow the world. I must give each god to GOD and let HIM do HIS way with them. If HE chooses to tear them from my hands I must thank HIM instead of cursing HIM.

  • Have you recognized where GOD has brought you?
  • Do you think you got where you are by yourself?
  • Can you tell others about GOD and how HE has blessed you?
  • Can you take your blinders off for a moment and drop the complaints from your lips?

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Committed versus Perfection

1 Kings 15: 11 Asa did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, as his father David had done. 12 He expelled the male shrine prostitutes from the land and got rid of all the idols his ancestors had made. 

13 He even deposed his grandmother Maakah from her position as queen mother, because she had made a repulsive image for the worship of Asherah. Asa cut it down and burned it in the Kidron Valley. 14 Although he did not remove the high places, Asa’s heart was fully committed to the Lord all his life.


Tired of things going “wrong,” I decided to dedicate my life back to GOD. I mean everything else had failed, why not try this. I actually felt a load fall off of my mind. I could breathe again.  A couple of years into my renewed life things seemed to go extremely well.

But one year I hit a small blip as a family member’s health came into question. Then I got news of a friend who was dying. My car was broken into and other areas of my life were shaken.  “Wait! I thought life would be easy if I were to put my trust in GOD!” I huffed in disappointment. Maybe I’m not trying to live for HIM hard enough! I wonder if I need to give up on GOD.

  • GOD understands the times when I feel discouraged.
  • GOD understands the times when I feel like giving up.
  • GOD understands the times when I feel disappointed.

Many times I thought “Nothing should go wrong because I’m living for GOD.” That statement couldn’t be further from the truth. Because I’m living for GOD, things will go seemingly wrong.

  • GOD says there will be many trials in my life but HE wants me to trust HIM anyway.
  • GOD says HE wants a simple relationship with me, not one where I expect the wrong things from HIM and get disappointed at the drop of a hat when HE doesn’t yield.
  • GOD says love one another as I have loved you.

Sometimes I overcomplicate my relationship with GOD.  When things go wrong, I try to analyze my previous moves so I won’t fall into that type of trouble again. BUT GOD knows that when I live for HIM, the enemy will try to tear me down, accuse me and break my faith. GOD wants me to be committed. This means accepting there will be trials and keeping my trust in HIM.

  • Have you lost your trust in GOD?
  • Are you wondering where GOD is with you right now?
  • Can you put your trust in HIM that HIS plan includes this trial?
  • Can you help someone increase their faith in GOD today by telling your story?

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

But GOD saw it

1 Kings : At that time Abijah son of Jeroboam became ill, and Jeroboam said to his wife, “Go, disguise yourself, so you won’t be recognized as the wife of Jeroboam. Then go to Shiloh. Ahijah the prophet is there—the one who told me I would be king over this people. Take ten loaves of bread with you, some cakes and a jar of honey, and go to him. He will tell you what will happen to the boy.” So Jeroboam’s wife did what he said and went to Ahijah’s house in Shiloh.

Now Ahijah could not see; his sight was gone because of his age. But the Lord had told Ahijah, “Jeroboam’s wife is coming to ask you about her son, for he is ill, and you are to give her such and such an answer. When she arrives, she will pretend to be someone else.”

So when Ahijah heard the sound of her footsteps at the door, he said, “Come in, wife of Jeroboam. Why this pretense? I have been sent to you with bad news. Go, tell Jeroboam that this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘I raised you up from among the people and appointed you ruler over my people Israel.


“Ink erasers were great inventions” I thought to myself as I tap danced my way into yet another free meal. I was very broke and living in an apartment.  I still had my student ID with the last meal sticker on it. The student in charge of the door barely paid attention to the sticker and didn’t notice the erasures of the marks denoting I had eaten already.

I loaded up my backpack with food and sometimes plates, forks and pepper shakers. I had “gotten away” with eating for free… or so I thought.

  • When I think I got away with something, I am sadly mistaken.
  • When I think I can hide something, I am foolish in my assumption.
  • When I think no one will ever know, I am blind and will not succeed.

GOD knows my heart and sees every action. HE knows when I am trying to hide something and does the thing I don’t want HIM to do… HE makes my secret fully known!

  • GOD shines light on my sins in public because HE cannot have anything hidden.
  • GOD digs through the core of my heart and finds the insincere selfishness because my relationship with HIM has to be pure.
  • GOD sees every situation I try to get myself into and allows me travel a path that goes away from HIS teachings.

