Matt 16:18 NKJV
And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.
Matt 16:18 NLT Now I say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church, and all the powers of hell will not conquer it.
“I will build my Church”…who is the church…you and me who have been immersed into the body of Christ through the new birth.
We’ve come through an epic shaking in the last 5 months: affected individuals, churches, communities, nations; indeed the whole world.
Had not the body of Christ been praying, what hell had unleashed would have had more catastrophic consequences than we have seen or heard.
For those who pray in the Holy Ghost, all things work out together for good.
You have not walked through what you walked through for nothing.
Though it’s been a stretch, the good that will come out of it is enormous.
Commonly, during testing, people have a tendency to go back inward and become an introspective people.
But I propose to you that God has been and is working through this to raise eagles out of chickens, race-horses instead of donkeys, mighty leaders instead of cowards.
In other words, this is a great time for awakening great leaders.
Let’s Go Back To The Book Of Beginnings.
(Leadership and everything began back then.)
Gen. 1:26-28 Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” 27 So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. 28 Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” NKJV
Do you realize that God gave man no other job except to be a leader? He told him to RULE AND SUBDUE THE EARTH. One translation says to govern. Dominate! Meaning the earth will turn out depending on how well we lead it.
The Message translation
Gen 1:27-28 God created human beings; he created them godlike, Reflecting God’s nature. He created them male and female. 28 God blessed them: “Prosper! Reproduce! Fill Earth! Take charge! Be responsible for fish in the sea and birds in the air, for every living thing that moves on the face of Earth.”
Be Responsible And Take Charge.
So brethren, your influence is needed and required: someone is waiting TO FOLLOW YOU or to be influenced by you.
You have the authority you have the mandate.
WHAT IS LEADERSHIP?
They say leadership is influence.
Everyone is following someone. Someone is following you whether you know it or not.
Some people have more followers on TWITTER than others. Lady Gaga had 16M. followers way back in 2012 and growing. She’s was worth $256M. Today she has 77.7 M followers and uses her platform to champion the rights of LGBT people…That’s leadership though for the side of darkness.
God has given every single one of us a sphere of influence. (Father, mother, older sibling, neighbor, head of a department, business owner, five-fold minister, helps minister etc.)
- Leadership is not just standing on the platform.
- Leadership is about giving direction
- It’s about swaying a situation for a righteous outcome. It’s about having clout.
- It’s about giving Godly guidance wherever you happen to find yourself.
What is being released from heaven today is an anointing and a grace to lead and it’s for everyone of us.
Alice Bailey (See Power of Decrees)
She lived in the late 1800 early 1900. She died in 1945. By then she had written 24 new age books. She had began by making certain decrees with a goal to get Christianity out of the world:
- Take God and prayer out of the educational system.
- Reduce parental authority over children
- Destroy the Judeo Christian family structure.
- If sex is free, then make abortion legal and make it easy
- Make divorce easy and legal: free people from the concept of marriage for life
- Make homosexuality an alternative lifestyle
- Debase art and make it run mad
- Use the media to promote and change mindsets
- Create an inter-faith movement
- Get governments to make all this law and get the church to endorse the change.
A lot of what she wrote is still being followed today; particularly in the west. It’s leadership in the kingdom of darkness. It still affects the world we live in today.
WHAT DO GREAT LEADERS DO?
Leaders do not just exist in survival mode. (One of goals of the enemy in sending the virus is to keep you in mere survival mode.)
Great leaders engineer a course of action they take hold of the steering wheel and give direction.
Sharon Storm saw a man stomp a cigarrete on a child and she reported it to the police. She found out children had no rights in Romania. She asked to go see the underground children. (Homeless unwanted kids) She was appalled by the utter degradation of those children. She began to study Romanian law in her spare time. Then raised enough money and she went back and hired two Christian Romanian lawyers and through them and through court processes and legislative acts enacted an act of law to protect the rights of children and later it was passed into law. That’s leadership.
It is time for the church to arise and lead.
In our opening Scripture, when Jesus first introduces the church:
Matt 16:18 NLT Now I say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church, and all the powers of hell will not conquer it.
HE IS BUILDING THE CHURCH WITH A PROMISE THAT HELL WILL NOT AND CAN NEVER WIN.
When the church wakes up to its leadership call, it shakes the very gates of hell.
Prov. 28:2 Because of the transgression of a land, many are its princes; But by a man of understanding and knowledge Right will be prolonged. NKJV
Prov.28:2 When there is moral rot within a nation, its government topples easily. But with wise and knowledgeable leaders, there is stability. NLT
Wise and knowledgeable leaders are found in the Church! The Spirit of understanding is in the church!
