Releasing the Leader in You Part I
Synopsis of 01/06/15
Delivered by Bishop Walker
Jer 1:5a 5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; Before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.”
First of all, when thinking about leadership, you have to understand that you were selected by God to complete a specific assignment in the earth realm.
Matt 22:14 says 14 ” For many are called, but few are chosen.” – Everyone has been called, but there a few who are called to go beyond a normal call. These that have been chosen to go beyond a normal call, have what it takes to be chosen. There is a certain discipline mindset you have to have in order to be considered chosen.
What is a leader? It is simply one who has a vision, has the ability to inspire others to get involved in that vision, and the ability to make it a reality.
To be a leader, you have the ability to inspire others to be excited about what you are excited about.
Leaders also have to be energetic. You can be a dull leader and expect results.
- Selected for a great assignment
1 peter 2:9 says 9 But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;
3 things you need to know:
- When God chose you, he factored in your past. – You don’t have to remind him that you are not worthy.
- God factored in your inadequacies – God already knows what you lack. He knows your fears and anxieties.
- God has already factored in your potential. – When he chooses you, it isn’t for your right now, it is about where he is taking you. He is not calling you for now, he is calling you for your not yet.
If not careful, you will disengage from your calling and miss out on what God has planned for you up the road.
- He bought you out to bring others in
- Heb 11:8 says 8 By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would receive as an inheritance. Abraham went out, not knowing where he was going.- Bishop often shares that God called him when he was in the company of his frat brothers. God actually talked to him out loud, yet his frat brothers could not hear God’s voice. God told Bishop Walker that he was different. God calls you out to bring others in.
- When God calls you, you might not necessarily disconnect from friends and family like you might think. God sometimes calls you in order to bring somebody else into the fold. The best one to help someone who is on crack is sometimes a former crack addict. It sometimes help when a person has already been through the issue that they are trying to help somebody else with.
- How do you know it is happening? How do you know you are being called? The answer is you start losing interest in the things that used to interest you. You lose passion where you once had passion. You have been drafted!
- Every leader must have a heart of God. Acts 13:22 says 22 And when He had removed him, He raised up for them David as king, to whom also He gave testimony and said, “I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after My own heart, who will do all My will. – When you look at David and how great he was, you learn that real leadership is not about how intelligent you are or how amazing a skill-set you have. It is about your heart. We can tell a lot about your motives based on where your heart is.
- David with all his issues (such as the cave experience and his immoral actions with Bathsheba), is still remembered to be the greatest king of Israel. Even though David had his own issues, he had the right heart.
- We understand from studying David that the Lord is our shepherd and we shall not want. In fact Jesus while dying on the cross still tried to inspire us.
- Ex – Bishop Walker shares that he is reading literature about heart. This book is taken from an ancient day’s perspective. In the book, it tells that if you want to know what is in a person’s heart concerning you, then all you have to do is make that person angry. If you make them angry enough, the truth will come out. An example of this is when a person would say, “that’s ok, I didn’t like you anyway”! People are your friends until they are not.
- God doesn’t look for people with no mistakes or missteps. Rom 3:23 says 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, Mat 6:33 says 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. – If we are going to go in as a leader, we have to ask ourselves, “What would be God’s way of doing this thing.”
- There is s level of consistency when you do things God’s way. You are a kingdom leader not just in church, but at the job also. If you are nasty on the job and nice at church, this throws people off! There has to be a consistency there. Psalms 25:9 says 9 The humble He guides in justice,
- And the humble, He teaches His way.-Some people will never be leaders, because you are arrogant followers. How can God trust you at a higher level, if he can’t trust on your lower level? Money, wealth, and promotion don’t change you; It just magnifies what is already there.
- Humility is powerful. Real leaders aren’t Remember this: Broke is very loud, rich is a whisper, and wealth is silent.
- There is an anointing that comes with leadership
- When you hear somebody say that they are anointed, it means that their call is affirmed by God. Luke 4:18 says 18 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me To preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives And recovery of sight to the blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed; – It doesn’t matter who accepts me if God has affirmed me. You want everyone to like you, but it doesn’t work like that.
