Lead and Achieve

Show me Your ways, Lord, teach me Your paths. Guide me in Your truth and teach me, for You are God my Savior, and my hope is in You all day long. – Psalm 25:4-5

The Lord is our leader and if we follow His lead, we will achieve things that are meaningful and that make an impact upon society. These thoughts were brought out in “Show Me Your Way”. A thought from this post is that leaders who are consistent in the way they handle wrongs done to others establish peace within societies because people know what is expected. Then there is justice, fairness, consideration, and cooperation.

As the song Take The Lead by Jimmy Levy says, anything can be achieved if we follow the lead of God.

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Show Me Your Way

To get to where we want to go, we need directions. The Bible is our instruction manual and living the way many of the characters lived teaches us to lead a life that is meaningful and makes an impact on the world. This day with God, we receive more directions to the Way from 2 Samuel 4.

Two commanders of Israel killed the son of Saul named Ish-Bosheth thinking David would reward them for killing his enemy but David responded by putting them to death. Again we note how David responded to opportunists who were trying to be recognized by him in order to receive a reward.

David could have been tempted to reward them because the cruel deed did speed up his ascension to being king of Israel but like David, we need to be careful even in the “minor” things because above all, we are accountable to the Lord who knows all things.

Leaders need to be consistent in the way they handle wrongs done to others because this consistency sets the tone for more peace within societies. The people know what is expected from them and they are not rewarded for unethical behavior. There is the opportunity for more justice, fairness, consideration and cooperation within a society.

This day with You Lord, show us Your Way. The Way of high standards but with grace, the Holy Spirit, and the power needed to grow each day towards these high standards. As we get prepared this day to follow Your Way, may we continue to follow your lead and apply our faith towards a life that has meaning; a life that makes an impact so many are directed towards Your Way. Amen.

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Forgive and Be Forgiven

Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. – Luke 6:37

A quality of David we noted in “Stream of Grace” is how he let God be the one to judge and punish. He demonstrates a personality that respects authority, has patience, and there is a pleasing open-mindedness about him.

These are the same qualities brought out in the song Come to the Table by Sidewalk Prophets. Everyone needs to forgive and be forgiven. All of us are on the outside looking in but that is where grace begins. Let us all come to the table and be set free so we can be what we were meant to be.

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Thanksgiving Victory

Thanksgiving is a time
For family and food
And an attitude
Of gratitude.

Football games are viewed
And our favorite teams
May not always win
But one team does it seems.

So be grateful
For this mystery 
And how our Lord
Brings final victory.

To free from the demands
Of carrying the load
Because of Jesus,
Debts are not owed.

Grateful for the Way
The battle is won
And for this Way
The amazing is done.

By Mark Shields – © 11-24-2017
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Stream of Grace

We can learn from each other, from the Word, and from sermons about patience and God’s grace. Grace is God’s gift. This kind gift from God is always available. Let us be patient with others and with God’s timing because grace is like a flowing stream of water that keeps coming and coming.1

Today, we are reading in 2 Samuel 3. The trend of winning was on the side of David because he was following the guidance of God and had character traits that leaded to success. A quality of David we can learn today is how he let God be the one to judge and punish. He demonstrates a personality that respects authority, has patience, and there is a pleasing open-mindedness about him.

Noted in today’s passage is David’s willingness to work on an agreement for peace with his enemy named Abner. When his own military leader named Joab murdered Abner, David mourned for the loss and his response was to not accept any responsibility for the murder.

There is one common thread that binds all Christians; the power of Christ in what to believe and how to live. This day with God, let us float down the stream of grace in one direction in order to be brought together by His the winning plan.

This day with You Lord, we need to forgive others so we can be forgiven. We are thankful for Your winning plan of grace that is available to everyone. We accept, appreciate, and affirm all and leave the judging up to You. Today Lord, we unify around Your winning plan and hope to execute this plan for Your glory. Amen.

Photo – Guadalupe River near Gruene Texas

1Thought from sermon of Rev. Steve Ramsdell

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