Saturday, July 27, 2013

Strong Leadership

I AM the Heavenly Father. I want to draw your attention to a humble man who helped shape history, and bring about spiritual revival. This man was, Ezra the priest. Ezra led a group of Judean exiles living in Babylon to their home city of Jerusalem. (Ezra 8:1.) He helped draw the nation out of paganism, and back to Me. (Ezra 10:10-12.) Ezra was a national leader. You also have strong leadership qualities within you.

As a strong leader, you must be humble. You also must be completely dependent upon Me. Ezra was a wise leader. He proclaimed a fast that they might humble themselves before Me. They sought from Me the right way for them and their families to go. They desired direction and protection from Me, and I answered their prayer. (Ezra 8:21-23.) Ezra's heart towards Me caused My hand to upon them. I delivered them from the hand of the enemy and from ambush along the road. (Ezra 8:31.)

You are also one of My leaders in your sphere of influence. As you put your complete trust in Me, My hand will also be upon you. I will keep the enemy from ambushing you along your journey. I will prevent him from stealing, killing, or destroying from you. (John 10:10.) Let Me guide your every step.

Ezra 8:1
8 These are the heads of their fathers’ houses, and this is the genealogy of those who went up with me from Babylon, in the reign of King Artaxerxes:

Ezra 10:10-12
10 Then Ezra the priest stood up and said to them, “You have transgressed and have taken pagan wives, adding to the guilt of Israel.  11 Now therefore, make confession to the Lord God of your fathers, and do His will; separate yourselves from the peoples of the land, and from the pagan wives.”
12 Then all the assembly answered and said with a loud voice, “Yes! As you have said, so we must do.

Ezra 8:21-23
21 Then I proclaimed a fast there at the river of Ahava, that we might humble ourselves before our God, to seek from Him the right way for us and our little ones and all our possessions.  22 For I was ashamed to request of the king an escort of soldiers and horsemen to help us against the enemy on the road, because we had spoken to the king, saying, “The hand of our God is upon all those for good who seek Him, but His power and His wrath are against all those who forsake Him.”  23 So we fasted and entreated our God for this, and He answered our prayer.

Ezra 8:31
31 Then we departed from the river of Ahava on the twelfth day of the first month, to go to Jerusalem. And the hand of our God was upon us, and He delivered us from the hand of the enemy and from ambush along the road.

John 10:10
10 The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.

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