healing

Leadership Lessons from Luke 5.18-20

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Are you open to leading?

Ask God to give you a vision that brings healing to others. It may be physical, emotional, or mental, but each of us should ask Him for a vision aimed at bringing life to others! As people perceive your vision is meant to help, they will come to you.

Four men bring a paralyzed man to Jesus. They climb up a ladder to get to the roof. They dig a hole in the roof. Imagine being in the home as seeing parts of the roof falling on the living room floor? They lower him down to Jesus. In other words they do all they can. They lead from their strengths. People will work hard when they see great vision.

Immediately Jesus offers forgiveness to the man. He deals with the man’s sins and past before dealing with the man’s future. The men want Jesus to heal the paralyzed man so he can walk again. Jesus wants to heal the man’s soul so he can do life.

Vision aimed only at the temporal needs is only temporary. Project a vision that seeks to empower people’s future in greater ways than they could ever hope or dream.

Perhaps the man only thought of walking, only to return home and look for a job. Jesus gives him this and so much more. He offers hope, future and eternity. Regardless of whether you realize it or not, all vision eventually leads to eternity.

The question is how will your vision lead others for both now and forever? It’s not a question of either/or, but rather a both/and.

 

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God’s Promises

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Did you know there are over 5000 promises God gives us in the Bible? Even though he has made several promises, he has never broke any of them. Every promise was made with you in mind! Here are just a few of his promises.

God rescues you when you are in trouble. Psalm 50.15

God promises to be your protector. Psalm 84.11

God gives you his peace. John 14.27

God will never leave you or abandon you. Hebrews 13.5

God walks with you in times of trouble. Psalm 138.7

God’s love never ends. 1 Chronicles 16.34

God meets your everyday needs. Matthew 6.33

God promises abundant life. John 10.10

God promises that if we search for him we will find him. Deuteronomy 4.29

God promises to listen when we pray. Jeremiah 29.12

God is your strength and help in trouble. Psalm 46.1

God heals your wounds and hearts. Psalm 147.3

God gives you eternal life. John 3.16

God helps you. Hebrews 13.6

God directs your paths. Proverbs 3.6

God cares for you. 1 Peter 5.7

God comforts you. Psalm 23.4

God gives you rest. Matthew 11.28

God strengthens us. Philippians 4.13

God provides for your needs. Philippians 4.19

God is faithful to keep all his promises. Hebrews 10.23

God comforts you. 2 Corinthians 1.4

God has power to do everything he has promised. Romans 4.21

God promises not to lie. Numbers 23.19

God promises no more tears, no more pain, no more suffering in heaven. Revelation 21.4

Take a moment to share one or more of these with someone.

Which one(s) bring the most comfort to you?

 

Leadership Lessons from Luke 5.15-16

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As a leader you want people to follow you. It’s been said, “If you’re leading a group and no one is following you, you’re simply taking a walk.”

Great crowds gathered to hear Jesus speak. Additionally, the people came in from far away places to hear him. News about Jesus was spreading.

Who doesn’t want a great crowd? As leaders we all want to have more influence. Note a few things about these two verses.

  1. Jesus puts action to his message. He doesn’t just talk about healing but he does it. People want to ‘see’ the vision, not just hear about it. It’s called vision for a reason.
  2. The healed man spreads the word about Jesus. Do right by people and they will tell their friends. Use your gifts and people will want to hear more and share it.
  3. The writer, Luke, places Jesus’ preaching ministry ahead of his healing ministry. “…great crowds gathered to hear him and to be healed…” Actions support the message, not the other way around.
  4. Jesus took time alone. He needed time to recharge and be refreshed. We all do.
  5. He prayed.

No one had more mission to accomplish than Jesus. He set out to bring salvation to the entire world. Yet there were times when he had to be alone and pray.

Make sure, you as a leader, do the same. Doing so ultimately helps those you are serving.

Which of the five things mentioned above do you struggle with the most?

How are you at taking time to be alone and pray?

 

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Leadership Lessons from Luke 5.12-14

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There will be moments in your leadership when those we refer to as outcasts of society come to you looking for help. How you respond determines the magnitude of your leadership.

Jesus is approached by a leper. Lepers were not to approach people. As a matter of fact they were to call out, “leper” or “unclean” when people were near so as to not come close. This social outcast falls to the ground in front of Jesus and then, rather than call out “unclean” he asks for healing.

The leader who wishes to be in the limelight and with the crowd that offers him or her something in return is no leader. It’s the one who searches for a towel to wash other’s feet, rather than seeks the title, that is a true leader.

Your leadership will be defined by offering help to those who can give back nothing in return. Too many individuals desire only advancement. Jesus is only concerned about the condition of the man.

We see this further displayed when Jesus tells the leper to go and show himself to the priests. What is meant by this?

Jesus doesn’t stop at the man’s healing. He urges the man to go show himself so the former leper will be reunited in fellowship with others. Healing is the beginning. Community it the desired outcome.

The former leper was also incredibly lonely. He needed to be restored on the inside as well as the outside.

How is your leadership reflected when others approach you for help?

How are you restoring people to community through your leadership?

 

Behind the Scars

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This past Sunday I brought my wife home from the hospital. What was to be a fairly simple overnight stay turned into a four night hospitalization. Each day we were faced with the reality that we may not be able to go home that day. #cancer

As you’ll see by the scar, my wife had her thyroid removed. Behind this scar is a story of fear, faith, appointments, prayer, pain, non-slip socks, IV’s, bills, surgery, more prayer, hospital food, anxiety, visits by friends, lab reports, medications, walking the halls, open back hospital gowns, healing, flowers, text messages, surgery, low #calcium.

Regardless of the size of our scars, each one tells a story. A story that should be told. Behind the scar is an individual who has endured, continues to fight and have hope. Each scar waits to tell their story. For what reason? To bring #courage.

Courage that you too can sail through each storm. Perhaps one reason we share our scars with others. That we might in some way encourage others that behind each scar is the One who took our scars. We don’t have to walk alone. He understands our scars. #Christ.

1 Peter 2.24 – “He personally carried our sins in His body on the #cross so that we might be dead to sin and live for what is right. For by His wounds (stripes, marks, scars) you are healed.”