The original thought behind this Series material was aimed at people who counsel as leaders, such as Pastors, Associate Pastoral Staff, Youth Pastors and those that have a position of authority in the local church. As more digging was done on the material, the more it made sense to consider the application for an Encouragement Series for others to see the truths gleaned from the Scripture, as we consider consulting God’s Word in all facets of our lives, not just the one’s where folks believe they should insert their importance in our own lives to Serve the Lord.
My original thought was the verse from Psalm 119:11 –
Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.
Psalm 119:11 | King James Version
The shoe-leather of this thought is seen in not only this verse, but the remaining twelve tied directly to this thought. The passages of Scripture used in this Series are simple, yet VERY profound, giving us in a sense a responsibility to give our Heavenly Father the credit for the ground work before we make decisions that impact not only us, but potentially a multitude that we may be unaware. By having this ground work already under foot, so to speak, it will give the Christian leader a solid opportunity to connect and gauge where they are in tendering godly advice with biblical backing.
Consider The Heart
As several of the prints include direct references to the heart (Psalm 119:11, Proverbs 4:23, Psalm 78:72), how we as Christians prepare to lead, consult, provide instruction – and even counsel, we must remember that our heart needs be RIGHT before we can hope to give right, live right and lead right. With our heart being right, others will be able to clearly see that something is different, even if they are not born-again Christians. Truthfully, I find personally that those who are NOT Saved hit the mark squarely by seeing what is in me and the ever present phrase, “You must be a Christian…”, because of the kind of witness I WANT to be.
If we will take a few moments to think about the heart of others who are not born-again, blood bought, Children of God – their heart can and will so easily pull them into places we know better, but they may have NO idea what peril can come of the decision to continue on the path they are traveling. All the more, we should strive to make certain that we are in RIGHT standing with our Thrice Holy God of All Creation, before we attempt to be “Christian” in our daily lived lives.
Setting the stage in our own lives takes time, effort and work to make it happen, but the benefits are INCREDIBLE not only for/to us, but for/to others we have influence over in our lives. No matter where you and I may work, what our responsibilities are or type of contribution made, we all can be a leader. The best kind of leader is one who is ALREADY following the leading of the Holy Spirit, wherever we may find ourselves.
A baker’s dozen passages of Scriptures presented here are quick snippets of areas and standing, which can help anyone, not just those that are leaders in places where we see them.
Might Not Sin | Do Likewise | Esteem Better | Heart of Life | Men of Truth
Fed & Guided | Let Minister | On Others | Yea or Nay | Upon Him
I Decrease | Let Us Reap | Do All Things
These twelve (12) plus one (1) are REALLY foundation setting as to how we are to treat others. Profoundly SIMPLE verses – single ones at that – that make an impact, for they are EASY to recall. See if these passages of Scripture are an Encouragement to you, as well as others – not only might it change you, it could be the change someone else is waiting to receive.
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