He leads us on purpose……


“Within your heart you can make plans for your future, but the Lord chooses the steps 
you take to get there.”
Proverbs 16:9
There is one fact we can’t deny, the Lord is directing our every step. I look at where I am and where
I have been and can clearly see the Lord’s hand in where I am now. I could have never in a thousand
years planned where I am now. I shudder to think where I would be today if I was left alone to direct
my own steps.
But I can also see countless times I fought, scratched, shouted to go the way I thought was right,
because the Lord’s way didn’t seem to be the best, the times I thought He made a grave mistake.
At the time it didn’t make sense, it was confusing and frustrating but the Lord kept urging me to trust
Him even when I didn’t understand what He was doing. We can trust His leading.
Let’s look at the word for a bit and go deeper into a story that shows us how the Lord leads our steps.
From the time of Yeshua’s birth to His death and resurrection, the good news was only preached to the
Jews. After His death his followers reached out to His chosen people, the Jews. No one saw the bigger
plan. Yeshua had died for everyone and not just the Jews so He needed someone – Peter.
“Now as Peter went here and there among them all, he came down also to the saints who lived at Lydda.”
Acts 9:32
This was important because in Lydda, Peter healed a man who was paralyzed and was bedridden for 8 years.
When he healed the man the word tells us everyone in Lydda and Sharon  turned to the Lord (Acts 9:35)
Peter being in Lydda was important because in a nearby town of Joppa a woman named Dorcas who was well
known by the community died. The disciples in Joppa heard Peter was in Lydda and since it was so close
they sent for him. (Acts 9:38)
Side note: Peter may have had no idea why what was happening was happening but the Lord did. There was
something much bigger going on that Peter wasn’t aware of. But as the Lord directed Him, he followed obediently. 
Let’s move on.
Peter arrived in Joppa and brought Dorcas back to life. (Acts 9:40) which was amazing. Peter may have thought
that was why he had come to Joppa which was partly true but there was more. Something much bigger,
something that would impact the world. It’s while Peter was in Joppa that we hear of Cornelius the Roman
centurion who was visited by an angel and was commanded to send for Peter.
Peter goes without reservations and sees the “Gentiles” receive the Holy Spirit like the Jews!
The way of salvation was now officially opened to the “Gentiles” and Peter was instrumental in that happening.
He was obedient to the the Lord’s leading. He never complained or grumbled. He trusted!
Don’t take Lord’s leading lightly. You are where you are for a reason. Stay humble, be obedient, trust
that He knows what He is doing. He sees the bigger picture and we don’t but that’s okay because He has
our best interests at heart. We just need to trust Him and know He would never led us to destruction.
There is a purpose in His leading, there is love in His nudging.
Bless you friends.
Rolain
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You have got competition…..


I had an amazing time at kids church today. It was one of those weeks where the kids were very responsive. It was great. My responsibility at kids church is to lead praise and worship and I love it. After church though one of the other leaders came to me and told me I had competition…….I know, you probably wondering, and that affects this story how????  🙂

For the past year I have been leading praise and worship at kids church. On any given Sunday we have two teams that teach. One team will teach the really small kids and another team will teach the older kids. I lead praise and worship for the older kids, but this week I was teaching the younger kids and I was not able to go and lead praise and worship like I usually do. So one of the leaders came to me when we were done and told me I had competition. He told me how one of the other leaders led the kids well in praise and worship. I went on to tell the leader that it’s not a competition because it really isn’t. I have been taught that as a leader you need you be able to duplicate yourself. I am glad when there is someone else who can do what I do. A leader without followers is not a leader. What is the point of being the only person who can do a specific thing? In Africa this is our biggest problem. We don’t want to teach others what we know because we are afraid we will lose our job. We are afraid we will lose the attention. We are afraid we will seize to be important. And that is why we don’t grow. We can be so much better than we are now and I believe there are people who are starting to see how important it is to pass down the knowledge they know. A real leader has followers, people he is leading. It’s not a competition. It is about extending the vision, it’s about growth.

When I used to work at a Thai restaurant the head chef was like that. He was afraid to teach other people what he knew. Instead he would teach them a portion of what he knew but not everything or he would teach them the wrong thing. He thought he was being wise but he was wrong. As leaders it is our job to duplicate ourselves. It’s a shame to be the only one!!!! Please remember, it is not a competition. God will bless you because you liberally gave what you know. I am here because someone stepped out and taught me what they know. They did not hold back. Are you like that? Do you freely give what you know? A leader is not a leader if he doesn’t have followers. And a leader has not succeeded if he is the only one that can do what he can do. There is a much bigger picture at work here. It is not a competition. Be eager to teach others and watch and see how God will bless you.

Rolain