A House Built by the Lord
Achieving real success in leading a nation, regardless of the task, depends completely upon the presence and blessing of God.
Not By Might, Nor By Power
Without God We Can Do Nothing
John the Baptist and Jesus both baptized followers. In the course of time, a question arose between John’s disciples and a Jew who had likely been baptized by Jesus. Whose baptism is better, that of John or Jesus? Unable to satisfactorily answer the question among themselves, they approached John, who responded in this way: “A man can receive nothing, except it be given him from heaven” (John 3:27). What is accomplished for God is accomplished through the hand of God, regardless of who God uses to do it.Jesus told his disciples, “I am the vine, ye are the branches; He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit” (John 15:15). Maintaining your connection to me is the only way you will have the capacity to fulfill my vision for your ministry, “for without me ye can do nothing.” Lacking a connection to Christ, you will fail to accomplish your mission.
Success in fulfilling God’s vision lies in the hands of God.
The Nonnegotiable Necessity
The only way an individual will fully accomplish kingdom business is if he abides in Christ. Truly useful, productive lives will only exist if one stays connected to Christ. The lives of Solomon, Zerubbabel, John the Baptist, and Jesus instruct us that the presence and blessing of God are essential for achieving success as defined by God. Spiritual power comes from God’s presence and blessing. Leadership training is not a replacement for spiritual power.
But wait, we’re not done yet! Just because leadership training is not a replacement for spiritual power does not mean it cannot enhance the effectiveness of a Spirit-filled ministry. Check back again as we continue to explore whether leadership training has a place in the church.