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Wilderness Seasons

Throughout Biblical history, God has used the wilderness to test His servants in order to perfect His purposes within them. His goal is to speak to the independent heart that leans on its own understanding and call His Sons and Daughters into proper alignment with His Divine order (Hos 2:14).

The wilderness speaks of a barren and desolate area. It is a place where inner needs become intensified and there is no available resources to meet those needs. God seems to want to move us there at times to speak to us about the condition of our hearts.

Who is this that comes up from the wilderness, leaning upon her Beloved?” (Song of Solomon 8:5)

There is a heart quality about this “one” who is coming up from the wilderness that attracts the writers special attention. She is “leaning” upon her Beloved. This position of leaning demonstrates the fact that she has become completely dependent upon Him. Something has changed during her time of being in the wilderness which has resulted in her becoming submissively dependent upon the Lord.

This is the quality of Sonship that God is after in us and we must become aware that its the wilderness that produces this in our heart. How often have we murmured or complained about the wilderness experience only to find that there was increased glory as we emerged from this season.

We entered the wilderness season leaning on our own understanding and emerged leaning on our Beloved.

Shake off the fear of abandonment and draw near to the Father who speaks lovingly to His children. He wants to become the Promised Resource for our abundant life.

In Between Stuff

The in-between stuff is the key to great spiritual leadership. If defining reality and influencing others is the appetizer and the “thank-you” is the dessert. What’s the main item on the leader’s menu? Well, I would like to propose that its the in-between stuff, where the true leader serves, inspires and produces. This is where the leader learns and reveals to others the most important truth of all… NOTHING IS TOO HARD FOR GOD!

I think of the dash on a tombstone. You’re born one year, there’s a dash and then another year. That dash represents the in-between stuff. Where life has shape and definition… where influence becomes evident. That dash is our life! As a spiritual leader in God’s Kingdom, it’s the in-between stuff… when nobody is looking, that makes all the difference.

Beginnings:

As leaders, we often work on the “beginning”: a new program needs to be launched, an organizational meeting must be announced, a committee or board needs to see your vision. The whole team longs for our input, because perception will create motivation in the beginning of something. But whatever it is, it is formed on the inside of us, in those quiet moments where we hear God.

Endings:

Can I also say we are equally excited about “endings”! We love to celebrate and appreciate jobs well done! Winding down a missions’ trip or honoring other leaders around us. It’s done with skill and finesse. There may be some bitter-sweet feelings at times, but transition pulls on our sense of accomplishment.

Still I have to say…

It’s that in-between stuff that gets done on time, keeps us up late at night and gives us grey hair… that represents the most important work! Its the bread and butter to spiritual leadership. Sometimes we call it the routine, the day-to-day grind or the grunt work, but it is the substance of our offering to God. Its what must be done by faith! The smallest decisions, the little activities, the stuff no one really thinks about… but cannot live without. Its the stuff that requires prayer, God’s counsel and lots of self examination. Its this stuff, between public moments that define us. That’s where spiritual leadership comes together!

Life-Changing Prayer

“And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment, that you may approve the things that are excellent, that you may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ, being filled with the fruits of righteousness which are by Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.” (Phil. 1:9-11)

THIS IS ONE POWERFUL LIFE-CHANGING PRAYER!

1. Pray that love will abound! That our love for God and others would overflow like a river! We always need to increase in holy love! We need to fellowship in the burning heart of God… not a mushy compromising love, but an unselfish love; that reaches out to others! With the same intensity of love Jesus loved us as He loved the Father… and then He tells us to abide in His love! (Jn. 15:9)

2. Pray for entrance into a love that begins with Him! It’s full of spiritual knowledge and deep revelations of truth. We need to grow in our knowledge of God and in our communion with Him. Pray for increased wisdom, increased revelation and increased passion… something that produces and multiplies!

3. Pray for a discerning godly love! The kind that never fails! God’s people need discernment. We must approve things that are excellent. This means to recognize the highest and the best, to understand what really matters and to make right choices. We need moral and spiritual discernment. The phrase “in all judgment” means with all spiritual discernment. Seeing as through the eyes of heaven, means living out of our spirit-man.

4. Pray that we will be ’sincere’! This word means ‘pure ‘ …without any mixture of evil. We must be real, genuine believers with nothing to hide. Your life must be consistent no matter what. Without offense and blameless our lives must not cause others to fall into sin. A blameless life is free from moral scandal. This word “blameless” does not mean sinless perfection, but a life that is growing in godliness and is consistent in pleasing God; not causing offense to others. Pray that my life will not be a stumbling block to anyone who names the name of Christ, nor a road block to those who are still searching for truth! Our conduct should be honest and honorable! We must be people of unquestioned integrity.

5. Pray that we live a fruitful life! Filled with the fruit of righteousness. This includes all the fruit of the Holy Spirit. We must grow in godly character that flows from a right relationship with God.

6. The end result – Glory! ‘The glory and praise of God. This kind of life pleases God and honors Christ. When people see us, are they able to see the effect of life-changing prayer? Glory to Glory transformation, is the result of more than just having a “little talk with Jesus”… it is the effectual fervent prayer of the righteous man that availeth much (Jms. 5:16).

So… pray for me, pray for my family, pray for my ministry, but pray this prayer in faith… and God will do more than we can ask or imagine (Eph. 3:20), Hallelujah!

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