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  • Confidence in Leadership

    Posted on December 12, 2011 by Family Christian

    Have confidence in your leaders and submit to their authority, because they keep watch over you as those who must give an account. Do this so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no benefit to you. Hebrews 13:7

     

    Confidence in leadership is necessary for credibility in leadership. When confidence is lost, creditability is not far behind in exiting out the door of lost influence. A leader at home, work, church or government is expected to meet basic requirements to gain the trust of followers. A leader’s role requests confidence from others, but their consistent character accompanied by right results maintains the status of a trusted advisor.

    Are you a leader worth following? Do your wife and children have confidence in your decision-making process? Do they see a spiritual leader who follows the Lord well? If so, you have the benefit of being someone whom others hold in high esteem, because you can be trusted. Submissive followers is the natural outcome for a leader who is accountable.

    David said to God, “Was it not I who ordered the fighting men to be counted? I, the shepherd, have sinned and done wrong. These are but sheep. What have they done? LORD my God, let your hand fall on me and my family, but do not let this plague remain on your people. 1 Chronicles 21:17

    Ministers of the gospel of Jesus Christ have a high bar of belief and behavior to model. They are accountable to Almighty God for how they represent His Kingdom. Leaders for the Lord carry the Christian brand of promise to love well. To love well means to listen to criticism with a goal for personal growth. To love well is to comfort the afflicted with the balm of grace. To love well is to challenge a changing world with unchanging truth.

    When followers of Jesus see their Pastor follow Jesus with a humble heart, a disciplined mind and a lifestyle of accountability, they are reassured and secure. Joy and peace are the fruit of a trusting relationship where both the leader and the followers desire to do the Lord’s will. The burden of leading grows lighter when the leader is confident in Christ.

    Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which he bought with his own blood.
    Acts 20:28

    So seek to be a loving leader who garners confidence gladly from those he or she serves. As one who ultimately follows Christ first, submit to the one in authority over you (whether they deserve it or not) and trust that the Lord will hold them accountable to His standards. Confidence in leadership is the crux of where Christ works out His will. 

    Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen. Hebrews 13:20-21

    What authority do I need to submit to, with my confidence in Christ, trusting He will hold them accountable to His standards?

    Related Readings: Ezekiel 34:10; John 10:11-12; Romans 3:19; 2 Corinthians 3:6

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  • Presumptive Praying

    Posted on December 11, 2011 by Family Christian

    But they soon forgot what he had done and did not wait for his counsel. In the desert they gave in to their craving; in the wasteland they put God to the test. So he gave them what they asked for, but sent a wasting disease upon them.”
    Psalm 106:13-15

     

    Be careful what you pray for: You may receive it and more. And, it may not be pleasant! Prayer is not a magic wand that necessarily makes all things better. God is not a genie who resides in a magic lamp waiting for your beckoning call. He is not released by the “rub” of our prayers to grant our wishes. But, sometimes we drift into this presumptive way of thinking. We begin to take God for granted. And when things do not go to our liking, we ask God to bail us out or to act prematurely on our behalf. We sometimes act like spoiled children and demand our way. “OK,” the wise parent may say to the child, “you can have it your way and its consequences.”

    Whether we are a child or an adult, we struggle with some of the same temptations. It may be an unwise purchase that sends our budget into chaos. It may be a relationship that chews up and spits out our emotional life. It can be a consuming career that leaves nothing for family or friends. It may be a hobby or  habit that has no Kingdom purpose. In fact, it devalues it. Somehow the issue comes back to control—my control.

    However, since God can handle any situation, why do I try to force the issue? Part of the answer is fatigue. When I am emotionally, physically or spiritually spent, I do not make the best decisions. I ask for what I should not ask for. I do what I should not do. My praying becomes presumptive rather than prayerful. Presumptive prayers want a quick fix and a quick out. You are duped into thinking that God owes you this opportunity or relief. If you are persistent in your self-preserving attitude of praying, you may get it. But, your will is a cheap substitute for His.

