Personalities and People Issues

Leadership in the local church is like being a psychologist. You have to deal with all kinds of personalities and people issues, including your own . . . remaining patient through the process.

Searching for the Valuable People

Leadership in the local church, or in any organization, is somewhat like a diamond merchant searching for a most valuable diamond. You are always searching for the people who will care as much about the organization as you do . . . those are valuable people.

The Fluid Movement of Leadership

Leadership in the local church is somewhat like Ezekiel’s wheel in the middle of the wheel. The senior leader is like the hub of the wheel. The various people serving in direct connection with that senior leader are like the spokes and outer rim of the wheel. The movement of the local church is fluid, like wheels in motion. When the senior leader turns a certain direction, the entire wheel should turn with him/her.

Standing At the Helm of the Ship

Leadership in the local church is somewhat like standing at the helm of a ship, pointing in a certain direction, and declaring, “We are going this way,” and then patiently waiting for the ship to make the needed adjustments to move in that direction.

Will We Rejoice When the Lost Are Found?

Luke records one parable divided into three stories in chapter 15 of his gospel. All three stories describe the rejoicing over one that has been lost, but now is found. Jesus spoke this parable to the Pharisees and scribes because they refused to celebrate the tax collectors and “sinners” that were coming to Jesus. Instead they criticized, accused, judged, and made themselves to be superior. The elder brother in the story of the prodigal was like these religious leaders, or church folks.

If there is even a hint that a Katy Perry, or a Bobbi Kristina, or any other celebrity may be moving to a place of being “found,” we should be rejoicing, and continuing to pray for their full restoration.

I rejoice over what is made possible by the grace teaching of Joel Osteen and Joseph Prince. And, I am also rejoicing over the lost – any lost – being found. I have to admit that I didn’t always do that. But, I see it now. We tend to rejoice when someone receives a prophetic word. Could we begin to fulfill the Word, and rejoice with heaven when one who has been lost is found?

2014 Mandate Conference

The 2014 Mandate Conference will be happening, November 19-21, 2014.  The Youth Mandate will take place on Saturday, November 22, 2014.  All of this will be hosted at Cornerstone Christian Center.

The theme for this year’s conference is CREATED FOR MORE. There is so much included in the purpose of God for your life and ministry. So far you have tapped into some of it; but there is so much MORE. The truth is, each one of us was Created For More than we are experiencing right now. This Mandate Conference is going to help us discover that MORE component.

Our speakers this year will be Vaughn McLaughlin, Pat Francis, Steve Munsey, Johnathan Alvarado, and me.  Our guest worship leaders will be Reggie Royal & Judah, and Jaye Thomas.  In some future blog posts I will describe these guests to you so you know what to expect.  I can tell you now that this Mandate Conference is going to be outstanding in content, inspiration, application, and activation.

Registration will soon be open.  Be watching for more information.

Enlargement & Expansion

2014 has been tremendous year of breakthrough. The most high God has been speaking breakthrough, open doors, opportunities, a new frontier, and new partnerships. And now, He is releasing ENLARGEMENT and EXPANSION.

Isaiah 54:2,3
2 ENLARGE the place of your tent, and let them stretch out the curtains of your dwellings; do not spare; lengthen your cords, and strengthen your stakes. 3 For you shall EXPAND to the right and to the left, and your descendants will inherit the nations, and make the desolate cities inhabited.

Notice we are not told to initially enlarge our tent. We are told to enlarge THE PLACE of our tent. Your tent is your position in life, including your relationships, economics, and work. Enlarging THE PLACE of our tent means we are making room in our mindset for the bigness and abundance of our God. Our God is a BIG God. He is calling us to live on His level of BIGNESS. THINK BIG! ACT BIG! LIVE BIG!

Thomas J. Vilord said, “When you think big, your results are big.”

Donald Trump said, “As long as you’re going to be thinking anyway, think big!”

Paul the Apostle said, “Our God will do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or THINK, according to the power that works in us.” Ephesians 3:20

2014 Is A Time For Breakthrough

Since the finish of 2013 I have been declaring that 2014 is the time for BREAKTHROUGH. The very first weekend of 2014 we hosted Dr. Cindy Trimm at Cornerstone for our Breakthrough Summit. In March we hosted Apostle Neil Isaacs for our Wealth Building Conference. In April we hosted Kimberly Daniels. All of these sessions featured the concept of BREAKTHROUGH.

