The 5 Leadership Lessons From Moses (Part 3)

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The 5 Leadership Lessons From Moses (Part 3)

Exodus 32:1-35

The Old Testament character Moses was a simple man whom was thrusted into a position of leadership without the luxury of mentorship or a training program. There are a few things that Moses had to learn the hard way in his journey to lead God’s people. In this series we will see some of the leadership lessons that Moses learned and see how they apply to our lives as we walk with The Lord today. Join us as we learn leadership lessons from Moses.

Today we will discuss the second leadership tenant and how Moses used this skill.

III. The Principle Of Providing Rebuke

We see in our text that Moses had gone to the mountain top with God while taking his minister Joshua with him. Moses had spent a great deal of time with God and had become sensitive to the folly and the sins of the people because God revealed it to him. By the way, when we spend a great deal of time with God, we will become sensitive to His voice telling us that things aren’t right as well. So when Moses left the mountain top he already knew that the people had defiled themselves and he was ready to deal with it immediately. Why? Because he had offered himself to die in their place. So as a result he was ready to take care of business. 

A. He Knew The Answer Before He Asked The Question –  As an effective leader you will need to do some due diligence to discover the answer before you ask the question. All too often we will get an attitude with the situation because “We Think” that we know what has happened. Or, we are so upset or disgusted that the action occurred that we will begin to punish the suspected party before giving them a chance to plead their case. Our system still says that a person is innocent until proven guilty. Don’t make them guilty and have to prove their own innocence. If you can’t control you temper because of the situation, then cool off first because we all know that you can’t make sound decisions in that state. The bible says Ecclesiastes 7:9 “Be not hasty in thy spirit to be angry:for anger resteth in the bosom of fools”. Do you go off of the handle at the situation or do you take the time to see the person as a person that is innocent until they are proven guilty? 

B. He Knew To Take The Proper Actions – I don’t believe Moses came out of the cloud and instantly heard the noise of the people with Joshua. I believe that he and Joshua went down a little bit before the sound got clear. Can you imagine, the noise must have been very loud for Moses and Joshua to hear it from the mountain. I believe that during this time while they tracked down the mountain, that Moses was thinking and praying about the actions that he would take. If we have situations that make us upset, we should probably take the time to cool off and think about how God would want us to handle it so that he can get the glory. How do I take time to cool off when “I have to say something to that person and let them know how I feel”? Well there are a few things to consider:

  1. God gave us emotions so that we can deal with people and situations properly, not as a measuring stick of how harshly we can treat others.
  2. Your emotions come and go like the wind, but your relationship with God shouldn’t be as unpredictable.
  3. You control your emotions! Your emotions can’t control you unless you allow them to. 
  4. Your emotional outburst will often linger in the minds of the people on the receiving end rather than their actions that hurt you. They will remember what you said, did, acted like and your body language.

What are your emotions telling others about you? Failure to control or Fully in control? 

C. He Knew The Corrective Actions To Take – You see, it’s not enough to get mad and blow up, but we need to make the corrective actions a priority. If a child messes up when they haven’t been taught not to mess up, we can’t hold them accountable. If you teach them and they mess up after that, then now they are accountable. Moses broke the law from God because the people of God violated His law. So as punishment they had to consume the law and wander in the wilderness of sin until they paid the price of violating the law. This was done so that the younger could see that there was a price to be paid for violating God’s law. They also saw the corrective action that God used Moses to take with them as well. Do you know the corrective action to take in your lives?

Rebuke requires: confrontation, correction and counseling in order for a person to remain on the right track. I know that I have yet to master this process but we see that Moses learned this from God. How about you? Have you learned how to properly rebuke and restore? In tomorrow’s devotional we will discuss another leadership wrinkle from Moses. Join us again as we address real life issues with biblical answers on Worship With Willie. 


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