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Denial refuses to acknowledge that there is a problem

Wisdom endeavors to see a problem for what it is

Fear magnifies and exaggerates a problem

 

Denial rationalizes inaction

Wisdom pursues prudent action

Fear produces over-reaction

 

Denial breeds apathy

Wisdom breeds contemplation

Fear breeds panic

 

Denial fights to maintain the status quo

Wisdom seeks a measured response

Fear makes a bad situation worse

 

Denial is emboldened by a stubborn will

Wisdom is empowered by a peaceful mind

Fear is fueled by a fruitful imagination

 

Denial results in complacency

Wisdom looks toward hope

Fear leads to desperation

 

God grant us the strength & wisdom to grab ahold

of the things you’ve placed in our hands

And grant us the faith & hope to trust You

for the things that are beyond our reach

And Lord, please give us the discernment to

recognize the difference between the two

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The members of an orchestra don’t come together by taking their cues from each other, they do so by fixing their eyes on a singular person and responding to the promptings of that Conductor. And so it is with the Body of Christ. We will not achieve genuine unity through increased dialogue or simple cooperation. It will only happen when we collectively succumb to the guidance of the One, who is the Author and Finisher of our faith.

 

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When we allow someone to provoke us to say or do something we wouldn’t normally, we unwittingly place them in a position of leadership, and submit ourselves to their authority.

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Beware of assigning a mere man to a role God has reserved for Himself (1 Sam.8). Likewise, beware of becoming the man who assumes a role God has written for Himself (1 Sam. 13).

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Do not be deceived.

A leader can look the part (1 Sam. 9:2),

have a calling (1 Sam. 9:16-17),

be anointed (1 Sam. 10:1),

have an established resume (1 Sam.13:1),

and still veer wildly off course (1 Sam. 13:13-14).

All it takes is fixing one’s eyes on the wrong thing.

Never forget that it is by their fruit that you shall know them (Matt. 7:15-17).

 

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Insecurity

 

It drives us to exaggerate our claims, while hiding our failures

It highlights the painful moments, while syphoning off the blessings

It causes us to interpret even the simplest of questions as an attack

It conjures images of inevitable rejection

 

Insecurity

 

It compels us to manipulate in the fear our needs will go unmet

It keeps us wrestling for a seat that already had our name on it

It pushes us to be someone we’re not in the belief that no one could love us as we truly are

It makes us feel as though people are judging us when we’re actually judging ourselves

 

Insecurity

 

It encourages us to wonder who the author was thinking of when he wrote this

 

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If Jesus, a man of perfect faith, who was one with the Father, refused to act without specific guidance from above (John 5:19), how much more should we be reliant on the direction of His in-dwelling Spirit. For those who would point to the Bible as our sole source for divine guidance, consider that Jesus was the Word (John 1:1-14).

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