God wants all people to know that they are a blessing in this earth. Each person was born to be loved by God as the blessed of God in the earth. Because we are blessed by God we are also the blessing of God in this world. It doesn’t matter where we find ourselves, as long as we find ourselves in our world. We can bring life and change to our world, but we cannot do that if we seek to live in someone else’s world. Life is not fair, it is simply life! As leaders, we must know who we are and live to be a blessing to the world that has been given to us. When we do this, we inspire those we lead to do the same.
Leadership is about multiplication, not addition. We do not lead people to add them to our cause. We lead to further the cause of Christ in the lives of people. There is always a greater corporate purpose to our divine connections in life, but our connections are made of individual members that each contribute in their own unique way to the testimony of Christ. We lead to give greater value to others. When we do this, we inspire the next generation to do the same.
The second thing that God told Abraham was that in multiplying He would multiply Him. The Hebrew writing of this is also a double word for multiplying. It is the word for multiply written twice. This is not just God really multiplying those who believe Him, but those who believe Him living to multiply. It involves the actions of those who believe God. When we believe that we are blessed, we live to multiply. This is not living to add things to our own lives, but living to give our own lives for the sake of others. The actions of our lives must be to give and release life to others in this world. As New Covenant leaders, we must lead to inspire others to seek to multiply who they are in the lives of others. This is the second part of the good news preached to Abraham. Giving value to others is more important than living to be valuable in some ministry cause of our lives. We must be willing to be who we are for the sake of others becoming who they are in Christ.
The third thing that God told Abraham was that his descendants would possess the gates of their enemies. Gates are the places of influence in the earth. They are the powers that affect the minds and hearts of the generations of men. When we know that we are a blessing we live to multiply in the lives of others. When we live to multiply in the lives of others we live for those beyond our own lives. We live for our children and for our children’s children. I call this a 100-year plan. God is the God of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Israel. God is the God of Paul, Timothy, faithful men, and others also. He is a generational God and we can expect that the inheritance beyond us is a greater power than what we live in today. The good news preached to Abraham was that the generations of men would destroy the powers of the enemy. The power of God’s inheritance in the earth is greater than the disinheriting powers of the enemy! The imaginations of our hearts and the actions of our hands must be to release the inheritance and the power of life to our children and our children’s children. The gates of Hades (the realm of the dead) cannot prevail against the advancing family of God in the earth. As leaders in the New Covenant we must lead in a way that inspires others to live for their children and their children’s children in the earth.
The fourth thing that God told Abraham was that through his Seed all the nations of the earth would be blessed. This is the transforming power of God’s influence to all the nations of the world. The good news given to Abraham was that the influence of God through the generations of men in Christ would know no limit! It was the power of the likeness and the image of God to change the world! The good news preached to Abraham was all about beliefs, actions, imaginations, and influence. This is the testimony of God’s life within those who manifest the likeness and the image of God in the earth. The image of self would be destroyed by the growing image of God in the earth. As leaders in the New Covenant we must lead with this aim. It is the “really good news” preached to all men in Christ!
Be a blessing, live to multiply, empower your children to empower their children, and live for the generational destiny of the family name. In blessing He will bless us, in multiplying He will multiply us, our descendants will possess the gates of their enemies, and through the seed of our family name the nations will be blessed. This the really good news of Christ in us, the hope of glory!
Food For Thought,
Ted J. Hanson
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