3 THINGS GODLY ADVISORS SHOULD CONSIDER BEFORE RESIGNING BECAUSE OF TRUMP’S HORRIBLE REACTION…

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Two of my fears of Trump occupying office of President of The United States were

1) The fact that based on his actions and behavior, from my view, does not display (1) Fruit of the Spirit…

Galatians 5:22-23  (NKJV)

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.

2) He displays a very low-level of emotional intelligence…

Emotional Intelligence was coined by researchers Peter Salavoy and John Mayer, and made more well-known by author Dan Goleman in his 1996 book. Emotional Intelligence is the ability to identify, recognize, understand and manage one’s own emotions, as well as those of others.


Many of Donald Trump’s advisors have been resigning based after his choice of words and reaction to the unrest in Charlottesville VA. I’m not going to re-tell the story, but he asserted that those who counter-protested Neo-Nazi and White Supremist protesters were just as bad, and stated that there are “fine people on both sides”. It wasn’t just the fact that Trump said what he said, but it was also the obvious lack of emotional intelligence he displayed during his press conference, as he has in the past.

His statement and behavior repulsed many people, including me. As a result, many of his advisors resigned from their appointed positions. My first reaction was, Yes! What an awesome statement and assertion of values.

However, then I began to think about the word of God. What’s are good examples of this in the bible?

Hmmmm….

Consider this…

God strategically placed Joseph as second in command in Egypt to serve under a pagan Pharoah who oppressed the children of Israel and considered Egyptians to be superior. Joseph’s position allowed him to eventually save his family. (Genesis Chapters 37-50).

God strategically placed Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah (Belteshazzar,  Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-Nego) as advisors to Nebuchadnezzar by having him select them himself. He was a pagan king, who oppressed the children of Israel. He considered the Babylonians to be superior, but still requested the ‘best’ of the children of Israel to ‘serve’ (or advise) in His palace. Daniel at one time was appointed the third highest ruler in the kingdom…the pagan kingdom (Daniel Chapter 1).

Based on this, there 3 things I think that godly corporate and spiritual advisors who are opposed to Trump’s words, behavior and policies should consider before resigning.


WAS TRUMP SELECTING THEM GOD’S WAY OF PLACING THEM THERE?

Donald Trump selected these men and women. They didn’t apply for their positons. I don’t know what his motives were, but he did select them. Joseph, Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah didn’t ‘apply’ for their positions either. God placed them there…even if it was through captivity. But, God was looking at the big picture. He placed them there for His purpose, and to save their own people. Had they refused to serve…even if by death, they could not have done what God had for them to do.

THEIR INFLUENCE MAY BE GOD’S WAY OF ENSURING HIS VOICE IS HEARD

Josesph’s, Daniel’s, Hananiah’s, Mishael’s and Azariah’s presence in these pagan leaders’ adminstrations was God’s presence in their administrations. Could this be true for a truly godly advisor chosen by Trump? Remember, Potiphar’s house was blessed just by Joseph being there…

Genesis 39:5 (NKJV)

So it was, from the time that he had made him overseer of his house and all that he had, that the Lord blessed the Egyptian’s house for Joseph’s sake; and the blessing of the Lord was on all that he had in the house and in the field.

If Trump decides to listen to them…If he does in fact take their advice, then that’s God’s way of getting His voice and influence in that administration. I know, I know…many people say he’s not listening to his advisors. He’s doing what he wants to do, and even belittling those in his own adminstration who oppose him.

EVEN IF TRUMP DOESN’T LISTEN TO THEM, THEY’RE HOLDING A SPOT

Even if Trump doesn’t take their advise, these individuals are still holding a spot that could be held by someone who agrees with Trumps ideology and behavior. If they resign, he can replace them with someone who would help further damage the godly character of the country.

People need to be led by God for themselves, considering the Word of God, as to what decision they make. However, sometimes God places His people close to those not being led by Him for a reason.

