STOP PLAYING UP!!
Yesterday we had our second leadership huddle where we were led and counseled about the attributes of a good leader. Various life examples and experiences were shared and there was food and thought for all.
Significantly, Moses (as a Old Testament leader) was shared and the reactions of the people he was leading at a particular juncture. You know the part when the Israelites were in Horeb see Exodus 32, where Moses goes up the mountain to have a meeting with God but appears to delay in returning?
The point that was being highlighted in respect of leaders, is that there are obedient and disobedient leaders. Aaron (second in command whilst Moses was away) listened to the errant ways of the people and allowed them to get up to play. Aaron was instrumental in giving advice about erecting the golden calf and went further, he built an altar before it
In review (and in our breakout rooms) we shared our individual experiences , challenges and call. The training ended. I was very tired and had an early night.
Throughout the night and as I slept, I found myself praying for this and that. I prayed about circumstances I knew about in our church, in our environment and also some challenges coming up for me this next week. I prayed for myself and I prayed for our leaders.
As I prayed through the night, the Lord gave me his word deep into my spirit ‘ my peace I give to you, my peace, I leave with you not as the world giveth, give I unto you…’ I didnt hear the rest, but that was the scripture impressed in my spirit. I continued to sleep.
As I slept, I found the Holy Spirit taking me back to review of the message yesterday and the similarities to our day. It is the first time I have seen or grasped the analogy with our Lord’s return. Whilst Moses was away, the people got up to play.
I felt the Lord show and say ‘and so it is now with my own . Many think I have delayed my return, so they are doing all sorts of things – erected a number of idols , they have got up to play..!!
He didn’t need to say any more, as I could see it. As an evangelist , I see it in relation to souls not yet come through the door and I see it in relation to those ‘second in command’ (including myself) who should be more vigilant in the watching and waiting and ensuring proper focus.
I began a further reflection.
When you first read through Exodus and Numbers you see a people grumbling and complaining with God for this and that. Poor Moses what a challenge he had.
Many of us have watched the serial production of the 10 commandments and are shocked when we see the Israelites making the molten calf and behaving the way they did. We look on incredulously ‘how could they do that?’
I feel the Lord is warning and showing we have (and can be guilty) of the same thing, because we have become complacent about his return.
The Lord would want me to say: He is soon to come down that mountain. He is on his way. Dear reader, listener, those are my instructions and since my own call.
What will our Father see and what will he hear. In each of our zooms, our rooms, our ceiled houses? What edifices have we erected? What or whom have we idolised? Who will he find watching, waiting when our good Lord returns?
In 2007/2008 I had a vivid vision of the Lord’s return. This weekend the Lord brings back to my attention and I share here as I am led to.
I saw the Lord’s return and the skies rolled back – we were in a house and everyone was huddled in a corner – I was shocked in the dream at the worry on some of the faces. Those who I had thought should have no fear – leaders – full of prayer and the word, were quivering in the corner, frightened and in jeopardy . The dream spoke :- they knew they were not ready.
At that time I was a young leader in training both in my secular job and ministry call. I was shocked to see those more mature cowering in fear. I kept the dream in my heart until now given the signs.
The Bible tells us man looks on the outward appearance, but God knows and tries the hearts and the reins. It was said so well yesterday , it is not about eloquence or gifting per se, but about surrender and obedience.
I return to the scripture that Father brought in my spirit , soul and body in the night and with extension. I pray it brings peace, comfort and reflection.
My peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. 28 Ye have heard how I said unto you, I go away, and come again unto you. If ye loved me, ye would rejoice, because I said, I go unto the Father: for my Father is greater than I. 29 And now I have told you before it come to pass, that, when it is come to pass, ye might believe. John 14:27
The bible says (and I summarise) when they say peace and safety , sudden destruction will come upon us akin to what a woman experienced when she is about to give birth. I close with ‘perfect love casts out all fear’ 1 John 4:18 and that the Lord would have all of us saved and come unto the knowledge of the truth . 1 Timothy 2:4
Please feel free to share with your leaders and loved ones.
Evangelist Linda J