Global Leader

“I have found My servant David…” (Psalm 89:20a)
 
From generation to generation, God continuously searches for people whom He can use to carry out His plans. As it was in David’s generation, God was also searching for someone He can use. Before David emerged, Saul, for a certain period of time, appeared to be the perfect candidate to execute God’s plans and will. Nevertheless, for one and other reasons, Saul had a tendency to ‘edit’ each command God gave him; he never did exactly as what God has required. As a result, God rejected Saul and sent Samuel in search of Saul’s substitute. He specifically said to Samuel, “I am sending you to Jesse the Bethlehemite. For I have provided Myself a king among his sons” (1 Sam. 16:1). In a secret way and a time unknown by anyone, the hands of the Lord had formed the life of David, so that when the perfect time to promote David came, He did not have to tarry to find the perfect man for the perfect job.

In eternity, in every generation, in every situation/circumstance, in every community, city and nation, God is looking for people whom He can use. As you continue to give yourself in God’s hands for the process and preparation to take place in your lives, when the perfect time comes and the need for the right man emerges, He will find you as the right person because He has said: “I have found David.”  

The Bible says that David built his intimate fellowship with God while taking care of his father’s sheep – that was why he was never a stranger in God’s presence.

The reason why David had such confident when fighting his enemies (first was Goliath) was because the Spirit of the Lord was upon him. 

As long as we get used to being in God’s presence and we are open for His impartation to come into our lives and change us, though people may not be able to see our potentials but God will because of the work He has done in our live. 

The next verses of Psalm 89 are promises and blessings that God has made available for David:
 
“…with whom My hand shall be established; also My arm shall strengthen him” (v. 21)  The Lord’s hand speaks of the authority/power that goes with a person, while arm always speaks of God’s protection and defense. 
 
“The enemy shall not outwit him, nor the son of wickedness afflict him. I will beat down his foes before his face, and plague those who hate him” (v. 22-23)  when we penetrate into the market place as God’s ambassadors, His protection and defense will be so real that the wicked will be wiped out. 
 
It has been God’s very desire to raise every believer to become a Global Leader. The characteristic that a global leader has is the true and intimate relationship with the God and at the same time is the respect, influence and power to impact the market place. 

For so long, many Christians are only great in spiritual things and church activities, yet they are nobody in the market place. Or, on the contrary, they might already have a bit of influence in the market place, yet they are ‘strangers’ in God’s presence. This is the time where God will bring forth the global leaders – people of influence in the market place and at the same time are closely connected to heaven.

“But My faithfulness and My mercy shall be with him, and in My name his horn shall be exalted. Also I will set his hand over the sea, and his right hand over the rivers” (v. 24-25)  God will enlarge our territories. At this present we may only have charge over one territory but He wants to enlarge it so that we can produce a greater impact. 
 
“He shall cry to Me, ‘You are my Father, My God, and the rock of my salvation.’ Also I will make him My firstborn, the highest of the kings of the earth” (v. 26-27)  we will be set as a pattern where many people will learn from us.  
 
My mercy I will keep for him forever, and My covenant shall stand firm with him. His seed also will make to endure forever, and his throne as the days of heaven” (v 28-29)  the work that God has begun in our lives will not cease just because of our death but the next generation will continue to live in the same pattern of life.
 
Therefore, it is time for us to allow God to mold and reshape our lives because it is His desire indeed to raise us as global leaders. Before we can see the fulfillment of His promises in Psalm 89:21-29, we need to make sure that we first fulfill verse 21, because that is where it all begins. 
 
How God deals with us and reshapes our lives will determine the work that He will do through our lives. Before God can raise us as global leaders, He must first take us through a process of preparation that is different from what other people – those who are influential but only in the Christian or secular arena – have gone through. It is God’s desire to position us are His ambassador on this earth, therefore He will continually mold us, such that we will be transformed into His image more and more. 

God will never send a man to represent Him before He finds godly materials in that person’s life. Without any mark of God’s hands in our hands, the recognition from heaven will never come upon our lives. That is why we should never runaway when God’s hand is taking us through the process, because without staying through to the end, promotion will never come to our lives. 

