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“The best way to go HIGHER is to first GO LOWER with (before…) the LORD.”
“Humble YOURSELF before the mighty hand of God, so that HE may exalt YOU in due season.” I Peter 5:6
Too often busy, assertive, achievement oriented persons, get caught up in there hard work, and then slowly turn into human over worked automatons, who gradually shed their perceiver, discerner, intuitive, ‘in touch side, with themselves, their spouses, families” OR even worse, fail to remain in continual RELATIONSHIP with the Lord.
That is the FIRST STEP toward a fall from perceptive humility into doubt, arrogance and leader mental toughness. Once those signs begin to occur, RELATIONSHIP and EGO ISSUES begin to surface.
The spirit of FEAR is False Evidence Appearing Real, rarely ever ceases, yet IF and WHEN we choose to set aside time to fully examine these types of IMPRESSIONS, FEELINGS, the PRESENCES, and procede to hand them over to the LORD (and let them stay there) and abide in Trust and Faith, then we can slowly learn how to skillfully avoid being MOVED any recurring FEELINGS,ALBEIT OMINOUS or FEAR TRIGGERING PRESENCES, UNEXPLAINABLE DEEP IMPRESSIONS which all produce EMOTIONAL, SPIRITUAL, MENTAL WARFARE.
The secret is NOT to avoid being REALISTIC but to know WHEN to leave the natural realm of COMMON SENSE and LOGIC and when to TURN TO THE LORD (in order to SELF GUARD) by pressing TOWARD the Lord, and WORSHIPPING Him, turning to Him in PRAYER,so that we keep our COOL and EMOTIONAL BALANCE by “holding our peace, while the Lord fights the battle.”
Anger, retaliation, out of control behavior amidst the pressure build ups in ministry, relationship. All of this combines to fuel smouldering, building, deep even ruinous ongoing frustration. ALL of these, unless nipped in the bud, with God’s help, can bring even death to God’s own people, marriages, and once closely knit families.
THINK THROUGH SELAH….”The Lord said to my lord, Sit at my right hand WHILE I make your enemies your footstool.” Psalm 110:1
PIONEERING LEADER MOSES
The Bible teaches that Moses knew God’s WAYS but the children of Israel knew only His ACTS. Because they were very short sighted, Me Centered and focused on their OWN comfort, pleasure and survival, the Kiddos of Israel magnified the NATURAL EARTHLY REALM and focused on IT rather than a Higher, far more Eternal long term perspective.
Leader Moses had to live amidst 3 million wimpering, blubbering, moody, Me Centered cry babies. There was no escape from this complaining band of perpetually UNHAPPY HUMANS.
And further more, way back in those desert pioneering, dry DAYS, Moses had no OFFICE DOOR to close to keep them out. He could not even drive HOME, listen to soothing worship music, or take any weekends off.
Thus for 40 continual LONG YEARS Senior Pioneering Leader Authority, had no escape. There were no condos for rent out in the desert…thus, Moses dwelled in a TENT, right among all of them.
And because Moses lived in his tent, he had only a TENT FLAP (which the wind would possibly blow) that could buffer him, (even all night long, for each night of 40 years) or which could separate the Leader and the three million, men, women, children ….OR (most likely) the many hundreds of CRYING infants.
Imagine, Moses trying to get a good night’s sleep, but not being able to avoid overhearing the plotting of the dissatisfied, and /or some of his own RELATIVES planning a mutiny against HIM!
Thus, if WE feel that WE know what “pressure on the front lines is.” Please stop to consider Leader Moses.
AND it is no wonder that Moses got tested by his leader duties, so much that one day, he simply LOST IT and smashed the ROCK rather than using personal SELF GOVERNMENT to hold back his top leader temper!
And the ROCK THRASHING by Senior Leader Moses, happened not once, but twice. And it was the second time that Moses lost his cool, that did him in, and due to his being the Head of Staff (figuratively and back in those days, literally!), it also stopped him from entering into the PROMISED LAND. (And we wonder: did Moses also lose his pension plan with God for doing that?)
REAL LIFE LESSON
In closing, we each must pay close attention to the LORD: to let HIM remind us if we are overdoing, not handling life’s pressures very well. This temptation will eventually carry over into our private life, interfere with our family and staff, especially spouses (?)
And being on the verge of being BURNED OUT can create big tensions which may tempt even wonderful persons, with addictive personalities, to partake or relapse or worse, even contemplate doing one’s self in.
AND WE SAY “GOD FORBID!”
So,just know WHEN to say WHEN but just to make SURE, pray for the Loving LORD to get YOUR attention when HE feels YOU are on the way to OVER DOING, OVER ACHIEVING, BECOMING NEARLY BURNED OUT.
Pray that HE will set off a RED FLAG BUZZER warning inside YOUR heart, soul, which this writer has prayed , and the LORD will act.
Finally, you most likely do not live in a tent like Moses. Therefore it will PAY you to remove YOURSELF from the SOURCES of all tension.
AND while we have run out of time today, we submit to you to please read ISAIAH 56, about giving the LORD a Sabbath Day. See Verse 7 as the COMMANDED SABBATH BLESSING (and also more in Is 58 bottom).
And we live in New Testament times, so while this is a command, this is not legalistic. So if YOU are a business owner, head pioneering leader, single parent, head entrepreneur, similar to Servant Leader Moses: the big buck stops with YOU.
So the answer to that, is simply to PRAY that God will show YOU how to carve out whatever time HE can assist YOU to remove yourself, take a Sabbath, but then, “What ever HE tells YOU to do’ with that dedicated Time Apart…JUST DO IT…obey HIM, and avoid being legalistic, religious.
Yet, Holy God wants a FIRST LOVE relationship with just US. He will be more able to communicate with YOU when YOU attempt to honor Him.
Daniel 2:28 says that “God is the revealer of secrets.”
Yet secrets are usually whispered…so how could you truly hear Him (in his “still small voice, the inward witness of the Holy Spirit) UNLESS you are quiet LONG ENOUGH to allow HIM to communicate?
Finally, once you have chosen to press into being with/hearing back from the LORD, it will be akin to being inside the Psalm 91 “secret place of the most High” (PS Read that Psalm) and also the I Kings 19:9 restoring prophetic cave of the Prophet Elijah, where one can read God communicated to the depleted Prophet “by the still small (discerned, perceived) Holy Spirit voice.”
PS we are starting a series on www.discernmentandperception.org AUG 19, 2013. It’s named GOVERNING YOUR PERCEIVER GIFTING.
SEE our new www.encouragetelevision.org IFFM Live meetings as the Lord allows.
REMINDER: Take time apart to ask God to help YOU: Declutter, Detox and Destress YOUR OWN LIFE.
Mighty Big Blessing!
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