January 26, 2009
The Fifth and Final sign we see in the life of Nehemiah’s is he always points the people back to the Lord: In (Neh.4:14) just before he tells the people of God to fight, he says to them “Remember the Lord.” And that’s really what today’s leaders should be doing in the body of Christ. They should consistently keep Jesus at the forefront of the ministry. Because we face a relentless Devil it is imperative that we remember what God has done for us; we must remember how he brought us out; how he saved our soul, and how he made us whole. We must remember the victory he brought us the last time we faced our enemy; we must remember how he brought us out of the last trial because it’s going to help us when we face the next trial. For some of us we must remember how he brought us from the brink of despair; we must remember how he delivered us from drugs and alcohol; we must remember how he delivered us from the crack pipe; we must remember how he delivered us from the grips of an abusive relationship; we must remember how he raised us up off that sick bed when the doctors said there is nothing else we can do; we must remember how he brought us out of financial ruin. We have got to remember the Lord. The Psalmist said “I would have fainted unless I had believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living; you see he was remembering the Lord. In fact, the best way to dispel fear is to remember the Lord; when you feel a little discouraged remember the Lord; when it seems all hope is gone remember the Lord. The best way to bring forth praise in the midst of a bad situation is to remember the Lord. A mission minded leader will always point us back to the Lord because the mission that God has called us too is often tough and the challenge is great, and remembering the Lord has a way of bringing us back to our senses.
God Bless You.
January 23, 2009
The Fourth sign we see in the life of Nehemiah that is a characteristic of a mission minded leader is he believed in war and taught the people to war (Neh. 4:10-14). Saints of God we have to learn how to fight back. Nehemiah taught the people of God to fight for themselves, their families, as well as others. You see if we are really going to operate in a warlike spirit, we are going to have to get past trying to only get victory in our own lives and in our own homes and begin to try to get the victory in the lives of others. If we are ever going to do something for God which makes an impact on earth, we will eventually have to get the victory in our own lives over the devil, the flesh and the world, and put ourselves in a position to fight for someone else. The Christian life is all about war; it’s all about fighting back, and we have to learn how to fight back. The bible says “For though we walk in the flesh we do not war after the flesh; for the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but are mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds” (2nd Cor. 10:3-4). Thus, there comes a time when we must begin to demand that the devil give back all he has stolen from us in Jesus name. We must command the devil to give back our sons and daughters; give us back the wealth in our health; give us back our marriages; give us back our peace of mind; give us back our joy. We must begin to put demands on the devil through the blood of Jesus to give back what he has stolen from us. We can only do that as we begin to have a warlike mentality. This is not something that happens over night in our walk with Christ. However, it is a must if we are to have a real impact in our communities.
God Bless You
January 22, 2009
The third sign we see in the life Nehemiah is teamwork: (Neh. 4:6) says “So built we the wall; and all the wall was joined together unto the half thereof: for the people had a mind to work.” Nehemiah knew that if he was going to do anything great for God; if he was going to get anything accomplished in this life that would really make an impact he was going to need some help in getting it done. You see for him this wasn’t only about rebuilding the walls of the city, but it was also about uniting and rebuilding a people, a city and a nation. It was about changing the destinies of people. And we too must understand that if we are going to do something great for God; if we are going to do something no one else in this region has done before; if we are going to do something that most people only sit around and talk about, we are going to need a team. Saints of God, we must understand that Nehemiah wasn’t just trying to have church; he was trying to change a city. And the fact is if we don’t have a mind to work then we will probably never do anything great for God because He needs workers in this vineyard, and He needs people that will agree that we are going in the same direction; “for how can two walk together unless they agree.” It’s something powerful in teamwork “for if one can put a thousand to flight, two can put ten thousand to flight.” There is something powerful about teamwork because Moses had Joshua, David had his Mighty Men of Valor, Jesus had the twelve, Adam had eve, and I got Judy (my wife). This teamwork mentality is definitely a model that God will always use because real ministry is bigger than one man/woman.
God Bless You
January 21, 2009
The second sign we see in the life of this type of leader is opposition: In other words if we are really on a God mission there will be opposition from the devil (Neh. 4:1-3, 7, 8). I don’t think Nehemiah believed that he was going to do something great for God without facing some opposition. In Fact, those who are really on a mission for the Lord will experience opposition because they are a threat to the Kingdom of Hell. And we can’t possibly believe that we are going to do something great for God without a fight on our hands. The fact is when we start messing with his stuff he’s going to mess with our stuff. And his stuff is anything that’s been wrapped up, tied up, and tangled up in sin for years. Thus, he believes that these communities and cities are his because no one has challenged him for them and he will fight back. That’s why if we going to be a part of a move of God, we need to get our families prepared, we need to get our relationships, finances and heart prepared, because whatever weakness the enemy can exploit, whatever area of our lives which seems be vulnerable, if he believes that he can get us to back up from the mission, he will attack that with a violence that we’ve never seen. The Apostle Peter puts it this way “Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trials which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ suffering; that when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy (1 PT. 4:12-13).” Therefore, if we are marching towards hell to take it by storm and we catch some hell on the way, don’t look at it as a strange occurrence. Just know that you are on the right mission and find a way to rejoice in Christ.
God Bless You