Different areas that God will reshape in our lives:
a. God will reshape us in the way we should respond. 
All this while we may be used to respond according to our emotions; God wants to teach us to begin to respond in a different way – with a godly response. At times, He would purposely allow negative events to happen in our lives because it is through those moments He would train us to respond differently. Remember, no matter how bad our experience is, we are the ones who determine whether it will be a stumbling stone or a stepping stone for us. 
b. God will teach us to have strong conviction on the truth He has taught us.
Besides re-training us in the way we should respond, God will also teach us to have a strong conviction when facing confrontation for the truth we believe in. When everything is good and challenge is absent, everyone can claim themselves Christians and that they live for the cause, but when challenge comes, those who live without a strong conviction will easily choose to compromise their faith and the truth they have been holding onto. We need to understand this principle: there will always be pressure and challenge for every truth that we believe in, but that pressure and challenge is only a test for us to develop our strong conviction and integrity. To live in the truth there will always be a price to pay and a risk to take, but if you endure, truth will always prevail. 
c. God will teach us to do the things that are totally different from what we are used to or things that we have never done before.
All this time we may be used to do spiritual activities only, but now He wants to train us to make decisions that will impact the lives of many people.  In business world, a businessman’s decision is very crucial in determining whether his business will go up or down. As God teaches us in decision- making, He will also let us walk through the impact of our decision making. If we make the right decision, victory will be ours. On the contrary, if we make the wrong decision, He will let us go through the negative consequences as the result of that mistake we make. Nevertheless, no matter what the consequences that we have to bear, just remember that He is always on our side and will always be with us.  Therefore, never put yourself in a box but learn to step out of your comfort zone you have been dwelling in all this time. 
d. God will teach us to only do the right things.
Oftentimes, it takes different decisions in different situations, which is why God will train us to have the ability to make the right decision in all kinds of situations. 
 
If God has given you the Word that He will raise you to be a global leader, then do not ever attempt on your own strength to promote yourself. Rather, let God’s hand elevate you and position you where He wants you to be, in due time. Our fleshly attempt to promote ourselves will only bring us many unnecessary troubles. As you let His Holy Spirit guide you one step at a time and you faithfully do whatever He has told you to do, then greater capacity He will give you and greater things He will assign to you.

By Ps Steven Agustinus

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The “GIGO” Rule

In our modern, fitness-obsessed society, we are continually being told that we are what we eat. And while there is an obvious truth to that, there is an even greater truth in what God tells us-that we are what we THINK! The Bible tells us in Proverbs 23:7, that as we think in our heart, so are we.In both cases, the “GIGO” rule applies-Garbage In, Garbage Out. Whatever we put into ourselves, whether physically in what we eat and drink, or mentally in what we think, we effectively choose for ourselves the sort of future we will have.

You want good outcomes? Then make a conscious decision to choose only good inputs!

Our enemy, the devil, understands all this only too well, and is always around to “help” us shovel the garbage in. He is, after all, the “god” of garbage, the lord of the flies, and has a vested interest in seeing garbage come out of our lives!

Our mind is often the main target for the devil, and it is in our mind that we fight our greatest spiritual battles. It is our mind that struggles with fear, doubt, temptation, greed, lust, pride and the rest of the seemingly endless list that makes up Satan’s smorgasbord of sinful seductions.

Many people think they can’t control their minds and their thoughts-that somehow what goes on inside their heads is nothing to do with them. Nothing could be further from the truth!

God tells us very clearly in His Word that we can and should control our thoughts, and that if we resist Satan, he will flee from us (James 4:7). In 2 Corinthians 10:3-6, the Bible talks about spiritual warfare, something all Kingdom business professionals face every day of their lives out there in the cut-and-thrust of the marketplace.

Paul tells us that our weapons are “mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments, and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ …” The New Century Version puts it this way: “We capture every thought, and make it give up and obey Christ.”

Never in the history of the world has there been such an onslaught against the minds of the people of God. Television, films, the Internet, radio, newspapers, magazines … information, opinions and entertainment flow in through the “gates” of our ears and eyes at warp speed as the cacophony of the media increases exponentially. It is our responsibility to put a guard at these “gates,” and be very careful who and what we let in to our minds!

The Apostle Paul, in Romans, gives us a clear warning of what can happen if we let thoughts become “futile” and corrupted-“Professing to be wise, they became fools … and even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind … being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness …” (Romans 1:21-32).

When we are genuinely born again of the Spirit of God, our immediate response is to repent, which means literally to “think again” or to “think differently.” In other words, while our Spirit is transformed instantly by God, and made one with Him, it is our responsibility to change our minds and way of thinking.

