Tuesday, October 7th, 2014
Leadership (Part 18)
Unwilling To Yield
Now the mixed multitude who were among them yielded to intense craving.
Numbers 11:4 (NKJV)
With her enticing speech she caused him to yield, with her flattering lips she seduced him.
Proverbs 7:21 (NKJV)
My son, if sinners entice you, do not consent.
Proverbs 1:10 (NASB)
A violent man entices his neighbor, and leads him in a way that is not good.
Proverbs 16:29 (NKJV)
But each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed by his own lust. Then when lust has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and when sin is accomplished, it brings forth death.
James 1:14-15 (NASB)
Yielding to God is wise and strengthening. Yielding to Satan is foolish and dangerous. Few people would bow down to Satan willingly. But 'The father of lies' (John 8:44) is a master of disguise. He specializes in subtlety. The truth of his identity is a gradual reveal to his intended victims, which includes you.
Quite patiently, he will woo you like a dream date. He's remarkably attractive and says what you want to hear. He knows your weaknesses and temptations. He works through proxies and surrogates: men and women you want to trust.
By them, he offers sweet treats, flattering words, easy paths, cool stuff, fast promotions and prime parts. In return, all he asks of you is a small compromise. But that first step is slippery. It begins a slide that's hard to stop. That first handshake can turn into a death grip.
Thank God for 'The Deliverer' (Romans 11:26), Who came to set the captives free.* Even so, don't tempt your Father by dancing with the devil. Don't make dangerous choices and expect Him to catch you.
If Satan took Jesus to 'The pinnacle of the temple, and said to Him, 'If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down from here' ' (Luke 4:9), he'll take current church leaders to the same place. No one is exempt from temptations. As Jesus, the Man, both said and demonstrated, Christian leaders are high profile targets.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: As surrogates of the superior Suitor, you, too, are called to set the captives free. How? With a better offer. With love, kindness and unselfish service. You are leaders who hold the Truth, so reveal Him. Don't make your Betrothed a well-kept secret. Rise and shine.
But in the process of rising, don't step away from God's protection. Your fall will be hard and painful. Because you're not daring the devil. He's daring you. To him, be unwilling to yield.
To Be Continued...
* 'The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me,
Because He anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor.
He has sent Me to proclaim release to the captives,
And recovery of sight to the blind,
To set free those who are oppressed' (Luke 4:18).
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Leadership series.