Herod was troubled by the future Jesus not baby Jesus. Know your worth. Matthew 2:3-4 King Herod was deeply disturbed when he heard this, as was everyone in Jerusalem. He called a meeting of the leading priests and teachers of religious law and asked, “Where is the Messiah supposed to be born?”
Matthew 9:29-31 Then he touched their eyes and said, “Because of your faith, it will happen.” Then their eyes were opened, and they could see! Jesus sternly warned them, “Don’t tell anyone about this.”
Your divine leadership character can sometimes put you in collision path with those in authority. Because you are a leader at heart, you’ll always have vision of how to run things, be humble to allow those in authority to lead you.
Philippians 2:5-7 You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had. Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When he appeared in human form,
Hebrews 5:4 And no one can become a high priest simply because he wants such an honor. He must be called by God for this work, just as Aaron was.
Saul was called and anointed by God but God later moved away from Him because he was disobedient. It is possible for one to start well but due to failure to manage fleshy desires, fall out of favor with God.
Matthew 7:15-18 “Beware of false prophets who come disguised as harmless sheep but are really vicious wolves. You can identify them by their fruit, that is, by the way they act. Can you pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? A good tree produces good fruit, and a bad tree produces bad fruit. A good tree can’t produce bad fruit, and a bad tree can’t produce good fruit.
It is difficult to move away from a mentor you’ve grown under or known for a long time. You can see the signs but continue with him in the name of serving. David grew under Saul and knew he was an anointed man of God, even when David saw the bad side of Saul, he continued to serve him.
Do you think there are man and woman of God today, who started well but later turned to something?
Philip preached the Word of God, People were touched and they accepted the Lord, he baptized them in the name of the Lord Jesus but it was only through the laying of hands by Peter and John that they received the Holy Spirit. Acts 8:16-17 The Holy Spirit had not yet come upon any of them, for they had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. Then Peter and John laid their hands upon these believers, and they received the Holy Spirit. Even though Philip had the Holy Spirit His calling was only for preaching, he never performed any miracles and never felt bitter that Peter and John came and took the glory from him. The different gifts that God gave are for the strengthening of the house of God but so far we are so divided by the different gifts that exist today. If one knows what they are called for, they won’t be bothered by what others are doing.
Jealousy has divide the house of God. Man and Woman of God stand before the pulpit to ridicule one another misleading the children of God. Pastors want to own the congregants as if they are their people and forget that these are God’s people. Whatever role you played, you have planted a seed, let another water it, it’s all for the glory of God. 1 Corinthians 3:5-9 After all, who is Apollos? Who is Paul? We are only God’s servants through whom you believed the Good News. Each of us did the work the Lord gave us. I planted the seed in your hearts, and Apollos watered it, but it was God who made it grow. It’s not important who does the planting, or who does the watering. What’s important is that God makes the seed grow. The one who plants and the one who waters work together with the same purpose. And both will be rewarded for their own hard work. For we are both God’s workers. And you are God’s field. You are God’s building.
There are leaders who are ordained for a certain purpose and in the process loose favor from God because of how they handle themselves. Others are called but want to act their calling. There is the perfect will of God and the permissible will of God. Many things happens in the permissible will of God. 1 Samuel 15:10-11 Then the LORD said to Samuel, “I am sorry that I ever made Saul king, for he has not been loyal to me and has refused to obey my command.” Samuel was so deeply moved when he heard this that he cried out to the LORD all night. Saul was chosen and anointed for a certain purpose but later God was not happy with him because he disobeyed Him. Saul was given an instruction to destroy the nation of Amalek but Saul wanted to save the good things of that nation for himself.
God gave Ananias an instruction to go lay hands on Saul, now Paul and after Ananias completed the instruction, we never hear about him. There are leaders who must take you where God want you to be but want to benefit in the process. Acts 9:11-12 The Lord said, “Go over to Straight Street, to the house of Judas. When you get there, ask for a man from Tarsus named Saul. He is praying to me right now. I have shown him a vision of a man named Ananias coming in and laying hands on him so he can see again.”