Soulfood: Lev 8-10, Luke 1:39-56, Ps 42:1-5, Prov 1:20-23
'You cannot handle it alone.' Exodus 18:18 NIV
President Theodore Roosevelt once said, 'The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint to keep from meddling with them while they do it.' Bottom line: Unless you learn to delegate, your leadership will deteriorate and your vision will stagnate.
In Exodus, Moses was wearing himself out physically, emotionally and spiritually trying to keep up with the demands of two million Israelites and be 'the answer man' for every problem. That's when his father-in-law told him, 'You cannot handle it alone. Listen...to me and I will give you some advice' (Exodus 18:18-19 NIV). It takes wisdom, maturity, and humility to ask for help. And it's a sign of strength, not weakness. That's hard to come to terms with, for those of us who take pride in our ability to 'do it all.' The truth is, what Moses was doing was neither good for him nor the people depending on him. As a leader, it's easy to overestimate your own importance and competence. That's why Paul cautions, '[Don't] think you are better than you really are. Use good sense' (Romans 12:3 CEV).
God has placed people around you who have certain gifts and talents. When you recognise and involve these people, they're fulfilled and the job gets done right. God created us to be interdependent, not independent. Delegating authority to the right people strengthened Moses for the task of leading as God intended. When you try to be 'all things to all people,' you end up frustrated. You're not called to do it all, but to get it done through others. That's what leadership is about.
Soulfood: Is 4-7, John 5:1-15, Ps 126, Prov 27:17-19
'I said to myself, "I will confess my rebellion to the Lord." And you forgave me!' Psalm 32:5 NLT
When you deliberately sin, you're rebelling against God's rule in your life - and you'll feel bad about it. And feeling bad is evidence that you truly are a redeemed child of God; otherwise your sin wouldn't bother you. Picture a teenager saying to his dad, 'I'm truly sorry, but I took your credit card and bought beer for my buddies with it.' Now, the chances are his father may never have discovered it, especially if he wasn't a good bookkeeper. But his son's troubled conscience brought it to the surface and he said, 'Dad, I shouldn't have bought the beer; I shouldn't have lied about my age; I shouldn't have used your credit card to do it. You trusted me and I let you down. I'm sorry, and I won't do it again.' That's confession. That's what we must do in our prayers.
The Greek word translated as confession means 'to agree with God.' When we confess our sins, we are agreeing with God concerning the sin in our lives as revealed through his Word and by the Holy Spirit. When we confess, we verbalise our sin and receive cleansing and forgiveness. Yes, confession is often painful, but it keeps our fellowship with our heavenly Father clear, open and close. It's not that God stops loving us, but that we no longer feel we can approach him with confidence.
Do you have a sin to confess? 'If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness' (1 John 1:9 NKJV).
Soulfood: Is 1-3, John 4:39-54, Ps 5, Prov 27:13-16