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TIME TO MAKE A DECISION
By: J. Maxwell
Then the Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron,
"Because you did not believe Me, to hallow Me in the eyes of the children
of Israel, therefore you shall not bring this assembly into the land which I
have given them." Numbers 20:12
We learn something invaluable about leadership at
the expense of Moses in Numbers 20. By this point, Moses felt weary of the
complaining, the stagnation, and the lack of progress among the people. He was
running on empty. And in his weakened condition he made a decision that cost
him his future.
Directed by God to speak to a rock in order to get
water for the nation, in anger Moses struck the rock. He reacted in fury
rather than obeying with poise, and for his disobedience he was barred from
entering the Promised Land.
This sad incident teaches us at least two lessons.
First, never make a major decision during an emotionally low time. Second,
choose to be proactive, not reactive, in your leadership. Don't let your
mandate come from the grumblings of the crowd. Get your cues from God and the
mission He has given you. Ask yourself these questions:
1. Am I a reactor or a creator when I lead?
2. Do I play defense or offense when I lead?
3. Am I a people-pleaser or a God-pleaser when I lead?
4. Do I boss my calendar, or does someone else choose where I give my
By: D. Delay Our family enjoys the fun andrefreshment of water slides and lazy rivers during hot summer vacations. At
most water parks, there are also one or two spots where large buckets hang overhead
filling little by little with water. The closer the bucket gets to being full,
the larger the crowd grows beneath in anticipation—children and adults alike
wait for the outpouring. Then SUDDENLY the bucket tips and a great flood of
refreshment crashes down on all below! In the Book of Revelation, the Bible
describes golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints
(Revelation 5:8). In other words, the prayers of God's people collectively fill
heavenly bowls with sweet aroma, much like the burnt offerings did in days of
old. In Revelation 8,
we discover what these bowls are used for: "Then another angel, having a
golden censer, came and stood at the altar. He was given much incense, that he
should offer it with the prayers of all the saints upon the golden alter w…