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Leadership, Sin and Parenting

March 13, 2017

Sermon of the Day: Faith and Reason

Deuteronomy 3:26-28

23 “Then I pleaded with the Lord at that time, saying: 24 ‘O Lord God, You have begun to show Your servant Your greatness and Your mighty hand, for what god is there in heaven or on earth who can do anything like Your works and Your mighty deeds? 25 I pray, let me cross over and see the good land beyond the Jordan, those pleasant mountains, and Lebanon.’

26 “But the Lord was angry with me on your account, and would not listen to me. So the Lord said to me: ‘Enough of that! Speak no more to Me of this matter. 27 Go up to the top of Pisgah, and lift your eyes toward the west, the north, the south, and the east; behold it with your eyes, for you shall not cross over this Jordan. 28 But command Joshua, and encourage him and strengthen him; for he shall go over before this people, and he shall cause them to inherit the land which you will see.’

Good Morning Men.

First lets get some context, Moses is speaking here, and they are completing their 40 year wondering through the desert. This was a very difficult time for the people but even more so for Moses.

There was an incident at Meribah, back in Numbers 20 were Moses failed. At first glance it does not seem like much, it almost seems like God was being pretty harsh to Moses. However God explains that it was because this action displayed unbelief and did not revere God as Holy.

As you all know leaders are held to a different standard. Expectations of their behavior and actions are held under much more scrutiny. The same is for leaders of God’s flock. Moses sinned and his consequence was severe, God told him that he would no longer be allowed into the promise land. The land Moses has been looking forward to entering for the last 40 years.

At the tail end of these 40 years here we have Moses pleading with God to show mercy and allow him to enter.

Leadership

Within this passage I saw a few aspects of great leadership that Moses displays.

Look at what God says about Moses first in:

Numbers 12:3

(Now the man Moses was very humble, more than all men who were on the face of the earth.)

That sure is a great characteristic of a leader. However although Moses is doing a little pity party for himself and pleaded with God for mercy do you notice he takes it only up to God? Leaders that complain and grumble to their followers will crush the spirits of their followers. Remember that all of you are leaders of something or someone, whether you realize it or not. Someone is looking up to you for strong leadership and you don’t want to crush their spirit and their confidence in you as their leader. Take your problems to the person above you, whether your boss, your pastor, and God. Work problems out at the top.

Secondly Moses is commanded to command and encourage Joshua. Joshua has been called to fill the shoes of Moses and will lead the people into the promise land. First of all, all leaders need to be raising up others to take their place. That is a biblical fact that Jesus gives the best illustrations of. We also have many examples of the failures of men when this was not done.

One of the problems with a sinful heart is that we like being the only one that can do something like we do. We don’t want others to be as good as us, and steal some of our glory. Sound anti-biblical? It is. If this you repent, and work on changing.

Or maybe we just don’t have the desire to put our focus on building up other people. For a variety of reasons, most of them probably selfish in nature we feel it is easier to just do our own thing and worry about ourselves. This also is very un-biblical, in fact it reminds me of the ‘Parable of the Talents’ (Matthew 25:14-30).

God wants us to raise and mentor leaders, other men that have a desire to grow in the fruit of the Spirit and be used for the Kingdom of God. Or men around us in our work place, in our circles of influence anywhere we get to be a light and example of Godly leadership and point people to Christ. My pastor always said it best; “Preach the gospel where ever you go, and when absolutely necessary use words.”

At the peak of Moses’s heartbreak of being rejected by God, he takes his eyes off of himself and now focuses on encouraging and strengthening this up and coming leader.

I heard it best I believe from Dr. McGee, “any leader without followers is just taking a walk”. Men lets walk with purpose and lets build followers that want to follow our holy, transparent and strong leadership. For many of us that means starting at home in our marriage and with our kids. If we can’t get our family to follow us, everything else will flop.

Sin

So we already mentioned that Moses sinned when he struck the rock at Meribah. God told him to speak to the rock and water would flow, unfortunately his emotions got the best of him and he failed.

When we fail, we need to humble ourselves, come to the foot of the cross, believe in Jesus Christ (if you haven’t already), repent and confess our sins. Men, we have God’s word that true repentance produces fruit. That is amazing, absolutely life changing news. However there will still be consequences for our sinful actions. We cannot sin and get by unscathed, that is not who God is.

We must learn from Moses and see that every sin will have it’s consequences. So the best solution is to stop sinning! Simple right? No, but we can grow in our walks with Christ and allow Him to change our sinful nature. Turning from sin, being humble, transparent and desiring holiness.

1 Peter 1:13-16

13 Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; 14 as obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, as in your ignorance; 15 but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, 16 because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy.”

Parenting

As a Father parents his children, God reveals His Fatherly role and control of the situation. God does not fold under pressure, He remains stead-fast in what He knows is right. God silences the complaining of Moses, however He shows His love and grace by allowing Moses to at least see the promise land. This is done at His command and control, and not as a pleading whimper from Moses that God gives in to.

Lets learn to take this approach with children. We must learn to be consistent in our parenting so our children learn these values that are biblically based and teach them directly and indirectly about what their relationship with God will look like as they mature.

God Bless you all and may you all grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ. Pursue biblical leadership principles, desire holiness, and ask the Lord to help you pursue parental wisdom.

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