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Leadership – Letting Go
If your leader has ordained or affirmed you, then that leader is saying that they trust you enough to be mature enough to go forth and do the work you have been called to do. If they have to yet hold your hand, walk you through every step, to continue to give you solutions to problems that you are suppose to be mature enough to solve, then you need to return to the nest.
When a leader publicly declares that you are equipped to go forth into the earth, they are expecting you to be able to handle the warfare that is connected to your calling. They are only to be there to lend a helping hand, not to continue to hold your hand like a child.
Too many people in positions of spiritual adulthood, are yet expecting their leader to treat them like a child. A excellent teacher knows that in order for you to learn, they have to let you figure out how to get the solution to the problem on your own, from the lessons they have taught.
It’s not the teacher’s job to follow you personally, to make sure you apply the lessons they have taught, but they trust that once they elevate you, you will take the lessons you been taught and use them throughout life to help you succeed.
Many times in ministry, those who have been sent forth are yet looking for their leader to be right there every step of the way, and they don’t understand it, when the leader diminishes their parental role of spiritual guidance in their journey. They don’t completely shut themselves out, but they have to give the student the opportunity to learn how to trust themselves with the things they been taught, so that they can advance even the more in who and what they have been called to do.
It is often during these times, that those who have been sent forth, begin to feel as if their spiritual leader has abandon them and no longer cares about them. They think they have been forsaken, when in fact they are being shown the highest honor and respect, because their leader has confidence and assurance in them to be successful in the work they are doing.
The leader is there during the critical times of their walk, but they have become so familiar with having their presence, until often they become resentful of that leader, because they are no longer such a visual or physical force in their life.
Relationships have been severed and misunderstandings develop because many don’t comprehend or embrace this season of flying and using their own wings. They see their leader as a person of betrayal, because now they are not allowed easy access to them.
People, know your leader doesn’t love or care for you any less, but if they don’t allow you space and time to realize you can do the job on your own, with the help of The Lord, you will find yourself spiritually crippled and spiritual deformed because your dependency will be on them and not on God.
Let their hand go and you will find out that you can really fly and make it without the comfort of the nest! Remember it’s the leader’s job to teach and train you and send you out. You can’t go and do the work of The Lord if you afraid to leave the nest and build your own.
Leadership – Obedience in all things
The Spirit of The Lord has me studying the Old Testament concerning the character and attributes of God and His relationship with the leaders. As I read over and over, I have formed a deeper more intimate understanding of obedience unto The Lord.
God was so precise and detailed in His instructions to His people. He gave them instructions as to even how He wanted His house built. I looked at even when He told Noah to build the ark, how He gave measurements, the type of material to use, what to use in it, and exactly how He needed it done.
With David He was very peculiar in even the utensils and furniture that were to be used in the building of His house. He spoke to Moses even concerning the garments the priest were to wear to minister unto The Lord and to go before the people. Everything had to be consecrated and sanctified and presented as holy.
It is important that we understand that God doesn’t want us to treat the house that we build in His name casual or with disrespect. Everything we do in the name of The Lord we need to inquire of The Lord how He wants it done. We are just doing things without God’s approval or understanding of how He wants things done.
I’m reading much about David right now, and his leadership and the establishment of everything concerning the building of the vision of a house for God. God established the administration, from who cleans, to who leads worship, who was to be over the treasury, to who was not allowed to hold a position. God gave the directions and instructions, and David followed them.
Today, people don’t ask God’s approval concerning these things. They don’t seek God before they set people in positions. They don’t ask the approval of God concerning who is to handle the sacred things in the house of God.
The Spirit of The Lord spoke to me and said, “I told you how I wanted you to work the vision. How I wanted the work I’ve given into your hand to be performed.”
He said, “Remember the blueprint of the vision. If you don’t do it according to My specification, it can’t accomplish what I want from it.”
So this morning, I’m regrouping some things and putting things into the total order of God. There are some things that must be rearranged and put back into order.
As long as the leaders did what God told them, it prospered. But when they begin to listen to the voice of those that gave advise from their intellect and carnal knowledge, they had hardship.
Sometimes we have been given the instructions that may seem outrageous to those around us, but it’s profitable for the work that God has given us to do.
People, before we do anything, we need to inquire of The Lord to see if we are allowed to do it.
SERIOUS NOTE: Something that really stood out with me concerning David, was that God gave him the instructions concerning the building of the house, but he wasn’t allowed to build it, just to provide for the building and to leave the instructions of how God wanted it done.
Sometimes the vision or work you have been shown, is for someone else to do. All God want you to do is to provide the provision for the vision and instruct the person in how to build and carry out the plan for it to be done.
~ Apostle Barbara R. Thomas
|Apostle Barbara R. Thomas is founder of I Come to Heal Ministries, A Woman’s touch Ministry, The Next Dimension Global Outreach Ministries and Spoken Word School of Ministry and she is on a mission travelling the world proclaiming the Gospel for soul to be won to the Kingdom of God. She has a mandate on her life to help brings others to their divine purpose.|