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Today I want to challenge leaders to be an example in expectancy, creativity, and purpose. Our expectancy is a matter of faith. What do we expect to see today? Do we expect victory, or do we expect defeat? Do we have a revelation of Jesus in our lives today that inspires faith to lay hold of the grace that God has for us today? God’s grace is the power of His manifest presence in our lives to overcome all things each and every day. It is the foundation of the kingdom of God working in and through our lives to reign in life. As leaders we must lead those entrusted to our influence into a path of faith. To do this we must also embrace hope. It is hope that inspires the creativity of our hearts and minds. The creativity of our hearts and minds will position our inner beings to be inspired by the internal voice of God. The result is faith, the substance of whatever we hope for. As leaders we must also be steadfast in our purpose. When the circumstances of our lives change, the purpose of our lives does not. If our purpose can be shaken or altered by our circumstances, we haven’t discovered our true purpose in life. Our purpose is connected to God’s love flowing through our lives to the lives of others. As leaders we must demonstrate a purpose of life-giving love to others and we must give our hearts to assist those we lead in finding their life-giving purpose in all things as well.
God loves each of us and each of us are inspired in our hearts to be seekers of God. We are seekers of God to become the blessing of God in the earth. We are the blessing of God to bring about the multiplication of His purpose and blessing in the generational families of mankind. Our descendants are destined to possess the gates of their enemies and the earth is to be changed by the destiny of our family name. We are more than ourselves, we are the corporate expression of God’s purpose and glory. We are the place of God’s kingdom administration in the earth. We are the place of Zion. Zion is a house of grace. Grace gives, grace never takes. God’s grace is God’s power to change our lives and to change the world we live in.
God wants us to understand grace. Grace is given to us, but it is not something that we take. It is something we must each find. It is found when we discover He is a giver. We know we have found grace when we become givers. When we are not givers, we haven’t discovered God’s grace. God’s presence in and through our lives is the place of God’s government at work in and through our lives. This is the true Zion of God. It is a place of faith, hope, and love working in and through our lives to the world around us. Zion is a culture of grace. It is not a lesser covenant than the covenant of law, it is a greater covenant. It is not a covenant of a soft God, it is a covenant of a great God! Zion is a testimony to finally being able to be transformed. It is a testimony of a place where we do not just hear that God is speaking, but we hear what He is saying. We hear Him, we respond to Him, and we become a testimony of what He says.
When we stand fast for our own opinions, when we stand fast to get what we need from others, we may have heard that God is speaking, but we have not yet heard His voice. The testimony of hearing Him is the receiving of a kingdom that cannot be shaken. Where do we receive this kingdom? We receive this kingdom in Zion.
Hebrews 12:22-29 But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, to an innumerable company of angels, to the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are registered in heaven, to God the Judge of all, to the spirits of just men made perfect, to Jesus the Mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling that speaks better things than that of Abel. See that you do not refuse Him who speaks. For if they did not escape who refused Him who spoke on earth, much more shall we not escape if we turn away from Him who speaks from heaven, whose voice then shook the earth; but now He has promised, saying, “Yet once more I shake not only the earth, but also heaven.” Now this, “Yet once more,” indicates the removal of those things that are being shaken, as of things that are made, that the things which cannot be shaken may remain. Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear. For our God is a consuming fire.
It is among the innumerable company of believers in heaven and upon the earth that we receive the increasing testimony of God’s grace. The increasing eternal grace of God causes us to experience the fire of God that purifies us.
We are living in a time of another level of what cannot be shaken being revealed in our lives. These are the unshakeable things of faith, hope, and love. The world only shakes when something of the unshakeable kingdom of God is being manifested in the nations of men. We must not look at what is shaking, but to the things that cannot be shaken. As leaders we lead other in a culture of faith, hope, and love. These things will inspire our expectancy, creativity, and purpose even in shaking times.
Food For Thought,
Ted J. Hanson
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