The Spiritual Leader Volume 3

 We are a nation and a world desperate for men and women of God to lead.  Today you begin or continue that journey.  As Joshua directed the people of Israel I also direct you, “Choose this day who you will serve.”  As leaders in this modern world we can be tempted to follow the latest fad or chase after money, fame or power.  Will you serve those idols or will you choose to serve the King of Kings and Lord of Lords?

Read Nehemiah chapter 1

 Many doubt that they have any value.  Almost every day I hear people with excuses.  One morning while I was sitting in court waiting to offer services to those who would be better served through life rehabilitation rather than jail a woman was called forward with a ticket of not having tags on her license plate.  She had actually gotten two tickets in five days.  First she blamed the first officer for only giving her a ticket.  Then she blamed the auto dealer for selling her the car.  Ultimately, she simply had to pay the fine and move along.  My point is that we all have reasons and excuses for any short coming.  We must get past that.    We must recognize our value and live within that value if we want to fulfill God’s will in our lives.  When we live from a place of excuses and disappointment we are living in the lies of His enemy.  He came to steal, kill and destroy.  He is a liar, a very convincing liar, but a liar none the less.

Why do so many Spiritual Leaders believe His lies? How is it that I so often believe the negative things that Satan tells me and dismiss the things of God?

What if David listened when they tried to convince him that there was no way he could defeat Goliath? What if Gideon stayed hidden in the well trying to harvest his wheat?  What if Jesus would have submitted to the devil when he was in the dessert fasting?  Choose this day who you will serve.  Serve Him first and all of the other things will be added to you as well.

God does not offer excuses. He simply loves you and thinks that you are awesome.  Check out what He says through Zechariah.

For this is what the LORD Almighty says: "After the Glorious One has sent me against the nations that have plundered you--for whoever touches you touches the apple of his eye—Zechariah 2:8

What if you began to look at yourself as the Lord’s beloved. With that in mind realize that you are more than:

- The roles that you play.

- You are not the job that you have.

- You are not your past.

You are deeply loved by God. No excuses.  No failure.  Know who you are.  I am a child of God.  I am nobility because I am fearfully and wonderfully made.  I live secure in His love and that my friend makes me a better leader.  Do you doubt the difference that can make?  Check out the differences between King David and King Saul.  Saul was insecure and frightened through most of his reign.  David simply rested in the security of the fact that God loved him.  Who would you rather be?  Who would you rather have as a boss?  As you answer that consider Saul tried to kill David who was his employee of the year.

Genesis 1:27 tells us that we were created as image bearers of God. I challenge you to live like it.  Additionally, treat those that you lead like they too are image bearers of God. (They are by the way.  Even if they are not believers.  Even if their behaviors are less than glorious.  They bear the image of the Creator. )  Treat them as if they reflect the majesty of God.  If you can do that it will make all of the difference in your leadership and in your ability to impact the world.

The Spiritual Leader is looking for where God is moving and then going to join Him. God is still active in our world, despite what is often portrayed by the modern media.  Open your eyes.  If you still cannot see I encourage you to ask the Lord of the Harvest to give you eyes to see and ears to hear.

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