 

NOW, DO YOU SEE ONE REASON WHY GOD FORBADE GRAVEN IMAGES…

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Exodus 20:4-5 (NKJV)

 “You shall not make for yourself a carved image—any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me

“You can’t erase history!” That’s what so many so passionately proclaim when they protest the removal of confederate monuments and symbols from public places.

Think of all the historical figures and events that you remember without a statue or monument. Monuments aren’t necessarily about remembering…they’re about celebrating, honoring and even worship.

But, if God forbade us from erecting an image to represent Him, why would we need one to remember a man or woman.

When God forbade graven images, it was about more than just worship. Notice that Exodus 20:4 was about forbidding to make them. Then, Verse 5 addressed bowing down and worshipping them. Does this imply that it’s a sin to make them, then it’s a further sin to worship them…Hey, I’m just asking.

God knows how we are. He knows that people have the tendency to be more caught up in the symbol that what it actually represents.

Think about how many people wear crosses, but don’t live a lifestyle or really particularly care about what that represents.

People are ready to kill over statues, flags and songs.

Being that passionate about a statue, flag or monument is worship.

I’m a Black man and I don’t need a statue to remember who Dr. Martin Luther King was. God gave the Jews the Pentateuch, which is their history. When the children of Israel erected a golden calf to represent and remember the God that brought them out of Egypt, He commanded it be torn down (Exodus 32).

To say removing a monument erases history is very simplistic thinking.

If God doesn’t need a monument to represent or acknowledge Him, then why should anyone else.

Now do you see why He forbade graven images.

BE BLESSTIFIED!

 

WHY THE ONE’S YOU LOVE MOST SOMETIMES DON’T UNDERSTAND YOU…

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It’s tough when you try to talk to the one’s closest to you and they just don’t get it…

They don’t understand how near and dear ‘it’ is to your heart.

They don’t understand how important it is to you.

They just can’t grasp how you really feel!

They don’t get how hurt you are!

But, they’re closest to you. They’re your mother. They’re your father. They’re your husband. Your wife. Your sister. Your brother. They’re your closest friend. They are SUPPOSED to understand everything about me! Right?

How can they love me the way they say they do? How can they care about me…and not understand how I feel? Are they really listening? Don’t they see what’s really going on? Why don’t they ‘get it’?!

If you’re honest with yourself, there are times that you couldn’t always understand what was going on with your loved ones…no matter how passionately they tried to explain it.

Why?

Because sometimes God has to remind us that He is the ONLY one who truly and totally understands us.

If we aren’t careful, we can begin to make those we love ‘little idols’. We can put them before God. This is one of the reasons that the Lord said…

Matthew 10:37  (NKJV)

37 He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me.

He has to remind us who really is supposed to come first.

How many times have you prayed about something, but you weren’t truly satisfied until you talked about it or confirmed it with a ‘real person’. Yes, God sometimes confirms things through people, but…


There are some things He wants us to trust with Him only.


There are some times that He wants you to prove to yourself how real He is in your life (because He already knows). There are some things that He wants you to truly…leave with Him.

But, how does God prove that He understands? That He hears? That he cares?

Well here’s how He’s proved it to me…

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had a concern. I may have talked to someone about it and they didn’t understand. Or, I didn’t want to talk to anyone about it because I felt they wouldn’t understand. Then…

As I read my bible and the very passage of scripture I was reading spoke specifically to my issue.

Or, I heard a sermon that spoke directly to what I was going through. The minister may have even quoted the same scriptures I had studied.

Or, I read a blog post. Saw a bumper sticker. Saw come type of unsolicited confirmation of what was on my heart.

God has some pretty amazing ways of letting us know He understands. It’s up to us to realize that it’s really Him.

It’s good to have loved ones and friends in our lives to lean on. And It’s important that we be there for one another. Try to understand one another. Be a shoulder to lean on. It’s important that we be friendly and stick close to one another.

There are two things we must always remember…


You don’t always have to understand someone to love them!


And…

Proverbs 18:24  (NKJV)

 24 A man who has friends must himself be friendly,[a]
But there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.

BE BLESSTIFIED!

 

 

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