Journey of Leadership is a Daily Devotional to help Leaders remain focused, faithful and fruitful in their Leadership Assignment
Early Influence of the Spirit
Early advantage to be under a right teacher can make a huge difference in a young person's life.
Some years back, my elder brother was invited to my Campus Fellowship for a ministration. It was a great time with the Lord. But before he came up to preach, I had the privilege to bring the first word of exhortation.
While I was doing this, I noticed my brother gave his total concentration, looking at me with a kind of amazement on his face. But I did not understand why until we finished the entire Programme.
By the time we finished and he was about entering the car with his wife and children, he stopped and look straight to my eyes. Then he said to me, "I want to thank God for your life brother. How I wished I had this kind of opportunity to know and serve the Lord during my own undergraduate days, I won't be where I am today."
He looked and said something which I vowed to keep in my heart forever. He said, "You have an early advantage and if you continue like this, your future is already secured in God."
I want to talk to you about understanding the advantage of early influence of the Spirit.
Of course, I know some of us that will read this devotion are advanced in years. But God can still use us to step into this critical role of bringing young people under the early influence of the Holy Spirit.
Most people who are called to children, teenage and youth development ministries don't really know the weight of the assignment that has been committed to them.
I see today how some believers who are privileged to be in secular teaching profession don't understand that they have more than a career that simply fetches them monthly salary. They have a calling to plead to God that no child will pass through them who will not come under early influence of the Holy Spirit.
For many of us that are parents, we have nothing to boast about if we don't seek the Lord for help that our children will come under early influence of the Holy Spirit.
The most important impact we can make on the next generation is not just the great education we can give to them. It is making them to come under the early influence of the Holy Spirit.
Raising agents of God's wonders in every generation begins with this important matter the Lord is dealing with in this devotion. It begins with the labour to see our young people come under early influence of the Holy Spirit.
David said in Psalm 71:17 MSG, "You got me when I was an unformed youth, God, and taught me everything I know. Now I'm telling the world your wonders.
Father, Give us burden, vision and the heart for raising young people early for Your Use!
"The most important impact we can make on the next generation is not just the great education we can give to them. It is making them to come under the early influence of the Holy Spirit."
Spirit Taught Leadership: Who is Your Teacher?
Who is your teacher?
If you are to understand who a person is, simply check the teacher and teachings that exerts so much authority over the person.
Everyone is a product, an outcome and direct manifestation of the influences that comes from teachings and teachers.
Those who underrate the role of teachings and teachers are yet to understand the reality of how human behaviour, philosophy, values and spirituality are formed and fixed.
Personally, I have learnt to find out why people are who they are. Why they behave in a particular way and why it is difficult for some people to respond to change.
The bottom line is always the kind of teaching that has formed their thinking or the teachings they are currently exposed to.
That's why I'm always interested to know the books people read, the person they mostly quote or refer to when they talk.
When I see a leader or an emerging leader, I can easily describe who you are or the kind of person you are becoming by simply discovering who your teacher is.
Of course, some people have many teachers like apostle Paul said. Yet, you realize they have traits traceable to those various teachers.
For instance, when I discovered the nature and direction of my leadership calling in Christ, I began to see the necessity for the following.
1. The need to audit the teachings that shaped my growing up biologically and educationally.
2. The need to audit religious teachings I was exposed to while growing up.
3. The need to understand human teachers I will need for what the Lord wants to do with my life.
But in all of these needs, a time came that the Lord specifically showed me the greatest need of my life and leadership assignment which must be based on the Spirit Taught.
This Spirit Taught Life and Leadership has been the pillar of my life and is still the only way I find strength to live and lead every day.
In this devotion series, Spirit-Taught Life and Leadership, we will be responding to the ministry of the Greatest Teacher - The Holy Spirit.
I'm trusting Him to expose us deeper into our need of Him in this area.
The Spirit-taught Life and Leadership is the answer to our abiding in Christ. It is the only way we can really manifest God and His Kingdom.
Father, Thank you for giving us Your Spirit that we may be taught of You!
