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Faithfulness to Serve

Leadership Training Part 4—Faithfulness to Serve

Do You Want to Win?

A Christian is not a true leader unless they are faithful to God, and fulfill the purpose He gave them.  In being faithful, you are pressing towards reaching a goal, and the reward is a kingdom prize (Philippians 3:13).  Treasures and rewards are appealing to Christians, and are often the motivator for one to begin a mission for the Lord.  But through the course of time and trials, many get weak, distracted and tired—failing to complete the assignment God gave them.  Always remember that God is impressed with how you finish the course, not the way you begin.

Let’s Get Prepared

To be a successful leader, you need your manual (Bible) and tools (fruits of the Spirit-Galatians 5:23).  Let’s look at faithfulness, which is one of the fruits of the Spirit.  Faithfulness stems from your love for God.  Here is my definition—faithfulness means to be there, to get the prize, to never leave or stop (1Corinthians 9:23). 

As a Christian, you should be growing consistently from one spiritual level to the next.  Faithfulness and progression go hand in hand.  Unfortunately, the church has cast faithfulness in a negative light.  When we hear the word “faithful”, many link it to lots of hard work with no pay.  But according to the Lord’s standards, blessings attached to faithfulness.  As you remain committed to your purpose, you can always anticipate the next prize and promotion.  And remember, the next promotion is always better than the last one.    

What Are the Perks?

There’s a lot of talk about being faithful, so what’s in it for you?  The prize, that Paul speaks of in Philippians 3:13, is the multifaceted benefit of God’s presence and power that allows you to participate in His divine nature.  This prize is worth much more than money because it’s a spiritual gift.  As you grow in the ways of the Lord, He will allow you to be like Him.   After experiencing His presence, you will walk more confidently in His power, and see life the way He does.  Like a diamond, there are many facets to God, and you can’t understand Him all at once.  As you are faithful to the Lord, you will be elevated in Him.  Just continue seeking and trusting in Him. 

Be Committed

Elisha (2 Kings 2:1), Jonathan, friend of Kind David, (1Samuel 18), and the Ten Virgins (Matthew 25:1-13) are wonderful examples of being faithful.  They were committed to their assignment no matter the hardship.  As you continue in kingdom leadership, you too will have many valid reasons and opportunities to stop in the work He gave you.  Just remember that God looks for those who press, endure, and know how to be faithful (Revelation 2:25). 

Be prepared to encounter obstacles and distractions. Your progression dilutes satan’s agenda. Obstacles are anything that stops you from getting the kingdom prize in the end.  Some examples are physical weariness and personal attacks.  Satan looks for strategic times to hinder your kingdom work.   Challenges will arise as well.  The most common two are fear and enticement.  Remember the disciple Judas?  He was enticed by his love of money, and ended up losing his life and kingdom position.  Resist temptation through prayer and maintaining your faith. 

So when is your kingdom assignment over?  Two answers: when you die or when God releases you.  Always keep in mind Who you are serving and why because, it will encourage you maintain loyalty to God.   So go on, keep your eye on the prize of the kingdom, and you will see the power and presence of God in your life.  As long as you continue being faithful, He will continue rewarding you.

Love,

Pastor Joyce

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Be On Guard!

May 20, 2010

Leadership Training-Protect Your Purpose Part 4

The safest place in the world is fulfilling your God-ordained purpose.   Your purpose is the life you were born to live—it’s the reason you exist!   It is the assignment you were given long before you came to the earth.  God has got you covered when you are walking in your purpose—the one He assigned for you (Romans 8:28).  So, do you know exactly what yours is? 

Common Mistakes to Discovering Your Purpose

Many people spend their lives running after careers, tied up in fruitless relationships or grabbing at success.  The best years of their lives fade away and they never find out their true calling.  Many people mistake their career for their purpose.  Or sometimes, they have an idea of what they are called to do, but don’t have specific details.  Others override what God is saying, decide to do what they want and call it purpose. Then there is the copy cat syndrome. This means that a person is not satisfied with their purpose, so they imitate somebody else.  Finally, there are those people who are called to a supportive position of helping others (the number two spot), but get sidetracked and prefer to be the leader.  To avoid all of those pitfalls, be sure do what God has called you to do!

