Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Courageous Leadership

“Faithful is He who calls you, and He also will bring it to pass.” 1Thessalonians 5:24

God is faithful! He is worthy to be believed. There was a 350 year period when the Judges ruled the land. This was when Israel was pulling away from God. Even though they were pulling away, God remained faithful to them. God sent Israel a deliverer. Her name was Deborah.

Deborah was called by God to be a prophetess and judge. She was in tune with the voice of God. Not only could she hear God, but she also had the courage to act on what God was saying. Israel was threatened by King Jabin. Deborah sent word to her co-leader, Barak, and reminded him of the word from the Lord, “Has not the Lord God of Israel commanded, ‘Go and deploy troops…and against you I will deploy Sisera…and I will deliver him into your hand?’” (Judges 4:6,7) Deborah felt God’s presence in her life and leadership. She called back to the promises from God. That gave her the boldness to act on what God had told her to do.

In the midst of battle, we need to remain in a place where we hear God’s voice. We need to remember God’s promises and act on what He is calling us to do. God is faithful! When we listen and act on God’s word, we begin to live a victorious life. The fear of uncertainty and the unknown are destroyed and our faith is strengthened.

Sarah Bragg

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