The Make It Happen Moment ® Special Election

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Noah's Ark

Noah’s Ark

Quote: “Spiritual leaders are not elected, appointed, or created by synods or church assemblies. God alone makes them!” – J. Oswald Sanders

One morning my brother-in-law was mowing the lawn and saw his little 5-year-old boy, Jacob, standing on the neighbor’s patio in front of their patio glass door peering inside their house.  As my brother-in-law quietly walked over to see what Jacob was doing, he could hear the neighbor’s large dog inside the house barking loudly at Jacob.  Surprisingly, Jacob was not afraid of the barking dog. Instead, with his fire engine red hair, he was bent over staring squarely at the disgruntled dog – behind the glass door no matter – and saying, “You want a piece of me. You want a piece of me…”  Something tells me that my nephew is not only a very funny little boy, but also a future leader in the making!

When we look at the great spiritual leaders of the Bible like Noah, Elijah, and Paul, to name a few, there is one thing I observe that they all had in common.  Each of them were willing to stand strong in the face of adversity to complete the leadership assignment that God had specifically called each one of them to accomplish for Him. I believe the reason they were able to do this is not because of any natural courage they possessed as leaders, but rather because of their faith in God to supernaturally protect them, empower them, and provide for them everything they needed to fulfill God’s special call on their lives.  Each one of them possessed a supernatural courage that only comes from personally knowing God, obeying Him, and knowing that He was for them regardless of the adverse situations they had to face. If this was not so, Noah would have never been able to continue building the ark in the face of community ridicule, Elijah would have run scared from the prophets of Baal, and Paul would have wallowed in self pity as a shackled prisoner in chains. 

I’ve heard it said that just because a person stands in a garage, it doesn’t make them a car. Well, the same is true of spiritual leaders. Just because someone has a leadership position given by men, it doesn’t make them a spiritual leader anointed by God.  Spiritual leaders are specially elected and qualified by God alone through the purifying tests and trials of each person’s specific faith walk and supernatural calling in God.  Psalms 75:6-7 states, “For exaltation comes neither from the east nor from the west nor from the south. But God is the Judge: He puts down one, and exalts another.” Additionally, the Lord makes it clear in His Word that He establishes all positions of authority including spiritual authority. 1 Chronicles 29:11-12 of The Living Bible states, “Everything in the heavens and earth is Yours, O Lord, and this is Your Kingdom. We adore You as being in control of everything. Riches and honor come from You alone, and You are the Ruler of all mankind; Your hand controls power and might, and it is at Your discretion that men are made great and given strength.” Therefore, with a spirit of faith and humility, be the spiritual leader that God specifically makes you to be as He qualifies you completely to fulfill His special call and leadership assignment on your life!

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Have a blessed “Make It Happen” day!

Edited by The Make It Happen Moment ® Editorial Team

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Affirmed To Be Alive

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Scripture

Acts 25:18-19 “When the accusers stood up, they brought no accusation against him [Paul] of such things as I supposed, but had some questions against him about their own religion and about a certain Jesus, who had died, whom Paul affirmed to be alive.”

Observation

In these verses, Paul is being brought before King Agrippa accused by the Jews as “a plague and a creator of dissension among all the Jews around the world” because of his fervent testimony about Jesus.  In the face of such accusation, Paul stood firm in faith with courage before the king and eloquently expressed the good news of the gospel and the hope that was in him through Christ.

Application

To be a light in the present darkness of this world, I must be willing to risk the approval of people by sharing the good news of the gospel to those who are perishing.  In doing so, some people may bring false accusation against me because of their pride and offense with the name of Jesus and the good news of His kingdom.  However, like Paul, I can stand firm in the face of such accusation with the courage of Christ knowing that Jesus is with me and will be faithful to be my very present help in time of need. 

Prayer

Heavenly Father, I praise You for You are Jehovah Tsidkenu, the Lord my Righteousness!  Thank You for giving me the courage to stand firm in faith as I affirm to others through my testimony that You are alive and Your kingdom reigns. Give me boldness in Christ to share the good news of the gospel with others and the wisdom to build Your kingdom in my sphere of influence. I love You Jesus! Amen!

Affirmed To Be Alive Copyright 2011, Gary J. Borgstede.  You have permission to reprint the personal devotion, Affirmed To Be Alive, in its entirety only, and forward to your colleagues and friends, provided the copyright notice remains part of the reprint and transmission.  All other rights reserved.

The Make It Happen Moment ® Cause For Courage

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Quote: “One person with courage is a majority!” – John Maxwell

Did you know that courage doesn’t always win the popular vote?  Why is that?  I believe the reason is that courage often involves acts of faith toward a specific cause intended to make a difference in the world and that kind of change can make people uncomfortable.  By its very nature, courage can either inspire the enlistment of other courageous souls to its cause or invite ridicule and rejection stemming from a fear of change that courage potentially produces.  Due to misunderstanding, people can be naturally afraid of the unconventional methods typically deployed when a person expresses courage to make a difference, especially when it charters new territories of growth, opportunity, and change.

Think about the Wright brothers, Orville and Wilbur, for a moment.  Their thoughts and ideas were certainly unconventional at the time.  It was no small feat to defy the laws of gravity with a powered ship designed to fly people in the air.  The changes their idea proposed were certainly uncomfortable for most contemporary minds of their day.  Public spectators said that people were not meant to fly.  In fact, it was believed that it couldn’t be done and that any attempt to do it would result in failure and perhaps even death.  Orville and Wilbur’s dream was a personal cause for courage which made people uncomfortable.  To fulfill the dream required unmoving faith on the part of the brothers as well as the enlistment of other people inspired by the thought of seeing the impossible made possible, despite the prevalent naysayer mindset. 

What about the challenges that you and your team face today?  Will you believe consensus that says the challenge is too big, the costs are too great, the outlook is too unfavorable, and the obstacles are too formidable?  Or will you believe the voice of the One who is a friend that sticks closer than a brother and promises that no weapon formed against you shall prosper?  With a spirit of faith and commitment, place your trust in El Elyon, God Most High, Creator and Possessor of everything, knowing that He is in total control of the dream He has placed in your heart and He is faithful to complete the good work He begins in you!

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Have a blessed “Make It Happen” day!

Edited by The Make It Happen Moment ® Editorial Team

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