Devotionals For Leaders: Where? What?

Devotionals For Leaders (2)

It was by faith Abraham obeyed God’s call to go to another place God promised to give him. He left his own country, not knowing where he was to go. Hebrews 11:8

Obedience Is The Key.

Where do I need to be and what do I need to do? I have struggled with those questions often throughout my time on earth. You may have too. They are very important questions. However, I’m finding this to be true over and over again; God is more concerned about my obedience than my location.

Don’t get me wrong, I do believe that God has specific places for specific people. This does not negate the fact that God carries those people there. He sends those people there. He somehow manages to get those people there as would be the case for Jonah and the great fish.

Who I Am? vs. Where I Am?

The issue with God is not can He use me where I am or where He’s taking me. The issue is who I become along the way and through the situations. God’s greatest ambition is conformity to that of His Son. There is none who was or is more obedient than Jesus. Obedience is a benchmark of Jesus, even obedience unto death on a cross (Philippians 2).

God seems to have a greater concern about developing me into a certain person than taking me to a certain place. How does He do this? No other way than through the revelation of Himself. So often, I want God to reveal His plan instead of Himself. I want to know the in’s and out’s, the details, the lowdown but God does not cave into my desires. He instead fulfills me with Himself. For me to become all that God wants, I have to stop looking ahead and start looking up.

Which Way Do I Go?

Abraham went out not knowing where He was going but He knew Who he was going with. He was going with God. I wonder how many times I have gone without God…knowing where I was going but oblivious that God was not with me? The knowing of the Christian walk is not to a place but with a Person, the person of Jesus Christ. As we walk with Him we become. We move forward at times but we move inward all the time. Obedience is an inward job and the only way to accomplish it is to obey.

Maybe God is not sending me anywhere except to Himself? Maybe that’s the ultimate destination?


Devotionals For Leaders: When Darkness Falls

Life and faith are not all that it’s cut out to be. There are going to be hard times when it seems that nothing is going right or certainly not your way. It’s how you react and respond in that time that reveals where your faith, trust and hope are found. Many times, we look to God for His blessings and are quite pleased when God does as we want Him. But it’s quite a different story when the tables turn and God seems to go “rogue” and doesn’t answer us the way we want, give us what we want and at times doesn’t even seem to be saying anything. It’s in those times that you will begin to see where you faith is truly placed: in God or in His blessings.

I’ve heard it said before: “A faith that can’t be tested can’t be trusted.” It’s in the times of hardship, silence and even doubt that our faith is being tested to see if it is real or circumstantial. Like the disciples, we often “scatter” our different ways to various securities whether they be things we hold dear or things that can hold us like retirement or a relationship.

God is a jealous God and He desires for us to be His alone. He wants to own our hearts and minds and He certainly wants our affection toward Him to be sincere and genuine. The way to best test our relationship is to remove or not allow certain blessings or “gifts”, to not answer certain prayers and or to simply offer Himself as “enough”, which He most assuredly is.

God wants you to be grounded in Him, not what He does for you. He wants you to trust in Him and to remain faithful until the end, even if you don’t get what you want. When darkness falls, He wants you to remember that it is only for a period of time…He has overcome the world!

What will it take? Faith. Trust. Confidence. Belief beyond circumstances. Sincerity. Hardship. Darkness.

Indeed the hour is coming…that you will be scattered… —John 16:32

Oswald Chambers said:

Dark times are allowed and come to us through the sovereignty of God. Are we prepared to let God do what He wants with us? Are we prepared to be separated from the outward, evident blessings of God? Until Jesus Christ is truly our Lord, we each have goals of our own which we serve. Our faith is real, but it is not yet permanent. And God is never in a hurry. If we are willing to wait, we will see God pointing out that we have been interested only in His blessings, instead of in God Himself. The sense of God’s blessings is fundamental.

Final Thought: When darkness falls, keep your faith in the character of God. He will remain faithful when all else fails.

GOD. Omnipresent


God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble. Psalm 46:1

Power. People of all ages and places struggle in their quest to obtain this attribute and wield it for their use. Whether it’s a brother dominating their siblings to a ruler lording over a nation, a desire for power can corrupt anyone. Yet, I must be reminded often that all power is not within our grasp. In fact, regardless of who’s in “power” all power and positions come from God.  These are a few ways that I recognize God’s power in my life.

