Faith over Fear in Leadership – 4/23/2021
Faith over fear is a critical part of western society’s success. This is true in every measure from it’s foundations to it’s pinnacles. The American Society is one based on God’s foundation – that being the family. Why did God create mankind? For family! And He had a very specific design in mind when He did so.
In the beginning, (sorry I couldn’t resist) God created Adam. He walked with Adam in the Garden for a period of time allowing His relationship to grow with the man so as to create obedience and trust between Adam and God. Adam was responsible to care for the Garden of Eden and all the living creatures therein. Adam named all the plants and all the animals in the Garden as does man to this day when he discovers new forms of life on the planet or in the universe.
Ok so what am I getting at here? God had Adam walk around the garden without Eve at first because God had ordained Adam as the leader in the family structure of mankind. He wanted a human being who understood better what it was like to be the head and not the tail so that men could lead their women and children in Love.
This brings me to the revelation the Lord gave me this am. Women and children do not trust and obey their husbands and fathers in today’s world for one reason and Christian men do not obey and trust Jesus for the same reason.
This False Evidence Appearing Real (FEAR) drives women and children to have anxiety and not trust that we as their husbands and fathers can and will protect, provide and preserve our families with everything we have and everything we are. No surprise here when you consider the evil one works in the hearts of men for fear of the unknown and drives a belief that there is no God, and if there is, He is not merciful and mighty!
Yes FEAR drives anxiety and lack of trust in the hearts of men. Similarly, as husbands and fathers we do not OBEY Adonai because we do not believe He is merciful and mighty! This is why the structure of the family MUST be the man submitted to Christ (The head of the Body of Christ) and woman submitted to man to lead. This does not make women less intelligent or valuable then men. In fact, women and children are cocooned within societal structures as they are the most valuable in the family. With the wife and mother as the CORE of the family and the children the future!
The ‘Prince of the Air’ runs the media in today’s society. He has convinced society that the leader is the most intelligent person in the room and in order to garner respect and value you must lead and to do it alone if you must. (Single parent households abound) Anyone who has ever led knows that if they are the smartest person in the room, they are in the wrong room. To lead well, you must be surrounded by people with more knowledge than you. As the leader, it is your challenge to lead them in working together as one body to support the overall goals of loving relationship. The Prince of the Air (your phone, tv, computer work over the airways) is constantly reinforcing his faith of FEAR with men, women and children. This is why God tells us as leaders to have courage.
“This is My command – be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9
To have this courage we must have FAITH! Faith that is bigger than our fear! To have faith is to pray, fast and read the word daily as to apply it in our lives as men, husbands and fathers. Leadership is not for the faint of heart! We must TRUST in the Lord!
“You will show me the way of life, granting me the joy of your presence and the pleasures of living with you forever” – Psalms 16:11 NLT
As men and women we cannot remain silent in our pews not wanting to offend anyone. Leadership fights for justice in the name of the Lord and the body supports it’s leadership for doing so. (Read Proverbs 31)
“The Lord demands accurate scales and balances; he sets the standards for fairness.” – Proverbs 16:11 NLT
Leadership loves others as themselves not being so concerned with the politically correct and feelings as they are with what’s truly best for others as a whole.
“Love does no wrong to others, so love fulfills the requirements of the God’s law” – Romans 13:10 NLT
Leadership takes great patience in Love!
“Love is patient, love is kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand it’s own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices in whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. – 1Corinthians 13:4-7 NLT
May the Lord God once again raise up His ordained leaders (men submitted to Christ) to lead with courage, peace in their hearts, and wisdom in obedience to the Lord, trusting in Him completely with our minds, hearts and souls in faith, hope and love.
“Three things that last forever – faith, hope and love – and the greatest of these is love” -1Corinthians 13:13
We’ve become as society more concerned with ‘how does that make you feel’ style leadership that is appropriate for kindergarten class and developing minds, hearts and souls of children, but as men we must lead as men for the heart is most wicked and cannot be trusted. The empathy style leadership of today has become more pathetic than empathetic as it is misappropriated style of leadership in a world of adults. There is no empathy in a lie that serves to make one ‘feel’ better only. Giving a bottle of whisky to an alcoholic is not empathy its condemnation.
Here is the painful truth and two verses we must stand on as MEN who Lead from Christ! They go against everything the PC mantras of today believe in as they would have us believe people are generally ‘good’.
“The human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked. Who really knows how bad it is?” – Jeremiah 17:9
The answer to the question in the verse above is – ONLY JESUS!
We must remember we are no longer in kindergarten class (Eden) and are in a fallen and broken world that requires faith to endure in love.
“When I was a child I thought and reasoned as a child. But when I grew up, I put away childish things.” – 1Corinthians 13:11
Those childish things are the Politically Correct reasoning of today vs the Biblically Correct Truth of God! For He is the way, the TRUTH, and the life.