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9-1-1 Available 24/7

As I was reflecting this morning during my time with the Lord, this quote stuck in my mind; ‘even a 5 year old child knows the significance of the telephone number 9-1-1. It’s the magical number that unlocks incredible lifesaving resources in a matter of seconds’! Those threatened with difficult circumstances only need to dial 9-1-1.

King David and all the other great leaders in the Bible understand that God was their help in times of need. He is never unavailable. He has infinite power and authority. He desires to provide help and security and He is ever present!

Psalm 72:12-14 tells us that ‘God will deliver the needy when they cry out, the afflicted who have no one to help. He will take pity on the weak and needy and save the needy from death. He will rescue them from oppression and violence for precious is their life in His sight!’ 

Deuteronomy 31:6 encourages us; ‘Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you, He will never leave you or forsake you’! 

Jeremiah 33:3 ‘Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.’

Today, you and I will probably use our mobile phones on a number of occasions – hopefully not to dial 9-1-1. As we do so, let’s see our phone as a physical reminder that the unseen God of the Universe is always available and is totally prepared to handle any and every situation!

Staying connected!
Dave

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Dave Rae is the President and Managing Director of Global Operations of Compass – finances God’s way. For more information about Dave, please click HERE

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Greetings from India

Shillong, India

Oh, the joy of travel! I’m currently in India a nation of 1.2 billion people, where there are multiple cultures, religions, ideologies and State government formats! There are thousands of gods and hundreds of free roaming sacred cows! The geography is as diverse as it’s peoples and languages!

I’ve come to India to support the Compass India team as they launch, for the 1st time in their history a 12-week financial study – Navigating Finances God Way! This will be one of only a handful of small groups studies presented by any ministry or denomination within the country!

I’ve been in the country for 4 days and have assisted the team in presenting Facilitator training in Kochi – a city of 2 million on the southwest coast, Kolkata- 12 million, on the sea of Bengal, then in Shillong and Guwahati, in the extreme northeast. These trainings have been focused on the leaders of influence in their cities and church denominations. In these 3 training we have averaged 35 leaders / training.

We have also met with the senior leaders of 3 denominations who signed letters of intent asking us to partner with them to bring about Stewardship ministry within their denominations.

So far the interest and enthusiasm is incredible! They are thankful for your help in making it possible for their people to study these truths 1st hand and learn the Biblical practices of handling resources effectively!

I’ll be traveling for another 10 days. Speaking to more Facilitators in Imphal & Mumbai, as well as presenting a leadership seminar in the same cities in honor of Dr. Dick Wynn.

For your interest on this 14 day trip, I will spend 10 nights in 8 different hotels or guest-houses and 4 nights sleeping in aircraft, as well, I will have spent 76 hours on those aircraft visiting 8 different cities! Not that I’m counting.

Blessings from your Brothers & Sisters in India!

Dave
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Dave Rae is the President and Managing Director of Global Operations of Compass – finances God’s way. For more information about Dave, please click HERE

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Posting a Guard

I’ve been reading through the Bible this year and I’m currently in the book of Nehemiah. The story revolves around the rebuilding of the walls of Jerusalem that were torn down and burned during the Babylonian invasion.

At one point during the rebuilding process the enemy threatens to come and stop the work and they begin to amass their army. Nehemiah, the new Governor of Jerusalem, post guards at the low points of the wall. He instructs the people to work in shifts. One group working while the other stands guard behind them with their weapons in hand! Those that worked were also instructed to work but with ‘ one hand on the trowel and one hand on their sword’!

Today you and I will face an enemy more powerful and more destructive than the enemy Nehemiah faced. The Devil and his demons! Make no mistake, he is real and is ‘roaming around seeking to devour’!

Like Nehemiah I have posted guards at the low points of my wall, so to speak, and I have others to stand behind me as I work (Prayer warriors). I too work each day with my weapons at the ready (Bible & prayer).

Why is it that we encourage our Pastor and Missionaries to have accountability groups and prayer partners but we rarely think of doing the same. As if we who work in a secular marketplace are somehow impervious to attack?

Today, ask God for friends you can approach who will stand in the gaps for you in daily prayer. As a Follower of Jesus, your work is no less important that your Pastor or Missionary friend. You are called to be ‘Salt and Light’ where you are and you can be assured your enemy wants to thwart your work and discourage and destroy you!

I have 12 people who pray for me daily. I send them a brief weekly prayer outline (Personal requests, business requests and praises- bullet points) via email.

Who are your ‘twelve’? Contact them and ask them to stand in the gap for you. Work will take on new meaning in the power and protection of ‘The Cross”!

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Everlasting vs. Temporary

Much of the Western world seems to be euphoric because of the recent death of Osama Bin Ladin. There is a felling that peace may be closer. That terrorism & rebellion is closer to being crushed!

This whole situation reminded me of another man who was killed centuries ago to ‘prevent a rebellion’. Yet this man rose from the dead on the 3rd day to bring salvation and peace to the world. His name is Jesus!

