What I like about the chapter and verse of John 9:1-11 is that God can take the common and ordinary things in our life (even clay from the ground) to get His point across and His purposes accomplished. The very thing that you and I are made of (clay) – when it’s in His hands, He applies His super to our natural. Clay is nothing special, it’s dirt from the ground, yet in the hands of God, it becomes anointed. It becomes anointed because of He who holds it, not because we are special, but because God is the Potter. Clay was the application used on this man’s eyes, but his obedience to go to the pool and wash as Jesus said assisted with his healing.
Today I want to speak to you from the book of Matthew, chapter 16:13-20. It is in these scriptures where the most powerful question was asked by Jesus Christ to his disciples. It’s a question that we also need to answer as followers of Jesus Christ. The question is “Who do you say that I am”? It’s a question that speaks to revelation. It’s a question that speaks to love. It’s a question that speaks to discipleship and it’s a question that speaks to faith.
Today, I want to talk to you about Servant-Leadership and how we can apply servant-leadership to our life as we imitate the life of Jesus Christ.
Before we dive into the core of today’s message, I want you to know that I believe that each of you are leaders. I also believe that you have great capacity to serve. But here a few questions that I want you to think about. Where does leadership come from? Is it something that is earned? Is it something that is given? Are you birthed into leadership? Is leadership a natural gift and talent that one is blessed with?
Tonight I want to spend some time talking to you about a man in the bible we know as Joshua. Joshua was quite a unique individual. He had a special quality about him that made him God’s chosen man to carry the servant-leader and spiritual mantle of Moses into the Promised Land.
In Joshua chapter 1, God says to Joshua “You’re next!” You have been chosen. I have a mission for you. Moses my servant is dead and now it’s your turn to play your part in this masterplan of not only bringing my people to the Promised Land, but to be an example to the world of my glory and power. Joshua, I have placed my hand upon you so that you will be an example to the world displaying what faith and obedience looks like. I’m going to use you to tell my story.
My title for today’s teaching is “Are we battlefield ready?”. What I want to talk to you today is about reconciliation, anxiety and peace, spiritual warfare and our posture towards God.
Men, God knows our past, our present and our future. He knows his plans for us individually and collectively. Our God is a God of reconciliation. He is in the mending business. He is in the business of making a way out of no way. He is in the business of renovating, revamping, reconditioning, rebuilding, reconstructing, revitalizing and rejuvenation. Our God is an awesome God and he reigns on heaven and earth with wisdom, power and glory – Our God is an awesome God. Amen!
To not be anxious is a command for you and I. We are to give our anxiousness to the Lord and we do that by submitting our thoughts, feelings, fears and concerns to God. Apostle Paul says that in “everything” we should connect with God. God desires to commune with us. And how do we connect to God? Through prayer and supplication.
We must not be anxious for anything. We must replace our anxiousness with God’s peace. We must learn how to remove ourselves from the noise of the world and the busyness of life to recharge our bodies, mind and spirit and position ourselves to listen to what God our Father requires of us. Communion with God, Rest in God and Vision from God is what Jesus received from His Father and it’s the same thing God desires to impart to us. The closer we get to the Lord, the more we recognize that our life is in His hands. And that recognition of God’s sovereign jurisdiction of our lives allows us to live life with contentment, appreciation and thanksgiving in our hearts.
Music, television, social media, politics, tradition, and unhealthy relationships are the culprits preventing you and I from meditating on things that are noble, pure, just, virtuous and praiseworthy and from experiencing God’s peace in our life. There is a battle raging inside and around us. It’s a battle for our destinies. A battle for our souls. A battle for our potential. A battle for our talents and abilities. A battle for our leadership. A battle for our families. A battle for our children and grandchildren. A battle for our voices. A battle for our purpose. A battle for our dreams. A battle for our minds, a battle for our manhood and ultimately, a battle for our spiritual growth and relationship with Jesus Christ.
So what happens to us when we pray about everything with thanksgiving and offer supplication to God? God’s peace is promised and our anxiousness subsides. Our anxiousness goes away. God’s peace is a supernatural peace that will transcend our ability to understand it.
When we place our full confidence in God who exudes love and joy and we are thankful in “every” circumstance we find ourselves in, we WILL possess a supernatural peace. An inner calm will guard and dominate our hearts and minds. The peace that God gives is a peace the world will never know or understand. As a matter of fact, we will not understand it ourselves, but it is this peace that the Lord desires to give to every Christian man, woman and child as a testimony of His love and His spiritual gifts that He freely gives to anyone who comes to him when they submit their life in a posture of prayer and supplication.