Authority – Influence

Authority Team Indicates Manager Unity And ControlI have become a bit of a “podcast nerd”. I have loved learning for a long time. It is so easy to go to the podcast app and find some amazing podcasts. I have three different podcasts that I follow regularly – Entreleadership, In the Loop with Andy Andrews & The Brian Buffini Show. These podcasts speak into my life to encourage, inspire & motivate me. Yesterday, I was listening to the Entreleadership podcast with Clay Scroggins, lead pastor of North Point Community Church in Alpharetta, GA.  His topic was “How to Build Your Influence”. He spoke about the contrast of a leader who leads with influence and a leader who leads with power. I loved the content and even listened to it twice. I spend a good bit of time traveling, so I listen to these podcasts almost exclusively in my vehicle. Zig Ziglar used to refer to it as “automobile university”.  This morning I read in Matthew 8 of two instances where Jesus’ authority is noted. He healed people without them being present and He calmed a storm with His spoken words. He definitely had authority. He taught with authority. He healed with authority. He ministered on earth for three years with authority. The story that jumped out to me today was when He calmed the storm. Check this out…

23 Then Jesus got into the boat and started across the lake with his disciples.24 Suddenly, a fierce storm struck the lake, with waves breaking into the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. 25 The disciples went and woke him up, shouting, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!”

26 Jesus responded, “Why are you afraid? You have so little faith!” Then he got up and rebuked the wind and waves, and suddenly there was a great calm.

27 The disciples were amazed. “Who is this man?” they asked. “Even the winds and waves obey him!” (Matthew 8:23-27 NLT)

I want to live my life with influence.

If given authority, I want to lead with influence.

If given power, I want to lead with influence.

People with power, often abuse their position. They can make others who work around them or under them miserable. I believe that what Jesus’ authority obviously came from God. He could have done ministry way different than He did. He chose to use His authority wisely. He could have called 10,000 angels to rescue Him from the mockery of a trial and ultimate crucifixion – but He didn’t exercise His Power. He followed the plan of His Father and the crucifixion, while painful and deadly, was necessary.

Jesus talk with authority and lived to influence His disciples and the people who were around Him and came to Him for whatever reason.

I want my life to influence others so that they can notice Jesus, Who is the Ultimate Influence upon me.

Pressing On!

Dwayne

Taste & See

Coffee cup and beans on a white background.I enjoy eating food. I enjoy something that tastes great. My wife made some excellent home-made ice cream last week. I went to Jekyll Island for a REALTOR conference and tasted some great food as well. Just this morning, I borrowed a percolator pot to make some fresh ground coffee –going for the best taste. I’ve also eaten things that didn’t taste great, but they were for my nutrition. My body needs food and the nutrients found inside.

Peter writes some simple but important instructions regarding the Word of God. He uses the metaphor of it being food. He quotes from Isaiah the chapter before and then offers some great instruction. Check this out…

The grass withers, the flowers fade,
but the word of our God remains forever.” (Isaiah 40:8 CSB)

1Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all slander. Like newborn infants, desire the pure milk of the word, so that you may grow up into your salvation, if you have tasted that the Lord is good. (1 Peter 2:1-3 CSB)

I remember the first time I looked a guacamole. It looked putrid and disgusting to me. My wife coached me to try it with a corn chip and I was hooked. I didn’t normally eat anything that looked like that. I believe that Peter is touching two of our senses – our sight and taste.

I believe in God because I’ve seen Him do incredible things. I’ve seen things where there is no explanation except Lord. I’ve also experienced His grace first hand. I deserved punishment and severe consequences, but instead I received grace. I understand that these were subjective experiences, but they are real and significant to my journey with the Lord.

I think tasting and seeing are intricately related. Seeing with my eyes helps the tasting part for me. I have watched others who know the Lord and walk with Him. I’m standing on the shoulders of some great people of faith who cut the path before me. They tasted and experienced His Presence in their lives. They saw the action of the Lord. I want to do good because I’ve tasted and seen up close and personal. I’m motivated to live for Him because I’ve experienced Him first hand. I long for others to know the Lord as I know Him. He has changed everything about my life – my hopes, my dreams, my goals. There is not one area of my life that He hasn’t touched.  I want to keep growing up into salvation by walking daily with Him in His Word.

Pressing On!

Dwayne

Flourish

Three beautiful tree isolated on a white backgroundThis word carries with it lots of energy and vitality. It speaks to thriving rather than just surviving. It speaks of going on the offense instead of defense. I think everyone would want their life to flourish and grow. I’ve always felt if I’m not growing, then I’m dying.  I’m not content with status quo. I’m also not content with resting in my relationship with God from yesterday. “His compassions are new every morning” (Lamentations 3:23a NIV).  I’m thankful that the Lord wants to know me at a deeper level. I certainly want the same – I want to know more of Who He is and discover more of His heart.

David penned some very eloquent ways of understanding God and seeking Him. I love the picture of a flourishing tree.  Check this out…

But I am like an olive tree
    flourishing in the house of God;
I trust in God’s unfailing love
    for ever and ever.
For what you have done I will always praise you
    in the presence of your faithful people.
And I will hope in your name,
    for your name is good. (Psalm 52:8-9 NIV)

I want to flourish before the Lord. I want to live and grow in His Presence. I want to notice all that He is doing in my life and have deep and profound gratitude for all He’s doing. I want to give thanks and praise Him for Who He is. I want to keep my confidence in Him and His great name. This reminded me of a great song by Natalie Grant called: “Your Great Name”.