Leadership from the heart by those submitted to the leadership of the Lord Jesus has always been the solution in the world.
We must rise up as people who have the solution.
- Leaders determine the course of history.
- Leaders never accept the status quo. If it is good they make it better. It is better they make it best.
- Leaders are always watching for what is out of alignment in order to put it back into place.
- A leader is not someone you have to drag around to do their job they’re up to the task.
God is looking for those kind of people who will arise into a place of leading to equip them.
God gave us the authority to call the shots.
From the beginning He made us the head and not the tail, above and not beneath.
We are the ones that carry the solution that a desperate world needs and all the authority of hell cannot stop us.
- We have the call, the mandate and the anointing to put things right.
- Many of you sense a stirring to be a person of influence. Don’t put it off; give it attention. Lift it to the Lord and pray about it.
- We should not be leaving the most influential places in society for the enemy to fill while Jesus gave us that responsibility.
- Leaders determine the way a city goes; that is you and I.
- We need to have a mindset of leadership.
EFFECTIVE LEADERS ARE AUTHENTIC
Leaders are careful how they live. You don’t need to mimic what other leaders are doing; you are a voice and not an echo.
Great leaders don’t lead based on someone else’s revelation.
All you need is to listen on the inside and decree what you hear.
We are not an irrelevance church; we are a people with relevance.
GOD ASKS: “WHAT IS IN YOUR HAND? WHAT IS IN YOUR HEART?”
Moses had a rod. That’s what he needed to open the Red Sea with the Egyptians breathing down his neck.
- When Moses took his place as a leader, all he had to do was align with the will of God.
- He called for creation to battle in his place – He didn’t have to call for the Israelites to go to war. This was not a fleshly fight with swords and clubs.
- He knew the opposition was strong but he knew how to be attentive to how and when God was moving.
- God would speak and Moses would call for it.
God would say I will send locusts and Moses would decree the locusts are coming. Etc.
Later a different time, the strategy was different.
At that time, what Moses needed was a Brazen serpent on a pole according to God’s direction.
He didn’t use the rod. He just told the Israelites what God said: Look at the Serpent and you’d be healed.
David had a sling and five stones, that all he needed. What do you have in your hand?
Gideon had a trumpet and a torch. That’s what he needed. What you have in your hand is enough.
Joshua received an outlandish military strategy. Go around in circles for days and then make a loud noise. And Jericho fell.
What about Jehoshaphat? Send the musicians out and the enemy will fight each other.
Peter said: “Such as I have give I you…”
We have to know what we carry.
HEAR FROM GOD:
Leaders Focus On God And His Strategies And Not On The Enemy.
Leaders Walk With Their Heads Up Because They Have Heard From God.
Leaders don’t do circumstances they make things happen.
Why? They understand who they are and what their God is doing in this season. They understand the times in which they live.
The apostles said things like:
1 John 1:1-3 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, concerning the Word of life — 2 the life was manifested, and we have seen, and bear witness, and declare to you that eternal life which was with the Father and was manifested to us — 3 that which we have seen and heard we declare to you… NKJV
They talked of a life that had been manifested to them and was real to them. They were authentic.
Peter talked of:
2 Peter 1:16-18 For we did not follow cunningly devised fables when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of His majesty. 17 For He received from God the Father honor and glory when such a voice came to Him from the Excellent Glory: “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” 18 And we heard this voice which came from heaven when we were with Him on the holy mountain. NKJV
We saw His majesty on the mountain we heard the Father’s voice about Him.
The apostle Paul said:
1 Cor.11:23 For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you: that the Lord Jesus on the same night in which He was betrayed took bread… NKJV
The California governor said: “don’t sing or chant in church”.
A leader started a movement, a peaceful protest called: “Let Us Worship.” Thousands are gathering at the beach, in parks, in cities where others are rioting and worshipping God, giving testimonies, preaching, giving altar calls, baptizing the new converts right there in a large basin and moving on to the next city. Its been called the beginning of a great awakening.
All because a leader refused to sit and do nothing!
A pastor led his church to reopen against continuing threats and discrimination from the governor who allowed other protest gatherings but not church services. He called his services a “peaceful protest”. He said He must listen to the Head of the Church before government. (This was after months of unnecessary lockdowns even after covid numbers had gone down.)
JOHN THE BAPTIST
Jesus said some profound things about John the Baptist.
