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A Love Song

Some descendants of Korach wrote a love song that we have preserved as Psalm 45.

The writer of the New Testament letter to the Hebrews quoted a couple of verses of it, and declared that Yahweh spoke them to Jesus, His Son.

The next time someone doesn’t like your interpretation of some Scripture that you have received understanding about through God’s Spirit, and says, “You’re taking that out of context!”, help them through being delivered from that bondage, which did not come from God.

Several places in the New Testament, writers quoted Old Testament passages and stated that they applied to Jesus or someone else. In some of those cases, the context of the Old Testament passage clearly does not refer to Jesus or the someone else. The Spirit of the Scriptures can interpret or apply them in any way He sees appropriate, though. Under His direction, you can, too.

To the Son, He says: Your throne, God, is forever and ever, and the scepter of Your kingdom is a scepter of justice. You have loved righteousness and hated lawlessness; this is why God, Your God, has anointed You with the oil of joy rather than Your companions.

(Hebrews 1:8,9; Psalm 45:6,7)

Leading Well

You are a leader.

Your preparation as a leader may not be complete yet, though. Your relationships with the people you lead may not be clearly defined yet, so that anyone could look on and see that you are leading them or someone else.

Some people we are leading away from what we would like to lead them toward. Our presentation was unconvincing, or they are stubbornly committed to the other direction and we weren’t able to sway them. Or they just don’t like “people like me” and are convinced that whatever I say must be wrong.

The levels of getting leadership right begin with being led by the Spirit. When we start to get Truth and Life through our relationship with Him we have something to share. Jesus didn’t tell the disciples in Matthew 28:18 “Go teach these people what I taught those people.” He said “Go teach them to obey what I taught YOU.”

Next level is loving people enough to stand out a little bit and become both a banner and a target. The banner points the way, the target takes the heat.

A deeper level is taking someone by the hand and pulling them up out of brokenness or surrender or pain or failure into the path of courage and victory. You can get hurt trying that.

A thread leading to success at every level is authenticity. Being genuine, honest, and able to be led yourself give you more brightness and more strength to lead.

Be your awesome self!

IF

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too:

If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or, being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise;

If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;
If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim,
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same:.

If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build’em up with worn-out tools;

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings,
And never breathe a word about your loss:

If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: “Hold on!”

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much:

If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!

Rudyard Kipling

Being Ripe

If fruit is ripe, it is usually sweet as an evidence and/or result. Ripeness and maturity can be synonyms.

Our maturity, whether it is emotional, social, or spiritual, can be measured by how quickly our responses to situations we face are manifestations of the character of Jesus. The list of such manifestations in Galatians 5:22 & 23 is what Paul called “the fruit of the Spirit.”

Having our hearts and minds given over to these response influencers makes us stable, trust-worthy, and not only useful in, but powerful in the Kingdom of God.

Speaking With Purpose

If you have opportunity to speak to a group of people and you know about it in time to prepare what you say, I recommend making one point.

If you go hunting with a machine gun, you might kill something. If you go hunting with a rifle, it is more likely that you will kill what you went for.

Ken Davis says in Secrets of Dynamic Communication that if you can’t boil what you want to say down to one sentence, you either don’t know what you want to communicate or you are trying to boil the ocean.

The options Ken suggests you have are to either suggest that the people listening to you “should do something and here’s why,” or that they “can do something, and here’s how.” It works as well for “shouldn’t” or “can’t.”

Put meat on the bones represented by the one sentence by offering testimonies, parables, Scriptures, and pictures. You don’t have to tell them everything you know. Just enough to give evidence that what you are suggesting is true.

If you only make one point, and the people hear it, are convinced of it, and take it home to be changed by it, you have accomplished much more than most “3 points and a poem” speeches happening over pulpits in thousands of sunday meetings in the last 6 weeks.

Giving Life

Because we are born of God, and the life we live in these beautiful bodies is just a passing thing compared with how long our lives really are, no matter how you live here, it is going to cost you everything.

