Encouragement for leaders assigned to turn the world upside down

globeA foremost teacher on leadership, John C. Maxwell, says that “everything rises and falls on leadership”. The American Heritage Dictionary, 3rd Edition defines leadership as “the ability to guide or show the way to by going in advance”. With these two statements it also becomes imperative that leaders understand the process required for accepting the assignment to turn a big world upside down. Simply, it takes a group of unified leaders giving themselves to commitment, consistency, and completion yet never relinquishing the power of one.

 Great leaders always maximize the wisdom gained from examples gone before.  Biblical leaders such as Abraham, Joshua, and Jesus are the standard for leading people. Also, a leader’s bench-march continued to be set forth by world leaders like Abraham Lincoln, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and the Reverend Billy Graham. These leaders have accepted the truth that leadership begins at home, but is magnified by the manner in which one worships God; thus, it causes one to make a world of difference!

In Acts 17: 6, there is an example of a group of men turning the world upside down! With no fear they preached powerfully, prophesied accurately, and withstood painful persecution! Furthermore, they publicized the name of Jesus Christ to the entire world!  Men inspired by the Holy Spirit went from mere fishers to wise fishers of men!  They were promoted from the lowest parts of their society to obedient disciples of Jesus Christ, to mighty workers of miracles, signs, and wonders! They produced notable miracles that caused men to declare that they had turned their world upside down!

Now it’s our turn. Here are four ingredients to assist us in turning this world upside down.  The first ingredient is preaching or proclaiming a message.  Preaching is the thing that Jesus Christ used to become a world changer.  He preached and taught as one exercising authority and causing many to be amazed (St. Mark 1: 22).  The second ingredient necessary is prophesying or revealing by divine inspiration.  Prophesying is the ingredient that separates man’s wisdom from God’s wisdom (James 3: 15-18). The third ingredient added is persecution or oppression, harassment or extremely ill-treatment.  Exodus 1: 12 express a phenomenal about this kind of persecution – “but the more they afflicted them, the more they multiplied and grew!” This is what will happen as godly leaders endure and withstand unparalleled persecution.  The last ingredient is publishing, bringing to the public’s attention, or announcing. Through publishing God’s word, Jesus’ name becomes loudly broadcasted, and it brings forth the good news and great joy of a risen Savior!

Proverbs 4: 18 speak of a shining forth unto a brighter day. That day has manifested and a New Breed of Leaders are rising who are capable of great exploits! The earth awaits each of us, so let’s rise up and turn the world upside down by the manner in which we lead!

____________________Located in Baltimore, Maryland, Living Waters Ministries is led by Pastors Lawrence & Kimberlie Richardson. In these times of phenomenal building, God now sends a people forth to build according to His divine pattern! Living Waters Ministries, Inc., is fixed on building what God desires to build according to Psalm 127:1.  For more information regarding our ministry and or service times, please visit our website at www.livingwatersworld.org, or contact us via telephone at 410-296-5588.

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Great leaders always maximize the wisdom gained from examples gone before.  Biblical leaders such as Abraham, Joshua, and Jesus are the standard for leading people. Also, a leader’s bench-march continued to be set forth by world leaders like Abraham Lincoln, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and the Reverend Billy Graham. These leaders have accepted the truth that leadership begins at home, but is magnified by the manner in which one worships God; thus, it causes one to make a world of difference!

 

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