I used to believe being a leader meant I had to have it all together and know all the answers. This wrong belief caused me to be extremely stressed and discouraged when I led because no one other than God is like that. It also led me to be really insecure as a leader. At times I would be fearful that those I was leading did not like me or disagreed with what I said. As a result, it was very difficult for me to receive any criticism even if it was constructive.
Recently I was asked to be a Discipleship Coordinator for IHOPU students, basically a small group leader. As I step back into leadership, (I took a break for a season) for the first time, I felt the Lord helping me lead. He helped me do it with Him rather than separate from His help and presence.
In the past, I would feel Him leading me only in moments where I was absolutely desperate or when the worship was really anointed. They were only snippets, seemingly accidental hiccups in my Christian walk.
God has patiently taught my heart through each season to open up, to reach and know that I will find Him when I hold out my hand. I discovered time and time again, how ready and happy He is to help me and teach me how to do things.
When I asked Him for grace to lead this small group, for His heart for each of the girls He has given me leadership over this season, for vision for the small group, He gave it to me and continues to pour out more and more into me as I pour into them. For the first time, I’m more concerned about their nearness to God instead of whether or not they like me because I feel His love so tangibly. This transformation in me is proof that God is real and of His transforming powers.
Who we are today, our shortcomings and weaknesses do not limit the power of the Most High. He IS taking us from glory to glory, higher and higher no matter how our journey may look. We’re not just stuck in an eternal revolving door even if it feels like we are. There is hope for each and everyone of us. His Word is not just there to pity us. The Bible is not just a book of empty promises, but His Word is mighty, living and active, piercing through our emotions, weakness, broken words of man and our past. His Word towards us does not return to Him void but accomplishes the good desires of God. Thank You Jesus
Whatever we’re doing, we can do it with confidence of God’s presence and help.
-Isaiah 55:11 “So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.”
-Hebrews 4:12 “For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”
-2 Corinthians 3:18 “But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.”