I have been talking about living a grace-filled life for years now. Some people think it’s hogwash or just a gimmick, and that’s okay. This message isn’t for everyone, and I am not called to everyone. To the people that I’m supposed to reach, I want you to understand the importance of truly living out God’s revelations.
In the realm of leadership, we often hear about the importance of action, vision, and tenacity. But there’s another vital ingredient to successful leadership that often goes unsung: rest. We’re not just talking about a good night’s sleep here, but a deeper kind of rest—a spiritual rest rooted in faith.
In a world that is constantly changing, it’s important that, as ministers of the gospel of Jesus Christ, we lead by example and prioritize our relationship with God. In my conversation with Dr. Creflo Dollar about pastoring in this new paradigm, we discussed a lot of the changes the body of Christ has seen over the past few years.
We tend to be creatures of habit; it’s just part of our nature. If the last few years have taught us anything, it’s that there’s no such thing as normal. Our lives pre-2020 have ceased to exist. Although the restrictions have been lifted and face-to-face interactions are commonplace again, our goal must not be to return to our pre-2020 routines.
If you are in a crisis or storm, I want to encourage you not to give up! This is the perfect time to praise God because He is still in the miracle-working business. Scripture reminds us that if God is for you, then who can be against you? The answer is no one. It doesn’t matter what your circumstances look like; God has already orchestrated a resolution on your behalf that is for your good.
Today, I’m reminding you of the charge that God has given you. Don’t forget your assignment; don’t run away from it because God is not finished with you yet. He’s counting on you—yes, YOU! He knows both what He placed in you and every obstacle that will be placed in your future. Guess what? He will give you the grace to fulfill everything He called you to do.
Because of their sin in the garden of Eden, God pronounced that Adam would rule over Eve; since then, humankind has sought to dominate and rule over one another. Jesus came to redeem us from the curse of the law.
Redemption is a word often thrown around in Christian circles but not always well understood. As leaders, we’ve found ourselves teaching on this subject many times. Understanding the meaning and significance of this term changes how we see ourselves as leaders in Christ and what His act of love truly unlocked for us.
I have the honor of being able to speak with a lot of pastors and church leaders. Inevitably, the subject of “church hurt” comes up. While church hurt is not an excuse for any leader or layperson to stop doing what God has called us to do, it is a real and emotional experience that we must work through.