Luke 7:24-28 When the messengers of John had departed, He began to speak to the multitudes concerning John: “What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken by the wind? 25 But what did you go out to see? A man clothed in soft garments? Indeed those who are gorgeously appareled and live in luxury are in kings’ courts. 26 But what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I say to you, and more than a prophet. 27 This is he of whom it is written: ‘Behold, I send My messenger before Your face, Who will prepare Your way before You.’ 28 For I say to you, among those born of women there is not a greater prophet than John the Baptist; but he who is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he.” NKJV
Among those born of women: Who is not born of a woman? Only Adam and Eve. So this is everybody else.
So Jesus was saying John was greater than Moses who parted the Red Sea, greater than Abraham our father of faith, greater than David, the man after God’s own heart, greater than all the prophets that came before him: greater than Elijah who called fire down from heaven, greater than Elisha who raised the dead, Greater than Deborah who changed the order of a community, greater than Daniel who served under two kings and prayed Israel back from captivity? These people did great exploits.
With John, not even one healing recorded to his name. All we hear is a message entitled: “brood of vipers!” Then we see him baptize Jesus in the Jordan river. They say he had a six months ministry; no record of miracles.
What makes him greater than all those?
Jesus said that: those prophets spoke and wrote about Him but they didn’t know Him. But John didn’t just prophesy, he touched Jesus; He baptized Him. He had a personal face to face encounter with Jesus.
Then Jesus said something even more profound:
“…but he who is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he.”
So the person who is born again five minutes ago is greater than John and greater than everyone else John was greater than.
When you’re in Christ, you’re greater than Elijah and all the other heroes you have read about.
When are we going to rise up to our identity? All creation has been waiting for you to come forth and teach principalities and powers a lesson.
The Bible says He who is united to the Lord is one spirit with Him.
If you know this what are you doing with it? You who is a literal carrier of God are you shaken by some China virus and the resulting governmental control?
How many know it is possible to live in the midst of sin and NOT be grieved by it and do nothing?
Eli did. He saw his sons mess up in the tabernacle and just commented on it. He ended up dying in shock when they were destroyed and the ark of the Lord taken away from Israel!
God is looking for a people who will do business with Him in the spiritual realm concerning a nation and then go do what He says.
GREAT LEADERS ARE RESTLESS PEOPLE:
When Esau was cheated out of his blessing by his brother Jacob:
Gen. 27:38-40 And Esau said to his father, “Have you only one blessing, my father? Bless me — me also, O my father!” And Esau lifted up his voice and wept. 39 Then Isaac his father answered and said to him: “Behold, your dwelling shall be of the fatness of the earth, And of the dew of heaven from above. 40 By your sword you shall live, And you shall serve your brother; And IT SHALL COME TO PASS, WHEN YOU BECOME RESTLESS, THAT YOU SHALL BREAK HIS YOKE FROM YOUR NECK.” NKJV
This is a good restlessness, a dis-satisfaction, an irritation with the status quo that causes you to arise and change things. A Holy Ghost fed-up-ness.
There’s something about this restlessness that causes the Debras to arise and say: Not on my watch will this continue.
- Some of you will never go to the healing ministry until you get fed up with people suffering in pain with sickness and disease under your watch.
- Some of you will never need the discerning of spirits operating through you until you’re fed up with people being deceived and tormented by evil spirits through witchcraft.
- Some of you will be irritated enough to pray dangerous prayers when you get fed up of a virus affecting our way of life.
- Some of you won’t step into the prophetic unless you get fed up with people being deceived with horoscopes and the new age occult movement.
- Some of you won’t step into the teaching ministry until you’re fed up with people being destroyed for lack of knowledge.
- Some of you won’t step into office of the evangelist with the flow of the miraculous until you’re fed up with people dying in sin and going in hell.
May a capacity rise up in us!
Such that when they ask who rules Kenya they will answer…there’s a people that have risen out of this nation unlike old religion, whatever they say about Kenya comes to pass.
This is a season when such a shift has come into the realm of the spirit…heaven is loaded with miracles to be released to earth…waiting for leaders to arise and flow in them.
- What do you carry?
- What is God telling you?
May we be those that Jesus talked about when He said:
Matt 11:12-15 And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force. 13 For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John. 14 And if you are willing to receive it, he is Elijah who is to come. 15 He who has ears to hear, let him hear! NKJV
Let’s stir up the gift within us for such as this: time in which we live.
Cut off the counsel of the heathen and those who have sent this virus from the face of the earth!
Pray the prayer of consecration to the will of the Father for you for this day!