Lost are saved,

find their way,

at the sound of Your great name
All condemned,

feel no shame,

at the sound of Your great name
Every fear,

has no place,

at the sound of Your great name
The enemy,

he has to leave,

at the sound of Your great name

 

Jesus, worthy is the lamb

that was slain for us,

son of God and man
You are high and lifted up,

that all the world will praise

Your great name

 

All the weak,

find their strength,

at the sound of Your great name
Hungry souls,

receive grace,

at the sound of Your great name
The fatherless,

they find their rest,

at the sound of Your great name
Sick are healed,

and the dead are raised,

at the sound of Your great name

 

Jesus, worthy is the lamb

that was slain for us,

son of god and man
You are high and lifted up,

that all the world will praise Your great name
Oh, Your great name

Redeemer, my healer, almighty
My Savior, defender, You are my king

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Pressing On!

Dwayne

 

Home

protected homeI’ve had the opportunity to travel some in my life. I actually enjoy going new places for a short period of time. I always miss my family, my chair, bed, my pillow – my routine. I traveled to Washington, D.C. last week to the REALTOR convention. I had the opportunity to meet with our two Senators from Georgia as well as our representatives. We talked a lot about life back home in Georgia. They were all very appreciative to see people from back home. One of our representatives is retiring after 12 years. He was glad to come home. I can definitely say that I had a great time, but coming home to my family Friday night was the best. I actually got to hold my grandson – it was very special just to be home.

King David is pretty much on his deathbed, but still very much the King of Israel. One of his sons, Adonijah decides to appoint himself as king. He starts building a coalition and leaves out some of the key players. He offers sacrifices and starts a pretty strong campaign. When Nathan the prophet alerts Bathsheba, then she tells the king. Her son Solomon was who David wanted to be king after him. After hearing what Adonijah is doing, David moves quickly to anoint Solomon as his heir to the throne. He puts him on the king’s donkey (motorcade) and they go through the city making the announcement. Adonijah was told what had happened. Check this out…

49 At this, all Adonijah’s guests rose in alarm and dispersed. 50 But Adonijah, in fear of Solomon, went and took hold of the horns of the altar. 51 Then Solomon was told, “Adonijah is afraid of King Solomon and is clinging to the horns of the altar. He says, ‘Let King Solomon swear to me today that he will not put his servant to death with the sword.’”

52 Solomon replied, “If he shows himself to be worthy, not a hair of his head will fall to the ground; but if evil is found in him, he will die.” 53 Then King Solomon sent men, and they brought him down from the altar. And Adonijah came and bowed down to King Solomon, and Solomon said, “Go to your home.” (1 Kings 1:49-53 NIV)

The Wisdom of Solomon is already starting to show in his response to his brother who really wanted to become king. I’m not sure Adonijah would have treated Solomon with the same kindness. I love what Solomon tells Adonijah when he’s brought to his presence. He tells him: “Go to your home”. I hear in those four words, I’m not going to punish you. I hear: “Go back to your normal life.” Home is the one place that I can retreat to no matter how things are going elsewhere. I believe that home is the best place for me to find rest for my mind and my body. I get to relax around my family and just “chill”.

I’m thankful to be home. I’m thankful for my home. I’m thankful for my family that makes my house a home. I’m thankful for The Lord Who is in charge of my home. There is no place I’d rather be than home.

I love this song by Phillip Phillips – called “HOME”.

Hold on to me as we go

As we roll down this unfamiliar road

And although this wave (wave) is stringing us along

Just know you’re not alone

‘Cause I’m gonna make this place your home

 

Settle down, it’ll all be clear

Don’t pay no mind to the demons

They fill you with fear

The trouble—it might drag you down

If you get lost, you can always be found

Just know you’re not alone

‘Cause I’m gonna make this place your home

 

Settle down, it’ll all be clear

Don’t pay no mind to the demons

They fill you with fear

The trouble it might drag you down

If you get lost, you can always be found

Just know you’re not alone

‘Cause I’m gonna make this place your home

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On a side note… I think that’s the reason I love what I do as a REALTOR – helping people find their new home. If I’m helping someone sell; it’s usually in order to move to a new home. I see home as where my family is. If I lived in an apartment, townhouse or a mansion – as long as my family was there – it would be home.

One of these days I will be going to a new home – an eternal home. I have lots of family members who have already gone. That will be really special too – The Lord will be there too for sure.

Pressing On!

Dwayne

Grow

planting gardenI generally love to grow and learn new ideas and concepts. I’ve tried to quit growing physically because I just grow out, because I’m all grown up! I love going to classes and conferences that pour into me. I love to learn from the lives and business models of others. Usually when I learn from others, I learn some things I should try and I learn some things that I would never try.

It’s hard to say who is most responsible for my most recent growth. There are so many people and they play many different roles in my life. I think that is the way it should be especially for believers. We can get a bit too impressed with the human being that is God’s servant when at the end of the day God’s servant is simply planting seeds in our hearts or watering the seeds already planted.  Check this out….

5 What, after all, is Apollos? And what is Paul? Only servants, through whom you came to believe—as the Lord has assigned to each his task. 6 I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow. 7 So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. 8 The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labor. 9 For we are co-workers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God’s building. (1 Corinthians 3:5-9 NIV)

Sometimes growing can be painful, but it’s almost always necessary to reach new heights of meaning and understanding. I don’t want to ever quit growing and learning. I want to nurture the seeds of the truths and concepts others have helped plant in me. I want to be a strong follower of the Lord who is full of grace and truth. I want to grow and gain more insight into the Heart of God. I don’t think that growth should stop happening in me until I breathe my last breath. I’m going to keep learning and growing every day.

I can also be a “planter” and a “waterboy”. I can plant seeds of truth and ideas into the hearts and lives of others and see them grow. I can pour water on thirsty ideas and seeds that are already planted. As I grow, I know that I can be part of others growth as well. It’s a fulfilling experience and process!!

Pressing On!
Dwayne