I am currently traveling in Tanzania and Zambia. In every session of each conference I have been declaring BREAKTHROUGH. This is that time. By definition it means that restrictions are being broken off of us. Limitations are being removed. We are being empowered to do what we could not do before. Where there once was only failure, we are now achieving success. We are advancing beyond the enemy’s lines of defense. We are experiencing the formation of open doors that are filled with opportunity.

BREAKTHROUGH also refers to our ability to handle adversity well enough, and to exercise stamina long enough, to be able to break through the clouds of our present environment. I heard John Maxwell share this on his daily “Minute With Maxwell” video. He said it’s like breaking through the clouds as you are rising in altitude in a jet airliner. You break through the clouds to see the sun in its brilliance. The sun was always present; but you could not see it because of the clouds in your personal environment. BREAKTHROUGH is the experience of breaking through your present conditions into the brilliant plans that God has prepared for your life.

BREAKTHROUGH is here right now! Tap into it NOW!

Subduing & Having Dominion

THE SEQUENCE TO DOMINION

Genesis 1:26-28 provides us with a detailed sequence that will lead us all the way into the place of dominion.

Genesis 1:26-28                                                                                                                    26 Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” 27 So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.

28 Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “BE FRUITFUL and MULTIPLY; FILL THE EARTH and SUBDUE it; HAVE DOMINION over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”

Let’s define the five terms used in this sequence.

BE FRUITFUL:  Produce something; live a productive life

Proverbs 10:4  He who has a slack hand becomes poor,
but the hand of the diligent makes rich.

Proverbs 13:4  The soul of a lazy man desires, and has nothing;
but the soul of the diligent shall be made rich.

Proverbs 22:13  The lazy man says, “There is a lion outside!
 I shall be slain in the streets!”

 

MULTIPLY:  Become larger; increasing levels of influence

Deuteronomy 1:11   May the Lord God of your fathers make you a thousand times more numerous than you are, and bless you as He has promised you!

Isaiah 60:22   A little one shall become a thousand,
and a small one a strong nation.
I, the Lord, will hasten it in its time.

 

FILL:  Replenish what is lacking; fill-up what is empty; satisfy the cry of the earth

Romans 8:19   For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God.

 

SUBDUE:  Overcome resistance; conquer; disarm your enemies; taming (like a farmer tames an undeveloped field); caretaking of the earth; to harness the potential of something

Luke 11:21,22   21 When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own palace, his goods are in peace. 22 But when a stronger than he comes upon him and overcomes him, he takes from him all his armor in which he trusted, and divides his spoils.

 

DOMINION:  Prevail; walk on; stand above; rule; dominate . . . kingly

Dominion is the environment of peace and rest; the place of prevailing; the place of plentiful provision; the place of safety and security; the manifestation of glory

The Hebrew word for Dominion is RADA.  In agricultural terms it refers to the point higher up on the root of a plant; the center of strength for the plant; the part of the root keeping the plant firmly in the ground through strong winds.

The term, RADICAL refers to the first root-like structure that emerges from the planted seed.  Radical also refers to small group with influence who become a threat. And, it refers to a small group of atoms commonly found bonded together, which carry an electrical charge.

RADIUS means there is a small central point that is important to the larger whole.

Putting these thoughts together we discover that human beings are the center of strength for all of creation.  Dominion means we have influence over ALL THINGS

DOMINION is the practice of seeing, hearing, thinking, evaluating, making decisions, speaking, decreeing, and behaving like a king.

 

Psalm 72:8 describes the dominion of the Great King.

Psalm 72:8 He shall have dominion also from sea to sea,
 and from the River to the ends of the earth.

Psalm 72:12,13 describes what this dominion is supposed to look like.

12 For He will deliver the needy when he cries,
the poor also, and him who has no helper. 13 He will spare the poor and needy,
and will save the souls of the needy. 14 He will redeem their life from oppression and violence;
and precious shall be their blood in His sight.

