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
January 20, 2009
Over the next week I will be talking briefly about the 5 signs which are prevalent in the life of a mission minded leader according to Nehemiah 4. A mission minded leader is someone who is on a mission for God, and who has trained and equipped other’s to help him/her complete that mission. Thus, their only reason for living is to complete the work which God has called them to. And Nehemiah paints us a beautiful portrait of that.
The First sign that is noticeable in a mission minded leader is prayer: We see in (Neh. 1:5-10) He prays a prayer of repentance and intercession for himself and the children of Israel: We see in (Neh. 2:4) where he prays that he might present the right petition to the king. However, I want to concentrate on the fourth chapter of Nehemiah. Where he prays to the Father when facing his enemies in (Neh. 4:4, 5); you see Nehemiah understood that he couldn’t deal with his enemies on his own; he understood that his enemies were way too crafty and deceitful to try to take on without God. In fact, Nehemiah understood that he wasn’t smart enough, fast enough or strong enough to deal with his enemy apart from the power of God. And we too must understand that apart from God we don’t have what it takes to defeat the Devil. He has been around too long; he has had the opportunity to study generation after generation of man; and he is enemy number one of man whom the Lord calls the strong man. Thus, it will take consistent and persistent prayer to defeat this enemy. Therefore, as Christians we should become comfortable with prayer. It is sign number 1 of a mission minded leader.
God Bless You
January 16, 2009
To become overwhelmed is to be upset. It means to be overcome by superior force or numbers; it is to be overpowered in thought or feeling. And the fact is that life can cause us to be overwhelmed sometimes. Family, friends, work, ministry and financial situations can cause things to get a little out of control sometimes. However, when we find ourselves overwhelmed there is an answer to getting the victory and his name is Jesus. When King David found himself in such a state he said “From the ends of the earth will I cry unto thee when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to a rock that is higher than I (Psalm 61:2)”. The fact is the Lord has a way of causing us to rise above our circumstances. He has a way of causing us to see being overwhelmed as a way to get closer to him. He has a way of causing us to see being overwhelmed from another point of view, and that’s his point of view. The truth is that I will never say that we won’t be overwhelmed; however, there is a God that tells us “there is nothing too hard for him”. Thus, if you are overwhelmed today, cry out to the Lord in prayer; open your mouth and give him praise; give your feelings of being overwhelmed back to him. Remember (1 Peter 5:7) says “Casting all your cares upon him for he cares for you”. The Lord really does care for you, and He cares if you are overwhelmed.
God Bless You
January 14, 2009
There is power in agreement. If you can get at least two people working together on anything you have the ability to see power. However, if you can get two or more gathered in prayer in the name of Jesus they can do supernatural things. They have the ability to do exceedingly and abundantly more than they could ask or think. We see that power of agreement in the prayer life of the apostles in the book of Acts. These men of God mobilized themselves in an upper room and as the bible says “They all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren” (Acts 1:14), and ushered the Holy Ghost right into the midst of the church, and the body of Christ hadn’t been the same since. We need to thank God for these pioneers of faith because all though they had been told by Jesus that the Holy Ghost would come, they didn’t just take it for granted. They didn’t decide it was business as usual; thus, they didn’t just go back to their mundane lives and when the Spirit comes it comes. No, they went to a place together and set their mind on Jesus and bombarded heaven with prayer to the degree that the Holy Spirit could do nothing else but come in a hurry with the sound of a rushing mighty wind. We need to thank God for the faithful who have come before us and paved a path for us to walk in the Spirit of God.
God Bless You.
January 13, 2009
If we are in Christ Jesus we are the light of the world. For many of us that can be a lot of pressure; however, the Christ in us is a pressure reliever. Saints of God, being the light of the world is to be different from the world; being the light of the world is to bring the light and love of Jesus into dark depressing places. To be the light of the world is to bring hope where there is hopelessness, faith where there is fear, joy where there is pain and peace where there is frustration and anxiety. It’s not that we have the power to do this in and of ourselves; however, we know the one and only Lord who can. Jesus made it plain who we were when He said in Matthew’s Gospel “Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid (Matt 5:14).” Thus, the Father desires for us to reflect the light of his son in our lives. The Lord desires and requires us to be different; He requires us to be set apart, and He requires us to bring His light into dark places. And wherever we find sin we find a dark place. Therefore, let us expose the darkness of sin to the light of Jesus, beginning with our own lives and situations because if we can’t allow this light to resonate in our own lives we will never bring that light to anyone else.
God Bless You.
January 12, 2009
True friends are hard to come by. In fact, one song writer said “Friends how many of us have them”, not many I dare say. Saints of God true friends will be with you through the good and the bad times. True friends won’t say one thing to your face and another behind your back; true friends have our best interest at heart; however, our best interest may not always be what we think is best for us. Thus, true friends will tell us the truth about ourselves whether we like it or. In fact saints we all need at least one true friend on earth, and it needs to be someone other that Jesus. We know that Jesus is a true friend but sometimes we need someone who is touchable, tangible and in our faces. A true friend will never willingly be out to hurt us.
King David thought he had a true friend as he spoke in (Psalm 55) only to discover that the friend he thought he had was not a friend at all. Here is what he said about the so called friend “For it was not an enemy that reproached me; then I could have borne it: neither was it he that hated me that did magnify himself against me; then I would have hid myself from him: But it was thou, a man mine equal, my guide, and mine acquaintance. We took sweet counsel together, and walked unto the house of God in company.” Thus, the friend that he thought he had was someone in the church; someone he fellowshipped with; someone he deemed to have known the Lord which crushed him. Saints of God true friends are hard to come by even in the church, therefore when you find one thank God for that true friend.
God Bless You.
January 9, 2009
We know that the Father seeks those who would worship Him in Spirit and in truth according to (St. John 4:23). Thus, because God has to seek out those among the many who proclaim to be born again believers there must be a shortage of true worshippers in the body of Christ. True worshippers are hard to find because true worship is about the totality of the whole man. Hence, we must not only be hearers of the word but we must be doers also, and for many it’s the doing, the obedience factor that gets in the way. However, the obedience factor is what is required to be a true worshipper. To be a true worshipper encompasses examining and controlling our thoughts, as well as our deeds. The truth is that true worshippers of God are not born to worship, because we were born in sin and shapen in iniquity; however, as we become Christians we allow the Lord to make and shape us into a true worshipper but it must be an act of our will if it is to come to fruition. It is something in which we must purposefully and intentionally engraft ourselves into. Therefore, if our minds are not made up to become true worshippers of God we never will be. We will always have a form of Godliness but never have the true power of God because He won’t put His power into anything or anyone living a life of falsehood. With that said, let us who proclaim the name of Jesus become those who are genuine in our walk with Christ, as well as our fellow man because true worship is what the Lord requires.
God Bless You.