When maturing in God, there are certain things we can’t expect others to do. One of those things is checking yourself. No, not having someone else check you, although there will be accountability and once in a while, we do need objective viewpoints. We are talking about the basics — checking yourself and doing a self-assessment. There are two checkpoints that are very simple but very important. Read More
Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all. (Psalm 34: 19)
It would have been much better, in my estimation anyway, if that verse read: ‘‘ The righteous will have zero afflictions; they will each be given a ‘Smooth Riding’ guarantee.’’ But it doesn’t. David wrote this psalm, and his life was not a leisure ride— it was replete with challenges and scored by struggles. Yet his life emerges as the quintessence of Israel’s best.
In our recent book Culture Shift, we speak about every church having a culture. It may not be the one we want, but every church has one. In order to develop the right environment, that culture must first be identified and agreed upon. Early on at New Hope, we decided that one distinctive of our church’s culture would be an undying devotion to God and His Word.
Here at Mentoring Leaders, we are working to compile a storehouse of gems to encourage and equip then next generation of leaders. All month, we’ve shared content about the importance of daily devotions for Christians of all ages and walk as we introduced practical guidelines for scripture, observation, application and prayer.
This week, we’re inviting you to be part of something new and special. It’s your turn to ask Pastor Wayne Cordeiro your real-life questions about devotions and leadership on Mentoring Leaders Live.
So far this week, we’ve shared 3 principles for growing closer to God from. Today, we bring you a third principle .
4. Regularly Take Time for Reflection
We don’t learn from experiences. We learn from reflecting on those experiences. The key is reconsidering the responses you had to an event. Reflection is not rehashing old mistakes. It’s meditating on what God has taught you through those mistakes.
Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me— watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.
– Matthew 11: 28– 30 THE MESSAGE
How do we follow Christ in this manner, learning to live freely and lightly in the unforced rhythms of grace? Let me suggest four important principles for growing closer to God through Scripture.
But the word of God continued to increase and spread. – Acts 12:24
It reads like a fictional thriller. A brilliant escape from an impossible Roman jail confounded even those who were a part of the escape team. The escapee, Peter, was bound with two (not one) chains directly to the guards themselves. Those assigned to insure his captivity were under the oath of death should he escape. It was more intriguing than “Oceans 13″, and far more fascinating than “Gone in Sixty Seconds.”
CONNECTED TO THE SOURCE Just as we, as pastors and leaders, need to be connected to the Source, we need to do everything we can to make sure that those we are discipling get connected as quickly as possible to that same source. It’s that source that is the Artesian well, the fountainhead of truth. That source is the Scriptures: the infallible Word of God. We need to teach people to dig into the Read More