    Prayerful praying, on the other hand, is Christ-centered and patient. Through it you  really trust for God’s will, not yours, to be done. It is a reassuring way to pray. The weight of the world does not rest on your way of doing things. God can and will handle things in His timing. You shift from a demanding spirit to a dependent spirit. You truly trust that God has your best interests in mind. He does not need to be conjured or convinced. Prayer is for us to align our hearts with God’s heart, not His with ours (that is a scary thought).

    Prayerful praying means you are searching the Scriptures to review good examples of prayer. You learn. Then your prayers grow in accuracy and authenticity. Prayer is an awesome responsibility not to be taken lightly or flippantly. God delights in answering prayers that align with His character and purposes. This is who He is. This is what He does. Be prayerful. Be others-centered in your praying. Seek His face first, not His hand. Pray from a pure heart and a humble head. Prayerful praying beats presumptive praying every time. It is the way to go. It works. So be careful what you pray for. You may get it and more.

    Taken from Dose 78 in the 90-day devotional book, “Infusion”… http://bit.ly/bQHNIE

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  • Greater Joy

    Posted on December 10, 2011 by Family Christian

    I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth. 3 John 4

     

    Greater joy is the outcome of children who walk in the truth. Parents are joyful; grandparents are joyful; mentors are joyful. The children are joyful. So, children walking in truth are an excellent goal for parents. Walk in the truth yourself, while at the same time training your children to do the same. Truth-walking is joyful living. So this begs the question, “What is truth?” Truth is what God defines as truth. Hence, Jesus is truth.

    When we examine and learn about Jesus, we begin to know and understand truth. Once Christ enters your life, you have an uncanny capability to embrace truth because truth resides within you. You can point your children to Jesus. Your belief points them to Jesus; your behavior points them to Jesus; your words point them to Jesus; your note of encouragement points them to Jesus; your decisions point them to Jesus. Every day you have the opportunity to point your children to Jesus.

    Walking in truth becomes as natural as breathing. Walking in truth is not always easy; it requires the ability to stand alone. Even when your closest friends choose to reject or ignore truth, you embrace it instead. Walking in truth is not a trouble-free life. It may, in fact, facilitate conflict, but you remain steadfast in your commitment to truth-living, and truth-telling. The truth is when you and your children walk in truth there is no greater joy.   

    So, it just makes sense that parents become truth-seekers, truth-livers and then transferors of truth to their children. This is a gift that keeps on giving. When you give your children the truth, you give them the way to live an abundant life. Your parental heart swells with pride when you see your children choose truth over a lie. The by-products are numerous. Not only does great joy come as a result of truth-living, there is freedom, peace, security, and productivity for the Kingdom of God. Therefore, do not be afraid of the truth. It is your friend. Truth is on your side. Truth can be trusted.

    Be careful, however, to validate truth with God’s Word. Make sure your feelings are not accepting a façade of truth. When you believe a lie in the guise of truth you will suffer relational friction and joyless living. Some flaunt lies masqueraded as truth because it benefits them. Expose those who peddle deception disguised as truth. Look to the truth-giver, Jesus Christ, for the final word. The Bible is crystal clear in all matters related to living out truth. God’s truth is clear. Its application may be hard or fuzzy, but His truth is transparent, timeless, and not trendy.

    As a parent, make it a priority to teach your children truth. Make sure their education is based on the truth of Scripture, for there is no other truth. Lead them to Jesus so they can fall in love with Jesus. Yes, challenge them to be intellectually honest with the premise that Jesus is truth and that the Holy Spirit will guide them in all truth. Truth is not illusive. So, live it, seek it, and pass it on to your children and others. Greater joy is awaiting all who hang out with truth. Invest in truth, and receive a return on investment of no greater joy.

    Taken from the November 25th reading in the 365-day devotional book, “Seeking Daily the Heart of God”… http://bit.ly/bQHNIE

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  • Smell of Success

    Posted on December 9, 2011 by Family Christian

    “Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat of it all the days of your life…By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground…” Genesis 3:17b, 19a

     

    The smell of sweat can be the fruit of success. There is a correlation between energy exerted and outcome produced. God gave Adam the command to work hard. It is laborious and painful, but there is reward in results. Some days I struggle with this because I enjoy the accomplishments of hard work, but not the painful process.

