Legacy Wasn’t On His Radar

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2 Chronicles 21:20 Jehoram was thirty-two years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem eight years. He passed away, to no one’s regret, and was buried in the City of David, but not in the tombs of the kings.

O-bservation:

Jehoram was a 32-year-old King of Judah. He succeeded his father Jehoshaphat who was a great leader and loved the Lord. But Jehoram immediately had all of his brothers killed, instituted the ways of Israel under the wicked King Ahab, and even married one of Ahab's daughters. He reigned for eight years in Judah and when he died the Bible says, "No One Regretted It."

A-pplication:

At the end of the day the question will always be ... "Did you train leaders?” Did you prepare the next generation? Did you live to continue your faith or did you live to continue YOU? Those of us who are committed to our faith and the propagation of the Gospel until the Lord’s soon return must do everything in our power to ensure that Biblical Truth and the Faith upon which we stand is securely entrusted to those who follow behind us. Anything less would suggest, "Legacy Isn't On Our Radar." That is certainly the conclusion we arrive at in the life of Jehoram. He lived for himself and his own interest and God took him out for such selfishness. "Legacy Wasn't On His Radar!" It's a Big World and Future out there. Let's run to it and bring as many with us as possible to take our place when it's our time to leave.

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, If there is any striving in me today, may it center on preparing the next generation to "Lead People To JESUS!" Amen
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Kids First

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1 Timothy 3:5 If anyone does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God’s church?

O-bservation:

In writing to Timothy, St. Paul said anyone who desires to lead people within the Church must be able to first of all manage and lead their own family. Paul asks, “How can they lead the church if they can’t lead their own family?”

A-pplication:

Even in this short forum, through the years I’ve said that the Church, in its purest form, is a mom and dad and some kids. That’s where a man and a woman first learn to lead anyone. Unlike employees, kids will push back on any directive a parent gives them from DAY 1! From that workplace, a mother and a father learn how to manipulate the “push back” to work in their favor. Those who don’t watch their kids manipulate THEM into a place of submission. That means the kids now run the place. Words like spoiled, brats, insolent, rebellious, and finally, prisoner are used to describe a child a parent has failed to lead. Now, if that person aspires to lead God’s people, the question pops up … “HOW?” If they can’t lead their kids, they can’t lead the church. That’s why those who desire to lead in the house of God must put their “Kids First!”

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, Thank You that right after our relationship with You, You enabled Robyn and me to lead our kids FIRST. In time, You’ve helped us lead in Your house. It’s been the highest privilege! Amen
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Some Are Called Out To Lead God’s People

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Exodus 30:30 Anoint Aaron and his sons and consecrate them so they may serve me as priests.

O-bservation:

This is one of the original passages in the Old Testament that foreshadows what would happen in the New Testament. In the Jewish system of synagogue worship and spiritual leadership, and in this case, Aaron and his sons were set apart and anointed by God through the eldership of Israel to lead the people of God spiritually. This is also seen in the New Testament Book of Acts in forming the New Testament Church. It proves a point that “Some Are Called Out To Lead God’s People.”

A-pplication:

In both the Old and New Testaments, God established spiritual “Systems” to designate certain individuals that HE set apart to lead His people on earth. Of course, we believe that God calls everyone to lead in some way. However, as it relates to spiritual leadership, God has a way of setting men and women apart from the rest. He has also placed certain people in positions to oversee the overseers. In other words, everyone is under some kind of spiritual authority. Our challenge is always to be the men and women God wants us to be. When the spiritual stewardship of a people becomes a place of “political power” instead of “spiritual service,” we as God’s “called out ones” become nothing more than the local city councilwoman. Please remember, “Some Are Called Out To Lead God’s People,” and our mission from God is to pray for them.

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, This AM, I want to pause and give You thanks and praise for my spiritual leaders. Help me always be grateful for them and thankful to You for spiritual leaders who care for me. Amen
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Let Jesus Lead You

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Psalm 48:14 For this God is our God for ever and ever; he will be our guide even to the end.

O-bservation:

The Psalmist tells us that God is willing to guide us, not just daily but moment-by-moment as well. He will do this until our lives are over if we let Him.

A-pplication:

I think the key line here is, “If we let Him!” That’s always the case when following Jesus. Will we go His way or our way?  Job said, “He (speaking of Jesus) knows the way that I take!” I’m sure you’ve heard it said before, “Jesus loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life!” That is true, but once again, who gets to steer the wheel? Who gets to really lead you? When I’ve taken over the steering wheel of my life, my selfish desires have steered me into the ditch on more than one occasion. I’m not saying that when you’re following Jesus, you won’t have trouble, but He knows how to get you through the trouble. If you’re like me and have been around the block more than once, you’ve probably already learned what I’m going to say. But I’ll go ahead and say it anyway, “Let Jesus Lead You!”

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, This AM, I’m reminiscing on my life and thinking about when I ended up in the ditch! It was ALWAYS because I took the wheel. I’ve learned that when I let You lead me, my life goes much smoother. Thank You for leading me again today! Amen
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A Little Child To Lead Them

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S-cripture:

2 Kings 22:1a
Josiah was eight years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem thirty-one years.

O-bservation:

Josiah succeeded his father, Amon, who was only twenty-four when he was assassinated by people within his own kingdom. Amon was the son of Manasseh, who was the vilest and wickedest king in Judah’s history. Most likely, the people were so utterly despising of anything connected to Manasseh that when they saw his son Amon carry on with his father’s wicked ways, they killed the young man instead, allowing “A Little Child To Lead Them.”

A-pplication:

Josiah’s grandfather, Manasseh, began to reign at the age of twelve and was the most wicked king in Judah’s history, as was noted. Then Josiah took over the wicked kingdom at the age of eight and turned it toward God again. In either case, God chose “A Little Child To Lead Them.” Why? I really wish I could answer that. In Manasseh’s case, he was the child born after Hezekiah’s sickness, and his mother is purported to be the daughter of Isaiah, the prophet. Maybe they were both tired of righteousness prevailing, and so they, mother and child, rebelled. Josiah and his mom, on the other hand, could have been weary of wretchedness being the underbelly of Judah. For whatever reason, mother and son chose the ways of God. I’m not sure we need a CHILD to lead us, but we sure could use “A CHILD OF GOD To Lead Us!”

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, All we ever hear about is LEADERSHIP, yet LEADERSHIP appears to have disappeared in our culture right now. Help us to return to You, oh Lord, no matter what the cost may be. Amen
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