LET US GO TO THE LORD IN PRAYER

Father, I come before you in the name of your son, Jesus Christ. Lord, you know all things. They are all before you like an open book. Who can hide their heart from your presence and your eye? The deeds of the most clever men are exposed before you. Your omniscience knows know bounds - and if it were not for grace, I would be of all men most terrified. But there is grace, abounding and glorious, poured out upon the weakest of men, and abounding to your glory.
Father, I praise you and I worship you; I thank you for all that you are and all that have done. There is no one like you in Heavens and on the Earth or under the earth. You are the King and there is no other. You are Savior and you share your glory with no one. Father, this day you know me and my great need of grace. Why am I here except that you called the weakest among men, the most ignoble among brothers, and that by your grace, often times, the lesser teaches the greater? That is always my case and I praise you. I worship you. Father, help us today, to the wind with eloquence, to hell with brilliant intellect, Father. Let the truth go forward. Let me be changed that the state of your church be more glorious. I pray for grace upon grace and mercy upon mercy for myself and for those who hear. Help us, Oh God, and we will be helped; and we will boast in that help in Jesus' Name. AMEN!!!

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

BE RESPECTFUL

Look,this day your eyes have seen that the Lord delivered you today into my hand in the cave, and someone urged me to kill you. But my eye spared you, and I said, 'I will not stretch out my hand against my lord, for he is the lord's anointed.'-1 Samuel 24:10

 Very often we run across people in positions of authority whose personalities clash with our own. So much so that we may consider them an adversary.David had an opportunity to kill Saul for everything that he had done to him, including seeking to kill him. But David chose to recognize that Saul was God's anointed and not harm him. David respected Saul as a chosen man of God.

 When we cross paths with people in positions of authority whose ideas and values clash with our own, it can be difficult to see them as anything other than the enemy. When this happens feelings get hurt resulting in bad blood between the authority figure and subordinate. This is just a bad situation all the way around. The person in authority can really make the work environment difficult.

 Sometimes we have come across authority figures who purposely pit themselves against their subordinates out of arrogance when they should see them as team members and treat them respectfully. No one wins. Leaders should never be rude, condescending, and abusive. If you are in a situation where the "enemy" is a person of authority, I urge you to do what David did. Try to view them as God's creation whom He loves. Pray for strength and compassion.

 Remember your promotion comes from God, not your boss. The person in authority may have control over certain aspects of your position, but God has the ultimate authority- over them and your situation as a whole. The control they think they have is fleeting because it is not rooting in love. Respect their position and pray for them, then, because of your obedience, expect your promotion, breakthrough, or blessing to come from God.

 When you make your peace with authority, you become authority.- Jim Morrison

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