When I think I can get away with something small, I try something bigger and bigger. Soon I find myself in a world of trouble that only GOD can get me out of. GOD wants me to stop at even the tiniest thought in order to move back on the correct path. I am glad GOD matured me to be able to do without rather than continuing down a destructive road.

  • Are you trying to get away with something?
  • Do you think your secret is really a secret with GOD?
  • When is the last time you have taken inventory of “your” actions and given them to GOD?
  • Can you begin to get on the road to maturity and truly confess to GOD?

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Should I Obey GOD?

1 Kings 13: 16 The man of God said, “I cannot turn back and go with you, nor can I eat bread or drink water with you in this place.17 I have been told by the word of the Lord: ‘You must not eat bread or drink water there or return by the way you came.’”

18 The old prophet answered, “I too am a prophet, as you are. And an angel said to me by the word of the Lord: ‘Bring him back with you to your house so that he may eat bread and drink water.’” (But he was lying to him.) 19 So the man of God returned with him and ate and drank in his house.

20 While they were sitting at the table, the word of the Lord came to the old prophet who had brought him back. 21 He cried out to the man of God who had come from Judah, “This is what the Lord says: ‘You have defied the word of the Lord and have not kept the command the Lord your God gave you. 22 You came back and ate bread and drank water in the place where he told you not to eat or drink. Therefore your body will not be buried in the tomb of your ancestors.’”


It sounds like I’m double-talking when I say “Do what GOD says” and then later I say “GOD’s grace is sufficient.”  It seems like the two statements contradict one another. GOD says if we live by “the Law” then if we break even one, we are guilty of the entire law.

Does this give me the freedom to sin as much as I want? Not quite.

  • GOD knows the destructive power of sin so I should understand “the Law” but not depend on it to save me.
  • GOD knows the plan HE has for me so I should follow HIS ways and examples but not depend on my righteousness to save me.
  • GOD knows I will fail over and over and over so I should be excited about HIS everlasting forgiveness but not depend on “not sinning” as a method to remain close to HIM.

When I believed that I needed to be saved from eternal separation from GOD, I was given the HOLY SPIRIT who lives inside me and will never leave me nor forsake me. Actually, GOD gave this to me before I was born, but that’s another story. Since the HOLY SPIRIT lives in me, I can’t get “away” from GOD.

GOD does however allow consequences to come in my life. My fear shouldn’t be on the consequences rather I should fear “not” following GOD’s ways for many who call on HIS name will not enter HIS kingdom.  GOD wants a real relationship with me rather than one of manipulation to get my way. GOD wants me to obey out of love for HIM.

  • Are you walking on eggshells with GOD in hopes to get your way?
  • Are you trying to remain ignorant to what HE wants you to do in hopes that HE won’t have a hard task for you?
  • Can you seek what HE desires for you so you can truly be successful?
  • Won’t you obey HIM today just to show HIM your love?Can you add to your faith that HIS grace is sufficient?
  • Can you add to your faith that HIS grace is sufficient?

Monday, May 12, 2014

GOD’s Leadership Style

1 Kings 12:They replied, “If today you will be a servant to these people and serve them and give them a favorable answer, they will always be your servants.”

But Rehoboam rejected the advice the elders gave him and consulted the young men who had grown up with him and were serving him. He asked them, “What is your advice? How should we answer these people who say to me, ‘Lighten the yoke your father put on us’?”

10 The young men who had grown up with him replied, “These people have said to you, ‘Your father put a heavy yoke on us, but make our yoke lighter.’ Now tell them, ‘My little finger is thicker than my father’s waist. 11 My father laid on you a heavy yoke; I will make it even heavier. My father scourged you with whips; I will scourge you with scorpions.’”


Gruff, pushy and cocky were my observations of those who made it to the top. It seemed as if the mental bullies made it, while the faint at heart could only sit back and be destroyed. Something had to be done.  I took a deep breath and slathered a thin layer of toughness on the outer shell of my personality. It worked!

I then began to toughen up my shell to face those who were arrogant and annoying! One day I realized I was on my way to becoming them in order to fight them.

  • Just because I have the title, doesn’t make me a leader.
  • Just because I am in charge, doesn’t mean I can force people to do my bidding.
  • Just because I am the designated leader, doesn’t make my leadership style better.

My tough exterior was slightly misguided.  I thought I had to become tough “like” the bullies instead of recognizing where true power comes from.