    However, I am learning that sweat is a blessing from a curse. It is cleansing for the body, soul and spirit. Sweat cleanses the body from impurities. Spiritual perspiration purifies the mind of pride and conceit. Emotions may travail in labor, but hurt is birthed and replaced with forgiveness. Fulfillment and significance in life does not come from ease and avoiding exertion but through engaging with people and problems, while depending on the Lord. Hard work with a heart for the Lord leads to good results.

    “Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets” (Luke 5:5).

    Hard times require hard work. It may be working hard at working smarter. It may be working hard at being more creative in cost cutting. It may be working hard to close the deal or gain new customers. Lazy excuses bring death, but hard work brings life. You are healthier emotionally when you sweat out fear and replace it with faith.

    Spiritually you are stronger when you sweat out despair and replace it with hope. Hard work is a command and a cure from God. Some days it hurts and the smell is repulsive, but the result from sweat is sweet. Go to work an hour earlier, stay an hour later or work on Saturday. Do whatever it takes during dire times to create compelling distinction in your work. Indeed, hard work is supported by the handprints of heaven.

    “All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty” (Proverbs 14:23).

    What is one priority in my work where I can increase the intensity of focus and results?

    Related Readings: 2 Chronicles 32:5; John 4:38; Acts 20:35; Romans 16:6; 12

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  • Spiritual Riches

    Posted on December 8, 2011 by Family Christian

    I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ. Ephesians 3:16-18

     

    Any individual, family, company, government, church or ministry can spend more than they can afford. Their means to pay can be overcome by their ability to generate income. In earthly economies it is common to over spend and be over budget, but in God’s economy there is unlimited access to the spiritual riches of our Savior Jesus Christ. A Christian’s spiritual riches are never depleted or overdrawn in their heavenly bank account.

    God gives grace upon grace to His children, so they can give grace to the deserving and undeserving. He heaps humility in great portions upon His people, so that they can in turn walk in humility with one another. The Lord sends a flood of faith, so the faithful can infuse faith into the faithless. Indeed, His storehouse of salvation is ready save to the uttermost.

    “To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory” (Colossians 1:27).

    Who do you know who is spiritually broke, even bankrupt? Have you introduced them to  God’s love and forgiveness to which they have immediate access and abundance?  What a privilege to steward the spiritual riches of our Master Jesus in ministry to the masses, a small group or an individual. You cannot outspend what is in infinite supply. So, prayerfully be heaven’s broker to those in need and offer them God’s immense gifts.

    As a child of the King you need not be shy in surveying the needs around you and asking your heavenly Father for the wisdom to resource well the world you influence. Spiritual poverty afflicts the rich, the famous, the poor, the infamous, the middle class and all the groups in-between. Ask the Holy Spirit to lead you into rightly dispensing His riches.

    “I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people” (Ephesians 1:18).

    Perhaps you start with a prayer for the Lord to remind you of your spiritual wealth. Ask Him to illustrate for you how your heavenly net worth is more than you can ever spend in this lifetime. Your spiritual riches are available to be spent now and not stored up for later. You are a spiritual philanthropist who represents Jesus as a generous giver of His foundation of faith. Therefore, be strengthened inwardly by God’s glorious riches, and then prayerfully and aggressively spend His riches on the spiritually poor and needy.

    “But if their transgression means riches for the world, and their loss means riches for the Gentiles, how much greater riches will their full inclusion bring!” (Romans 11:12).

    What is my spiritual net worth and how can I spend it on the spiritually needy?

    Related Readings: Luke 16:11; Romans 2:4; 9:23; Ephesians 1:7; Philippians 4:19

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  • Gods Vision

    Posted on December 7, 2011 by Family Christian

    “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations…” Matthew 28:19

     

    Jesus was a visionary leader. He communicated His vision with compelling clarity, and before He ascended back to heaven He commissioned a stunning strategy for its fulfillment. He told His disciples to start as His witnesses in Jerusalem and then progress to Judea, Samaria and the uttermost parts of the earth (Acts 1:8). We can see from Jesus’ example that clearly defined milestones move the mission and vision toward maturity.