My prayer for you and me is that these current events, which may bring temporary salvation & peace would remind us of Jesus who has brought lasting, eternal salvation & peace for those who trust in Him.

I trust that you will live secure today because of your relationship with Jesus!

Dave

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Shame Closet

My shame closet – No More!

Last night I didn’t sleep well. I never do after I have run 3 or more miles. The arthritis in my toes flares up & causes shooting pain in both my feet. My usual remedy is Acetaminophen, but last night it didn’t work. God wanted my attention! I have often said that I am trying to grow more like Jesus and during last nights wrestling with God, He showed me why this is so difficult!

You see I have a habit of re-living some of my past shortcomings – read sins. I have been known to share these publicly with friends to demonstrate my connection with people of the world. There is, most often, an underlying pride issue going on at this time. Most of these shortcomings revolve around my hockey exploits and the fights I’ve never lost!

God reminded me last night that He comes against the proud! – 1 Peter5:5

He has made it known that I am to take off the old man, like I take off a coat, and never desire to put it on again – Ephesians 4:22-24. Yet I keep going to my ‘shame closet’, finding that old coat and pride fully putting it on!

Last night’s wrestling was painful and frightening! No more ‘shame closet’. No more old coats!

As Jesus lives through me there is no reason to live that way! If I will boast I will boast in Him! – 2 Corinthians 10:17

Prayerfully,
Dave

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Lessons from Hezekiah

Today I was reading in my One Year Bible the life story of Hezekiah king of Judah – 2 Kings 17-20. I enjoy reading about leaders, especially from the Bible. I look for leadership insights that I can utilize in my daily leadership. Today was no exception; there were a number of nuggets!

  • Hezekiah did what was right in the eyes of the Lord! He removed all idol worship from Judah. A direction that greatly pleased God and one that no other leaders before him including Solomon had done!
  • He prayed regularly about the matters of his daily work and leadership.
  • He trusted in the LORD and there was no one like him among all the kings of Judah, either before him or after him.

These I found to be admirable leadership qualities but as I read I found situations which made me wonder. Yes, Hezekiah relied on the LORD, but not always. His pride got hold of him on at least 2 occasions and instead of praying for clarity or direction he acted from his own experiences and these ‘pride fests’ caused major destruction within this nation. He prayed, but not always before acting, and this lack of prayer caused Judah to come under siege from Assyria and eventually lead to an invasion from Babylon. When confronted on these issues by Isaiah the prophet, he didn’t repent or seek forgiveness. This may have caused God to delay the pending judgment on his nation and preserve the life of the next generation.

My takeaways today: 1) Get in the habit of crying out to God on all occasions for his guidance and direction. 2) Put my life experiences in the right light and seek God’s will not mine. 3) Seek forgiveness and repent when convicted especially in matters that affect the next generation.

God Bless,
Dave

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Humility

I spoke recently at a leadership forum on the topic of humility. My contribution at the forum was to give practical suggestions on how to live in humility. To say the least, it was the last topic I wanted to speak on. It’s OK to have others use you as an example but it is very uncomfortable to speak about yourself, especially under the heading of humility!

Although that was my initial reaction, I changed my mind after reading the only words Jesus himself used to describe himself found in Matthew 11:29. “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls”. If you are like me, you desire to be like Jesus. In fact Paul in Ephesians 5 indicates that we should be imitators of God!  How does one get to the place where others refer to them as ‘gentle and humble at heart?

As my friend Boyd Bailey so eloquently puts it. “Humility is a demeanor dependent on the Lord. Gentleness and humility lubricate the relational machinery of a home or enterprise. Gentleness is aggression under the control of the Holy Spirit, and humility is courage that is first committed to Christ.”

Humility is not something that comes with a unique formula or process to attain it; it is awareness that God’s standards of conduct are different and that humility is a condition of the heart!

Phil 2:5 States that ‘our attitude should be the same as that of Jesus Christ who was truly God but did not try to remain equal with God. Instead he gave up everything and became a slave when he became human like one of us. Christ was humble. He obeyed God by being willing to die for us on a cross.’

The move towards a humble approach normally starts with awareness that we are not living in a way that brings the most glory & honor to God. The awareness that this is what Christ was like and men like Moses were known for (Numbers 12:3), an awareness that has come through a rebuke about our arrogance or prideful behavior. Awareness, over time, that those who genuinely serve others get better results and tend to have better, more meaningful and lasting relationships!

For me, all of these scenarios were true. I realized ever so slowly that the life God wanted for me was one of submission to him (He is God & I m not!) and one that honors others by serving them. Both required dying to myself and adopting a new attitude of daily life. No longer desiring to be served but to seek opportunities to serve.

As a final thought: ‘You will know when you are living and leading like a humble servant because people will treat you like one!

However, you will know that your attitude is like that of Christ, when being treated like a servant doesn’t bother you!’

God Bless,
Dave