Lead by God’s Word, Not with Earthly Power

These are verses from today’s men’s group lesson by Ray Vanderlaan in his DVD series. We are called to lead with words and specifically God’s Word, not by our own power or earthly power.

In the following verses, Moses disobeys God on several levels. The consequences are severe. One of the lessons for us is to lead by God’s Word, and not allow our frustrations and desire for personal recognition to change our adherence to God’s Word.

Numbers 20:10, 11 NLT

“Then he and Aaron summoned the people to come and gather at the rock. “Listen, you rebels!” he shouted. “Must we bring you water from this rock?” Then Moses raised his hand and struck the rock twice with the staff, and water gushed out. So the entire community and their livestock drank their fill.”

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http://bible.us/Num20.10.NLT

“When he sits on the throne as king, he must copy for himself this body of instruction on a scroll in the presence of the Levitical priests. He must always keep that copy with him and read it daily as long as he lives. That way he will learn to fear the Lord  his God by obeying all the terms of these instructions and decrees. (Deuteronomy 17:18, 19 NLT)

 Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. (Ephesians 6:17 NLT)

Then he said to me, “This is what the Lord  says to Zerubbabel: It is not by force nor by strength, but by my Spirit, says the Lord  of Heaven’s Armies. Nothing, not even a mighty mountain, will stand in Zerubbabel’s way; it will become a level plain before him! And when Zerubbabel sets the final stone of the Temple in place, the people will shout: `May God bless it! May God bless it!'” (Zechariah 4:6, 7 NLT)

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