I am the Lord and more than enough; whoever follows me will lack nothing, for I am with you. I am all you need! If you have Me, you have everything! Why then are you going to the world seeking what only I can give you? Stop compromising My Gospel, stop compromising My Truth. I demand your heart, I demand your mind and I demand your soul. Come after Me you double minded. Seek My Will and deny your own, for it is then that you will gain the abundant life. Bring down the idols of your heart; trust me and go and face your giants. For I Am with you! Why do you insist on returning to slavery? Why do you reject My Freedom, My Peace and My Joy for the emptiness of other gods? I gave My Levites specific instructions on how to serve me, treasure My presence, My Way of doing things and how to serve my people. One thing you and the Levites have in common; I called you both to be holy…for I Am holy. You want to follow me, but want to carry your idols among your material things; you want to follow Me, but your high places are consumed with the idolatry of this age. My message is Power, because I Am Power; don’t change My message to grow in numbers…to say that you are doing something for Me. Come after Me with your whole heart…make-up your mind and stop trying to fit-in! My people are not of this world; you belong to My Kingdom! You are my peculiar people, but you are ashamed of your peculiarity, so you’d rather look like the world as you use My Name in vain for things that I don’t approve. This is not your gospel; it is My Gospel; this not your truth, it is My Truth. They are not rejecting you, they are rejecting Me.
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We ended 2010 with an average of thirty daily views. We ended the first month of this year averaging fifty eight views a day. January became our highest month in terms of viewers with a total of 1,805. I am very happy with the progress and the blessing of God on this simple blog. So far in February we are averaging eighty seven visits a day. Our overall total of views for February is 1,649 visits so far. I am very positive that February 2011 will break January’s 2011 record viewing. I want to take this opportunity to thank you all for your support. I also want to give special thanks to my son Angelo who always takes the time to edit my articles.
God bless you!
“10 Moses heard the people of every family wailing at the entrance to their tents. The LORD became exceedingly angry, and Moses was troubled. 11 He asked the LORD, ‘Why have you brought this trouble on your servant? What have I done to displease you that you put the burden of all these people on me? 12 Did I conceive all these people? Did I give them birth? Why do you tell me to carry them in my arms, as a nurse carries an infant, to the land you promised on oath to their ancestors? 13 Where can I get meat for all these people? They keep wailing to me, ‘Give us meat to eat!’ 14 I cannot carry all these people by myself; the burden is too heavy for me. 15 If this is how you are going to treat me, please go ahead and kill me—if I have found favor in your eyes—and do not let me face my own ruin.” (Numbers 11:10-15) (NIV)
By my calculations, from the time Jethro gave him the advice to the time described in these verses, it was less than two years. In Numbers 10:11-12 the Bible tells us:
“11 On the twentieth day of the second month of the second year, the cloud lifted from above the tabernacle of the covenant law. 12 Then the Israelites set out from the Desert of Sinai and traveled from place to place until the cloud came to rest in the Desert of Paran.”
So what happen with Moses’ help? Why is he saying: “What have I done to displease you that you put the burden of all these people on me?” In his interaction with the Lord, Moses added: “If this is how you are going to treat me, please go ahead and kill me—if I have found favor in your eyes—and do not let me face my own ruin.” Wow, Moses sounded suicidal here! Moses is now a man who is totally burned-out in two year of this long journey. We all know that the children of Israel wondered in the desert for forty years; how can a man in this condition last thirty eight in the same position after this? Many of us are ready for a vacation once a year!
So what was God’s answer? How was He going to resolve this issue? How was Moses going to remain the leader for the rest of this long journey? Obviously, the advice of Jethro fell short of providing Moses real help: capable men, men who fear God, trustworthy men and men who hate dishonest gain, were not enough. So this is what God did and it is in fact the heart of this message in what leadership stands in need of, today.
Jethro, Moses’ father-in-law, came to bring Moses’ wife and children to Moses after the children of Israel crossed the red sea and God freed them from the slavery in Egypt. Very quickly, Jethro saw something that moved him in such a way that he decided to approach Moses and talk to him about it face-to-face. Jethro saw Moses doing too, much work; like many leaders today; every problem was brought before Moses for him to decide what the wisdom of God was in these matters. For a nation of over three million people, no doubt that Moses was working himself directly into a heart attack or a major burn-out. Jethro gave Moses the following advice:
“21 But select capable men from all the people—men who fear God, trustworthy men who hate dishonest gain—and appoint them as officials over thousands, hundreds, fifties and tens. 22 Have them serve as judges for the people at all times, but have them bring every difficult case to you; the simple cases they can decide themselves. That will make your load lighter, because they will share it with you. 23 If you do this and God so commands, you will be able to stand the strain, and all these people will go home satisfied.’24 Moses listened to his father-in-law and did everything he said. 25 He chose capable men from all Israel and made them leaders of the people, officials over thousands, hundreds, fifties and tens. 26 They served as judges for the people at all times. The difficult cases they brought to Moses, but the simple ones they decided themselves.27 Then Moses sent his father-in-law on his way, and Jethro returned to his own country.” (Exodus 18:21-27) (NIV)
This sounded like a great advice; the characteristics of these men are the characteristics that we would like to have in any men working for and with us in ministry… right? They were to have the following characteristics:
- Capable men
- Men who fear God
- Men who hate dishonest gain
It seems like Moses had the help that he needed; it seems like now he was ready to go; it seems like everything was in place. But, in all these wonderful qualities; there was no mention of one key ingredient. You can have all these wonderful qualities with the people around you, but if you don’t have this one thing, you are setting yourself up for failure.
The time for Rambo leaders is over; if we truly want to be effective in the Lord we must have a group of people united. The idea that we are doing well while our neighborhood’s quality of life continues to rapidly decay, is absurd. We have become experts in putting up Sunday Morning Shows, but the world sees very little difference between the way they behave and us. Ministries that are focus on one men or woman and are not actively making disciples are soon to be extinct. Today, not only is prayer itself a challenge, but the power of agreement is almost unfound. We want to be and do so much, but neglect who we are supposed to be and whom we are supposed to represent. Like the world, we fall apart in moments of crisis. With this series, I am going to address the leadership in the church. I say “the church” (one church) because there is only one church.
There is a great deal of power available to us, but I am afraid that our personal agendas and pride continues to increasingly get in the way of accessing that kind of power. It is easy to find talented people in the Body of Christ; people that can preach, write songs, hold a pretty decent tune, teach the Word, prophesy, etc. but it is almost impossible to find a leader that is effectively walking in unity. They are surrounded by people, but they are not really operating in unity; it seems like they are together, the numbers look good, but the true power of God is not there. The Bible tells us in Matthew 18:19
“19 Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven.”
Notice the amazing power of agreement here! The word “agreement” here means: “to be harmonious:” In other words…to be in harmony. The word “done” here means: “to create, to fashion.” So, when we stand in harmony with one another we open the doors of heaven and prepare the atmosphere for God to create and fashion what we are asking for. The challenge is that with more than two thousand Christian denominations and with all the divisions that we have, even amongst local churches, harmony is nowhere to be found. What we have is constant strife and people devouring each other.
So what does leadership have to do with anything?