Laying down your life for your friends costs all you have and more. It takes the manifestation of the Spirit of God to have that kind of strength.

Wasting your life on frivolous entertainment or distraction will cost you all you have and more. It will cost the people who would have received blessing if we had been on duty.

So, its all spent. Half to death and the past, and half to Life and the future. Go ahead and be super rational and look at every encounter as opportunity. Look at every loss as privilege. Count every injury as a sacrifice on the altar of praise that Jesus is worthy of.

Stop playing around. Go be awesome~!

Being Powerful

Commander Naaman, from Syria, contracted leprosy. His wife had a servant who had been kidnapped from Israel and enslaved in Syria. She suggested to her mistress that if Naaman were to go to the Israeli prophet Elisha, he could be healed.

Naaman asked permission to take leave from his duties as a warrior and go to Israel to see Elisha. Because Yahweh had given him favor, the Syrian king gave him a letter to take to the king of Israel. He took with him as the payment he expected to have to make: 660 lbs. of silver, 6000 pieces of gold, and ten changes of expensive clothing.

The king of Israel thought that the Syrian king was trying to start a fight with him. Elisha heard what was going on, and sent a message to the king instructing him to send Naaman to see him.

When Naaman arrived at his home, he sent his servant out to tell him to wash himself in the Jordan River and he would be healed. Naaman was insulted by the fact that he had an audience with the king, but that the prophet had sent out a slave to interact with him. It almost caused him to miss the healing encounter.

While in Capernaum, Jesus was approached by a Roman centurion who asked Him to heal his paralyzed servant. Without hesitation, Jesus said, “I will come and heal him.”

Let the mind that Jesus had about how to serve Yahweh be yours. He is a King, but was willing to serve the enemy of His nation and bring blessing.

2 Kings 5 / Matthew 8 / Philippians 2

Loving the World

Our lives are being written as volumes that will rest between the bookends of John 3:16 and 1 John 2:15.

God loved the world so much that He sent Jesus. The same John wrote that if you love the world, the love of the Father is not in you.

Somewhere in the middle, (John 20:21) Jesus sent us like Father sent Him.

G. K. Chesterton said, “We must hate the world enough to change it, and yet love the world enough to consider it worth changing.”

At the end of each day, you have given another slice of your life for or to something or someone. Leave tracks that could lead someone to Jesus. Ask Jesus for clarity regarding where and to whom He is sending you tomorrow.

You know – be awesome!

A Seeing Date

Today I decided to stop counting my days as if one more day of my life was wasted on something other than my calling. Instead, I will count the day as having moved me one day closer to the door to my work. 

An heir, as long as he is a child, is no different than a slave, even though he is master of the household. He is subjected to managers and guardians until the date set by his father. (Galatians 4).

An date is set. I will finish what I have been given to do. Today I have hope.

 

Super Vision Advisory

Scary toys usually have a disclaimer printed on the packaging: “Adult Supervision Required.” Another one made famous when TV was young was, “Kids, don’t try this at home! We’re trained professionals. You could get hurt!”

Those warnings were probably imposed by a board member’s lawyer, not his mom. The concern was likely for the company’s safety, not  for the safety of the targets of their marketing campaign.

My warning is because I love you, though! Super Natural makes sense to you – it defies natural laws. Super Rational may seem useful to you by now – it defies popular or typical rationales. Super Vision is what you get when you are born of God (John 3:3).

You need Perspective – the ability to see from more than one source. It is why you have two eyes. The result of two sources of visual data passing through your brain produces the ability to discern depth and distance. You have two ears’ data coming into your brain so that you can discern direction regarding sources of sounds.

Having other believers around you who see you as Yahweh does, who can see some of the future and interpret some of current situations, who love you and want you to succeed – this adds even more “perspective” to your input.

The fact that they are born of God means that they have Super Vision, and having them Supervise you in love and in prayer increases the likelihood of your destiny becoming real-ized. They can ask questions that help you find details or direction from the Spirit of God.

Invest in them and pray often for their ministry to you. Thank God for them.