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Archive for June, 2012

(These are the notes from the June 2012.  We are learning from the Holy Bible, and John Maxwell’s book, ’21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership’.)

The Law of Navigation

Jesus promised, ‘Lose your life to find it.’

Team can be found between just you and your husband (and kids), (and friends…)

Kingdom leadership is modeled in the person of Jesus Christ.  His body died; but he didn’t.

God hovers over us.  He keeps us close.

Isaiah 31:5 – Like birds hovering overhead, the LORD Almighty will shield Jerusalem; he will shield it and deliver it, he will ‘pass over’ it and will rescue it.


The Holy Spirit reminds us who Jesus was/is.  Jesus was getting ready to leave.  He was not establishing himself; he was establishing others.

Conviction causes eyes to look up.  Condemnation causes eyes to go inward.

When God corrects us, it is good.

Psalm 141:4- Let a righteous man strike me—that is a kindness; let him rebuke me—that is oil on my head.
My head will not refuse it,  for my prayer will still be against the deeds of evildoers.

Philippians 1:6 – And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.

Let God have everything.  Let Him show you what goes against Him.

Hebrews 4:16 – Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

By the Holy Spirit indwelling in you, you can become an influencer.  Otherwise, it won’t last.
The Holy Spirit changes the way we thing, feel, and act.
Psalm 34:2 –  I will glory in the Lord; let the afflicted hear and rejoice.
Lay down every day what you think has to be.
2 Corinthians 5:14 – For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died.
Recap previous months:
  • The Law of the Lid: Purpose to become an influencer
  • The Law of Influence: If you are not influencing, you are not leading.  Seek relationship.
  • The Law of Process: This takes time.  Don’t get discouraged.
Psalm 139:1 – You have searched me, Lord, and you know me.
The Law of Navigation-
John Maxwell’s book shares the story of two men who led expeditions to the South Pole.  One of the men thoroughly planned, the other did not.  One found success.  The other found disaster.
It is normal to hope for an event; some spectacular moment that will change your life.  Occasionally, but rarely, that happens.  Most likely, it’s routine, planning, repetition.  We see our goals realized by the patient planning and execution.  Faithfully follow through.
Be yoked with Jesus.  You cannot do this on your own.  The yoke is easy; the burden light.
Matthew 11:29-30 – Take my yoke upon you and learn from me,  for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.
Go before the Lord and have Him show you, “If the Lord wills…”
James 4:14- Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.
Jeremiah 29:11 – For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper  you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
1 Corinthians 13 Our call to love and influence.  To meaningfully affect and influence the lives of those around you.
Philippians 1:9 – And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight…
Humility is the key to the Law of Navigation.  It’s not arrogant.
Surround yourself with people who are succeeding in life.
Stop and see where God wants you and be the person God wants you to be.
Ask yourself, “where is it that I am heading and who I am taking with me?
We can’t ‘fly by the seat of our pants…’
A leader must plan well.  What would be the temptation that would throw you off course? Relying on yourself.  Jesus was tempted in all things.  How did Jesus defeat temptation?  Prayer and scripture.  Jesus regularly went away to be with the Father.  He was well known for doing this.  This is our example.
How hard is it to lay your day down before Him?
2 Peter 1:5-7 –  For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love.
Take time to learn from past successes and failures.  Weigh the whole situation.  Do not be driven by discouragement or enthusiasm.  Look at the whole picture.  Look at timing.  Look at morale.
Work in team.  Have others show you your blind spot. (on how to be a better influencer.)
Priority is to get your personal life in order.
Ephesians 4:17 –  So I tell you this, and insist on it in the Lord, that you must no longer  live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking.

Romans 12:1 –
 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.
Questions to consider:

1. What are the areas in which others depend upon you to “navigate”, to set a course, to plan? 

2. Of the 4 steps discussed, which do you find most challenging? Which is your area of strength?

1. Drawing from past experiences (failures and successes)

2. Examine conditions before making commitments

3. Listen to what others have to say

4. Be sure your conclusion represents both fact and faith

3. Practical steps

1. What is one failure in your “navigation” in the past that you can examine and learn from?

2.From whom can you gain counsel regarding the “navigation” of your desired area of influence?

4.Have you recognized that your plans and ideas must be submitted to the Lord?

Are you willing to do so now?

Take a moment to list these areas

 


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Dry Wells

Psalm 62:1  My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from him.

Psalm 62:2  He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken.

Psalm 62:5  Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from him.

Psalm 62:6  He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken.

Psalm 62:7  My salvation and my honor depend on God ; he is my mighty rock, my refuge.

Psalm 62:8  Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge.

Psalm 63:1  O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you, in a dry and weary land where there is no water.

I read these psalms today, and I felt the Lord emphasize the words seek and alone.

Certainly I love to come to Jesus, early each day and throughout the day. With Him my thirst is quenched. With Him I find peace of mind, rest for my soul and the exhale that I didn’t realize I needed until I breathed it out.

However.

Today He revealed to me that I go to other water sources also.  He showed them to me, these dry wells that have promised me refreshment and that I have habitually returned to only to find myself thirsty again.

The well being of my family

Home and schedule in order

Finances

Reputation

Relationships

Security of future plans

 

Dry wells, everyone.

Not that Jesus will not bless in each of these area, He has, and abundantly. However, in them I was never intended to “find rest”. They were never intended to be “my hope”, they were never intended to insure that “I will not be shaken”, they were never intended to be “my honor” or “my rock”.

I was not created to “pour my heart out” to them, or to “seek” them.

Romans 8:6  For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace,

Isaiah 12:2  Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The LORD, the LORD, is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation.”

Oh, Beautiful One, You created me to seek You, to pour out my heart to You.

You don’t just make me sing…You are my song.

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