“Leaders & Followers”

Posted: March 19, 2013 in Bible Study, Christian Life, Decision Making, Reading

“Before following a leader, it is wise to see if he is headed in the right direction.”

  Qualities.  What’s your idea of a good leader? Perhaps you think of such things as being a good speaker, having a commanding presence, carrying an aura of authority, or being a tough guy.

  Saul.  He was anointed as Israel’s first king. As a young man he had good qualities about him: He held his peace with dissenters; he refused to make examples of those who had proven themselves wrong; he gave God credit for his success and wasn’t proud; he also was sensitive to the needs of other people. In other words, he was a true servant of the Lord, and of the people whom he was trying to lead. Sadly, as he grew older and more powerful he changed significantly and was rejected by the Lord (1 Samuel 15:26).

  You.  How is your leadership style in your home, the church, your office, or in your social and civic responsibilities? Do you want to be served or serve others?  Do you want to meet the needs of others or your own needs?

  Books.  I’ve read and highly recommend two books by Warren Wiersbe: “On Being A Servant,” and “On Being A Leader.” I’ve read the first one many more times while praying that God would make me a better servant of the Lord. I especially recommend these books to younger pastors. Our Lord came not to be served, but to serve His Father and others (Matthew 20:28). Consider His washing His disciples’ feet (John 13:2-27).

  Quotes.  “Reading, like no other medium, can transform your life in a flash, and you never know which book…at which time in your life…might be the one that rocks your world and inspires you in ways you never thought possible before.” – Burke Hedges

“The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who cannot read them.” – Mark Twain

“Not every reader is a leader, but every leader must be a reader.” – Harry Truman

“By reading we discover our world, our history, and ourselves.” – Daniel J. Boorstin

“You are the same today as you’ll be in five years except for two things, the people you meet and the books you read.” – Charles Jones (These quotes were taken from “Read And Grow Rich” by Burke Hedges).

  Meditate.  In addition to reading the Bible, we should also take some of the precious time that God has graciously given to us (Acts 17:28; James 4:14) to meditate on the truths found in His Word (Psalm 1:2; Colossians 3:2; 1 Timothy 4:15). The Apostle Paul suggested that we meditate on the things that are true, noble, just, pure, lovely, and of good report (Philippians 4:8). Meditate on the promises that God has given to Christians and then claim them if you are a Christian. This will enable you to enjoy the “Faith/Rest” life that God desires for all of His children (Hebrews 3, 4). Don’t try to claim promises that were given to others but not to you. Example: If you’re 90 years old, don’t ask God for a son as Sarah did.

  Caution! Beware of the devil’s counterfeit forms of meditations that open up the way for demons to control the mind (2 Corinthians 2:11; 4:4; 1 Timothy 4:1; 1 Peter 5:8). Sadly, we read reports of “Christians” (?) engaging in “Contemplative Prayer and Meditation” and looking into themselves rather into the Word of God for the answers to the dilemmas of life.  God’s Word has everything that we need for life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3).

  Memorize.  This is not as hard as you may think. Ask us for some suggestions on how to do this.

  Listening. If you have trouble reading the Bible and would rather listen to it’s being read by others, we have some suggestions for you if you’ll write to us. Some readings you can get FREE.

  Credit. Portions of this article were adapted from “Your Daily Walk” p. 91 by Walk Thru The Bible Ministries. Why not secure a copy of this for yourself and join me as I walk (read) through the Bible in one year. You can start at any time so why not right now?  I’ve been doing this for many years.

  Time.  It will only take about 15 minutes of your day. That’s about 1 % or your day. Doing this could revolutionize your life as you begin to think God‘s way and learn about His plan for the ages (Isaiah 55:8, 9)

  Join Me. I’d love to have you join me and share your insights with me. Please let me know if you choose to do so  Why not invite others to join our reading group too?

  Our Web Site.  www.kelseypeach.com. We designed it with you in mind. Visit it and then give us some feed back on what we can do to improve it. “Read Our Blogs” to discover answers to people’s questions in life. Many of them are summaries of my talks on Sundays.

   Unbeliever?  If you’re not a true Christian (1 Corinthians 15:1-8), read “God’s Simple Plan Of Salvation” on our web site.  Until you become a Christian by believing exclusively on the Lord Jesus Christ who died for your sins…and rose again bodily, most of the Bible will not make much sense to you.  We have the Gospel in 24 languages for your friends who read and speak other languages.

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