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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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April 27, 2011 - Be a Godly Leader

By Greg Ebie

What makes us people with impressive or remarkable character?

Omri became the king of Israel 172 years after Saul was crowned the first king of Israel. He was the seventh king since Israel had separated from Judah and the line of David.

Omri secured his authority over Israel. Under his leadership the capital was established in the city of Samaria. In the eyes of the people, Omri was a successful, powerful leader with vision for the future. Unfortunately, the public opinion polls did not change God’s judgment of Omri.

“But as far as God was concerned, Omri lived an evil life — set new records in evil. He walked in the footsteps of Jeroboam son of Nebat, who not only sinned but dragged Israel into his sins, making God angry — such an empty-headed, empty-hearted life!” (1 Kings 16:25,26, The Message).

God cares about how we live our lives. Omri gave himself to pleasure; God said he lived for evil, an “empty-headed, empty-hearted life.” In addition to his own sin, Omri continued to lead the people of Israel deeper into sin, idolatry and open rebellion against God.

I want to have an ear to hear what the Lord is saying about my life. I don’t want to wait until my life is over to hear God’s verdict. I want to learn to listen to the Holy Spirit, to let God direct my footsteps. If I will choose to listen to God and not harden my heart to His voice, then I won’t have to worry about His final word.

I will never be a political leader like Omri, but I have been given the responsibility to lead my family and to lead our church in the ways of God. I can’t do this on my own. I depend upon God for His help. I want to hear Him say, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”

What will God’s final word be about your life? Don’t make the mistake of listening to public opinion; look to God and let His Spirit direct you.

— D. Greg Ebie is senior pastor of Praise Assembly of God in Garrettsville, Ohio, and an author of Daily Bread devotionals.

 

 

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