Tuesday February 8, 2011

Word for today is found in Genesis 12:1

1 Now the LORD had said to Abram:

“Get out of your country,
From your family
And from your father’s house,
To a land that I will show you. (NKJV)

1 The LORD had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you. (NIV)

Jamie Buckingham, senior pastor, Tabernacle Church, Melbourne, Fla., has a great commentary on Leadership Traits.

“Abraham’s ability to lead was tested in three areas of faith:

l) Faith to risk (Genesis 12:1-5). A wealthy man, Abraham risked all to follow God. The godly leader is willing to risk everything on God’s faithfulness, and venture into the unknown.

2) Faith to trust (Genesis 17:1-27). Abraham and Sarah were long past the age of child-bearing. The godly leader does not rely on facts alone, but goes beyond facts to faith.

3) Faith to surrender (Genesis 22:1-19). Abraham knew the sacrifice of his son would destroy any hope of fulfilling God’s promise that he would father many nations. The godly leader is willing to sacrifice all things precious in order to please God. (Matt. 16:13-20; James 3:1)

When God called me into the ministry it was right before my mother had gone on to be with the Lord. He wanted me to leave a safe place– at a time I felt most vulnerable—and travel to a place hundreds of miles away, where I knew no one.

It was a really big step of faith and I was just a babe in the Lord. I went, stepped out on the water, and God came through as he always has.

God will ask you to get out of your comfort zone to see how much you are willing to obey him. It could be a new church across town where you know no one, or half way across the country.

To hold back will cause you to falter and not move up with God.

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