  • GOD wants me to be as wise as a serpent but harmless as a dove.
  • GOD wants me to recognize true power as being the person who knows when “not” to use it.
  • GOD wants me to rely on HIS power and let HIM fight the battles instead of thinking I have to do all of the fighting.

The toughness GOD wants me to have is dexterity to stay with HIM when I think I should handle the situation on my own. GOD wants me to remain strong in faith rather than relying on what I can see, touch or feel. HE wants me to follow HIS ways which are the ways of a servant. This sounds counterproductive, but GOD’s ways always yield fruit.

  • Are you the faint at heart?
  • Do you lack faith?
  • Can you toughen up your faith in GOD which will give you a different kind of toughness?
  • Can you stop trying to be like people and focus on your growth in GOD?

Friday, May 9, 2014

GOD looks at attitude

1 Kings 11:As Solomon grew old, his wives turned his heart after other gods, and his heart was not fully devoted to the Lord his God, as the heart of David his father had been. He followed Ashtoreth the goddess of the Sidonians, and Molek the detestable god of the Ammonites. So Solomon did evil in the eyes of the Lord; he did not follow the Lord completely, as David his father had done.


The Lord became angry with Solomon because his heart had turned away from the Lord, the God of Israel, who had appeared to him twice. 10 Although he had forbidden Solomon to follow other gods, Solomon did not keep the Lord’s command. 11 So the Lord said to Solomon, “Since this is your attitude and you have not kept my covenant and my decrees, which I commanded you, I will most certainly tear the kingdom away from you and give it to one of your subordinates.


“Say you’re sorry” were the scolding words of a neighbor’s mother.  I laughed at her kid for multiple reasons. I mean the other kids were laughing, but I was a close neighbor. “Giggle, giggle, I’m sorry” came out of my mouth. The neighbor quickly recognized my attitude of non-remorse and said “I’m going to tell your parents.” “Wait… I’m sorry!” Wow, I didn’t even do anything! This ruined my day, I thought to myself!

Okay, that was a very mild example of doing something with the wrong attitude, but how does this translate into larger things?

·         When I work with a bad attitude, my product comes out poorly.
·         When I serve with a bad attitude, the recipient doesn’t feel served.
·         When I reject what GOD said to do because I simply don’t like the rule, I face GOD’s consequence.

We are all under grace and I am saved from eternal consequence, but that does not give me a license to do what I want. I am GOD’s creation and HE wants me to act like I am. I shouldn’t pout at HIS decree nor should I fret over where HE has me. My attitude should be that of “gratitude.”

·         Are you excited about where GOD has you?
·         Do you think HE is wrong for placing you where you are?

·         Can you accept where you are and grow your gratitude?

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Recognizing Where Talent Comes From

1 Kings 10:When the queen of Sheba saw all the wisdom of Solomon and the palace he had built, the food on his table, the seating of his officials, the attending servants in their robes, his cupbearers, and the burnt offerings he made at the temple of the Lord, she was overwhelmed.

She said to the king, “The report I heard in my own country about your achievements and your wisdom is true. But I did not believe these things until I came and saw with my own eyes. Indeed, not even half was told me; in wisdom and wealth you have far exceeded the report I heard. How happy your people must be! How happy your officials, who continually stand before you and hear your wisdom! 

Praise be to the Lord your God, who has delighted in you and placed you on the throne of Israel. Because of the Lord’s eternal love for Israel, he has made you king to maintain justice and righteousness.”


As the fancy cars pulled up, I marveled over the list of names who paraded in the caravan.  The CEO and top officers met with Wall Street and the media was there in full. I sat there with my eyes opened wide as their smooth answers flowed from their lips. Someone mentioned, “Millions of dollars are sitting on that stage right now.”

I then got intimidated.  How was I going to ever reach that?  My career seemed hopeless so I went back to my cubicle and pouted.

  • When I think I am responsible for reaching the top, I can get intimidated.
  • When I set my goal on being at the top with my own skills, I can get intimidated.
  • When I look at others with envy, I can get intimidated.

Sometimes I see the rich and famous and wonder, “How did this person get where they are?” “I mean they can’t think their way out of a wet paper bag” is usually my envious insult. “And besides, they aren’t even using the money to glorify GOD” is my added judgment. BUT GOD wants me to act different.

