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Devotionals For Leaders: Be Ready

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Be ready in season and out of season. —2 Timothy 4:2

Feelings are not reliable when it comes to readiness. If we wait until we WANT to get ready, the feelings may never come. If we wait until we FEEL ready, we may never accomplish a thing. One of the marquee items for any leader is their ability and willingness to continue on regardless of how they feel. Our feelings are not always an accurate measure of our relationship with God or others for that matter. If it’s one thing leaders do and do well, it’s that they have learned to not rely on their feelings and at the same time remain reliable regardless of their feelings. Faith is what every leader must posses and it will always be required of us in our preparation and readiness training from God.

Do not become a leader who obsessively seeks for a…

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Devotionals For Leaders: Dealing With Burnout

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13 The next day Moses sat down to judge the people, and they stood around Moses from morning until evening. 14 When Moses’ father-in-law saw everything he was doing for them he asked, “What is this thing you’re doing for the people? Why are you alone sitting as judge, while all the people stand around you from morning until evening?”

15 Moses replied to his father-in-law, “Because the people come to me to inquire of God.16 Whenever they have a dispute, it comes to me, and I make a decision between one man and another. I teach them God’s statutes and laws.”

17 “What you’re doing is not good,” Moses’ father-in-law said to him. 18 “You will certainly wear out both yourself and these people who are with you, because the task is too heavy for you. You can’t do it alone. Exodus 18:13-18

Many of us can find…

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Devotionals For Leaders: Avoiding Burnout

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Meanwhile, Moses was shepherding the flock of his father-in-law Jethro, the priest of Midian. He led the flock to the far side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. Then the Angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire within a bush. As Moses looked, he saw that the bush was on fire but was not consumed. So Moses thought: I must go over and look at this remarkable sight. Why isn’t the bush burning up? Exodus 3:1-3

It’s easy for us to get caught up in what we want to do for God. We can dream our dreams and make our plans and those things can become our driving force. We can become so caught up in what we want to do for God that we miss God Himself. This is a huge danger for the leader.

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Devotionals For Leaders: Shine On!

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We all, with unveiled face, beholding…the glory of the Lord… —2 Corinthians 3:18

Moses spent time with God and because of such time, his face was visibly transformed. He came out of God’s presence aglow. There was such a radiance from his face that he wore a veil. Recently I have heard that the veil was worn so that the people would not see when the light would begin to fade. Initially I thought it was because the light was so bright that the people couldn’t bear to look at his face. But this recent thought of hiding it so that the people would not know it faded is interesting. A couple of reasons why this is important from a leadership standpoint.

The people need to know the leader spends time with God. Of course the people could see Moses routinely go into the cloud and sometimes remain for weeks…

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Devotionals For Leaders: Here And Now

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Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? —John 14:9

Jesus is with you here and now. He’s in the room with you, in the car with you, in the office with you, as He is in the church with you. He’s in the argument with you, in the struggle with you, in the misunderstanding with you, as well as in the shining moments of success. The point is that He’s never not with you. You live as that’s not the case though. You tend to look at circumstances and allow that to form your belief instead of looking at His promises and allowing that to form your actions in circumstances. If you really believed He was with you everywhere, right here and now, you would act differently, think differently and treat others differently. You yourself would simply be different.

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Devotionals For Leaders: Promises, Promises

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God always keeps His promises. Do we? God has a perfect record in keeping His Word and not once has He ever been near unfulfilling anything He has said He would do. If God has said it, it is more trustworthy than anything else you could take to the bank. As leaders, it is important to not trust your feelings or what seems to be the projections for the future. We must trust God and His Word. We must count on the Unchanging One, Jesus Christ, The Same Yesterday, Today and Forever.

We may struggle with a tendency to place God into the same category as others who have been undependable, disingenuous, or crafty but God is not. He is true to His Word and His Bond. What God has said, He will do. What He wants from us is that we act in accordance to His promises. It is…

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Devotionals For Leaders: When Questions Loom

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Questions are part of life. In fact, some questions may never be answered. So what do you do when you have lots of questions about life, direction, God or anything? Oswald Chambers said:

We never enter into the Kingdom of God by having our head questions answered, but only by commitment. The Highest Good—Thy Great Redemption, 565 R

Here are a few suggestions for when questions loom and you don’t know what else to do.

1) Pray.

It may sound trite or cliche’ but it’s really not. Prayer is the Christian leader’s first line to getting answers; and if not answers, at least some guidance. What is important for each leader to remember is that although we may feel we need a direct answer from God or others about certain things, through prayer and the Holy Spirit’s discernment, we can come to some decisive conclusions. If God is withholding a specific…

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