The Holy Spirit led Jesus out into the wilderness right after His Baptism by John, reminding us that at least part of His preparation for ministry came from a wilderness experience. Does this sound familiar? Quality leaders can almost always point to a wilderness experience as part of their leadership preparation. During this time our motives get purified, our backbones solidifies and our calling gets clarified.
The devil tempted Jesus for 40 days in the wilderness- screening process to see what Jesus would give up and how He would trust God to provide. In His book, IN The Name Of Jesus, Henry Nouwen reminds us that the three temptations of Jesus correspond to three temptations leaders face today:
1. The Temptation to be self sufficient. Jesus did not become controlling, even with legitimate needs. He trusted God.
2. The temptation to become spectacular. Jesus refused to become a stunt man. He did not perform in order to become a celebrity.
3. The temptation to be powerful. Jesus would not take a shortcut to gain power or worship.
How do you deal with temptations of leadership? Study Jesus' method of combating temptations of legitimate needs, gifting, and fame. Jesus provides our standard for defeating temptation. He never lost.
The Lord will strengthen those who wait on Him. He acts In His own time and His own way. He is not on a timetable, however He has a plan For you that only He knows. Those that wait on Lord shall renew their strength. Never give up, never stop trusting, be patient and strong and the Lord will deliver you from your circumstances. Learn to live above your circumstances by trusting, waiting, and serving the Lord, through His Son our Savior Jesus Christ!
May the Lord answer you in a day of trouble; may the name of God of Jacob defend you; may He send you help from the sanctuary, and strengthen you out of Zion.
Blessed is the man who walks not in the council of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers. But his delight is in the law of the Lord and in his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and it's leaf does not wither, in all that he does he prospers.
We are at times misinformed, filled with confusion as to our direction in life and challenged mightily to know the difference. This is our condition in life! Where do we go for direction? To the WORD, God’s word. The Bible includes a wealth of information, encouragement, and direction that is designed to lead you, guide you and comfort you.
When you are confused and challenged by life situations reach for God’s WORD included in the BIble. The WORD is our Guide and our shield.
How we use our time is one of the most important gifts from God that we have. Time should be used strategically and with a purpose. We should always search for opportunities to grow and learn, sometimes to heights that we never dreamed or thought. That is the essence of reaching our full potential. The ability to stretch our “what if” to the point of achievement.
A solid understanding is a clear picture that allows us to move forward and beyond . With it we have a new perspective, a new outlook. It is a gift, a point of view that is solid, insightful and allows for tremendous growth.
Our style is our blueprint, a draft of our innermost thoughts all wrapped in a perfect package. Quite unique yet vivid and presented with flare.
Dear Lord your grace is a wonderful thing. It is amazing that we often aren’t familiar with the journey, but through Your grace you lead us through the thick woods of life. It’s a beautiful thing, the love, the care and protection that You grant us. Thank You! We Bless You Lord and give thanks for your protection and for your love for us as we embark on Your journey and beyond. Please grant us the discernment that we need to navigate through this life, so that we will be more like You. In Jesus name we ask it all we pray, Amen.