While we may choose someone to be in an office of leadership, such as a police chief or fire chief, God chooses us to be leaders in His word. He chose us to be His children. When we accepted the nudging of the HOLY SPIRIT to follow Christ, and to accept the LORD as our Savior, then we became God's children, joint heirs with Christ Jesus. We do not choose Him, He chooses us. He knows long before we do, that we will be a child of His. So when He tells us to take His word out into the world, to share His gospel with others, then that is our duty as a leader in the word. We may not have a title like Pastor or Bishop or Priest or Deacon, etc., but we have an important role and that is one of disciple. But to be a disciple we must first get in line with the word and be quick to obey it. We must first have the proper training given to us by our Pastors (our leaders). Before we can go out and lead others, we must first suit up for the task, because the enemy will come against those who are trying to do God's work.
First we must put on the full armor, not just pieces of it. We must suit up everyday not just in times of war.
The Belt of Truth (to know the word, so as to protect you from the lies of the enemy)
The Breastplate of Righteousness (to protect you from accusations that will be thrown at you by the unrighteous)
The Shoes of the Gospel of Peace (the peace of knowing Christ Jesus will supply all your needs)
The Shield of Faith (your defense against the doubt and the guilt that the enemy tries to put on you)
The Helmet of Salvation (your defense against people trying to confuse you and take away your assurance of spending eternity with the Father)
The Sword of the Spirit (the spoken word of God)
While reading in one of my Bibles this morning, I saw this and knew that there are a lot of people out there right now who need to hear this. You need to know how to let God be in control of your life, and quit trying to be the Lord over your life and let Him.
Who is your strength? PS 118 v 14....The Lord is my strength and song, and He has become my salvation.....
Recognize your enemies,....Physical weariness (strength giving out) emotional frustration (too much bad you are listening to or watching on TV) mental discouragement ( I cannot do this) fear from threats (this sickness will take you down)....
Now is the time to know the word of Truth, so that you may conquer the lies of the devil. You need a plan of attack in the ready all the time. Don't wait until you are faced with a trial to try and come up with a plan. You need to know what the word says and speak the word over yourself everyday so that when the enemy comes against you, you can immediately put your plan into action. You need prayer partners that you pray with on a regular basis that you know you can call at a moments notice and put them into action. You need to make sure that your weak areas are covered, that is why we have our churches and our Pastors to cover us when we need it. To give us the word of God and feed us on a regular basis to keep our strength growing and to build us up so that we may protect the house of GOD, the church (the people) and ourselves against the enemy. Sometimes the enemy attacks us through our worship place, the enemy will try to divide God's people, (the church) by stirring up trouble. When you hear gossiping and grumbling amongst the people, you need to get away as quick as you can, don't let that evil spirit get on you. Gather some prayer partners and pray those evil spirits out. AMEN!
Remember that GOD is AWESOME and GREAT and can do all things. Remember who is on your side fighting with you. We as Christians need to take a stand and get the word out there so that people are not wandering around in circles trying to figure out what to do next. We need to be like Jesus and have compassion. Jesus is calling us to be laborers and go out into the harvest.
We don't have to have the big titles, we need to remember that promotion comes from God.
Ps 75 v 6-7....For exaltation (promotion) comes neither from the east nor the west nor from the south. But God is the Judge; He puts down one, and exalts another.........
Remember you do not need a title to go into battle. Sometimes the most important warriors are the ones on the front line holding the enemy back. But to do this, you need to be equipped with the right Word. The Truth. AMEN!