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Leaders Believe

What is your definition of a leader? Many people talk about this topic today, but few clearly state what they mean when they use the terms leader and leadership. When I speak about leadership, I often think in terms of growing Kingdom Ambassadors. People with a passion for God and a heart that believes in God’s answer for humanity. I am talking about redemptive people, who see the way God sees and commit their lives to burn for more than a ministry title or a desk to sit behind. It feels wrong to me to discuss leadership without defining what we are attempting to develop. So, here are some of the most important values I feel we need to uncover and release in godly leaders.

1st) Christian Leaders are Servants:

Jesus specifically addresses servant leadership in Matthew 20:25-26 and John 13:1–17. He defines a servant leader as one who humbly pours out their life on others, based on their love for them. Its not a natural love, but something supernatural that flows from heaven… a resource of the Holy Spirit. In the Apostle Paul’s teaching about the 5-fold ministry model, he tells of a grace that has been given to each of us for the purpose of leading (Eph. 4:7). A grace that empowers leadership and causes the leader to equip the saints for the work of the ministry… is by nature supernatural. Its impossible for a person to give what he does not have; but Christ has given us grace and power to fulfil all that has been asked of us as yielded vessels. Leaders understand how to receive from God and release that power to flow through their influence in other people’s lives.

2nd) Christian Leaders are Godly Servants:

This is in reference to Christ-like character. I try to encourage leaders that although their gifts might make room for them and give them a voice for a season, it will only be their character that will offer them a platform of influence for a lifetime. Teachability, integrity and transparency are real platforms that inspire and train our hearts as well as the minds, hands and hearts of those in our sphere of influence.  Though many in the business world acknowledge the importance of character, the goal seems to be about pleasing a boss or corporation. Leadership that offers real influence is accountable to God and becomes transformational as the leader is bearing the evidence of their own character changing and growing.

3rd) Believing Leaders Know Where They are Going:

This involves the leader’s direction. Leaders need both a ministry mission and a ministry vision. The ministry mission is “the goal”, which for every leader is the Great Commission (Mt. 28:18-20). The ministry vision is the personal picture on the inside of what they will look like as they effectively accomplish the Great Commission.

It is important to note, that the Great Commission is about a delegated authority to disciple nations, emersing followers in experiences with God and teaching them how to obey all that Jesus taught and modeled. Its not buildings and programs… its people and Kingdom influence that shapes the nations. Its more than what we believe, its the opportunity to experience the supernatural life of the Spirit and model it for the next generation of believers.

Finally, Christian Leaders have Followers:

Leadership implies followers. If a person has no followers, he is not a leader. Followers are not just those who mimmick our words, study our theory or obey our commands. Jesus called His servants up into friendship so they could hear more keenly the secrets of His heart (Jn. 15:9-17). A friend is offered access and knows the motivation of the heart. Good leaders know how to train their followers to step into new levels of authority. Those willing, chosen and appointed followers bear fruit that remains as a pleasing and joyful expression of Kingdom influence… God’s influence ruling in the life of the leader.

Revealing Glory

This beginning of signs Jesus did in Cana of Galilee, and manifested His Glory; and His disciples believed in Him. (Jn. 2:11)

Jesus is still manifesting the Glory of God (Jn. 1:14), so that “thirsty” people can become believing disciples. He is looking for people that He can reveal Himself in and through (Jn. 14:16-17). How does He do it…through greater manifestations of His Glory. You see, the Glory is God’s essence on full display. It is His love, His wisdom, His creativity, His anointing, His power, and His wealth… the sum total of all that He is. Jesus revealed it; full of grace and Truth and now His desire is to release that same Glory into our lives.

Humanity was designed to reflect His Glory.

  • Isaiah 40:5 Says that His Glory would be revealed and that all flesh would see it together.
  • Psalm 19:1 Says that the heavens declare the Glory of the Lord.
  • Hebrews 1:3 Says that Jesus was the brightness and expressed image of the Father’s Glory.
  • 2 Corinthians 3:18 Says we are being changed and increasing in Glory through the Holy Spirit.

