The Leader’s Mandate by Pastor Charles Blackstock

Psalm 23

I Peter 1:6,7 – “Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: 7 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:”

Matthew 6:13 – “And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.”

Introduction: (We should emulate our Lord’s leadership in our lives.)
• The Lord is our Shepherd.
• He leads us to green pastures, good waters…
• He delivers us from evil.
• We as leaders should emulate his leadership.

1. Trials are the ___problems___________ of life.

2. Evil is a ________________________.

3. Problems come to ___develop_____________ us.
God says the trial of our faith is more precious than gold. They help take the bad away and help us shine brighter for the Lord.

4. Evil comes to ___destroy______________________ us.

5. Most of life’s conflicts arise from the following:
a. Not _accepting_______________ life’s problem as God’s means to develop us.
We tend to run from the problems and to evil instead of facing the problems and avoiding evil.
People who face problems the right way will grow in amazing ways.
b. Evil ___reactions___________________ to life’s problems.
Sometimes it take bad things to produce a good thing. Lol – example – a diet produces a good thing.
What happens is sometimes problems come into our lives and we react in an evil way.
God allows things to develop us.
c. Failure to follow ____Biblical___________ steps to resolve problems.
What should I learn?
What should I do?
How should I react?
We have to learn how to biblically react to problems in our lives.

6. Leaders should help followers to:
a. _Discern______ the problem.
Help people to see the problems – not to miss the forest for the trees.
God says I have brought this to help you and you are fighting it. It is life a drowning person fighting the lifeguard.
b. _Deal______________ with the evil reactions to the problem.
To every problem there is a right response but our flesh is the first responder most of the time.
c. _Develop____________ a Biblical response to the problem.
Not just avoiding evil but pursuing good
Example – a young girl without a father will grow up with a vacuum in her life. She needed to be told that she is beautiful, a princess, etc, etc. When she becomes a teenager she is going to be looking to get that fulfilled and then some punk comes into her life with the right words and messes her life up.
We shouldn’t just tell the girl not to avoid the punk but to pursue and wait for the godly man that God will bring into her life.

7. Christians should be trained to:
a. _Accept______ problems and realize that they are there to develop us.
b. _Avoid_______ evil realizing it comes to destroy us.

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