There is one leadership lesson that will impact your life and ministry like never before. No matter what situation you face, no matter what circumstance you are in, this fundamental principle always remains unchanged, and has provided comfort, courage and assurance to millions of believers throughout the ages. It’s tough to master. Hard to comprehend, but boy, when that hour comes, when you put into practice what you have trained for, you will experience the presence of God in an unimaginable way. Your competence in certain areas might be reassuring, your skills in your position might be affirming, but your courage as a leader will be tested to no end, unless you draw the line and practice this core leadership principle.
- Faith Defined:
Hebrews 11:1 “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” (NIV) This is no Disney magic. No believing in the voice within or listening to your heart. This is a fundamental turning point in how you view things. Take note of the two words, “confidence” and “assurance,” and then see how they are interjected into two distinct scenarios. One scenario is that of something in the future, and the other is that of something that is not yet in existence. To put it plainly, God is saying this: “Be 100% convinced that what you hope for will happen and try 100% to not look face value at your current circumstances. See past all of that and believe in Me.”
- It’s not going to happen by itself. You’ll need to make that decision.
Psalm 37:5 says, ” Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him, and he will act.” (ESV) The catch is clear. Your will might not be God’s will. How he acts, answers and the timing He chooses to do so might be far different from what you had imagined. Romans 10:17 ” So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.“ Spending time in His Word and putting into practice what you learn automatically results in deeper faith, and brings you into right standing with Him.
- God is there for you. Not your problems.
Sounds like a harsh statement. Think of it, though. God is not your magic Genie who provides easy outcomes for every problem you face. Instead God is interested in you. Your soul. Your devotion. Your problems are quite small and earth-bound, while your heart and soul are meant for eternity. Knowing that He stands as your shield, strength, comfort, and joy will give you the opportunity to enter any situation with confidence and assurance. Read Psalms 25, 27, and 28, and see how one man’s utterance for hope and deliverance is confidently met with faith-based assurance.
- Pray with the end goal in mind.
Philippians 4:6 “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” (NIV) Start your prayer with expectation and end your prayer with assurance. Give God thanks for what He will do. Be mindful, though that the outcome is up to Him.
- Leave the outcome up to God.
Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” A falsity proclaimed in every church virtually every Sunday, is that God wants the best for you. The “best” is tied to health, wealth, and power. This unfortunately is far from any biblical truth. God’s best is that you are in relationship with Him, growing closer to His heart, doing His will, obeying His commandments and sharing His salvation message with those around you, no matter what your circumstances look like. When you stop worrying about the outcome, you start living in the present, and focus on walking the road. You already know the end goal, which is eternal life with Him. Your life will become an adventure with ups and downs, and even though the road might get blurry your Compass will always lead the way.
- Peace that surpasses all understanding
When you come to the point where you are free from earthly possessions, free from man’s impressions, and open to an adventurous life in close relationship with God, you will be unmoved by your circumstances. It is when you surrender, that the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your heart and mind in Christ Jesus. That sweet spot is the best place from which to lead.