"Everyone is a product, an outcome and direct manifestation of the influences that comes from teachings and teachers."
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Growth Challenge: Don't be a Spectator
Sometimes we think some spiritual leaders are no longer humans. We see them as people whose level of spirituality is unattainable.
Especially in Africa, we have so much idolized spiritual leaders by making them objects of worship rather than examples of faith we have been called to follow.
In Hebrews 13:7, we are commanded to be imitators of the faith of our spiritual leaders, not to make them objects of worship.
One of the reasons most believers are not growing spiritually in this dispensation is because they are not imitators of their spiritual leader's faith.
Let's see what Hebrews 13:7 says in Amplified version.
"Remember your leaders, for it was they who brought you the word of God; and consider the result of their conduct (the outcome of their godly lives), and imitate their faith (their conviction that God exists and is the Creator and Ruler of all things, the Provider of eternal salvation through Christ, and imitate their reliance on God with absolute trust and confidence in His power, wisdom, and goodness)."
The Body of Christ will move beyond a religious institution into what we truly represent if we can start calling believers to become faith IMITATORS rather than faith SPECTATORS.
The early disciples of Christ grew to become apostolic leaders that changed the world because they were IMITATORS, not SPECTATORS of the faith of Christ.
I want to challenge Christian Leaders to STOP raising disciples who are SPECTATORS and start labouring to make disciples who are IMITATORS of their FAITH in CHRIST.
This is how we can change the world for Christ in this end of the age.
Now, what are we to IMITATE in the faith of others or challenge others to IMITATE in our faith?
The Scripture above says we should consider the result of the conduct of our spiritual leaders, which is the outcome of their godly lives and imitate their faith.
So, a leader must have a godly life that is worthy of imitation. This is what spiritual conduct is about.
Instead of being a spectator who only seeks the dividends of the anointing over your spiritual leader, choose to first become the imitator of the leader's spiritual conduct and you will begin to have the same result that flows from his conduct.
Also, let leaders ensure they manifest godly living that is worthy of imitation and capable of producing right results in the lives of those who will choose to imitate their faith.
Father, help us to be Christlike faith imitators, not spectators!
"A leader must have a godly life that is worthy of imitation. This is what spiritual conduct is all about."
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Make Your Life Worth Living
Make Your Life Worth Living - January 25 - Leadership Devotional
We can never find God with our natural senses!
That's the realm God does not live. He is a Spirit and those who will connect, walk, find and flow in Hìm must be as He is.
One of the greatest errors of our time among believers is what we have settled with. We have been so comfortable with whom God has not made us.
We seek, labour and passionately pursue fulfilment outside the boundary that God has placed us.
We have an enemy that is drawing away our attention from the true source of life to that very tree whose fruit kills rather than make life worth living.
As a follower and reader of this Devotional, I know there is something about you that is yearning and longing for life beyond the ordinary.
You can't be committed to reading this kind of quarry site words if you don't want to see your life becoming exactly who God created you to be.
That's why I have been entrusted with this assignment by the Lord to bring you into the very experience that will bring out God's best in you.
My challenge to you now is, you must be desperate to make your life worth living.
This desperation is beyond the mundane pursuit of having more money, using latest cars, seeking fame and every success the world offers.
I'm calling you to a desperation to make your life worth living for Christ.
This is the desperation you need!
Life that counts is not in the count of its years but what the years count for!
Let your life count for what the life of Christ counted for.
The GLORY of GOD.
But the firm foundation of a life worth living is Living Daily by Faith in Christ.
This is the life of the Spirit. It is life that daily adhere, rely and completely trust in Jesus.
That's the way to make your life worth living. It must be a life lived daily by faith and submission to the will of God.
Such life will surely and constantly bring Glory to Christ.
I have chosen this life and resolved to lead others into commitment to the same path.
This life was also chosen by Paul as he mentioned in Galatians 2:20.
It was one of the greatest choices that made apostle Paul a leader whose life became an example of a life worth living.
May this be your testimony also.
Father, help us to make our life worth living for Your Greater Glory!
"The firm foundation of a life worth living is Living Daily by Faith in Christ."