The Sunday Morning Tune-up ~ Loyalty, Vision, and Sanctification

There Must Be Something Higher

Take it in the case of friendship, or of blessing, or of spiritual experiences; as soon as I long to hold any of these for myself I cannot sanctify them to the Lord. David had the right idea when he poured out the water before the Lord. ~ Oswald Chambers, Sanctified to the Lord

A Friend Indeed…Every single morning I am on my knees giving thanks to the Lord for another day…for the blessings of this life, my family, my friends, my place in all of it. I ask Him, as I have been since September 2015, to draw me nearer still. To guide me, to empower me to lessen me. To empty me of myself, to make room for His Holy Spirit. And He delivers…

This past week I ended my affiliation with an organization I had dedicated myself to for the past 8 years. It was an extremely difficult thing for me to do because I believed so strongly in the cause for which the organization was founded, but I came to realize that I know longer believed in the leader, as a person qualified to lead. Which brings us to the question of loyalty. If our ultimate loyalty is to men, we are ultimately bound for disappointment. We saw this on full display on the floor of the Senate Chamber this past week. The House Minority Leader led her entire caucus over a cliff. There must be something higher.

I spent Friday in the studio working on my 3rd album titled When the World Turns Around. I recorded my original Just When You Think, and my cover of America the Beautiful. I am only myself just now catching the juxtaposing places each song was written from. America was first penned as a poem by Katharine Lee Bates, inspired by the America she saw looking out over her from atop Pike’s Peak in Colorado in the Summer of 1893. I wrote Just When You Think from the very opposite place in the valley of despair of an ending marriage in 2016. Many good Americans feel themselves in the valley of despair watching the country they love being torn apart before their very eyes. Who will lead us from the malaise of this dark night? Some feel we have this leader in President Trump. Others do not. Time will tell. But it was this place that inspired this past Wednesday’s Prayer & Fast…

You are invited to us for Prayer & Fast Wednesday tomorrow, wherever you are. Our prayerful focus will be “Loyalty, Vision, and Sanctification” as may be found in 1 Samuel 19:2-3, Nehemiah 2:5, and 2 Samuel 23:16. If you are unable to fast with us, please consider prayerful meditation on these things.

Think about the line of David, and what might not have been, had there not been a Jonathan. It’s hard for most of us to imagine not being loyal to our own father who happens to be the king, but thank God, Jonathan perceived his higher calling. I am mentoring a young man in my church who gave me a wonderful present this past Christmas. It’s the book Leadership Promises for Every Day by John C. Maxwell. My Morning Maxwell from January 27 and 28 dovetailed perfectly into my Utmost Devotional message from Chambers to give us today’s SMTU. It made me wonder, who is mentoring who here? Which brings us to…

Nehemiah 2:5 All great leaders have uncommon vision. A leader sees…

  • Farther than others see…
  • More than others see…
  • Before others see…

Winston Churchill saw further, more, and before most…all the way from Dover to Berlin. And he was ridiculed, mocked, and scorned for it, until he was proven to be right.

Locally, I am called a hater and a bigot for calling out another approaching storm…

Here’s a thought for REAL Warwick. LOVE is open, unafraid, fierce, selfless, and honest. HATRED is cowardly, fearful, hesitant, self-indulgent, and reckless.

Nigel Farage speaking in Parliament this week on his country’s breaking loose of the tyrant’s grip, “This is about Globalism versus Populism. You may loathe Populism, but I’ll tell you something funny, Populism is becoming popular.”

When the World Turns Around…and we come back down, we will need to reorganize and find what Maxwell describes on February 1st as…

The Right Circle

Experience: People who have been down the road of life and understand it.

Heart for God: People who place God first and uphold His values.

Objectivity: People who see the pros and cons of the issues.

Love for people: People who love others and value them more than things.

Complementary gifts:  People who bring diverse gifts to the relationship.

Loyalty to the leader: People who truly love and are concerned for the leader.

John C. Maxwell

Finally, we come to the most important point of today’s message…on Super (Bowl) Sunday of all days. Tom Petty wrote that “the waiting” is the hardest part…he lied. What a glorious and amazing precursor we find in David’s own sanctifying action in 2 Samuel 23:16 to the ultimate sanctification to God, descended from him by God to pour out His blood for all mankind. This truth must be told, must be heard, and must be taken into our own bodies, as our Father in Heaven intended through our own everlasting communion with Him.

Love, they will listen. Give, and they will come. Pour yourself out, and they will follow.

Chip Murray: Wide Awake

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3 Responses to The Sunday Morning Tune-up ~ Loyalty, Vision, and Sanctification

  1. Bill Banuchi says:

    Yes, and that is what is lacking in the nation and in His church–Christ-centered selfless leadership. Our generation andicated; God raise up new leaders who will lead us back to You.

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