Face Of God

Business People Corporate Set of Faces ConceptI am decent a remembering a face. I am not super good at remembering the name that goes with the face. I do work on this a good bit because I do want to get better at remember peoples name and connect it with their face. I am amazed at facial recognition software that can scan the face of someone and remember it much like a finger print. My face reveals a lot about me. It can show joy or concern. It can show sadness or anger. My face reveals volumes about me as does everyone else’s face too.

King David seeks the face of God in many of his psalms or songs. He reminded me this morning of how important it is to seek the face of God every day. Check this out…

4 One thing I ask from the Lord,

    this only do I seek:

that I may dwell in the house of the Lord

    all the days of my life,

to gaze on the beauty of the Lord

    and to seek him in his temple.

5 For in the day of trouble

    he will keep me safe in his dwelling;

he will hide me in the shelter of his sacred tent

    and set me high upon a rock.

6 Then my head will be exalted

    above the enemies who surround me;

at his sacred tent I will sacrifice with shouts of joy;

    I will sing and make music to the Lord.

7 Hear my voice when I call, Lord;

    be merciful to me and answer me.

8 My heart says of you, ‘Seek his face!’

    Your face, Lord, I will seek. (Psalm 27:4-8 NIV)

As I seek the face of God in His Word, He reveals His face to me through other sources. I can see the face of God in His Creation. I can see the face of God in other people. I can see the face of God in circumstances that are in front of me. The Face of God is representative of the Presence of God. His Spirit dwells here and His Spirit lives here. As I seek the face of God every day, He shapes the look of my face and what others see when they look at my face. I want others to see the face of God when they see me. I want them to want the Spirit that lives in me. My facial expressions are forever different because I’m looking into the Face of God for my life’s direction and His Presence here with me.

Pressing On!

Dwayne

The First Test of Leadership

Follow Lead Buttons Show Leading The Way Or FollowingI remember asking the teacher if this information that she was giving was going to be on the test. If it wasn’t on the test, then what’s the point of learning it? I was a bit of an obnoxious student and I wasn’t interested in learning as much as passing the class. There are tests that come around in life that have much to do about the lessons I’ve learned previously. These tests can also challenge my character and my values. Every now and then a situation comes along that really has frustrated a member of my team and it requires a decision on my part. This is not always easy and often neither side ends up satisfied with the decision. I’ve learned that sometimes you don’t have all the information you need to make a decision, it just has to be made based on the information you currently have.

I’m not sure about the time between Saul’s anointing and this first incident. It seems that Saul when back to his regular life of helping his Dad on the farm. When the Ammonites siege Jabesh Gilead, things changed pretty quickly for Saul. Check this out…

6 When Saul heard their words, the Spirit of God came powerfully upon him, and he burned with anger. 7 He took a pair of oxen, cut them into pieces, and sent the pieces by messengers throughout Israel, proclaiming, ‘This is what will be done to the oxen of anyone who does not follow Saul and Samuel.’ Then the terror of the Lord fell on the people, and they came out together as one. 8 When Saul mustered them at Bezek, the men of Israel numbered three hundred thousand and those of Judah thirty thousand.

(Saul and the men of Israel complete obliterate the Ammonites and freed Jabesh Gilead)

15 So all the people went to Gilgal and made Saul king in the presence of the Lord. There they sacrificed fellowship offerings before the Lord, and Saul and all the Israelites held a great celebration. (1 Samuel 11:6-8,15 NIV)

My favorite part is: “The Spirit of God came powerfully upon Him”. Saul was open to the Spirit of God using Him to lead. Saul passed his first test in a big way. He was successful because of the Presence of the Spirit of God, not because of his amazing military genius.

I think that leaders sometimes start thinking that they are as good as everyone says they are and humility flies out the window. I believe that Godly leaders should give the Lord the credit for their decision and their leadership gifts. All good things come from Him anyway.

I want the Spirit of God to be all over me as I lead in my family, in church and in my work. I don’t want to make flippant decisions that affect anyone else with out the powerful Spirit of God on me. I don’t want to be self-centered. I do want wisdom and incredible discernment. I believe that I can pass any test of leadership no matter how big or how small if the Lord’s Spirit is all over me.

Pressing On!

Dwayne

Family Faith

legacy word in vintage wood typeI grew up going to church as a very young kid. I became a Christian in 3rd grade. I remember the preachers at our little country church. When I was 14 years old, our preacher helped me write a sermon that I preached. (I think it lasted 8 minutes or so. I thought I had 20 minutes worth of material.) I can still remember that I spoke about the importance of attending church. I can’t remember a time when we didn’t go to church as a family. I do remember having a crisis of faith, my freshman year of college. I remember where I was and what I was doing when my faith became my own. I was the son of an elder in the church and I was expected to follow the Lord, but there comes a time when on my own, I could have rejected what I had been taught.

I found in interesting that the people of Israel lost their way without their leader Joshua. The scripture says “they forgot” and they did evil in eyes of the Lord. The Lord is always ready to rescue. Check this out….

9 But when they cried out to the Lord, he raised up for them a deliverer, Othniel son of Kenaz, Caleb’s younger brother, who saved them. 10 The Spirit of the Lord came on him, so that he became Israel’s judge and went to war. The Lord gave Cushan-Rishathaim king of Aram into the hands of Othniel, who overpowered him. 11 So the land had peace for forty years, until Othniel son of Kenaz died. (Judges 3:9-11 NIV)

Caleb’s kid brother was evidently cut from the same cloth of his older brother. He was obviously a follower of God. I believe that I can lead with the Lord’s help. I have no desire to lead without Him. He calms my heart and settles my soul. I simply want to follow Him all the days of life I have left. I also want my children, my grandchildren and my family legacy after me to follow the Lord.

I want the Spirit of God to be on my family, my work and me. I want the Lord intricately involved in every area of my life. I want the Lord to deliver me from me and I welcome the opportunity to be a deliverer on His behalf.

Pressing On!

Dwayne