“The Lord forbid that I should lay a hand on the Lord’s anointed” – 1 Sam 26:11
This well known quote is from David who found himself with the opportunity to kill King Saul who was pursuing him.
He decided to honour Saul and not take advantage of the situation.
David knew the kingdom would be his, everybody knew, even Saul knew. It was just a matter of time.
However, David had his eye on God’s ways, more than a career move.
This well know story helps us develop a culture of honour among leaders:
Our response to the failures of other leaders says a lot about how ready we are to lead.
A promotion (or change) is more precious when God alone moves us.
Leaders make assessments and choices from a higher perspective.
There are some practical things we can do to cement a culture of honour in our hearts, and to enjoy the freedom of trusting a good God for our futures:
Encourage a leader who we haven’t reached out to recently.
Speak positively when others may be criticising.
Pray genuinely for those in authority.
In the kingdom of God, the greatest is the servant of all.
(Taken in part from ‘Higher Perspectives’ a devotional book by Steve Backlund)
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May 9,10. River of Life Conference at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. The conference is sub headed “The Church Together – Bringing Life to the City, a Citywide Christian Unity Event” Guest speaker is Dr David Yonggi Cho, senior pastor of the worlds largest church with around 800 000 members. click herefor inspiration and information!
May 15-18. World Congress of Families in Sydney. See link. This would be a great event for anyone in ministry to families and children. And this year it is just up the road! Venue is the Australian Technology Park, 2 Locomotive St, Eveleigh NSW
May 23. Annual Wollongong Prayer Breakfast. See link for details and a booking form.The introductory meeting at the Salvation Army facilities at Crown St was very well attended. This main event in May could be significant in the spiritual life of the city. The speaker is Neville Cox, chairman of the Sydney Prayer Breakfast. He will inspire us to bless the city, beginning in prayer with each other. See the article by J Edwin Orr “The Role of Prayer in Spiritual Awakening”
May 25. National Day of Thanksgiving. This is an ideal time for local churches to plan some special community encounters. Churches can invite local community leaders to their services to honour their roles, or maybe make a special effort to say thanks to local people on the front line (police, hospitals, schools, service organisations etc). There may be some creative ideas like asking the local supermarket manager if a few ladies could give the ‘checkout chicks’ a special thank you and even a small gift for their gracious handling of the public. Maybe we could just thank the neighbours around the church for giving up their street parking on Sundays. I have heard of churches shutting their doors on Sunday and the the whole congregation visiting other local churches with no other reason than to simply bless them.
June 22. ‘Gong men’s day.The speaker is Kent Hughes from the USA, who has a ministry encouraging men to stand firm for Jesus.
June 23-25. Randy Clark (see new 3 minute clip) at the Shellharbour Club. The evening ministry sessions are called “Kingdom Fire”, ministering healing. The day sessions are his normal teaching series called “Kingdom Foundations”. These day sessions are focused on equipping Christians to minister in the way that Jesus did. Early bird tickets now on sale, follow the link
Friday breakfasts are on
A breakfast is held at 7 am every Friday. Venue at the House of Hope Food Barn behind the Harvey Norman Warehouse at Warrawong. It’s great fellowship, and occasionally there are special items!
Pray with and for other Christian leaders in your area.