It Requires Fellowship!

We cannot manifest God’s Glory however; until we gain some personal experience and fellowship with the Holy Spirit. Like Jesus; we simply cannot live our lives fulfilling the purposes of the Father, without the anointed leadership of the Holy Spirit (Lk. 4:18-19). We too must be equipped and empowered (Acts 1:8), so that we reflect Him. Jesus’ promise to us; is that when we have experienced the Presence of the Holy Spirit, we will do the greater works, because of the influence of the Glory (Jn. 14:12).

The Believing Factor:

Notice: The key to our stewardship is our “believing heart”! As we abide in the Glory, effective spiritual growth and fruitful ministry begins to flow freely. Jesus said, “And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick and they will recover” (Mk. 16:17-18). In these days, God is raising up a believing generation, those who will walk in great passion, see amazing things and carry the Kingdom to the farthest corners of the Earth!

Its the revelation of God’s Glory that marks the believing heart as “Chosen”, “Royal”, “Holy” and “Special”… and sets us in position to proclaim the praises of our King (1 Pet. 2:5-10).

Key to Courage

There are times in every person’s life when God brings a great opportunity across our path. God is creative and adventurous. He plants those traits within us and knows that the best way to draw them out is through the challenges hidden inside of  opportunity.

There are many folks who cringe at new opportunities, because “risk” means the possibility of failure. But it also carries the enormous thrill of success. If you find yourself holding back at the edge of the ‘river’, I pray that God will stir your heart, that you will feel the adventure to cross over and take possession of the promise on the other side.

One of my favorite passages of Scripture is the address given by God to Joshua (Josh 1:1-9). Although God reveals His generosity and faithfulness in Joshua’s moment of promotion, He also opens up the reality of every Christian’s greatest challenge… fear. God is the Master at mentoring leaders and He speaks clearly of how to overcome fear, through the discipline of “Presence”. God’s Word to Joshua;

“I will be with you, I won’t give up on you and I won’t leave you”.

These are words that should be in the forefront of our minds while stepping out into God’s plan each day. You and I are fit and appointed to the position God has chosen for us and it really doesn’t matter how anyone else has done the job before us.

We must listen to God and follow His instruction… as He goes with us. We just have to be ourselves and let God do great things through us! If God tells us to go – WE GO! If God says to speak- WE SPEAK! We must never allow time to tick away, stealing opportunities from us. God says, “In the same way I was with Moses, I will be with you. I won’t give up on you; I won’t leave you”. Notice its the discipline of Presence that establishes our courage.

Our Key to Courage is the proven Truth; God is a good Father and is faithful to all of His children… all of His children! He is no respecter of persons; He is faithful to all! Listen to that verse again… “I won’t give up on you”. It doesn’t matter if we blew it yesterday… He hasn’t given up. We must not give up either!

The Eternal Focus

“…We do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.” (2 Cor 4:18)

To what does hope look? Just as faith can focus on the past and love will focus on the present, hope should focus on the future… what we are becoming!

THE FUTURE – Things Yet Unseen and Experienced

Our Spiritual Benefits! (Ps 103:1-5)
Our Spiritual Blessings! (Eph 1:3)
Our Spiritual Birthright! (1 Pet 1:3-9)

Focus Upon Christ:

There is nothing that releases more hope than to awaken ourselves to the Spirit of Revelation (Rom. 8:19)(Eph. 1:17-20). The Bible is full of open heaven experiences (Jn. 1:51), where believers come into a knowledge that transforms their understanding of life (2 Cor. 4:6). You and I are designed to have a living hope, one that moves us into faith and purpose. We experience faith bubbling up inside of us when revelation begins to flow. Our spiritual eyes begin to see the truth of who Jesus is and who God has made us to be as His light shines in our hearts. Faith comes by hearing the revelation of Jesus from the Word of God (Rom. 10:17). When our eyes are focused on the revelation of Christ, our hearts become flames of fire. We experience His love and see beyond the immediate natural realities. By simply opening ourselves up to His revelation, we experience the power of a living hope.