Paul says we are to be “transformed” by the “renewing” of our minds (Romans 12:2), and to be “renewed” in the spirit of our minds (Ephesians 4:23). Peter puts it this way: “So prepare your minds for service, and have self-control” (1 Peter 1:13, New Century Version).

What we think, determines our world-view, how we see the world around us, and where we fit in. If our thoughts are corrupted and “futile,” then our world-view is distorted and corrupted, and we will lurch from disaster to disaster in our lives, never fully understanding what is swirling around us.

If we have a God-centered, positive and optimistic outlook, then we tend to attract positive people and events to us. Dr. A. R. Bernard talks of what he calls “sympathetic resonance,” whereby something vibrating with a particular pattern will set other things that are tuned to the same wavelength vibrating too.

Unlike in the field of magnetism, where opposites attract, in the field of human endeavour, like attracts like. Birds of a feather flock together-and you grow to be more like those with whom you regularly associate. By associating with Jesus and His people, we are changed into the same image “from glory to glory even as by the Spirit of the Lord” (2 Corinthians 3:18). But on the other hand, “Do not be fooled-bad friends will ruin good habits” (2 Corinthians 15:33).

Even the godly Job, whom God called “blameless and upright,” allowed his thoughts to go off track, and his fears opened him up to a savage satanic attack. Job 3 begins with him cursing the day of his birth, and then goes on with a whole spate of negative and fear-filled statements, concluding by saying: “For the thing I greatly feared has come upon me, and what I dreaded has happened to me … I have no rest, for trouble comes.” (Job 3:1, 25, 26).

Dwell on your fears, and like Job, they have a habit of “coming upon you.” Dwell on the good and godly things, and you will attract them instead. (The good news of course is that Job changed his mind later. He “captured” his thoughts, and God ended up giving him twice as much as he had before!)

The key to controlling your mind is to saturate it with good and positive and godly thoughts-to meditate on the Word of God, and to bring every thought into the “captivity” of Jesus Christ. This is Paul’s recommendation: “Brothers and sisters, think about the things that are good and worthy of praise. Think about the things that are true and honorable and right and pure and beautiful and respected … and the God Who gives peace will be with you” (Philippians 4:8-9).

Gerry Robert, a Christian motivational speaker who wrote the best-selling book, “The Millionaire Mindset,” says: “Whatever you think about, you bring about. So be careful what you think. Never think about what you don’t want. Don’t talk about things you don’t want. Don’t entertain ideas you don’t want showing up on the canvas of your life.

“The conscious mind is like a farmer deciding what to plant in his field … you decide which seeds you will plant, by the thoughts you think.

“The beauty of being a human being is that we can reason and choose our thoughts. You can choose to create options and responses to produce wonderful results in your life … You have the ability to choose the thoughts in your mind.”

A wise person once said, that where you are today is the result of the choices you have made so far in your life. God gives us free will and the power to choose. It is an awesome power, and one that we must be very careful not to abuse.

God has given us the power of choosing our thoughts-what we put into our minds. Jesus Himself, in the Gospels, makes it clear that He gives high importance to the mind. When He repeats the command given in Deuteronomy 6:5, to “love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength,” he makes a particular point of adding “mind” in each of the three Gospel accounts (Matthew 22:37, Mark 12:30, Luke 10:27). Even though the concept of the mind is incorporated in the soul, He still thought it important enough-in case we missed the point-to specifically add “mind” in each case!

We are a spirit, we live in a body, and we have a soul. Our soul is the centre of our thoughts, willpower and emotions. We can control our soul and its thoughts, as David did. He actually spoke to his soul, and gave it orders: “Why are you cast down, O my soul? … Bless the Lord, O my soul … Return to your rest, O my soul … Praise the Lord, O my soul.” (Psalms 42:5; 103:1; 116:7; 146:1).

If David can do it, then so can we! God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7). A mind that can do much more than we ever dreamed possible.

With God, all things are possible. No matter how hard it seems, and no matter how muddled our minds may sometimes be, He has given us a sound mind, and He has told us that we can control our thoughts, “capture” them, and force them to obey Jesus. For, after all, we have the very mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16).

He will not do it for us-but He has given us everything we need to control our thought life, and allow into our minds only those things pleasing to Him.

He has done His part-He has given us His Word, and in it, all the guiding principles and faith-building Scriptures that we require. Now, we are to do our part-TRUST AND OBEY, for there really is no other way.

Garbage in, garbage out?

It’s a matter of choice!

By John Gagliardi