Friday, August 22, 2008

reflect on what was said before [+] Friday E-Devotion

I have spent some time reflecting on some things I wrote and said almost two years ago.  Lets take a look at some quotes:
10-13-06  "Christians ought to be the best. We ought to show up early and stay late. We ought to give our all and then some more and not ask for extras. To be the best does not mean we become people of pride or arrogance. This means we desire for people to see God therefore give our all so others will see God, not us."
10-25-06  "In ministry we must learn to allow God to fill our weakness, and we must learn to allow our weaknesses to thrive so that God can be seen. Be honest when you are weak."
10-31-06 "At the end of the rope … No where else to turn … many people find that those two places are very ones where they find God. Yet all along the path they have been walking or running, He has been there. Far too many people, including Christians, have God as their last resort when He is to be the very first place we go."
11-28-06  "What do we do with the bricks that are thrown at us? Remember that attitude is a choice that determines our actions and that we lead others to act through the positive attitude we share, or the negative. It is easier to keep a positive attitude than it is to try to get it back. So, what do we need to do? Feed on the positive stuff and stick to it everyday. Jesus did…"Your attitude should be the same that Christ Jesus had." Philippians 2:5 (NLT)
I close with a piece from about 10 months ago, and my question for you and for me is this: am I learning what God is teaching me and applying that to my life?
10-10-07  Exodus 4:2  (nlt) --- Then the Lord asked him, "What is that in your hand?""A shepherd's staff," Moses replied.
Remember this: when God asks you a question, it is never for your benefit and when God does a miracle, it is never to show off.
Moses' staff lets us see his identity (a shepherd), his income (as a shepherd) and his influence (leading sheep).  God said to Moses, as He says to us, "surrender it all.  Lay it down."  When we lay down things, they come to life, but when we pick them up, they die.  What a picture of the turning point in Moses' life.
God used that staff to do countless things for God's people.  When Moses put down his shepherd's staff, it began to be known as The Rod of God.
The purpose of influence is to speak up for those who have no influence.  The kingdom of God is our influence on others to know Jesus.  We have to be part of His kingdom.  That is awesome leadership on purpose.

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