  • GOD wants me to praise HIM for someone else’s talent.
  • GOD wants me to be excited to see how HE raises people up to places only HE can reach.
  • GOD wants me to recognize the talent HE has given me and be excited about where HE has me.

“Get rid of the envy and strap on the excitement” is what GOD says to me. Being excited about life rids me of complaints and generates enthusiasm, encouragement and euphoria!

  • Are you complaining?
  • Do you have a negative view on life?
  • Can you praise GOD for someone else’s talent?
  • Do you recognize the talent HE has given you?
  • Can you accept where GOD has you?

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Obedience is a condition

1 Kings 9:The Lord said to him:
“I have heard the prayer and plea you have made before me; I have consecrated this temple, which you have built, by putting my Name there forever. My eyes and my heart will always be there.

“As for you, if you walk before me faithfully with integrity of heart and uprightness, as David your father did, and do all I command and observe my decrees and laws, I will establish your royal throne over Israel forever, as I promised David your father when I said, ‘You shall never fail to have a successor on the throne of Israel.’

“But if you or your descendants turn away from me and do not observe the commands and decrees I have given you and go off to serve other gods and worship them, then I will cut off Israel from the land I have given them and will reject this temple I have consecrated for my Name. Israel will then become a byword and an object of ridicule among all peoples.


GOD is pure. HE has set HIS purity in motion and does what HE says.  HE demands HIS creation remains innocent, sinless and loving. Unfortunately, my birth has a defect.  I am born with a sin nature that I cannot remove. No matter how hard I try, I cannot remove this sin nature nor can I buffer it to a point where it’s under control.

GOD is love. GOD THE SON volunteered to take my eternal consequence and many times HE removes my consequence here on earth. HE does, however, chasten me when I do wrong. JESUS became human, was murdered by HIS own creation and was raised from the dead. HE did all of this out of love.

GOD is power. Everything GOD has said will come true. There is nothing that can stop HIS decree. Once HE said HE will curse something then there is nothing that can stop that thing from being cursed. On the contrary, once HE said HE will bless something (me) then there is nothing that can take that blessing away from me.

GOD’s unconditional love enables me to follow HIS rules. The more I follow GOD the better our relationship.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

A prayer for today

1 Kings 8: 56 “Praise be to the Lord, who has given rest to his people Israel just as he promised. Not one word has failed of all the good promises he gave through his servant Moses. 57 May the Lord our God be with us as he was with our ancestors; may he never leave us nor forsake us. 

58 May he turn our hearts to him, to walk in obedience to him and keep the commands, decrees and laws he gave our ancestors. 

59 And may these words of mine, which I have prayed before the Lord, be near to the Lord our God day and night, that he may uphold the cause of his servant and the cause of his people Israel according to each day’s need, 60 so that all the peoples of the earth may know that the Lord is God and that there is no other. 

61 And may your hearts be fully committed to the Lord our God, to live by his decrees and obey his commands, as at this time.”

Friday, May 2, 2014

I have talent

1 Kings 7: 13 King Solomon sent to Tyre and brought Huram, 14 whose mother was a widow from the tribe of Naphtali and whose father was from Tyre and a skilled craftsman in bronze. Huram was filled with wisdom, with understanding and with knowledge to do all kinds of bronze work. He came to King Solomon and did all the work assigned to him.


“You are good with math” is the one tiny statement that spring-boarded my career.  If it wasn’t for that statement, I never would have gone into the career I went into.  Looking back, I wasn’t really “good” with math, but somehow I was able to enter the world of technology. “Somehow.”

  • It is GOD who gives me talent.
  • It is GOD who gives me skills.
  • It is GOD who gives me purpose.

GOD gives each person a unique talent that only they can do. Sometimes it is wasted in the pursuit of money so the talents and skills blend in and look similar, thus competition begins.  GOD sees me as an individual and has granted me an exquisite assignment that only I can accomplish.

I am sent to be at the right place, at the right time to say the right words to the right person. Only I can do this, no one else. All of the situations and circumstances of my life are unique to me and only my words can penetrate the heart of the one person I was put here to communicate with.

God has given me a mission and I shouldn’t waste it.  I have a finite time to be on this earth. I should use some of it to further GOD’s kingdom with the talent HE has bestowed on me.

  • Where do you think your talents come from?
  • Do you feel you are “self-made?”
  • Can you give GOD credit for your skills?
  • If you feel you have no skills then can you ask GOD to show you what your special purpose is?
  • Won’t you stop trying to be special and realize your are special to GOD?