Many today question the possibility of revival.
These naysayers see only the decaying moral condition of society and the disappointing lukewarm condition of churches. Revival, however, is not dependent on or the result of a flourishing spiritual condition. Some of the greatest revivals in Scripture came during the darkest times.
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Let us not look at the rubbish, but at Christ, the Rock, who can rebuild our country through revival. Nehemiah was not a man to sit idly by when there was tremendous need. Neither was he a man to attempt meeting such need in his own strength. The task of rebuilding the walls could never have been completed by one man alone; it needed a leader who understood the power of synergy. Like any godly leader, Nehemiah did not go unchallenged.
Yet, he sustained his stamina in the face of every opposition. While ten of the twelve committee members were fearful of the giants and battle, Joshua fixed his focus on God. If the LORD delight in us, then he will bring us into this land, and give it us; a land which floweth with milk and honey. Only rebel not ye against the LORD, neither fear ye the people of the land; for they are bread for us: their defence is departed from them, and the LORD is with us: fear them not.
But all the congregation bade stone them with stones.
And the glory of the LORD appeared in the tabernacle of the congregation before all the children of Israel. The person who places confidence in personal ability, education, friendships, allegiances, or alliances, will fail indeed.
Joshua knew the victory would not come through his sword, his ingenuity, or his military skill. But he also knew that if God was in it, God would do it. In a world of ideals, such leadership would be appreciated and readily followed.
For believing God and trying to lead others to do the same, Joshua became a target. To stop Ruth and ask her questions? Or to move forward and meet the next person? We sense our time here is limited and decide to keep walking. As we do, I reflect on what Ruth said and on her story in the Bible.
The logical thing for Ruth to do when her husband died was to go home to her own family and look for a new husband. Naomi suggested she do that. Ruth could have allowed her questions and doubt to influence her to leave Naomi. But instead her heart came to grips with what she believed. She moved from the agony of questions she could not answer to the reality of answers she could not escape.
She felt a deep conviction that she was to stay with Naomi.
And she followed that conviction. As leaders we need to remember that. Strong convictions precede great actions. Others may second-guess our thinking and our decision-making. We need to stand by our convictions. Because Ruth followed her heart and went with Naomi to Bethlehem, her influence on others increased.
Instead of looking down on her as a foreigner, the Hebrews noticed her and admired her. When Ruth followed her heart and made her decision, she stood out from the beige lives of others. She impressed the people of an entire town, including the elders, who blessed her, declaring,.
May GOD make this woman who is coming into your household like Rachel and Leah, the two women who built the family of Israel. With the children GOD gives you from this young woman, may your family rival the family of Perez, the son Tamar bore to Judah.
Among the most righteous and effective leaders to ever walk the earth was Enoch, who persistently sought to save every single soul. They believed their God could deliver them from the fiery furnace, but were still willing to lose everything; their status, affluence, positions, power, prestige, and even their lives, before they would compromise by worshiping a false god, or self-serving agenda. People who viewed this item also viewed. Are leaders born? The ideal leader for whom the whole world had been longing would come from that 'stump. It is a way of life for those who know who they are and are willing to be their best to create the life they want to live.
By following her heart and doing what she knew was right, Ruth went from being a foreigner to being someone who was respected, blessed, and honored. When you follow your heart and do the right thing, your leadership potential increases. Leadership is influence, so anything that increases your influence and favor with others makes it easier for you to lead.
When Boaz recognized Ruth and started to bless her, it might have been natural for her to slack off. But Ruth remained faithful and kept working hard. Scripture says she worked hard before Boaz invited her to eat with him.