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Grabbing leadership?

Scripture reading for March 25: 2nd Samuel 1-4

The Bible declares that it is God who raises up leaders and brings them down. (Psalm 75:6-7)  The flesh, however, harbors a spirit of competition.  It desires to take over power, take over position, and have it’s own way.  This leads to factions, murder, and war.  Galatians 5:19-21 describes some of the works of the sinful nature as dissensions, factions, envy, and selfish ambitions.  These sins cause competition and the resultant discord and evil.

David became king over the house of Judah.  David set up his kingship in Hebron as the Lord directed him.  (2nd Samuel 2:1-3)  David did not try and take over all of Israel or to destroy Saul’s house.  He was a man of character and knew that God would place him where He desired.  Ish-Bosheth, son of Saul, was made king over the rest of Israel by Abner, the commander of Saul’s army.  There was rivalry between the two groups. The spirit of Saul was still at work, even though he was gone.

This competition took a deadly turn as Joab, commander of David’s army and Abner, commander of Ish-Bosheth’s army met one day at the pool of Gibeon.  A contest of hand to hand fighting resulted in the deaths of 19 of David’s men and 360 of Abner’s men!  (2nd Samuel 2:30-31)  The war between these two factions went on for a long time.  If both factions would have simply listened to God and to David, the anointed king, all the strife and bloodshed could have been avoided.

2 Samuel 3:1 “There was a long war between the house of Saul and the house of David. And David grew stronger and stronger, while the house of Saul became weaker and weaker.”

When we center on self, as opposed to God’s will, trouble always results.  God makes His will plain, if we have ears to hear it.  In the case of David, he had already been anointed as king by Samuel.   Saul’s son, Ish-Bosheth, and the commander of Saul’s army, Abner, refused to listen or seek the Lord.  The result was war and discord that caused the death of innocent people and turmoil among God’s people.

Are you filled with envy over a person who seems to have a job, position, or relationship that you feel you deserve?  Are you involved in factions and dissention?   Jesus Christ is the Prince of Peace and He will place us where we need to be to accomplish His plan for our lives!  Walk honestly with Him and others.

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Words no one wants to hear!

Scripture reading for April 14th: Matthew 7, Psalm 75, Proverbs 13

Matthew 7:21-23 “Not everyone who says to Me, “Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of My Father Who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your Name, and cast out demons in Your Name, and do many mighty works in Your Name?’ And then will I declare to them, “I never knew you; depart from Me, you workers of lawlessness.””

As Jesus concluded His teaching on the blessed life of the kingdom, He warned His followers against going through the motions with outward show but lacking a true relationship with God through grace and faith. At the final judgment, many would come expecting a reward, only to be declared unfit to enter into the Father’s kingdom and eternal inheritance. They would call Jesus their ‘Lord’, but Jesus would declare that He never was personally acquainted with them. All their ‘good’ religious works were done to please others or earn favor with God. God has an appointed judgment and He will execute judgment with perfect equity. He has forewarned us about presumption and religious performance.

Psalm 75:1, 6-7 “”At the set time that I appoint I will judge with equity.” . . . “For not from the east or from the west and not from the wilderness comes lifting up, but it is God Who executes judgment, putting down one and lifting up another.”

Prayer: Father God, thank You for Your perfect love and also for promised perfect justice. I humbly ask You for mercy through faith in Your Son Jesus Christ. I invite the Holy Spirit to dwell in me and guide me in Your ways and in deepening knowledge and relationship with You. May none of my family, friends or neighbors hear the fearful declaration: ‘I never knew you.’

Proverbs 13:14 “The teaching of the wise is a fountain of life, that one may turn away from the snares of death.”

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The “self-appointed” leader!

Scripture reading for March 12th: Judges 9-12

All authority comes from God and the Bible declares that God alone places people in authority. (Psalm 75:6-7)  When God places someone in authority, His anointing and counsel guide that person.  The person must stay under God’s anointing and follow His directions.

Gideon was such a man!  He brought peace to the land for a period of time as he followed God.  When Gideon passed away, a leadership crisis arose.  The Israelites went back to idol worship and Abimelech, the son of a slave girl,  arose to take over his father’s place.  He went to his mother’s town and relatives and proposed to take over leadership.  They paid him some money from an idol temple and he hired mercenary soldiers. They killed 69 of his seventy brothers.  Jotham, the youngest, escaped. (Judges 9:7-21)

The Scriptures state that God sent an evil spirit between Abimelech and the citizens of Shechem.  God did this to avenge the shedding of innocent blood of the brothers.  Abimelech and the citizens of Schechem had conspired to commit murder and now they would fall under judgment!  (Judges 9:22-24)  This evil spirit was God’s judgment on a self-appointed leader and those who joined with him in rebellion!

God places leaders for our good, protection, and blessing.  When a leader follows the Lord, the people are blessed.  When someone places themselves in leadership by his own power, craftiness, or manipulation, then both the leader and those who scheme with him come under God’s judgment!  We must be vigilant today in our country.  Politics and media are always at work trying to manipulate people.  Even the church may have these leaders!   Beware– God’s judgment will come on those who appoint themselves!

Shechem’s punishment: “So all the men cut branches and followed Abimelech.  They piled them against the stronghold and set it on fire over the people inside.  So all the people in the tower of Shechem, about a thousand men and women, also died.” (Judges 9:49)

Abimelech’s punishment: “Abimelech went to the tower and stormed it.  But as he approached the entrance to the tower to set it on fire, a woman dropped an upper millstone on his head and cracked his skull. Abimelech had his armor-bearer kill him so he did not die at the hands of a woman.

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