YCCM PT 3 CH 11 THE HEART OF A CHILD: A CALL TO LEADERSHIP

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“LEADERSHIP DOES NOT MEAN THAT YOU ARE IN CONTROL.   

LEADERSHIP MEANS THAT YOU ARE ACCOUNTABLE TO GOD IN EVERY AREA OF YOUR LIFE.”  

PART III THE HEART OF A CHILD

Chapter 11

A CALL TO LEADERSHIP

God is calling for those willing to deny themselves, dying to the flesh; desiring to worship Him in Spirit and in Truth.   He is offering abundant and eternal life; a changed mind and a renewed spirit.  He is opening up the doors of His Kingdom and raising-up leaders to pour out over the world; leaders who will grow in Christ’s love and holiness; leaders who will be transformed to become like Christ and become Kingdom Leaders.

To grow in Christ, is to increase in faith, and to live producing the fruits of the Spirit; transformation that begins inside and spreads to the outside.  Producing disciples, who are no longer of the world, clinging to worldly things.

God is looking for leaders who are not afraid to look in the mirror and be truly changed, humbled, obedient and accountable to Him.

God is looking for leaders who are not afraid of men and of the world; who know what it means to walk through the valley of death and fear no evil–OVERCOMERS!

Truly, as we look at the world around us, it is filled with sin–the precursor of death.  Many who have not overcome, because of their own weaknesses and insecurities, choose to build up walls and false doctrine to keep out what they are afraid to meet head on.  They place themselves in a controlled and seemingly sacrificial environment and live within an illusion of humbleness and godliness.  

God is looking for leaders who do not walk in false humility; who do not operate in grey areas and justify their actions as good deeds.  God is looking for leaders who do not try to hide behind the Word of God, but carry the Word forward as a Light and Sword.  

God is looking for leaders who truly believe in His Word and His Power; who do not try to limit His Power, because of their own weaknesses.  

God is looking for leaders who walk in the Light, move in the Spirit, worship in Spirit and in Truth; who fall on their knees and pour out their heart; who weep, laugh, and cry out, because they truly know the Joy of the Lord; who are not afraid to dance before the world for their God; who are not afraid to take back the land and the abundant life that was promised to them.  

Yes, God is looking for leaders who are not afraid to die to themselves and live abundantly in Christ. God is looking for leaders who will truly love ALL of His people, with the heart of a child; looking beyond their faults to see their needs.

AN END TO BLIND WILL

Our will leads us blindly down the path of destruction.  God cannot use those who refuse to submit to His Will.  He will take their blessing and give it to another who will pursue Him wholeheartedly and surrender all. 

God will change the world by creating new leaders that will be accountable to Him.  Today’s leaders do not understand leadership. 

LEADERSHIP DOES NOT MEAN THAT YOU ARE IN CONTROL.   

LEADERSHIP MEANS THAT YOU ARE ACCOUNTABLE TO GOD IN EVERY AREA OF YOUR LIFE.  

Leadership means that God has made you His vessel to implement a vision and plan and most importantly to be remembered, it means that God has made you ACCOUNTABLE TO HIM FIRST!

  

Our cross—our calling, as leaders, is to equip the saints and free the captives; and that freedom is found in the Truth of God. 

Christ chose twelve to change the world through faith and belief; and sent many more out to heal and spread the Gospel.  He showed us that one man, through the power of God can overcome any obstacle and affect millions.   

If ever the world needed to see Christ, it is today, when we are on the cusp of self-destruction through moral decay.  Young lives are being corrupted, misused, thrown away and destroyed before they have even had a chance to live.

Still, we choose to shun the tough issues, such as child sex slavery and pornography.  We are too busy supporting their cohorts; celebrating gay pride and marriage; drug legalization; trying to prove we are politically correct; and supporting movies, television, celebrities and politicians who are doing everything they can to corrupt the rest of the world.

Everyone is looking for things to get better in the world, but what are we doing personally, to insure that it will happen? God is the change that the world needs, but first, He has to change you.

THE CHALLENGE 

God has a challenge for you.  Each day, when you arise and thank Him for another day; before you leave the house; or begin your day, look into the mirror and ask yourself, “Do I see Christ?”  If you see the Son, then, you also see the Father. 

If not, then, humble yourself and make a decision to surrender all to God; to die to self and let Him make you over and transform you into a new being.  Make a decision to become an ambassador for the Kingdom, wherever you are.  

Make a decision to stand with others who are standing firm for God and Kingdom principles.  Obey Him like Jesus, with the heart of a child, putting all your trust in Him. Let the world see Christ and truly believe that you are changing the world each and every moment, because you have brought God’s Kingdom and Will to Earth. The body and the space that you occupy, belongs to the Kingdom!

Let Him use you, my brothers and sisters.  Yes, the world will rebuke you and scorn you, but God will comfort you and give you strength and peace to endure.  

If you believe, without a shadow of a doubt that you have given yourself to God and His Holy Spirit lives within you, you have the power to make a positive and lasting change in someone’s life; to change the world and let His Kingdom come. 

TRUST HIM, with the heart of a child. LET HIM USE YOU!

Be not afraid. You are not alone. He is with you! He will deliver you!

AMEN

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SELF REFLECTION: A Look in the Mirror

Once again, when we look at Jesus’ parables, He is challenging us to examine where our heart lies. Closely examining your heart, answer the questions below.

DISCUSS your answers with a mature Believer who can guide you in your spiritual relationship with Jesus and our Father, and/or have group discussions to learn from those who have different experiences and perspectives.

QUESTIONS: Write down your questions and discuss them with a mature Believer or submit them to this blog.

1. How do you choose those who will lead you?

2. Does this line up with how God chooses leaders?

3. How do you think others view you as a leader? Does this line up with how God sees leaders?

4. How would you rate yourself as a leader? Why?

5. How can you become a better leader? 

6. Do you fear what man can do to you or what others think of you?

7. Do you prepare yourself each day to lead; spending time in prayer and study of God’s Word?

8. Do you truly have a heart for all people? 

9. Can you die to self–your flesh daily, giving your will and life to God?

10.Do you abide in Christ to be made perfect in love?

11.Do you listen to the voice of your Heavenly Father and obey His Will and Way?

12.Do you walk by faith and not by sight?

13.Do you hunger for holiness and righteousness within yourself and desire it in the lives of others?

14.When you look into the mirror or reflect upon the image you portray, do you see Christ? 

15.Do you check to see if you are fully dressed, wearing the Armor of God?

16.Are you ready to bear GOOD fruit?

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REFERENCED SCRIPTURE 

Galatians 5:22-23 New International Version (NIV)

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love,joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 

23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

Matthew 7 King James Version (KJV)

7 Judge not, that ye be not judged.

2 For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.

3 And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?

4 Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye?

5 Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.

6 Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.

7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:

8 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

9 Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone?

10 Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent?

11 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?

12 Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.

13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:

14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.

16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?

17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.

18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.

19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.

20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.

21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.

22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?

23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:

25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.

26 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:

27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.

28 And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at his doctrine:

29 For he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.

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