Its like the young boy Samuel who was awakened by a voice from heaven (1 Sam. 3:8-11). The Priest Eli wisely guides his response, ”Speak Lord, for Your servant hears”. Samuel would never be the same as he was awakened by the spiritual revelation of God’s Heartbeat. Hope changes how we see!

Focus on Salvation:

There are so many benefits, blessings and privileges based upon our New Birth in Christ. As Sons and Daughters, we are chosen and accepted in the Father’s House. Our destiny is never to be limited by our history! God makes all things new! What the past should become is nothing more than fertilizer for future fruitfulness. God is at work in us, both to will and to do according to His good pleasure (Phil 2:13). Salvation releases righteous character, Kingdom power and fresh perspective on the future. To be saved is to be delivered from the oppressive weight of a meaningless life. To be saved offers peace with God and strength through an abiding Presence of the Holy Spirit. You and I are not alone and our battles are designed to enable us to reflect the hope that resonates from deep within (1 Pet. 1:3-9)… joy unspeakable and full of glory.

Focus on the Return of Christ:

  • “Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ.” (Titus 2:13)
  • “For the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.” (1 Thess. 4:16-18)

With these words we encourage one another in our blessed hope. It was Jesus who said, “I will come again and receive you unto myself” (Jn. 14:3). Perhaps the most victorious reality of all is that Satan is defeated and Christ will return as the Lion of the Tribe of Judah! This is the focus of our hope… to become more and more like Him, for we will soon see Him in all His Glory!

The Discipline of Presence

Joshua said to the People of God, “Sanctify yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do wonders among you!” (Josh. 3:5)

There are times in every person’s life when you stand at a “Jordan River Experience”! A moment when God brings a great opportunity across your path. A moment of promise and expectation… but also a moment that requires something from your heart! God is creative and adventurous. He plants those traits of adventure within us and knows that the best way to draw them out is through the challenges hidden inside of opportunity. The problem is that in order to see breakthroughs you have to have some major challenges!

There Are Risks:

There are many folks who cringe at new opportunities, because “risk” means the possibility of failure. But it also carries the enormous thrill of success. If you find yourself holding back at the edge of the ‘river’, I pray that God will stir your heart, that you will feel the adventure to cross over and take possession of the promise on the other side.

One of my favorite passages of Scripture is the address given by God to Joshua (Josh 1:1-9). God commands Joshua to “be strong and very courageous”! Although God reveals His generosity and faithfulness in Joshua’s moment of promotion, He also opens up the reality of every Christian’s greatest challenge… fear. God is the Master at mentoring leaders and He speaks clearly of how to overcome fear, through the “discipline of Presence”. The discipline of Presence is the ability to put on courage based upon a deeply rooted awareness that God is with you! Its the greatest resource in the midst of fear… “God will not give up on His Child!”

God’s Word to Joshua; “I will be with you, I won’t give up on you and I won’t leave you!”

These are words that should be in the forefront of our minds while stepping out into God’s plan each day. You and I are fit and appointed to the position God has chosen for us and it really doesn’t matter how anyone else has done the job before us. We must listen to God and follow His instruction… as He goes with us. We just have to be ourselves and let God do great things through us! If God tells us to go – WE GO! If God says to speak- WE SPEAK! No resistance, hesitation or distraction is worthy of our attention. We must never allow time to tick away, stealing opportunities from us. God says, “In the same way I was with Moses, I will be with you. I won’t give up on you; I won’t leave you” (Josh. 1:5). Notice its the discipline of Presence that establishes courage.

Its the discipline of Presence that establishes courage!

Our Key to Courage is the proven Truth; God is a good Father and is faithful to all of His children… all of His children! He is no respecter of persons; He is faithful to all! Listen to that verse again… “I won’t give up on you”. It doesn’t matter if we blew it yesterday… He hasn’t given up. We must not give up either!

Never, Never, Never – Give Up!

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