Leading From Holiness Study

Leaders are called to be an outward reflection of an inward glory. As this is on my heart continually God has been nudging me to do something. Have you felt His nudges before? Then you know right where I am.

He has asked me to share with our leaders lessons I have learned/learning in my years of leading women’s ministries.

As leaders we are called to pastor the women God has given us to influence. You may not realize this or even think you are however, this does not change the fact that you are called to do this.

Take a look at our scripture {Colossians 3: 12-14}. We are Gods chosen people, holy and dearly loved…..

Out of this nudging God is flowing a series called “Leading From Holiness”.

You will find hese post will only in our SC WM Leaders group. Are you a pastors wife/WM leader/ leadership on a WM team/Missionary/ Missionary wife or leading a ministry and not a member of our group? Follow the link and ask to join now to check out our first one:

http://www.facebook.com/groups/180851528653717/ 

I hope you will join us on this series and pray as you do, that you are encouraged, challenge, and lifted as you lead your ladies. I’m looking forward to spending this time with each of you.

Becoming an outward reflection of an inward glory!

See you there,

Cherie ♥  

{WM District Director/ South Carolina District of the Assemblies of God}


Dynamic Leadership Part 3: I’m Not Afraid!

 

For God has not given us a spirit of timidity (fear)!…PERIOD! THE END!

The word “timidity” can be defined as a lack of mental or moral strength, cowardice, or shameful fear that is generated by weak, selfish character. In other words…when we live in fear, or heaven forbid lead in fear, it is actually a manifestation of our weakness & selfishness.

The ONLY antidote for fear is the peace of God.

Jn14.27 – “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.”

…but of power (dunamis) and love and discipline (sound mind)!…NOW, THAT’S BETTER!

Courage, on the other hand, can be defined as mental or moral strength. It implies firmness of mind & will in the face of danger or extreme difficultly. And my personal favorite, good old stubborn persistence. Courage depicts a heart that is fixed in its purpose or desire; having intense concern. Courage results from a heart that is guarded by the peace of God that surpasses all comprehension (Phil4.7).

RUN, PHILIP, RUN!

Acts 8 begins as Stephen has just been stoned, Saul is on the rampage, & the Church is scattered as a result of persecution. Scary stuff! However, Luke immediately turns our attention to the power-packed, miraculous, fearless ministry of Philip(v6). In the midst of the chaos an angel of the Lord appears to Philip giving him a single direction, “Get up & go”(v26). Without fear or hesitation or question, scripture states, “So he got up & went(v27)”. A single direction is ALL Philip received; a single direction is ALL we need, & “POW!”, we are on a mission.

Next the Spirit instructed Philip to “Go up”(v29) to the chariot of an Ethiopian dignitary, so he “Ran up”(v30) alongside. Suddenly the dignitary invited him to “Come up”(v31) into the chariot for a Bible lesson from the book of Isaiah, so Philip climbed in.

It was all happening so quickly, yet Philip moved onward, step-by-step, a single direction at a time, without hesitation. Finally, everything became clear as Philip began teaching the Ethiopian about the Greatest Man of Courage, who followed a single direction from His Father, & fearlessly carried out the mission to bring ALL men “up” with Him. That day the Ethiopian heard & he received & was baptized…all because Philip was not afraid to obey. Philip was a dynamic leader.

Rachael

Rachael Butler is the women’s ministries director at Faith Assembly of God in Summerville, SC.  You can read more about Rachael and her heart for God and women’s ministry on our scwm speaker page.

PROMISES, PROMISES – Dynamic Leadership Part 2


For God has not given us a spirit of timidity (fear)…HE HAS GIVEN US HIS PROMISE

Abraham embarked on the journey of a lifetime when he stepped foot out of Ur. Through every day, over every mile, despite impossible odds, he walked faithfully with God. All he really had was a PROMISE…all he really needed was a PROMISE. Who knew we had so much in common?

