An Exhortation to Remain Faithful!

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God Bless the saints of the Most High God!

There has been a stirring in my spirit to exhort the saints to remain faithful especially in times of trial and transition! Some of you are dealing with both even as I type. But one of the vital keys to it all, is to remain faithful to God in the midst of all that is taking place! This is not a time to rely on your feelings or what you may be experiencing. This is the time to rely on God’s Word! Everything you are going through must be judged by His Word. It must be held up against His Word in order for you to obtain His perspective, His plan and the fruit of His process! See James 1:2-12.

Many times we frustrate what God is doing in our lives by misinterpreting what is going on in our lives. I urge you, my brothers and my sisters, to refuse to conform to the world’s idea of what to do and how to do it (Rom. 12:1-3) as well as refuse to compromise the standard of God’s Holy Word (Rom. 1:25)! Be careful as to which voices you are listening to in this season! Let God’s word speak to your situation. Whatever counsel you receive, pray it through and judge it by the Word of God and not your human emotions or the persuasive speech of others (1 John 4:1). Choose wisely (Psalms 1; Heb. 13:7).

James writes in his epistle, “My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience (endurance and steadfastness and patience). But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing (fully developed [with no defects] lacking in nothing).” (James 1:2-4). God wants to perfect (mature) you in this that you are going through for His glory and His good! But you must come under God’s word: Count it all Joy! Know that God has a method and a mission in the midst of this – by testing/trying your faithfulness, He is working within you the supernatural power to hang in there until this patience produces what He has promised! Don’t bail out now! Stay the course! Hold on to His Word! Let the Process Bring You into Possession of what He Promises (Heb. 10:35-39)!

You cannot be faithful to God and not remain obedient to His revealed will! Your faithfulness should not be subjective to how you are feeling or what you are going through! Your perception of how people may be treating you cannot be the measurement for how you will live before and serve the Lord either! You must be determined to please Him even in this trial or transition! Saints, Remain Faithful! God is going to be glorified and you are going to be better!

Love you all,
apostle H.

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Life Trajectory

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The word of God teaches us that Jesus Christ is our example in all things. Today, let’s take a lesson from the life of Jesus concerning “Life Trajectory.” Life Trajectory is a phrase I want to stress especially to younger people. A life without proper trajectory is really just an experiment in unfruitful living. This does not mean that there is no benefit in a life lived without trajectory but a life lived this way will never be one that realizes it’s maximum potential.

Learning Life Trajectory means discovering who I am in God, what He has assigned me to do and learning how He wants this assignment done for His glory.

Now, in the life of Jesus we can readily see its trajectory. Jesus knew and walked out 3 things:

1) He knew Who He was

2) He knew what He was supposed to do

3) He knew how He was supposed to get it done

Therefore, if He is our example as Christians in all things; and He is. We are to establish our life’s trajectory based on the pattern or example He has left us. We need to know from the Father the three things Jesus knew as the Son. Pray about it. Listen and obey!

Until the next time, Stay On Target!

Leading or Loafing?

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As a leader, are you leading or loafing? In other words, are you leading at your maximum potential or are you loafing your way through life and ministry doing as little as you can with what God gave you?

In the final analysis, the difference between good and great is only just a small amount more effort. Determine today to use all you have been given to be all you can be and to go from loafing to leading if that be the case. And if you are already leading at your maximum potential, who are you helping to reach theirs? #LeadingOrLoafing

Unimpressive!

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Nothing we can ever do is capable of impressing the God who can do the impossible! When it is all said and done, especially as preachers or ministers of the Gospel, only what this God thinks of us will matter. His judgment supersedes all others. So, seek not to impress men but to please God!

The Apostle Paul was used mightily of The Lord, but he himself was unimpressive. His primary motivation was never to be impressive but to bring glory to God. Listen to some of what he said, “And I, brethren, when I came to you, did not come with excellence of speech or of wisdom declaring to you the testimony of God. For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified. I was with you in weakness, in fear, and in much trembling. And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.” (I Corinthians 2:1-5 NKJV) His desire was to be spiritually impactful. Not humanly impressive. At the end of the day, he desired that men be impressed with his Lord and Savior and never with him as an Apostle & preacher.

Paul also declared, “But God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but a new creation.” (Galatians 6:14, 15 NKJV). Again, Paul’s motive, as well as ours should be, was the glory of The Lord! Key to this is the world and its influences being dead to us and us to it. Notice, the thing that appears to matter to God is that we are new creations, capable now of being spiritually responsive to Him!

Let’s endeavor to live this quality of life; one that has as its aim the glory of God!

Until the next time, Stay On Target!

“7 Questions to Ask God” from the CEO’s of Ministry Institute

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“7 Questions to Ask God” from the CEO’s of Ministry Institute”

1) Where is my intimacy with You, God, based on Your desire for me personally?

2) Am I positioned correctly as a leader, to ensure maximum response Your mandates?