- 1 john 2:27 says 27 But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you will abide in Him. – The oil of God is necessary for your assignment.
- Psa 89:20 says 20 I have found My servant David; With My holy oil I have anointed him,-David was anointed as king with oil.
- When you are anointed, it is for an assignment.
- Isa 10:27 says 27 It shall come to pass in that day That his burden will be taken away from your shoulder, And his yoke from your neck, And the yoke will be destroyed because of the anointing oil. -When you are anointed, there is a yoke involved in the assignment, but it is not heavy. What looks impossible to others is not impossible for you. If you stay in your assignment, you will never burn out. You’ll burn for your assignment, but it won’t cause you to burn out.
- When there is an assignment, there is :
- The oil flows down – Psa 133:2 says 2 It is like the precious oil upon the head, Running down on the beard, The beard of Aaron, Running down on the edge of his garments.- The oil or the anointing will flow down.
- The same oil at the head should be the same oil at the hem. In other words, if you Pastor is personable and not arrogant, then the people that serve under him should be personable and not arrogant.
- You can pour into people at your job, so what is on you, can get on them. This too is another example of the anointing flowing down.
- The anointing can’t be replicated. Acts 19:15 says 15 And the evil spirit answered and said, “Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are you?”- The anointing can’t be replicated. When you copy others anointing, you will attract spirits that you are not anointed to battle.
- 6 things to know about being a leader:
Leadership is an art. Those that are anointed as leaders:
- Focus – all the distractions have to be removed. Pro 4:25 says 25 Let your eyes look straight ahead, And your eyelids look right before you.
- Collaboration – As leaders, you have to know how to drive a team. You have to be able to work well with others. If you are trying to lead and nobody is following you, then you are taking a walk.
- Teamwork – Leaders are not intimidated by people that are smarter than them. Pro 27:17 says 17 As iron sharpens iron, So a man sharpens the countenance of his friend. Some people just want to be a solo artist, but even a solo artist, leads a band. Working with people requires managing egos or knowing not to put two toxic people together.
- Those who explore new opportunities – The Children of Israel came out of Israel, but Israel didn’t come out as them. They called themselves grasshoppers when they encountered the giants. No one called themselves grasshoppers.
- Remember the Garden of Eden? This was a perfect environment, but sin got Adam and Eve cast out. Because of this, Jesus came to restore us. In the Garden of Eden there were 4 streams. In past (in the bible) wherever there were streams, there was prosperity. This is why Egypt was wealthy. They were located by the Nile River. Having said this, in Garden of Eden, God put 4 streams.
- Your income is one stream, but inside you are 3 more streams. There is a book, there is an invention, and there is a business. All of these are different streams.
- Individual who seeks challenges. Don’t get left behind in the days of your past. Philippians 3:14 says 14 I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. – He we are reminded to press towards the mark. For a leader, you are not satisfied being thankful for your accomplishments. You want start achieving something else. Even when you retire, you want to venture into something else or help someone else achieve what they are after. You are constantly after new challenges.
- Effective communication – Developing excellent skills is vital. If you can’t motivate others to act on it, being a leader doesn’t matter. When you’re a leader and you are trying to get things done. You have to learn to speak clearly and precisely.
- God factors in our inadequacies when he chooses us. Moses had a speech impediment. This is why God gave him a short script. God simply told Moses to tell Pharaoh to let his people go. If you can learn to do what He asks you to do and get out what he wants you to get, you may be more effective.
- Excellence – As a leader, you have to operate in excellence. If God puts stuff in your hands, he demands excellence. Whatever you put out, will come back.
Psa 1:3 says 3 He shall be like a tree Planted by the rivers of water, That brings forth its fruit in its season, Whose leaf also shall not wither; And whatever he does shall prosper.-
- Positivity with the right people – We can tell a lot about you by what you tolerate.
- Passion with the right priorities.
- Must be planted in the right place. Every leader knows they have to be planted in the right place in order to produce.
The river in the bible represents commerce. When they pierce Jesus’ side, water and blood came out. The water represented His anointing was flowing out.
If you are where God wants you to be, hanging around and you will prosper!