“Sovereign LORD, you are God! Your covenant is trustworthy, and you have promised these good things to your servant” (2 Samuel 7:28).
We live in times of instability, uncertainty and fear. We are daily bombarded with negative news reports and projections that everything is getting worse. It is easy to be overwhelmed by anxiety, stress and worry.
If we can remember that God is in ultimate control of the world, then I believe that the anxiety in our lives can decrease. When we can accept what we cannot change, and take responsibility for the things we can, then we begin to make progress. Worry, stress and anxiety paralyze us with fear; and fear is a strategy of the enemy to stop us from moving forward.
The only way we can become free from the bondage of worry is to trust God. In order to trust Him, we must believe He is worthy of our trust. If we believe that God is good and that He does good, then we will continue to trust Him even when our circumstances are not good.
Make a decision today to stop talking to your friends or yourself about things that you cannot change, and start talking to God instead. He cares about you and everything that matters to you.
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To lead well means you have to equip others well, so that they get where you are going. And that means a lot of planning and administrative work has to be done in advance for any creative leadership to take place.
There is a lot more grunt work to leadership than we often assume from the outside. Leadership means stepping in when we see things are on a downhill slide and taking the initiative to intercede when we suspect a friend is hiding or hurting.
We are in a daily spiritual battle; leaders see that and go on the offensive to protect their fellow warriors.
My favorite inspiration in the Bible is Abigail in 1 Samuel 25, whose bold initiative spared the lives of her servants and also kept David from bloodshed. She used all of her strength, initiative and resources to confront a powerful man and call him to a higher and more godly standard.
May we all lead like her!
*Today’s devotional written by: Carolyn McCulley, author, speaker and documentary filmmaker.
Disappointment is a sad and terribly lonely place. We all land there at some point in our lives. Our children move away from home and never call. Colleagues betray us. The company to which we’ve devoted our years downsizes, and we’re on the layoff list. The perfect child we dream about and tend in pregnancy is born with defects. We get a disease or suffer an injury for which there is no relief or cure. Friends disappear. Our dreams shatter. Life is a challenge.
But we must remember that our God is good. He is for us and not against us. He is our comforter when we have a broken heart. He is our strength when we are weak and weary. And He never leaves us or forsakes us, even in the midst of our disappointment.
God wants to be your everything today. Will you let Him?
I lift up my eyes to the mountains – where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth. (Psalm 121:1-2)
When God gives us a promise, it normally comes to us in seed form, and what we do with that seed is crucial. It needs to be planted in nutritious soil and daily watered with faith. The people with whom we share our dreams are crucial to the dreams’ birth. We must place ourselves in an environment that is full of faith, hope and life, and separate ourselves from people who are full of negativity and unbelief, so that the promise does not die.
We need to surround ourselves with people who believe in us, will encourage us and are committed to helping us run our race and finish our course. It is not easy to let go of people who do not want to come with us on the journey, but in order to fulfill our purpose, we must be more loyal to God and our destiny than we are to other people.
“Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.” (Matthew 7:6)
In my own life, I have been rescued from a seemingly hopeless situation of abuse and pain. I believe that because Jesus stepped into my life and brought me healing, I now have a responsibility to see that others who are suffering in the world are rescued.
We began The A21 Campaign for the one, and have since seen the one rescued and restored, and then that one reaching to the next one, who was also enslaved. I believe that we will only continue to see more girls rescued and that their lives will be a testimony to the truth that God is a redeemer, restorer and rebuilder of destinies, hopes and dreams.
If every one of us who has been rescued took on the responsibility of reaching out to one other still waiting to be rescued, then we could potentially fulfill the Great Commission in less than a week. Jesus did not give us an impossible mission to fulfill; it is entirely possible if each one takes responsibility for one.
Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary … (Isaiah 40:28)