“You being great takes nothing away from me.”
Philippians 2:5-7 Jesus “did not consider it robbery to be equal with God.” It took nothing away from God for Jesus to be equal with Him. They are of one heart and mind. And we have the same Spirit.
1 Samuel 18:3-4, 17:38-39
Jonathan equipped David with a heart of love and support, based on their covenant relationship. Saul tried to equip David, based on fear, compromise and hatred, and David said: “I cannot walk with these.”
Exodus 24:12-13, 16-18
When God called Moses to go up to the top of Mount Sinai, so He could give him the tablets of the Law, Moses chose Joshua to go with him. But when they were near the top of the mountain, Moses told Joshua to wait for him, and Joshua waited faithfully… for 40 days! He wasn’t in the cloud receiving revelation from God: he was told to wait so he waited until the man of God returned. Years later he was the one chosen to take over the leadership of God’s people from Moses. We must train, equip, release and support the next generation of workers, and if they do better than we did, rejoice with them! We need to see that when we have properly trained, equipped and released those who have been following our leadership, their success is our success! We are not in competition with each other.
1 Samuel 14:6-7, 11-15
Verse 7: The young armour bearer said to Jonathan: “Do all that is in your heart. Go then; here I am with you, according to your heart.”
How all leaders long for followers like this! His love and loyalty linked him with Jonathan, and their faith would bring a mighty victory! You cannot demand that type of trust; it must be earned. Because of Jonathan’s character and his integrity, the young armour bearer trusted and respected him. He didn’t get the vision from God; he got it from Jonathan; he didn’t hear from God; he heard from Jonathan, and because of their relationship, and his trust in Jonathan, he laid his life on the line for the plan of his leader… that’s how leadership should work!
Live with Accountability.
Matthew 8:5-10, 13 The centurion recognized the authority in Jesus: “Only speak a word, and my servant will be healed.” The centurion knew that his authority was limited to 100 soldiers, but he recognized that Jesus had a far greater authority; even to speaking “a word” and healing the sick from a distance! He understood something that very few others did; that the authority of Jesus far exceeded his own, even over the natural realm, and he submitted to that, and that’s why Jesus said, “I have not found such great faith.”
Isaiah 40:26-31 When we are struggling or discouraged, God calls us to “Lift up your eyes on high and see…” He knows our name, and “not one is missing.” You are never “missing” from the eyes and heart of the Lord; “I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands.” (Isaiah 49:16), As we “wait (an active waiting, ready to serve) on the Lord” we get stronger and stronger and we are able to “run and not be weary… walk and not faint.”
Forget the past. Good or bad, you can’t go back & change it: leave it, and move on.
God is wanting to give us a fresh start. You may have suffered in the past, as a result of your own sins, failures or circumstances, or because of what others have done to you. He is calling us to a higher walk with Himself, so that we can closely identify with Him, and become fruitful in His Kingdom.
Genesis 50:15-21 Joseph was able to unconditionally forgive his brothers, even after what they had put him through, because he refused to be damaged by his past.
Psalm 105:16-19 “The word of the Lord tested him.”
When we receive a vision from the Lord we will usually go through a time of testing, to cleanse our hearts, and to make sure that we are able to fulfill the God-given vision.
Joseph’s wife gave him two sons in Egypt, and their names are a picture of what was in Joseph’s heart. “Manasseh” means: “God has enabled me to forget” “Ephraim” means: “Doubly fruitful.” The forgiving came before the fruitfulness!
And interestingly, as Jacob’s sons became the patriarchs of the twelve tribes of Israel, there is no “Tribe of Joseph”, but there are tribes named for both of his sons: the tribes of Ephraim and Manasseh. Through Joseph’s integrity and faithfulness, his destiny received a double portion!