Direction requires correction!

Without counsel purposes are disappointed: but in the multitude of counsellers they are established. — Proverbs 15:22

So many of the saints I talk to find themselves in a state of confusion, misdirection, or frustration, and very often they are members of seemingly thriving churches. They’ve spent years, or even decades, going to church, but have no real direction for their purpose. A few might even have a vision or known calling but still have no real idea where to begin or how to continue once they do.

So, what should they do about it? Such a situation requires a good honest look at whether you’re in the right environment to begin with. Now, that may sound harsh, but if church leadership hasn’t clarified your purpose at least enough for you to get started on it in ten years, it’s either poor leadership, or the wrong leadership for you, assuming you have been earnestly seeking God for yourself. You may need to find some new leadership. Even then, still need counsellors, advisors to move your purpose forward. Given what Proverbs tells us, it seems that the wie thing to do is to ensure we have advisors, and the right ones, to assist us in the pursuit of our vision.

The greatest athletes and entertainers in the world have coaches. In football, you have a head coach, offensive coaches, defensive coaches, special teams coaches, strength coaches, and so on. Great singers have voice coaches. They don’t mind spending a lot of money on all this coaching. Now I say this because very often one of the mental barriers that we often have when it comes to acquiring a Life Coach is we will think or say it’s too expensive.  Let’s examine this logic.

Let’s look at Scotty, who has some idea that he is called to be some kind of real estate investor with a prophetic evangelistic mission, according to several prophetic words he’s received over the last 10 years at 1st Missionry Baptist Church of Stuckville, Illinois. In 10 years at that church, Scotty has given $5000 a year in tithes, offerings, and other gifts. That’s $50,000.  But he’s stuck. he’s never had so much as ONE meeting with his pastor about his calling, or his pastor charges additional hourly fees for such meetings, which Scotty can’t afford because tithes, offerings and all the special giving has him tapped out. So Scotty has spent $50,000 to be stuck, without direction, frustrated and broke. Doesn’t that sound expensive to you?

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Judges 9 – The Cost of Vain Ambition

Do you have a real vision from God, or are you chasing a vain ambition? Let’s use the Bible in Judges 9 to put that to the test.

What to do with a real prophetic word

For the vision is yet for an appointed time;
But at the end it will speak, and it will not lie.
Though it tarries, wait for it;
Because it will surely come,
It will not tarry. (Habakkuk 2:3)
What to do with a prophetic word:

God never intended for us to chase after prophecies, and no, you don’t ‘need’ a word for every situation you’re in. The Bible says that the just shall live by FAITH, not by prophecy. I’ve got some heavy situations going on right now, and I DON’T want a word about it. I’ve decided I’m going to trust that God didn’t lie to me, that he hasn’t forgotten me, and that my appointed time will come. There’s a time and place for a word, and there’s a time for FAITH which produces works (see James 2).
What then, should you do with a prophetic word? Assuming you’ve tested it and it really was a word from God…
1. Wait for it to come to pass (Hab. 2:3)
2. Speak it back to God
3. Pray concerning it
4. Take action in accordance with the word
5. Ask yourself, ‘What do I need to be doing to position myself to receive what God promised?’ This is NOT in the sense of earning it, but rather in the sense of being ready to handle the responsibility of stewarding the blessing.
6. Ask God the same question.
7. Do what is necessary from #5 and 6.
8. Study scripture related to what God told you.
9. Keep your life CLEAN. The angels don’t cry ‘love, love, love.’ They cry ‘holy, holy, holy.’

Do you want your vision to really grow?

“Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.” –Proverbs 29:18

There is a direct correlation between a righteous lifestyle and clarity of vision. I know, preachers, you love to use this verse to convince the people that they need to be under your vision in order to achieve their destiny, but that’s not what this verse is dealing with.

While your vision as a leader may be instrumental to their walk, there is a vision God intended for their life, their family, their career, their influence in the world. Your highest function as their leader after watching for their soul is not to find some clever way to cajole or manipulate them into fulfilling your vision, bt rather equipping them to insure the fulfillment of theirs.

Oh, shepherds of the house of the most high! How long will you preach on the value of serving and not serve the underlying purpose for which God brought those people to you in the first place? Do you not see how great a sin there is in serving yourself?

If you only knew how your vision would grow if you would but repent of this.

Church growth blues…

Leaders, it’s foolishness to complain about people not wanting to ‘sit under’ your leadership when your church is full of people whose life has no genuine direction outside of whatever role you’ve assigned them in furthering YOUR personal agenda of ministerial ambition. God may send some to specifically help with your vision, but most people will be sent to receive guidance for theirs. Until you can recognize that God’s ‘big picture’ is bigger than yours, don’t expect your church to grow much spiritually or numerically.
#apostleship #lead4real

If your vision was impossible, no one would try to stop you.

Those who will most strongly try to convince you that your vision is impossible are often the ones who are most certain you’ll achieve it. After all, if the religious leaders of Jesus’ time had thought his teaching was inconsequential, why would they have gone to the trouble of arresting him?
Other people’s opinions of you are none of your business. If you have to cut some people off, so be it. If your vision is worth attempting, then it’s worth eliminating distractions, disruptions, and discouraging voices so that you can commit your focus to seeing it through. There may be times when you’ll have to walk alone, and time when you’ll have to discontinue some friendships, but unless you are fully committed to your vision, you’ll never bring it to pass. Make a decision today to silence the voices that would try to dissuade you, and pursue the vision God gave you with everything you’ve got!

Your vision should be bigger than you

One of the reasons people leave churches is that our basic paradigm of what constitutes a church is fundamentally flawed. We tend to build an organization rather than a community, an institution rather than an embassy of the kingdom. Because of this kind of focus, the foundation of a ministry is usually centered around one person, who will usually style themselves as some sort of visionary, when all the while they are blind to the fact of their lack of omnipresence. No real vision from God is ever intended to be confined to your preaching, teaching, and plans… in fact, a genuine vision from God will make it necessary for you to be inadequate to meet its needs and carry out its mission. Moses led Israel out, but they had to be trained for war, and Moses did NONE of the fighting. This never means you should lay every burden on the people, but rather that you are intended to so equip them and intercede for them that victory is inevitable.