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Why Can’t I follow you Now?

 A very happy and prosperous 2013 to you all who follow my thoughts on leadership on this blog. I hope the year brings with it, divine opportunities so that your own leadership can grow and go to the next level. So much promise and so many exciting things to do.

And yet doors may seem open and you naturally want to go through them. Let me sound a warning here. Be careful not to rush as there may be lessons God wants to teach you and I on the virtue of patience. Let’s see this at play in one of God’s leaders in scripture.

In John 13:37 Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, why can I not follow You now? I will lay down my life for Your sake.” In the verses before this, Jesus and his disciples had been having a conversation and Peter’s take was that probably Jesus intended to go some long journey, which would have  subjected him to many inconveniences and unnecessary fatigue. Probably he (Peter) also felt the need to follow Jesus in this supposed journey, at every cost! However, because he did not see our Lord’s meaning, he saw no reason why he could not go with Jesus.

“I will lay down my life for your sake.” Really Peter? It’s clear that he was sincere, but he did not know the limit of his own strength.  He was willing to die, but when the time came he was not able.  Out of this comes a lesson that I hope we can all see and learn from. Never run before God’s guidance to do things (good or otherwise) for Him on the impulse of feelings.

Christ must first die for Peter, before Peter can die for him. Let us never think we can do anything, without the immediate assistance of God.
Peter’s subsequent denial should be an eternal warning to all self-confident leaders, that even though there be sincerity and good will in our intentions in 2013, yet when the trials come, these may not be enough to perform that which belongs to the power of God. We should will, and then look to God for power to execute. Without him we can do nothing.
In 2013, let us be leaders who are not led by our natural impulses or feelings but rather those who know how to wait upon the Lord.
Again, a happy and prosperous 2013 to each and every one of you.

Leadership of the Holy Spirit

We read in Zechariah 1:18-19 how the prophet Zechariah raised his eyes and looked, and he saw four horns. And he said to the angel who talked with him, “What are these?” The angel replied and said, “These are the horns that have scattered Judah, Israel, and Jerusalem.”

Here in these scriptures, horns, denote the enemies’ dignity and dominion.The reason for their pride. Horns exalted, also denote their strength, power, and violence. Just like the Jews who were facing these four horns, we too may be surrounded from every side; when we avoid one horn that pushes at us from one side, we run against another.

The church (you and I) has enemies that have horns they use to hinder us from the good work that the Lord has called us to. We may look up, and certainly see the enemy, forceful and furious, and also see his boastings and his violence that is arrayed against us. And that may give rise to fear in our hearts.

But in His mercy,  the Lord will show us ‘carpenters or craftsmen’ or His great and mighty power that He has employed to the crushing of these evil powers that array against us (Zechariah 1:20). For every one of the four horns of evil that comes against you and I, God has provided a counteracting power adequate to destroying it.

My one point is this; Our fear of danger can so engage or consume us that we often overlook the divine help provided for us. Through the leadership of the Holy and Eternal Spirit of God, whatever the enemies against us, we have greater friends for us. Let us always remember that, when God has work to be done, He will raise up some to do it and others to defend it and protect those that are employed in the doing of it. And since the Lord God almighty is our help, He will break all the horns of the ungodly that come against us.