Scripture:   2Corinthians  (NIV) 10:8  So even if I boast somewhat freely about the authority the LORD gave us for building you up rather than tearing you down, I will not be ashamed of it. 

Observation:   Authority is the responsibility to make decisions and to hold others accountable.  Authority is a tool we are given to make us better servants.  It is not given so that we can force people to do what we want; it is given to enable us to better serve others.    

Application:    The Lord wants me to use my authority to be an elevator.  I am to raise people with strength and confidence.  I am to lift them to a higher floor.  Should I have to take people down, may I do it like an elevator in gentleness and carefulness, bringing them down easily and not crashing to the bottom.  

Prayer:   Lord, the reason you gave me authority is to “build up” rather than “tear down.”   May you be pleased with the way I use this special tool.  Amen

Pastor Leon
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