A Daily Appearance Before God

A Daily Leadership Essentials Quote
from Veritas Leadership Journal at HeartPathJournal.net

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Human nature being what it is, if we stand before our boss everyday to verify the quality of our work and the progress we are making in personal and professional development, then we become much more focused and motivated in our daily job and life performance.

“Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.”

( ‭‭2 Timothy‬ ‭2:15‬ )

The Apostle Paul encouraged his protege, Timothy, to regularly present himself to God for review. This wasn’t because God was otherwise unaware of Timothy’s life and ministry, but because the voluntary frequent (daily perhaps) accountability with God would have a powerful daily effect upon Timothy’s anointed professionalism, his character development, and his truthful and wise handling of the scriptures in his teaching and in his leadership.

( djh / “A Daily Appearance Before God” )

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“How’s Your Daily Devotional Life?”

Sometimes the Holy Spirit prompts us (as Pastors, or Leaders) to offer the simplest of solutions for people’s greatest life-challenges, instead of inspiring us with His deep and sometimes mysterious counsels of divine wisdom.

There is a young man who experienced the Spirit’s simplest of strategies for overcoming life’s most complex dilemmas.

When I was pastoring we sometimes had an open mic segment in a Sunday Evening service where people could share a testimony with the whole church. This one young man shared how he came into the office one day to see me. His emotional and mental life was in a shambles, so he was asking for help.

After hearing his long list of difficulties in dealing with daily life, I asked him simply,

“How are your daily times of devotions? Some prayer, some Bible reading?”

He shared with the church how, at that moment, he thought to himself “That’s it? That’s ALL you’ve got to offer me?” And though we did talk at length about details of his life, he didn’t remember any of that (all of my great, deep counsel was lost on him!). All he could remember after our time together was, “How are your daily devotions?”

He openly admitted that he was very flustered and was not impressed. He expected something more profound and really deep for handling his overpowering daily life’s issues.

Nonetheless, he started daily devotions. Thirty days later he realized that his daily life’s issues were calm, his emotions were at peace, and his mind was settled. His love for the Lord was renewed, and he was enjoying life.

As he continued to share his testimony, he said, “So, if you expect Pastor Dave to counsel you out of your grave with a bunch of deep, dramatic stuff; but all you get out of him is, ‘How’s your devotional life?’, you need to listen to him, and you need to do it! It has saved my life!

So, my conclusion about practicing a Daily Devotional Life is:

If life hurts when you don’t do it, then just do it!

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Surgical Discernment

Introspection and discernment of personal thoughts and motives are skills sorely lacking in the patterns of our society.

The constant bombardment by entertainment and news (through our addiction to multimedia technologies) contributes to a personal condition that keeps us from dealing with anything deeper than the first few inches of the surface of the deep oceans of our hearts.

Taking time for devotions involves reading the scriptures, prayer, and personal introspection and discernment of our daily thoughts and motives. The more time we invest in personal training in the use of the Sword of the Spirit (the scriptures) and in prayer the more accurate we will be in doing surgery within our own hearts and lives.

“For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”

‭‭( Hebrews‬ ‭4:12‬ )

The more surgical precision we can develop for use in our own lives, the more accurately and effectively we can help others who might ask for our counsel or feedback.

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