1) God Has Power Over All Nature

There is no doubt that as of late our world has been overwhelmed by earthquakes, tornadoes, storms, hurricanes, and tsunamis. With Superstorm Sandy, Hurricane Katrina, the earthquake in Haiti and tsunami in Indonesia, it’s easy to realize how powerful nature is. Nevertheless, God is more powerful. Nahum 1:5Psalm 107:23-32 Jesus demonstrated His power of nature several times, calming storms, (Matthew 8:23-27Matthew 14:22-33). Even though nature may be powerful, God is more powerful still.

2) God’s Has Power Over All Governments and Rulers

If elections don’t go the way I want or laws are passed that I don’t agree with, I can be full of faith and trust in God who holds all nations and rulers in His hand, (Psalm 46Psalm 82:8Psalm 113:4). People, presidents, rulers or kings ultimately are under God’s watchful eye and His power trumps them all. I must simply obey God and submit to Him as my authority and be prayerful for the people in leadership around the world that they would recognize God as Sovereign.

3) God Has Power Over Me

God doesn’t always exercise His power over me or these other things I have mentioned. However, there are times when I can see God’s hand mightily at work in my situations and circumstances. At times I am made painfully aware that I a mere human, flesh and bone whose life is but a breath, whose life is like a blade of grass( James 4:13-17Psalm 103:15-16)  Thankfully, God is not so much looking for someone to control as a puppet or marionette but someone who shares His heartbeat and wants to walk in the same direction as He is going. God’s power is best revealed in me when I love as He does, serve as He served and give as He gave. Forgiving others, praying for those who are not like me and don’t like me, and humbling myself before God are evidences of God’s power over my life. Apart from God, these types of things would be impossible. As I humble myself before the Lord and lift Him up, God’s power is made much more clear in my life.

Knowing God is omnipotent brings me a great amount of hope and comfort in days that seem bleak and abysmal. How does God’s power over nature, government or yourself affect the way you look at life?


GOD. Omnipresent


Psalm 139:7 Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence?

Presence. It’s something that we all talk about much these days. In the age of technology it is possible to physically be in a room but “not be there”. People can have conversations with us and we only hear just the last few words because our minds are elsewhere. In many ways we are trying to be omnipresent, trying to be more productive and connected.

However “successful” we may be at multitasking, we are unable and incapable of being in more than one place at a time. Try as we may to be “present” through video chatting, conference calls, etc. we are simply bound to space and time. God is not. Considering this attribute of God I am aware of three distinct things living in God’s presence does for me.

1) Acknowledging God’s Presence Curtails Sin.

The act of living in full view of God can and should and does curtail my actions, reactions and thoughts. Knowing that He is with me gives me pause to reconsider choices I am about to make and  helps me choose the best path for life. When I am faced with temptation, I know that He is with me,empowering me to overcomeproviding an escape, and leading me in the paths of righteousness for His namesake. Simply acknowledging GOD is in the room transforms every place into a holy place where sin cannot dwell.

2) Acknowledging God’s Presence Bolsters My Confidence.

Going into situations that are unfamiliar requiring great amounts of  faith can be difficult for anyone, even the strongest of Christians. Yet, God has promised to be with me always and therefore, I can move forward in confidence. Knowing that He keeps His promises and that His presence is guaranteed regardless of my fear, unworthiness, lack of trust or even doubt, helps me have the confidence I need to live for His glory. Just as God commanded  Joshua time and again to be strong and courageous, I can take courage in knowing God is also with me. When fear, insecurity or doubt arise, simply acknowledging God’s presence boosts my confidence.

3)Acknowledging God’s Presence  Provides Rest For My Soul.

Being that God is continually and always present means He has been involved in my past and present and will be involved in my future. My past doesn’t have to weigh me down, my present doesn’t have to stress me out and I don’t have to fear the future in any way. Since God is with me, I can stop and rest in His presence and bask in His loving care knowing that He is good and He is GOD.

How does knowing God is omnipresent affect you?