WITH A CAPITAL “P”

Like Abraham, dynamic leaders are driven by the PROMISE God has revealed to us through His Holy Spirit. It is this promise that births vision, the supernatural revelation of God to His people. Without the promise we won’t even make it out the door, much less down the street. And without vision we won’t have strength for the journey, never mind perseverance when we meet inevitable resistance (Pr29.18). The PROMISE is the key. It readies us to receive, steadies us to see, & then we can move…with vision.

Abram received the promise (Gen12), & received the promise (Gen13), then received the promise (Gen15), & again received the promise (Gen17), & received the promise again (Gen18), & then received the promise once more (Gen22). Even with all of that promise receiving, he still did not hold the promise in his arms for another year, & the fulfillment of that promise remains to be seen. Yet through all of the waiting the promise was never far away. Every time God spoke Abraham could see the vision afresh & anew. Abraham was open, ready to receive & obey, allowing God to leave His eternal mark — to “cut” covenant (Gen17) — sealing the promise.

THE EASY WAY OUT

The writers of Romans, Galatians & James tell us what Abraham did with the promise…he simply believed. Could it really be that easy? Just believe God?

Gen18.14 – Is anything too difficult for the LORD? At the appointed time I will return to you, at this time next year, and Sarah will have a son.

Rom4.20&21 – yet, with respect to the PROMISE of God, he did not waver in unbelief but grew strong in faith, giving glory to God, & being fully assured that what God had PROMISED, He was able also to perform.

For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus (Phil1.6).

Make it easy on yourself. Reach out & believe the PROMISE God has given to you.

Rachael

Rachael Butler is the women’s ministries director at Faith Assembly of God in Summerville, SC.  You can read more about Rachael and her heart for God and women’s ministry on our scwm speaker page.

Dynamic Leadership~ Power UP

TRUTH leaves NO ROOM for EXCUSES!!!!

The Word of God is Truth…pages FILLED with the accounts of ordinary men & women used by God Almighty to accomplish His vision & carry out His plan.

Are these stories intended to discourage us into believing that we could never measure up to the people of whom we are reading, OR are these power-packed chapters and verses meant to inspire us to believe the TRUTH…we ARE just like these people – ordinary, yet empowered by an extraordinary God!

There’s no TIME like the PRESENT!!!!

Jesus is Truth… and NOW is His timetable.

From the outset of His public ministry He wasted no time establishing His message, His purpose, and the critical need for immediate obedience.

            Calling the disciples, ”Follow me” (Mt4.19) NOW

            Responding to the rich, young ruler, ”Go…sell all…give…come follow Me” (Mt19.21) NOW

Speaking to the storm, “Hush, be still” (Mk4.39) NOW

Resurrecting a dead man, “Lazarus, come forth” (Jn11.43) NOW

Addressing the woman at the well, “Go…sin no more” (Jn8.11) NOW

The timing for all of them was “NOW!” This was the call to leadership, the call to step out and step up, the call to change, to do and to become. So, what are you waiting for? NOW is your time too.

YOU are a DYNAMIC LEADER!!!!

2Tim1.7 – For God has not given us a spirit of timidity {fear}, but of power {dunamis} and love and discipline {sound mind}.

The “power” Paul is referring to is dunamis, which can be defined as power, especially achieving power. It can also be defined as potential and ability, and is often translated as the word “miracles” in Scripture.

Lk24.49 – And behold, I am sending forth the promise of My Father upon you; but you are to stay in the city until you are clothed with power {dunamis} from on high.

Acts1.8 – but you will receive power {dunamis} when the Holy Spirit has come upon you.

1Cor3.4 – and my message and my preaching were not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power {dunamis},

The best part is that this is the same power that raised Jesus Christ from the dead, it is the same power that lives in you, it is the same power that enables you to lead, it is the Spirit of the Living God alive in you. (Rom8.11) Allow His power to lead through you NOW.

“Depend upon it. God’s work done in God’s way will never lack supplies. All God’s giants have been weak men who did great things for God because they reckoned on His being with them. God uses men who are weak and feeble enough to lean on Him.” –J. Hudson Taylor

Rachael Butler

Rachael is the women’s ministries director at Faith Assembly of God in Summerville, SC.  You can read more about Rachael and her heart for God and women’s ministry on our scwmspeaker page.