The Leader Must Have An Intimate Relationship With The Holy Spirit, This Should Be His Priority In Ministry!
Leadership Principles In The Book Of Acts
The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spiritbe with you all. Amen.
2 Corinthians 13:14 (NKJV)
Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marveled. And they realized that they had been with Jesus.
Acts 4:13 (NKJV)
Daily Reading Plan
2 Corinthians 13:14 (NLT) — 14 May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
Acts 4:13 (NLT) — 13 The members of the council were amazed when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, for they could see that they were ordinary men with no special training in the Scriptures. They also recognized them as men who had been with Jesus
Development of the Leadership Principle:
The first leaders of the Christian church were men dedicated to the ministry of prayer and the word, this was more important than any other ministerial task!
Acts 6:2 (NKJV) — 2 Then the twelve summoned the multitude of the disciples and said, “It is not desirable that we should leave the word of God and serve tables.
Acts 6:4 (NKJV) — 4 but we will give ourselves continually to prayer and to the ministry of the word.”
There will always be needs in the work of the Lord, but as leaders we must come to the truth that without an intimacy with the Holy Spirit we will never be fruitful or productive.
We will be busy, but we won’t give lasting fruit! Separated from Him we won’t do well.
John 15:5 (NKJV) —5 “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.
This model of ministry was shown to the disciples by our Lord Jesus Christ…
Our Lord Jesus Christ continually sought to spend time in intimacy with our Lord.
He sought every opportunity to be alone and have intimate moments in prayer. It was only him and his Father!!
For Jesus there was no other thing or activity that could take the place of his time in the secret place. He would continually separate from the multitudes to seek the will of His Father.
Luke 6:12 (NKJV) — 12 Now it came to pass in those days that He went out to the mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God.
Luke 4:42 (NKJV) — 42 Now when it was day, He departed and went into a deserted place. And the crowd sought Him and came to Him, and tried to keep Him from leaving them;
He didn’t let the occupations of life and his task to distract him from having a valuable time in prayer.
His agenda was driven by his Father, everything that Jesus did was under the direction of his Father, he lived to do His will!
The word intimacy speaks to us about a friendship, a devotion, it is a total concentration, it is the capacity to separate from everything, it is a secret place, A daily familiarity with the Holy Spirit!
Every day we can go to the secret place of prayer and enjoy time alone with the Lord, what a special privilege!
Intimacy is so special and unique, that the Holy Spirit has made a dwelling place in us.
In 1 Corinthians 3:16–17, “Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? 17 If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are.
Intimacy with the Holy Spirit is possible through a daily devotional life with God:
Devotional Time is simply a daily time of personal fellowship with the Holy Spirit through his Word and prayer.
It is a time that has been deliberately separated to have an encounter with him.
The objective of the devotional is so that we can grow in our personal relationship with God, that we can know him, love him and every time become more like him.
When we have daily communion with the Holy Spirit our ministry…
Will experience the blessing and favor of God in a unique and special way. God blesses our own plans and his divine will!
Our personal agenda, will be the same agenda of the Holy Spirit for the ministry that we are in charge of!
Our load of the ministry will be light and without a feeling of pressure, the Holy Spirit will strengthen us to do his work!
There will be a clarity of mind and focus, the eyes of the Holy Spirit will be ours! We will see things the way he sees them!
We will be surprised at the potential and capacity that we have, because the Holy Spirit will give us what we need to fulfill his calling.
Our spiritual character reflects our abilities and capacities, we will give fruit of the Spirit in everything we do!
We will have the best Teacher and Counselor to overcome the challenges in ministry, there will be no attitude that it can’t be done!
The key to establish an intimacy with the Holy Spirit is “solitude” it is intimate communion with Him.
Matthew 6:5-6 (NKJV) — 5 “And when you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. 6 But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.
The first step to experiment another level of our spiritual leadership, is intimacy with the Holy Spirit!
There are things that won’t happen in our life, until we prioritize spending quality time alone with Him.
Let us take the challenge of knowing him more daily, to enter a time where his communion is something we reach to know day to day.
In Psalms 25:14 it tells us, “The secret of the Lord is with those who fear Him, And He will show them His covenant.”
The Holy Spirit desires to have a more intimate and personal relationship with each of us.
If we pay attention to his voice we will be able to hear him tell us, Come and spend time with me!
In Revelations 3:20 it tells us, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.”
What a personal and intimate invitation the Holy Spirit makes to us today. Let us pray that we would take the challenge to know more of God, that we would respond to the invitation that the Holy Spirit makes to us today!
Foundational Scriptures of the Principle:
John 4:10 (NKJV) — 10 Jesus answered and said to her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.”
John 4:14 (NKJV) — 14 but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.”
John 7:38-39 (NKJV) — 38 He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” 39 But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive; for the HolySpirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.
John 14:16-18 (NKJV) — 16 And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. 18 I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.
Romans 8:9 (NKJV) — 9 But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His.
Romans 8:15-16 (NKJV) — 15 For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.” 16 The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God,
1 Corinthians 3:16-17 (NKJV) — 16 Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? 17 If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are.
1 Corinthians 6:19 (NKJV) — 19 Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?
Galatians 5:22-23 (NKJV) — 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.
Ephesians 2:21-22 (NKJV) — 21 in whom the whole building, being fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, 22 in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.
Philippians 2:1-2 (NKJV) — 2 Therefore if there is any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and mercy, 2 fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.
1 John 1:3 (NKJV) — 3 that which we have seen and heard we declare to you, that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ.
1 John 3:24 (NKJV) — 24 Now he who keeps His commandments abides in Him, and He in him. And by this we know that He abides in us, by the Spirit whom He has given us.
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