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“Whatever Saul asked David to do, David did it successfully” (1 Samuel 18:5 NLT).

From: May 16, 2019

THE LEADERSHIP PRINCIPLES SEEN IN DAVID AND SAUL

David was an obedient and enthusiastic servant of King Saul. And God gave David success. At first, his success led to the king’s favor, but as his victories grew, Saul’s favor turned to jealousy. In all of this, God was at work, moving Saul out and David in as king.
 
So many leadership principles are in view in this story. David’s diligence to obey his boss was the secret to his success and the basis for his promotion. For Saul rewarded David by making him a military commander. This is a good principle for today’s young person who desires to succeed. Do what your boss says. And “work heartedly as unto the Lord” (Col. 3:23) and the Lord will give you success and favor.
 
Yet, Saul’s leadership is marred by the weakness of his character. Instead of seeing David as one of his own champions who made his throne even more secure. He was jealous of him. Thus undermining his own kingdom. Such leaders never achieve true greatness because they cannot allow anyone around them to share the spotlight. But the greatest of leaders is happy to be surrounded by other great leaders. And is all too willing to share the spotlight.
 
PRAYER: Lord, help us to work with all of our hearts for those You have put over us in leadership. For our reward is in Your hands. And where You have put people under our leadership, help us to mentor them and build them up for You. We go to our labors today, seeing ourselves as Your servants. In Jesus’ name, amen.

“Anyone who belongs to God listens gladly to the words of God. But you don’t listen because you don’t belong to God” (John 8:47 NLT).

From: May 16, 2018

THOSE WHO BELONG GLADLY LISTEN
Jesus explained to those who refused to believe in Him that their unbelief was based on their willful rejection of truth. This willful rejection of Jesus as Messiah revealed them to be “children of the devil” (John 8:44), rather than children of God. For if they had been of God, then they would have “gladly” listened to the words of God spoken by Christ.
 
The apostle Paul wrote that the things of God are “foolishness” to those without the Spirit for only those who are spiritual can understand them (1 Cor. 2:14-15). And so, the Lord Jesus still asked, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear!” (Matt. 11:15).
 
Do you gladly listen to the Word of God?

‘Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who practices sin is a slave to sin” (John 8:34 ESV)

From: May 16, 2016

This was Christ’s response to the Jewish leaders who claimed to have no need of being “set free.” He told them that they were “slaves to sin.” In other words, sin owned them. Even if they wanted to stop sinning, they couldn’t. Sin was their master. And the fact that they were blind to this slavery, made its grip upon them all the more powerful. Denying their sinfulness, they remained enslaved. Yet, if only they had confessed. If only they had admitted their sin and powerlessness to stop, then Christ would have broken their bonds and set them free.

“If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed” (John 8:31 NKJV)

From: May 16, 2015

“Abide (to stay, remain, wait, continue, endure, live) in My word.” Having already believed the word of Christ, we are to “abide” in it, showing that we are truly His followers. Believing His word, we are saved. Abiding in His word, we continually die to self and live to God. How do we abide in His word? Hearing, reading, meditating, memorizing and especially applying His Word, we begin to “abide” in the Vine, yielding the Spirit’s fruit.

“And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (John 8:32 NLT)

From: May 16, 2014

Jesus said this to those who believed in him. Those who did not believe declared that they were never slaves, so why did they need set free. But Jesus told them that whoever sins is a slave to sin. This “truth” that Jesus offered is more than the light that exposes sin. It is the Person that both reveals and redeems us from sin. Truth is more than a concept. Truth is embodied in a Person. Jesus is the Truth (John 14:6).

“And David had success in all his undertakings, for the LORD was with him” (1 Samuel 18:14 ESV)

From: May 16, 2013

When David burst onto the scene in Israel’s history, everything he did succeeded. All the people loved him, but King Saul was jealous. It’s hard for an older man who has labored for years to see such success come to one so young. For those of us who are closer to Saul’s age, how can we begin to mentor and bless the “Davids” of our generation, rather than belittle their youth? Who knows. Perhaps the Lord is with them. And so, shouldn’t we be with them too?