Dr. Kluane Spake, http://kluane.org
A message to leaders
Let's not keep going round and round on the endless farris wheel ride of same-ol' ministry. It really is a New Day! And EVERYTHING has changed.
Most leaders know that Church is different. What worked before, just isn't as effective as it was.
For sure, we know that believers are earnestly looking for "MORE." They want to see the real deal and gather with real people. They want to experience God at church, in their lives, and at work. People are tired of the "hype." They are more than tired of the false pretenses and evang-elastic words.
Hebrews 9:10 says, "They are only a matter of food and drink and various ceremonial washings-external regulations applying until the time of the NEW ORDER."
MESSAGE BIBLE says, "Under this system, the gifts and sacrifices can't really get to the heart of the matter, can't assuage the conscience of the people, but are limited to matters of ritual and behavior. It's essentially a temporary arrangement until a complete overhaul could be made."
Do we sit like blind Bartamaus not listening to what has been taught for centuries? Or do we hear the shift - God is blowing the whistle and gathering a people unto Himself. Jesus is releasing us into this new season of believing and leading.
TIME OF THE NEW ORDER. = diorthosis NT:1223 dia: reformation: NT:1357 diorthosis (dee-or'-tho-sis); from a compound of NT:1223 and a derivative of NT:3717, meaning to straighten thoroughly; rectification, i.e. (specially) the Messianic restauration.
Jesus introduced this NEW ORDER.
He gave the world everything that we needed to bring it forward. Much of these truths have been lost in the Dark ages and Middle ages. A sequence of reformation has continued up to our lifetime. Now, we stand at the fullness of time. At the brink of the dawn of a new day - chosen to user in this apostolic order of higher perception that brings forth LIFE. It is an order of wisdom, knowledge, and stability. Of greater manifestation. Correct focus.
What is NEW in your way of ministry?
Our assignment is not to find fault or criticize what has gone on before. We only need to learn from it, use what we've learned as stepping stones, and move forward. We can appreciate the value of each passing renewal that brought us to our fabulous new day.
Do you realize that you are hand picked to live and to lead in this hour? To be the first ones in the door with new understanding and new relevance! My God... your and I are the most fortunate people.
The task now is to get to where the cloud has already moved...
Principles of Reformation
1 Cor. 12:28
We've learned from the mistakes of even our recent past. Inaccurate emphasis and imbalances. The "me" selfish mentality. Mendicancy vs. Name it and claim it. Searching for the Spiritual without applying it to the temporal. Controlling and haughty leaders.
Great leaders must create an environment where the unique potential of each individual can be actualized. People will follow an ethical leader(s) who release(s) them.
Godly authority cannot be fully released to those who are not accountable for their actions and behavior.
Leaders must be consistent. Practice what you say -- or don't say it!
You must have credibility.
You must be Trustable.
You must genuinely care.
The only thing in the universe that grows without sustenance is the human ego.
Gal. 2:1 "Fourteen years after that first visit, Barnabas and I went up to Jerusalem and took Titus with us. I went to clarify with them what had been revealed to me. At that time I placed before them exactly what I was preaching to the non-Jews. I did this in private with the leaders, those held in esteem by the church, so that our concern would not become a controversial public issue, marred by ethnic tensions, exposing my years of work to denigration and endangering my present ministry. (another translation, "I wanted to make sure they did not disagree, or my ministry would have been useless.)"
Apostle Paul understood the necessity to communicate and be understood by other leaders. Do you do that?
Paul was able to say FOLLOW ME AS I FOLLOW CHRIST. Can you say that?
Well... it is a new day! Effectiveness IS dependent upon character.
HOW do you treat others?
WHAT do YOU do when they come to you for reconciliation and help? Are you a reconciler? Or do you hold hurt and unforgiveness?
Is there unresolved misunderstanding or offense with someone - that you have not deeply addressed (with them)?
Do you need to talk to someone who is waiting for you to call?
Do you look for WHY things happened and perhaps even sometimes admit the blame?
HOW do you talk and act behind their back?
HOW do you pray for them? Do you really care?
Is Koinonia real in your life?
Is loyal friendship an imperative?
Do you actually care about anything besides our own success and that of your ministry?
Is ministry a job or a passion? Is it routine or exciting?
These are things that believers are looking for! That's what your ministry friends want to know too...
Gal. 2: 19 "What actually took place is this: I tried keeping rules and working my head off to please God, and it didn't work. So I quit being a "law man" so that I could be "God's man." Christ's life showed me how, and enabled me to do it. I identified myself completely with him. Indeed, I have been crucified with Christ. My ego is no longer central. It is no longer important that I appear righteous before you or have your good opinion, and I am no longer driven to impress God. Christ lives in me. The LIFE YOU SEE ME LIVING IS NOT MINE, but it is lived by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. I am not going to go back on that." (MSG).
Prov. 14:28, The mark of a good leader (king, monarch, ruler) is loyal followers; leadership is nothing without a following.
Leaders must move past what has been previously defined as "revival." As wonderful as it is to experience these revivals, we need to see that the next real revivals will ADD something new - they will enable us to change our world!
There is a reason for the visitation of the Holy Spirit - to inhabit us! The Holy Spirit comes to change us into His image. And... there's purpose in these Divine encounters! Sure we can enjoy the Presence and moments of mystery and delight. And... when the gold dust fades away, we are supposed to get up OFF the floor after being "laid out" -- and then GO OUT and make a difference.
Authority means that certain individuals are permitted to give vision and instruction to others.
Authority requires a vision - you can't lead unless you are going somewhere!
Anointing is more than a "feeling" it is the power to accomplish God's purposes.
Responsibility means that each person is accountable to someone for the performance of tasks assigned to him. Was it completed on time? Satisfactorily finished? Etc. WHY? To get somewhere!
As soon as leaders align with new genuine character, they can lead the way to dynamic influence in the world systems. Believers will want to imitate them and work alongside. Together, they can affect change in the world. God gave you the authority to make a difference. Selah
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