    Visionary leaders have the innate ability to keep a pulse on the present with faith in the future. They create an immediate urgency balanced with a stabilizing focus on the most important priorities. Visionary leaders do not vacillate, but instead inspire followers with their consistent calling to the cause. They show the way on a shared journey of faith. In time spent with your team, it’s wise to lead them one step closer to owning the vision.

    “‘In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams” (Acts 2:17).

    How have you embraced your God given vision for your life? What energizes you toward the eternal? Remember a large vision for the Lord leaves a legacy. The more you are able to invest in faithful, capable and diverse leaders the more you leverage your vision. Under the influence and power of the Holy Spirit they will expand the vision exponentially.

    It may be your family vision of ‘trust and obedience’ carried over into multiple generations. It could be the mentoring of men and women whose influence spreads like a relational virus to those they pour into as result of their vision to ‘give back’. Or, it may be an enterprise built to last on the Lord’s precepts and principles.

    Whatever your vision stay true to its original intent. In the short term it may sputter and stall, but remain faithful and watch it flourish within the flaming fires of faith. The vision of God is a force that keeps you focused on the eternal. Worship the God of the vision, not the vision, and you will experience eternal significance. It is a faith stretcher that causes you to come back to Christ in humble dependence and trusting obedience.

    Jesus says, "Because you have so little faith. I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you” (Matthew 17:20).

    Where am I in the faith process of implementing God’s vision for my life?

    Related Readings: Genesis 46:2; Daniel 2:28; Acts 16:10; Revelation 1:9

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  • Young at Heart

    Posted on December 6, 2011 by Family Christian

    “To these four young men God gave knowledge and understanding of all kinds of literature and learning. And Daniel could understand visions and dreams of all kinds.” Daniel 1:17

     

    There is a tension between being young at heart and mature in mind. It is a good tension that need not be dismissed, because youth has its advantages: energy, excitement and unbridled expectations. The look in the eye of a young adult longs for more very quickly. They dream of a time one day soon; when their contribution to culture makes its significant mark with everlasting consequences.

    I remember this idealism, as my heart still vacillates between youthful exuberance and middle age prudence. The older I get the less of a risk taker I become, because there is more to lose, so I don’t want to throw caution to the wind, nor do I want to ignore fresh faith. It is a young heart I long for, one of total trust in the Lord, and one of unspoiled optimism anchored in the Word. The Bible exhorts young people in this way,

    “I write to you, young men, because you are strong, and the word of God lives in you, and you have overcome the evil one” (1 John 2:14).

    In our middle to later years we are tempted to dismiss youthful trust along with youthful lust, so don’t miss these moments to mingle with your Master Jesus. It is a youthful heart that yearns for more time with the One that loves them most. In your days of graying hair lay bare to the Lord your big dreams yet unfulfilled, and the daunting mountains still left to climb for Christ.

    Wisely submit to your maturing mind by slowing down to be more selective and strategic with your time and resources. Determine you will serve others more and self less, by leveraging your life for the Lord’s sake. Stay young at heart and you will influence young minds with conviction in Christ.

    “For you have been my hope, O Sovereign LORD, my confidence since my youth” (Psalm 71:5).

    Moreover, you remain young at heart by being with young hearts. You go where they go: coffee shops, rock climbing, museums and mission trips. You listen to what they listen to: artists, entertainers, politicians and preachers. You read what they read: blogs, books and websites. Embrace youth where they live, and you will earn the right to influence how they live. Your transparency about your own troubles and struggles garners their respect and makes you approachable. The blessing is you become like the ones you mentor; because influencers are influenced by the ones they influence. So the secret to being young at heart is being with the young at heart. Be with and pray for young hearts.

    The Bible says, “Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity” (1 Timothy 4:12, NKJV).

