God Is Faithful

Man Hand writing Living a Thankful Life with black marker on visI have learned about this word faithful over the years. It is a good word that describes some good people. It’s also a strong word that describes The Lord Himself. This word carries with its definition the following words: true to one’s word, promises, vows, steady in allegiance or affection, loyal, constant, reliable, trusted and believing. I am thankful to have had some heroes of the faith who were very faithful in their journey with the Lord. These “spiritual mentors” displayed loyalty and trust in the Lord. They weren’t perfect, but they were consistent in getting up from failure and returning to their pursuit of His heart.

Ethan, the Ezrahite penned a great psalm chronicling the journey of the people of Israel. He speaks very clearly about the faithfulness of God. Check this out..

I will sing of the Lord’s great love forever;
    with my mouth I will make your faithfulness known
    through all generations.
I will declare that your love stands firm forever,
    that you have established your faithfulness in heaven itself.

14 Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne;
    love and faithfulness go before you.
15 Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you,
    who walk in the light of your presence, Lord.
16 They rejoice in your name all day long;
    they celebrate your righteousness.
17 For you are their glory and strength,
    and by your favor you exalt our horn.
18 Indeed, our shield belongs to the Lord,
    our king to the Holy One of Israel. (Psalm 89:1-2; 14-18 NIV)

If there is one attribute that I know about the Lord – He is faithful. He has NEVER left me or ignored me. He is ALWAYS there for me. I wish I could find the words to describe the faithfulness of God – that really articulates and describes how consistent and faithful He is.  I have been on a journey with the Lord since I was in 3rd grade. I’ve been unfaithful to Him many times. I’ve ignored Him even when serving in ministry. I’ve lived through seasons of life serving from my own skills and abilities – ignoring the Power and Presence that God could bring. He was there. He never left me even in those times.  His Patience and His Pursuit of my heart blow me away. I’m so thankful for His faithfulness to me despite my rebellion and unfaithfulness to Him. This passage of scripture reminded me of all that the Lord brings to my relationship with Him – All I can bring is a humble and contrite heart. I am nothing without Him. He is the ONLY reason my relationship with Him works.

Pressing On!

Dwayne

Leaders Don’t Need Titles

 

Leadership Tools Skill Management Experience TrainingI’ve had the privilege of serving under some incredible leaders over the years. I have learned much about their lives and where their heart is by the way they lead. I believe that we have all kinds of unnoticed leaders in our culture. We have elected leaders and self-appointed leaders, but sometimes it’s hard to follow a leader who seems to lead without certain characteristics.

Mordecai was sitting at the king’s gate each day watching the activities there. I believe he was there because his niece, Esther, whom he had raised as his own daughter, was now Queen Esther. He just wanted to be close by. He overheard a plot to assassinate the king and he reported it. He also helped encourage Esther to speak up for her people. He exhibited leadership qualities that caught the eye of the king when Haman’s wickedness was discovered. Check this out…

1King Xerxes imposed tribute throughout the empire, to its distant shores. 2 And all his acts of power and might, together with a full account of the greatness of Mordecai, whom the king had promoted, are they not written in the book of the annals of the kings of Media and Persia? 3 Mordecai the Jew was second in rank to King Xerxes, preeminent among the Jews, and held in high esteem by his many fellow Jews, because he worked for the good of his people and spoke up for the welfare of all the Jews. (Esther 10:1-3 NIV)

I noticed some important character traits about Mordecai’s leadership that was valuable:

Humility – doesn’t think more highly of himself than he ought.

Consistent – he was dependable and faithful to his post.

Wisdom – he was knowledgeable in the things of God as well as Persia.

Courage – he led from within his faith – the Lord gave him great courage.

Memory – he never forgot who he was and what he was there for.

Work Ethic – He worked for the good of all his people.

Loyal – he was loyal to King Xerxes who gave him his position.

I don’t like to follow leaders who don’t lead with most of these character traits. I do believe the Lord calls me to honor our leaders and respect them. He does not call me to blindly follow them when their leadership conflicts with His Word. I believe that leaders should seek the wisdom that only the Lord can give to lead and serve the people entrusted to their care. Mordecai was acting like a leader long before he was given a title and a position.

Pressing On!

Dwayne