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Leadership is the intangible sense within a person who knows they have been positioned for greatness. The Bible is full of encounters where people’s lives were changed for the better. Moses, Joshua and David were unique in Israel’s history, because God positioned them to do great exploits. It was their ability to embrace transition that brought victories into focus and opened the way for God’s people to walk through difficult challenges. Its what made them leaders. They focused beyond the immediate circumstance by their relational promise in God. They were a foreshadowing of our Lord and Savior, Jesus; who for the joy set before Him, positioned Himself on the cross to bring the greatest transition in the history of mankind (Heb. 12:1-2).
- The key to embracing any spiritual transition is that you must have a great passion for what is on the “other side”.
- The New Day, the Promised Land or the Greater Glory are our Destiny - Leaders do not allow the spoils to be lost within the journey!
Parting Red Seas:
Moses stood at the Red Sea, with as many as 2 million people waiting for his next move. As he lifted his staff, there was no history of escaping through the midst of a huge body of water like this and there were no others standing by with a “plan B”. He had no pattern, no program and no testimony to encourage himself. But this was a New day! Freedom was just on the other side of this barrier! They couldn’t even see past the waves, but that’s when we can best identify our leader’s gift. Moses had the Word from God!
“…lift up your rod and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it. And the Children of Israel shall go on dry ground through the midst of the sea.” (Exod. 14:16)
Crossing Swollen Jordans:
Joshua had seen the Promised Land and brought back a good report along with his close friend, Caleb. He had a history with Moses and had seen the Glory of God upon a great leader. His passion for the Presence of God was more than he could take at times and although he was a great warrior, his gifting was more driven by a delight in obeying, rather than leading. But now Moses is dead and Caleb seems silent. As the Children of Israel look at a Jordan River at flood stage, they had to have questioned his timing for a crossing over. But cross over they would, for God was about to show Himself strong on behalf of the loyalty of Joshua’s heart (2 Chron. 16:9). Joshua knew how to focus on God’s plan!
When you see the ark of the covenant of the Lord your God, and the priests, the Levites bearing it, then you shall set out from your place and go after it. Yet there shall be a space between you and it, about 2000 cubits by measure. Do not come near it, that you may know the way by which you must go, for you have not passed this way before. And Joshua said to the people, “Sanctify yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do wonders among you.” (Josh. 3:3-5)
Bringing Down Goliaths:
Over 9 feet tall and taunting the people of Israel at the Valley of Elah, Goliath stood as a reminder of how fear and intimidation are more of a barrier than anything natural. Words were the weapons of the serpent in the Garden of Eden and words were the residue of a memory of slavery in Egypt. Words have toppled kingdoms and paralyzed relationships. Now this uncircumcised Philistine would use them to release an atmosphere that terrorized the forward momentum of God’s people. Bringing down Goliath would take someone who understood the secret of dispelling fear. The secret is the favor of God! David knew the favor of God… for it was in the field with frail and fearful sheep that David had killed the lion and the bear. This uncircumcised Philistine did not qualify in David’s eyes to be of any threat, because he had no mark of God’s favor upon his life. David stood under the favor of God!
Then David said to Saul, “Let no man’s heart fail because of him; your servant will go and fight with this Philistine.” (1 Sam. 17:32)
We know the outcome of these journeys, but we so easily forget when we are pulled into their positions that it requires us to be leaders. I want to propose that you and I are at our barriers for such a time as this… to draw out the leadership anointing within us and release it. We will never know what has been deposited within us until we are called upon by those whose eyes are now fixed on us. To part the Red Sea, step into the Swollen Jordan or bring down the Goliaths, requires the faith of a leader. Not everyone will arise to this level, but the one who knows God intimately, has talked face-to-face and listened with a sense of destiny. This one will lead! This one has been positioned for transition… and promotion.