by Col Larry Simpson, USAF (Ret.)
“Teach me your way, O LORD, and I will walk in your truth; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name.” Psalm 86:11
As a leader, are you ever hesitant or uncertain about how to respond to situations? Are you inclined to give a knee-jerk reaction or are your responses more often guided by the Lord’s true wisdom? Do you experience compassion-level fluctuations, that is, sometimes your actions reflect spiritual wisdom and at other times seem void of anything resembling those guided by the Holy Spirit? At the heart of these queries is the consideration of the root of one’s conscious choices (actions). Our options are to allow the “spiritual self” or the “old nature” to dictate our decisions.
David asked that he would know God’s ways and walk in His truth. Is it possible to discern right judgment without knowing the truth? James 1:8 says: A double-minded man is unstable in all his ways. Surely, as Christian leaders, our desire is to show compassion with an undivided heart–one that rightly discerns truth with reverence and awe of the Lord.
As you read the Bible, and especially as you contemplate Psalm 86:11, consider these simple action points:
- Discern truth–notice what character qualities Scripture reveals about God.
- Determine to act according to revealed truth.
- Be sensitive to what the Lord is teaching.
- Practice putting God’s plan into action, daily.
- Realize our spiritual development is dynamic–adjust your spiritual leadership as you learn more truth.
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