Friday, August 18, 2017

lead follower

What caught my attention was his heart for people.  What continued to catch my attention was his connection and continued relationships with people that don’t attend church.  He loved them and continued to show up in their lives for a long time.

After months and lot of sharing lives began to change one at a time.  Again, this was a powerful story of a veteran, of his son’s accidental death and finally of his family coming to Christ and finding forgiveness and more.

This pastor ended the article by calling himself, or signing off all, the “lead follower” of the church.  Seriously, the entire article was excellent.

“Lead Follower” has had me thinking a lot.  And I want to be that.

I want to lead people to follow Jesus, yet if I am not following Jesus, why would anyone else want to follow?  If I am following only a little bit, why would anyone follow Jesus in a passionate way?  As a lead follower I must be committed to following Jesus with all I am and all have.

Mark 1:17 NLT
Jesus called out to them, “Come, follow me, and I will show you how to fish for people!”

Joshua 14:9  NLT
So that day Moses solemnly promised me, ‘The land of Canaan on which you were just walking will be your grant of land and that of your descendants forever, because you wholeheartedly followed the Lord my God.’

By following Jesus we will lead others to follow Jesus.  Let’s follow and see that others join us!

Thursday, August 17, 2017

the power of God

The power of God will take you out of your own plans and put you into the plan of God. --- Smith Wigglesworth

It is the power of God that often catches my attention and then works when I think that nothing good can come out of the situations around me.  That is when I am totally wrong and often totally missing what God is doing.

But re-read the quote above.  It may just be the power of God that takes us out of selfishness and places us in selflessness.  It might be the power of God that takes our misplaced faith and places it back in the right place.  It must be the power of God that takes us from the wrong direction to turn to the right direction.

The sweetest of places the power of God will place us is in the plan of God.  There is no better place than the will of God and where the plan of God is at work.

Ephesians 1:19-20 NLT
I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms.

May we come to know, see and long for this greatness in our every day life.  Don’t wait till Sunday or till the next event.  Live daily with the power of our great God as your direction, your drive and your prayer.  He is mighty always, and he is mighty in you all the time you let Him work. 

Colossians 2:12  NLT
For you were buried with Christ when you were baptized. And with him you were raised to new life because you trusted the mighty power of God, who raised Christ from the dead.

The power of God gave us salvation.  The power of God gives us daily righteousness.  The power of God guides us, protects us, inspires us, blesses us, corrects us … you get the point.

Lets spend some time today longing for, looking for and enjoying the power of God.

lead follower

I was reading an article from a pastor that was sharing his heart for his church family and impacting his community one person at a time...