Do you act with courage on your values even when that means standing alone? (160-5)
When a leader stands with God, their position will be secure. Read Jeremiah 15:15-21.
Jeremiah acted with courage to deliver God’s message no matter how unpopular the message or how threatening the crowd. Jeremiah delivered God’s truths even when he had to stand completely alone in opposition to powerful leaders. Jeremiah asked God to remember the stand he took. Jeremiah paid a price for his stance:
- He was neglected (v. 15).
- He was mistreated (v. 15).
- He was lonely (v. 17).
- He was discouraged (v. 18).
God had not missed one thing Jeremiah had endured and God knew Jeremiah’s heart. God gave Jeremiah hope and elevated his courage by giving him:
- An understanding of His power; God assured Jeremiah that He had the resources to protect him.
- An affirmation that his position had been correct; God said “let this people turn to you, but you must not turn to them” (v. 19).
- A picture of victory; God reminded Jeremiah that He is greater than any circumstance.
When others disagree with a leader’s moral stance, the leader must first examine and then re-examine their position. But, if upon examination, a leader finds that their position is affirmed as right by the Holy Spirit and in alignment with God’s principles and known word they must stand. The conviction essential to have the discipline to stand alone against all odds and others, even some you may respect, comes from knowing that your position agrees with God’s will.
Matthew 16:24 “Then Jesus said to his disciples, ‘Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.’”
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