    Which young leader can I influence and be influenced by, who craves intimacy with Christ and growth in their character?

    Related Readings: Numbers 11:28; 1 Samuel 12:2; Job 33:25; Psalm 71:17; 2 Timothy 2:22

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  • Soulful Rest

    Posted on December 5, 2011 by Family Christian

    “This is what the Lord says: "Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls. But you said, 'We will not walk in it.'" Jeremiah 6:16

     

    The soul longs for rest in the Lord’s love and security. It’s when a body’s activities and emotional capacities run ahead of its soul that distress begins to define a disciple. Rest for the inner life is required for the outward life to leave behind an eternal impression on those it encounters. Indeed, God speaks inwardly with truth and trust to listening hearts.

    We each confront crossroads in our everyday lives that invite a secular frame of mind or a scriptural mindset. The new way may seem nice, but behind its modern mask is confusion, clutter and contempt for Christ. The old way may seem stale and sedate, but when applied prayerfully it is refreshing, rejuvenating and relationally healthy.

    “If you are pleased with me, teach me your ways so I may know you and continue to find favor with you” (Exodus 33:13a).

    For example, the Lord may be leading you to adopt an abandoned child, but you feel pressure from society and even from some family members not to follow through. But you know adoption is a way to represent your heavenly Father’s love to a lost, discarded and confused child. God’s way is to go through each open door in faith and obedience. Your soul stays sensitive and alive when you bring hope and love to another needy soul.

    Or, your crossroads may be a career opportunity that seems exciting one moment and terrifying the next. You know the Lord’s track record of faithfulness has been flawless with your family, but fear causes you to “what if” yourself into procrastination. Perhaps He is saying to cut loose your umbilical cord to the culture and embrace Christ’s new call. Your soul is searching for significance beyond the secular into spiritual integration.

    “He is the Rock, his works are perfect, and all his ways are just. A faithful God who does no wrong, upright and just is he” (Deuteronomy 32:4).

    Soul rest comes with regular doses of doing nothing or doing routine acts of something. Just as a body’s muscles stretch and grow with exercise, then rest, a soul’s spiritual stamina stretches and grows with strident service, then quiet contemplation. A soul needs to “be” more than it needs to “do”. “Doing” without “being” shrivels your soul, but “doing” from “being” fattens your faith. Thus, walk in the good way with God in soulful rest.

    “Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him” (Psalm 62:5).

    What activities do I need for my “doing” to flow from my “being”, so my soul can rest?

    Related Readings: Psalm 62:1; 116:7; Matthew 11:29; Hebrews 4:1-6

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  • Vision for 2012

    Posted on December 4, 2011 by Family Christian

     

    Dear Fellow Wisdom Hunter,

    We are extremely grateful to God for your faithful readership of the daily devotional, your prayers and your financial support. Wisdom Hunters is a non-profit Christ-centered ministry blessed with a prayerful Board of Directors, who steward well this—the Lord’s work. After much prayer and planning with our 19-member Advisory Board we believe the Lord is leading us in the following ways:

    Vision

    Connect people to Christ through God’s Word.

    Goal

    By the end of 2012 trust God for 200,000 global and U.S. readers of the daily devotional.

    Testimony (click here for more: http://bit.ly/ggJzWk)

    Thank you for this beautiful post and it comes just in time for me. I am going through a great family tragedy and this speaks to my heart and soul. I need to remember that he is my Hightower and my place of refuge. God is always right on time with his words to comfort and share his wisdom. – Betsy… Resting Place devo… http://bit.ly/o67TKJ

    By God’s Grace Wisdom Hunters 2011 Review

    By God’s Grace Wisdom Hunters 2012 Preview

    • Increase readers of the daily devotional email to 200,000
    • Increase countries that read the daily email devotional from 73 to 125
    • Continue to reduce costs per reader to just over $1.00 per reader.
    • Chinese and Spanish translations of the daily email devotional
    • Engage a national publisher for the book, Wisdom for Life
    • Write and publish Seeking God in the Proverbs
    • Begin “Wisdom Minute” radio spots and video blogs
    • Update the Wisdom Hunters web site for an ease of searching by topics and Scripture
    • Increase eBook and book sales to 20,000 units

