**WHAT happens when God's people, (the church), especially leaders (such as Absalom against David) go against their own leaders (this happens in organizations sometime):
Micah 6:12-13 "..... , Her inhabitants (God's people) have spoken lies, And their tongue is deceitful in their mouth. " **"Therefore I will also make [you] sick by striking you, By making [you] desolate because of your sins."
REBELLION can cause sickness.
THE MAKING OF A LEADER
"Turning Tragedy Into Triumph"
Many a leader have fallen many times, but getting up just as many times has proven to have had a global impact in many cases. Never to retreat, never to surrender they push on with a never ending fortitude turning negatives into positives!
Leaders will have a goal of making this impact be unforgettable. It is then that this impact makes a disciple into a leader of others... duplicating that which he or she has learned. Multiplication of new disciples is the desired result.
We read about one such story in
Acts 2:40-42. "And with many other words he, [Peter], testified and exhorted them, saying, "Be saved from this perverse generation." Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them. And they continued steadfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers."
Decision making is a real key. Knowing your "stuff" will allow these decisions to be quick and reliable resulting in a positive impact.
In every step of our life we can see and experience problems and challenges. But with each step we must straightaway face them head on and seek to solve, or resolve, them. Doing this will lead us on a journey that, many times, end in legendary success by finding innovative solutions that will be used by generations to come. We must have a mindset that every challenge can be conquered and every problem has a solution. It is then, and only then, that we find true satisfaction and success.
As an ending exhortation please read the following from God's word.
Psalms 91:7-11 "A thousand may fall at your side, And ten thousand at your right hand; [But] it shall not come near you. Only with your eyes shall you look, And see the reward of the wicked. Because you have made the LORD, [who is] my refuge, [Even] the Most High, your dwelling place, No evil shall befall you, Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling; For He shall give His angels charge over you, To keep you in all your ways."
Our 3 nights in San Fernando, La Union, Philippines and the one night of ministry at this church was quite rewarding with a very special presence of the Holy Spirit and a great dose of His love at work.
Our "faith worketh by love." And where perfect love casts out fear.
I arrived in Malate, Manila from Baguio in a 5 hour+ "rapid transit ride."
I'm now at a Java house near Manila Bay waiting for my beautiful wife of nearly 46 years to arrive in about 5 hours from now.
Dave Beebout from Oklahoma will arrive 25 minutes sooner. Another first timers couple from Cedar Rapids, IA will also come in about the same time.
No, I did not ride the old hag...I can walk faster. 🙂