3) How effectively and consistently am I executing the 5 point CEO job description as an example to those entrusted to me?
– Provide Direction
– Obtain P, I, Rs
– Commission the work (yes, no or redirect it)
– Provide success (coaching, teaching and training)
– Obtain evaluation

4) How effectively am I carrying out the Great Commission and thereby keeping the core competent leaders You send?

5) How am I doing in ensuring a legacy with this work of Yours – by instituting effective succession coaching, a leader pipeline and leadership engine?

6) In the process of achieving Your vision am I adding value and empowering Your people through relationship, partnership and team building?

7) In the course of doing Your work, where is my love for people and how close am I to seeing things from Your eyes?

Stay On Target!

Who’s Leading Who?

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One area many times leaders fail to examine is while they are leading others, who’s leading them? Self-leadership is critical. And for the Christian leader being lead by the Spirit of Christ is imperative. But we live in a day where unfortunately many Christian leaders are being led by the spirit of the age or some other spirit. Leaders, let’s examine ourselves and use the Word of God as the standard of examination. In the final analysis, how we have lead ourselves will be evaluated by the One who also gave us the call and His Word will be the standard He uses. #Leadwell

Stay On Target!

Pushing Your Leader to Success – Part 1

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Great Day!

Here is a lesson that all support leaders need to master.

Background Scriptures: Ep. 6:18-20; Lk. 18:3; Ga. 6:6; He. 13:16; 1 Ti. 5:17-18

No ministry will ever reach its maximum potential in God or carry out those things necessary for vision fulfillment without having a group of leaders who desire to see their leader and their ministry succeed. In this brief article are a few important elements to being the type of leader that “pushes his/her leader to success”!

Two critical definitions for our study:

Pushing – To press or urge forward; an advance against opposition; aggressive enterprise

Success – The fulfillment of a God-given assignment or calling

Ministry workers, servant leaders and the like must have a mind for pressing and urging the plan of vision of their leader forward against any and all opposition in an aggressive way for the purpose of fulfilling their leader’s (or set man’s) God-given assignment in the earth.

As a ministry worker or HELPS worker, I must be willing to consistently do whatever it takes to bring the vision of my leader and this local church to pass! This requires that …

–          I know that I will always serve someone else’s vision

–          I know that serving the vision of another is prerequisite to ultimately possessing my own

–          I know that as I serve my leader’s vision, I activate the Law of Reciprocity in my own life

–          I know that God will typically allow you to have Leah before He gives you Rachel

–          I know that relinquishing Rachel requires me to embrace Leah

 Pushing your Leader to Success demands that you be one who adds value to your leader and what he is assigned by God to do!

This requires:

Proper PerspectiveHow do I see my leader and what he has been called to do?

I must see my leader as:

–          The one God, Himself has set (Num. 27:16)

–          A “gift from God” (Jer. 3:15; Eph. 4:11)

–          The “key leader” in God’s leadership structure (James 3:4)

–          The person in charge; the one with the God-given responsibility to lead and direct the local church (Ezek 34:23)

–          One whose responsibilities affect every aspect of local church life (Heb. 3:5AMP)

I must see what my leader is called to do as a kingdom mandate and realize that as I do “it” first, according to God’s way of doing things, the “other” will be added to me (Mt. 6:33).

Proper PositioningAm I in the right position to be an asset to his success?

–          Mentally, Physically, Spiritually, Financially, Organizationally, Educationally

Persistent PonderingHow much time do I devote towards: thinking through the vision, thinking through what God has revealed through my leader about the vision, considering my leader’s words and desires spoken out loud? How can I be a catalyst for bringing it to pass?

Prolific ProductivityDo I make the right things happen or do I simply take care of menial matters desiring ovations of approval?

You can in no way position your leader for success unless you follow these 10 keys:

Key #1 – Make sure your personal house is in order

Key #2 – Be a Load Lifter!

Key #3 – Sign up for the assignments others refuse to accept

Key #4 – Develop into a First Class Leader

Key #5 – Get more than your leader’s words, also get his heart!

Key #6 – Value your leader’s time

Key #7 – Be a “Go to Player”

Key #8 – Set your mind to constantly improve

Key #9 – Become a vision pusher

Key #10 – Exemplify the behavior your leader desires

(We will unfold these ten keys in our next installment here on the CGD webpage.)

What are the benefits of setting your leader up for success? (What’s in it for me?)

While you are seeking God’s kingdom first, according to God’s way of doing things, the other things will be added unto you!

Accomplishment – The realization of being a part of something historic, great and integral to the Kingdom of God!

Favor – it will arise from God, from your leader and those you assist him in serving

Promotion – Advancement in the Kingdom of God, the local church and/or secular assignments

Pleasing God – Owners get to carry a piece of God’s heart. When we desire the leader’s success, we are motivated to do all we do to God’s glory thus pleasing Him and receiving the blessings that arise from doing so!

Stay On Target!