    Year-end needs for 2011… $30,000:

    3 @ $100 1 @ $10,000 3 @ $500
    6 @ $50 1 @ $5,000 4 @ $250
    9 @ $25 1 @ $2,500 4 @ $100
    12 @ $5 1 @ $1,500 8 @ $50
    24 @ $2 2 @ $1,000 10 @ $25

    Needs for 2012… $225,000:

    20 @ $100 2 @ $20,000 20 @ $500
    40 @ $50 3 @ $10,000 30 @ $250
    60 @ $25 5 @ $5,000 40 @ $100
    100 @ $5 5 @ $2,500 50 @ $50

    Total financial costs for 2011- $135,000 / Total financial costs for 2012- $225,000

    Prayer

    If you have been a regular reader for six months or longer, please join us in prayer in how the Lord might lead you to participate financially. If you are being blessed by the daily writings and could help us reach others for Jesus Christ then you can give online (monthly gifts help most and no gift is too small) by clicking http://bit.ly/fPxiWr or mail your check to:

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    Thanks so much for your prayerful consideration.

    A servant for Jesus,

    Boyd Bailey
    President, Wisdom Hunters

    “I pray that your partnership with us in the faith may be effective in deepening your understanding of every good thing we share for the sake of Christ” (Philemon 1:6).

  • Spiritual Leader

    Posted on December 3, 2011 by Family Christian

    “For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior.” Ephesians 5:23

     

    Spiritual leadership in the home means that the husband serves. He serves his wife and he serves his children. This is not an option. This is who he is and what he does. Servanthood is at the heart of spiritual leadership. It is at the heart because this is how Jesus related to the church. He gave Himself up for the church. He sacrificed and served the church. It was not always easy and, ultimately, it led to the giving of His life. If a husband ever doubted his role, he need not look any further than Jesus. He is our role model of unselfish service.

    So, your posture as spiritual leader in the home is not a power play. It is not a platform from which you whip everyone into shape. Rather it is an altar to God on which you  offer your ego and pride. There is no room for those twins of self-centeredness. Spiritual leadership replaces pride and ego with grace and humility. A spiritual leader is energized and empowered by the Holy Spirit. It is not about who wins or who is right. It is all about dying to self and serving your wife and children. Your service to them earns you the respect to lead them. If you default to barking out orders from your high horse, they may comply for a season; but you can count on them rebelling if there is no relational investment on your part.

    Rules void of relationship do facilitate rebellion, or they may cause the family to shrink back into their corner of compliance, nursing a wounded heart. Indeed, most husbands do not feel qualified to be the spiritual leader. God knows that, and this is why He placed you in this role of responsibility—so that you can depend on Him. Pray to God and ask Him for His wisdom and grace to carry out your calling as spiritual leader. Seek out a mentor who can come along side you and give encouragement and coaching.

    The easy way out is to ignore your responsibility by placing it on the petite shoulders of your wife. She may be more spiritually mature and qualified for spiritual leadership, but this is not her role. She is to follow your leadership. The wise wife will celebrate this and let her husband lead. This is how you both grow. Submission and servant leadership are excellent lessons of maturity in Christ. Let your husband fail. Love him enough to respect his spiritual leadership. Respect is treating people at the point of their potential.

    A wife has the opportunity to see her husband for what he can become, not for where he is currently. Pray for him to pray with you and the children. Pray for him to read the Bible at the dinner table. Pray for him to be honest and wise about finances, both personally and professionally. Pray for him to be authentic about his struggles. Pray for him to know God. Pray for him to take the family to church. Pray for him to discover his spiritual gifts and to serve out of his giftedness. Spiritual leadership takes a ton of prayer from the wife and the husband. A home led by a man who is a submitted servant leader is a home with a spiritual leader. Lead out of your weakness, and everyone becomes strong in Christ!

    Taken from Dose #77 in the 90-day devotional book, Infusion.

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