How Do You Discover Your Purpose?

4 Easy Steps

In your pursuit to discovering what God wants you to do, keep in mind that He’s not going to reveal the massive plan all at once.  Discovering your purpose is like the bread crumb theory.  Just follow the crumb–every leading of the Holy Spirit, and the Lord will unfold His plan as you continue to mature and trust in Him.

1.       Admit that you have a purpose (Acts 17:24).

2.       Ask God what is your purpose (James 1:5).

3.       Seek your purpose rather than your own personal agenda. Be sure not to live your life for provision (a job, a house or food).  Instead, delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you everything you need and want.

4.       Discern and trust God’s voice over your desires (John 10:28). 

Living the life that God created you for is a wonderful experience.  In your purpose is inner peace, confidence and joy (Ephesians 4:11).  And it’s not just for you.  As you walk in your calling, you will connect with the people God has put in your path.  You being in your purpose determines other people’s fate. 

Protecting Your Purpose

Your ultimate life is right around the corner, and now you are ready to do what the Lord has called you to!  But be on guard, because the enemy is right here, ready to steal your destiny.  You fulfilling your purpose means wrecking his agenda.   Some of his most common weapons are:

1.       Attack and crisis.  Don’t let the devil stop your kingdom agenda (Mark 4:35).

2.       Financial lack

3.       Life threatening crisis (Emotional trauma, abuse, and death of loved ones).

4.       Being ambitious (Lack of a mentor in your life.  It’s okay to get Godly advice).

Remember you have the victory in Christ Jesus and He has given you everything you need to overcome the enemy.  God assigned you a purpose because He knows that you are able to fulfill it.  Walking in your purpose keeps the favor of God flowing in your life.

Don’t forget to do your homework!  Complete the purpose questionnaire to help you find out exactly what the Lord wants you do to! 

Living the Best Life,

Pastor Joyce Oliver.

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Step Up to the Plate

 Leadership Training – Commitment and Passion Part 3

Are you ready to be a leader?  Are you prepared to step up for God and stand in the gap for the people who yet need to be lead in His kingdom (Ezekiel 22:29)?  We can’t have success in the kingdom of God or even the natural world without effective leadership.  What if our country had no government, what would our lives be like? The government, the leadership, helps maintain order.   Demonic activity like crime, pain and suffering are rampant because Christians are not taking hold of their rightful place of leadership.  Always remember that somebody needs you (John 4:23).

 God keeps calling for leaders because it is rare for Christians to assume the role.  There are several reasons why more Christians don’t lead.  God is not real to them, or they are self centered and want only a few, particular people in the kingdom.  Also, some Christians simply lost their passion for Jesus.  Do you fall in any of those categories? 

Let’s change this way of thinking today!  Let the Lord be the object of your passion (Matthew 13:44).  Your commitment to leadership stems directly from your passion and intimacy with God.  When you are passionate about Him, everything in your life will work to your good.  As you maintain that passion, the Lord will teach you His style of leadership.  He will reveal different levels of His leadership and the mysteries to making it effective.    

When you are distant from God, trouble is lurking (2 Timothy 3:2).  Make sure that He has your attention.  We owe our commitment to the Lord. He loved us more than Jesus. Your commitment to the Lord will yield a harvest far greater than you could ever imagine. Don’t be lax in just wanting “enough.”  Let that passion rise up in you for the sake of the Lord.  When you do, you’ll never be the same.  That’s because your focus will be on Him and leading the world to a life of righteousness.

 Don’t forget to do your homework!  Complete the grid so you will find out exactly where your time is going! 

Living the Best Life  -Pastor Joyce Oliver

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