Prepare and expect

2 Chronicles 5:13-14

It came even to pass, as the trumpeters and singers were as one, to make one sound to be heard in praising and thanking the Lord; and when they lifted up their voice with the trumpets and cymbals and instruments of musick, and praised the Lord, saying, For he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever: that then the house was filled with a cloud, even the house of the Lord; So that the priests could not stand to minister by reason of the cloud: for the glory of the Lord had filled the house of God.

People were set in place, the singers, those with instruments and everything in order. As they began to sing and praise God, the house was filled with the Lord. When we prepare for God to work and do something, we can expect God will show up. Ezra prepared his heart and the Lord worked. Solomon prepared the people and the Lord worked. And we can prepare ourselves and expect the Lord to work.

 

The Master Plan of Evangelism

master-plan-book-coverA very good book that speaks of how the Lord did ministry is The Master Plan of Evangelism by
Robert E. Coleman. You can buy the book online about everywhere. I encourage you to get this
small book and read it… and re-read it. I have noted a few of great nuggets this book gave:
– Merely because we are busy, or even skilled, doing something does not necessarily mean that we are
getting anything accomplished. The question must always be asked: Is it worth doing? And does it get
the job done?
– Men were His (Jesus’) method. His concern was not with programs to reach the multitudes, but with
men whom the multitudes would follow. Remarkable as it may seem, Jesus started to gather these
men before He ever organized an evangelistic campaign or even preached a sermon in public. Men
were to be His method of winning the world to God.
– There is no evidence of haste in the selection of these desciples; just determination.
– Though He did what He could to help the multitudes, He had to devote Himself primarily to a few men,
rather than the masses, in order that the masses could at last be saved. This was the genius of His
strategy.
– It will mean raising up trained leadership “for the work of ministering” with the pastor (Ephesians
4:12). A few people so dedicated in time will shake the world for God. Victory is never won by the
multitudes.
– It is necessary if any permanent leadership is to be trained.
– Everything that is done with the few is for the salvation of the multitudes.
– This, of course, puts a priority on winning and training those already in responsible positions of
leadership. But if we can’t begin at the top, then let us begin where we are and train a few of the lowly
to become the great. And let us remember, too, that one does not have to have the prestige of the
world in order to be greatly used in the Kingdom of God. Anyone who is willing to follow Christ can
become a mighty influence upon the world providing, of course, this person has the proper training
himself.
– It will be slow, tedious, painful and probably unnoticed by men at first, but the end result will be
glorious, even if we don’t live to see it. Seen this way, though, it becomes a big decision in the ministry.
One must decide where he wants his ministry to count—in the momentary applause of popular
recognition or in the reproduction of this life in a few chosen men who will carry on his work after he
has gone. Really it is a question of which generation we are living for.
– Having called his men, Jesus made it a practice to be with them. This was the essence of His training
program—just letting His disciples follow Him.
– One living sermon is worth a hundred explanations.
Here to Serve,
Jeff Bush
General Director of Vision Baptist Missions

Follow the directions

2 Chronicles 3

Now these are the things wherein Solomon was instructed for the building of the house of God. (vs.3)

Solomon begins to build the house of God and follows the pattern that his father, David, had given to him. Sometimes the best thing is just to follow the directions. Solomon was known as the wisest king and people came from afar just to hear of his wisdom. But one of his greatest landmarks was the temple. Yet the temple patterns were from David. Solomon was a great man, but much of his greatness came from simply following the directions. We do not always have to come up with something new, creative, or fancy, sometimes the best thing to do is just follow the directions. People before us have told us how to do things and we would be smart to listen and simply follow directions.

 

Solomon wants it

2 Chronicles 2:1

And Solomon determined to build an house for the name of the Lord, and an house for his kingdom.

It would be easy to say that Solomon built the temple or did specific things because his father David encouraged him, counseled him and even made it possible for him. Solomon himself has decided and determined to do it. And God has made it possible to do many things because of the many things he has put around me, but I must personally determined to serve him and not just do it out of convenience.

 

God was with him

2 Chronicles 1:1 –

And Solomon the son of David was strengthened in his kingdom, and the Lord his God was with him, and magnified him exceedingly.

The most beautiful thing in the life of David and Solomon, in my opinion, is not their strength, there might, their power or position, it is that God was with them. And I pray that what stands out and becomes a reality of my life more than anything else is that God is with me. I desire and want his presence and blessing more than anything.

The 360° leader

360-degree_leader__09739There are people who ask what you can do for them another to ask what they
can do for you.
Continue growing. The day you stop going forward as a learner means you are
going backwards as a leader.
The more you grow, the more people can depend upon you and will respect to
ask you questions.
You want to influence the people ahead of you in a organization, you must
continue getting better.
Hey investment in growing as an investment in your ability.
Don’t use people to win, lead them to great wins.
Great leaders gain Authority by giving it away
360 leader thinks of his people therefore it’s more out of this. Take care of your
people and your people will take care of the work.

2 Kings 22-23 (II Chronicles 34-35)

King Josiah, a godly king

I’m highlighting certain portions out of his life that meant a lot to me. Josiah finds the book (or given after it was found), he reads and then humbles himself personally and then goes to tell the people. What an example of how he responds to the Word of God. He begins to seek God at a young age, made covenant to serve and follow God both personally and as king for his people. Later he held the passover and gave his whole heart to it (representing his love, dedication and commitment to the Lord) and no other time in history did someone do it like he did it. He had a great zeal for the Lord.

Vs. 8 — “And Hilkiah the high priest said unto Shaphan the scribe, I have found the book of the law in the house of the Lord. And Hilkiah gave the book to Shaphan, and he read it.”

Vs. 10 — “read it”

Vs. 11 — “heard the words of the book of the law, that he rent his clothes”

Vs. 19 — “thine heart was tender, and thou hast humbled thyself before The Lord”

2 Chronicles 34:3 – “while he was yet young, he began to seek after the God of David his father”.

Vs. 31 — “made a covenant before the Lord, to walk after the Lord”

2 Kings 23

Vs. 3 — “And the king stood by a pillar, and made a covenant before the Lord, to walk after the Lord”

Vs. 25 — “And like unto him was there no king before him, that turned to the Lord with all his heart, and with all his soul, and with all his might, according to all the law of Moses; neither after him arose there any like him.”

2 Chronicles 35

Vs. 18 — “And there was no passover like to that kept in Israel from the days of Samuel the prophet; neither did all the kings of Israel keep such a passover as Josiah kept, and the priests, and the Levites, and all Judah and Israel that were present, and the inhabitants of Jerusalem.”