Please notice that dominion has nothing to do with lording it over people with tactics of manipulation and control.  Dominion has everything to do with meeting the needs of people from a bountiful supply of resource.

DOMINION is the environment of peace and rest; the place of prevailing; the manifestation of glory.

Joshua 11:16-18 shows us Joshua in the mode of subduing.  Verse 16 tells us that Joshua took all this land.  Verse 18 says Joshua made war a long time with all those kings.

Joshua 11:23 describes Joshua living in the realm of dominion.  It says that Joshua took the whole land, and the land rested from war.  That is the place of dominion.

In I Chronicles 11:9 we see David in the mode of subduing.  He defeated the Jebusites and took the city of Jerusalem; something no one had been able to accomplish prior to David.  Verse 9 says that David went on and became great, and the Lord of hosts was with him.

In I Chronicles 18:3,13 we see David subduing at least five different enemies.  Verse 3 says that David went to establish his dominion by the River Euphrates.  Verse 13 tells us that the Lord preserved David wherever he went.

I Kings 5:3,4 then describes the realm of dominion.  Solomon described his father, David, as a man of war (subduing).  And then Solomon testified that the Lord had given him (Solomon) rest on every side. There were no adversaries, and there were no evil occurrences.

I Kings 4:24 tells us that Solomon had peace on every side.  Verse 25 says that Judah and Israel were dwelling in safety.  Verse 27 tells us there was no lack in their supply.  and, verse 31 tells us that Solomon was wiser than all men.  These descriptive statements are defining dominion for us.  David participated in multiple warfare battles to subdue all enemies.  Then Solomon, his son, enjoyed the fruit of David’s warring by reigning from the platform of dominion.

Subduing means confrontation, battle, warfare, aggression, militancy, and conquering.

Dominion means prevailing, rest, peace, safety, resources supplied, wisdom, and glory.

Ruling & Reigning

Ruling and Reigning are very important aspects of our Christian experience.  Both are critical for the type of advancement we are making in the Body of Christ in this season of break through and expansion.  According to Neil Isaacs, we have entered a “new frontier.”

REIGNING is the AUTHORITY to govern by evaluation, decision, and decree.  Reigning involves the place of LEADERSHIP.

Romans 5:17 (Weymouth)                                                                                                       For if by the trespasses of the one, death reigned as king through the one, much more shall they who receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign as kings in the realm of life.

ABUNDANCE OF GRACE:  God’s ability freely given to us to accomplish what we cannot accomplish in our own ability

GIFT OF RIGHTEOUSNESS:  Made judicially right with God

RULING is the POWER that is exercised in the actual fulfillment of what has been decided and decreed.  Ruling is the place of manifested behavior.  We RULE in a BENEFICIAL way; not for our own interests, but for the interests of the ones being influenced by our rule.

Genesis 1:16                                                                                                                             Then God made two great lights: the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night.

This Genesis reference is the first time the word for RULING is used in scripture.  It means presiding; providing; actions of governing; and managing.  The sun and moon were created to accomplish this kind of rule in the systems of the earth.  This scripture defines one aspect of RULING.  It is a presiding over, managing aspect with the idea of providing what is needed.

Psalm 110:1,2                                                                                                                           1 The Lord said to my Lord,
 “Sit at My right hand,
 till I make Your enemies Your footstool.”  The Lord shall send the rod of Your strength out of Zion.
  Rule in the midst of Your enemies!

This reference to RULING in Psalm 110 means to prevail against; to tread down; and to trample.  This use of RULING is more of a warfare exercise.  We RULE over our enemies.

REIGNING comes first in this sequence.  We lead, or reign, from a place of leadership authority.  It is a place or position for which authority has been granted.

RULING is second in the sequence.  In ruling we are manifesting the kind of behavior that exhibits our leadership authority in action.  This is the exercise of power.

When Barack Obama was elected as President of the United States, he entered a place of leadership authority.  We might say he entered the place of REIGNING.  The President RULES when he is exercising power in the manifested behavior of providing policies and even laws that will benefit the people of the U.S.A.  For example, the healthcare initiative of the Obama administration will hopefully be a policy and law that will benefit many American citizens in the long run.

How are these fundamentals of RULING and REIGNING functioning in your life?

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