The idea of a house church began with the early Christians. It was illegal to practice Christianity at that time, so the church met in homes. However, house churches are not just for people who are trying to avoid persecution. Our dear fellow brothers and sisters in Iran obviously will not agree. In my view, the House Church movement is more authentic. There are a few reasons Barna makes similar claims, stating house churches are a more natural selection over cell churches (Barna, 2009, 88). Over the past three decades, the church has become a force to reckon with because of the sovereignty of God.

However, the church itself also played a significant role in her growth, specifically, because of her excitement to open herself to new ways (Read: The Future of the Church). The introduction to youth ministry, contemporary praise and worship, multi-sites, and seeker-sensitive churches, all define some of the newer ministries, that brought excitement and also confirmed the touch of the supernatural that is clearly upon the church.

At first glance, the cell church looks like a house church

The cell church movement was another considerable movement. Which is a congregation headed by a single pastor, who encourages the church members to join and multiply the cell groups. At first glance, the cell church looks like a house church. I know this because often when I share the vision of the house church with people, it is not unusual to hear someone say, “oh, basically like a cell group.” It is precisely for this reason that men like Barna believe we should look more closely into the subject and determine what makes house churches very different from cell churches. Especially, in light of the fact that the cell-based church has become what it fears the most, “a program-based design” (90). What are the differences between a cell church and a house church?

Driven by Agenda vs Being the Agenda

The house church is not driven by an agenda. It is the agenda. Unlike the typical cell church, there is an agenda to accomplish and a structure to follow. This agenda could be a written set of instructions handed to the cell leader from the senior pastor or an agreed-upon regular structure for each meeting. Often a cell leader is advised not to allow anyone to bring the word or teachings. Discernment is a necessity and “structure” can provide security, the point is, the house church itself is the agenda.

An apostolic network

Moreover, a house church is part of an apostolic network (Acts 2:42) within which the fivefold ministry is operating ( Eph 4:11-13). It is thus, designed not to become a “bless me club” of the pious chosen frozen. Operating as an isolated social gathering or an inward-focused, self-centred group. The house church is not a prayer meeting, even though there is prayer. The house church is not a bible study even though there is biblical teaching. Since Jesus is a person, the idea is that the house church is a meeting with Jesus. Since you love the person whom you meet, no meeting is ever the same.

Every meeting is creative, inventive and exciting. Likewise, the house church is everything but a predictable, sterile gathering of the saints. The cell church is predominately “structured” to be error-proof, where simply nothing can go wrong. Unpack the guitar and songbooks, sing, pray, share the announcements, listen to a Bible study or sermon, pray again, and close the meeting at 9 PM on the dot! However, in such a context, not much can go right either.

Programs over the people

Nothing is wrong with structure or programs, but if those things become the dominating program whenever Christians meet, they will soon become a tradition. I am afraid “lifeless traditions” define even the most spirit-filled churches today. This is why a preoccupation with Bible studies or even prayer can easily kill a healthy community. Each time the preoccupation of a program is emphasised over the people, this misplaced emphasis may seem safe and easy for the first few months. But eventually will require that we invent follow-up programs and follow-ups to the follow-up programs. Unlike the earlier house church, it grew without a follow-up program (Acts 2:47).

When any gathering such as a bible study, prayer meeting, cell or house church is driven with an agenda, for instance, the modern evangelical focused on “win the lost at all cost” within the contemporary cell church. Such a vision may seem biblical and virtuous, but with it comes the pressure to perform. Which accounts for much of the startling burn-out figures of cell churches. Even so, I’m certain a church out there winning the lost is better than a church in here, doing nothing? 

The core reason Christians ought to come together is to share and transfer life. Since Le hayim (life) is not predictable, our meetings should not really be predictable either. This very issue of unpredictability makes house churches more attractive, at least for the younger generations, which may bring a more transformational side effect. Rather than seeing church or cell groups as a series of predictable weekly meetings. As they went from house to house in the New Testament, having church, the people were the resources, Jesus was the program, fellowship was the reason, multiplication was the outcome, and discipling the neighbourhood was the natural result. 

Jethro system or the Fivefold Ministry

In the order of what characterises most of the cell churches today, they operate on a one-fold ministry, not a five-fold ministry, principle (96). The fivefold ministry is missing from the cell church. The reason for this handicap, many cell churches favour the so-called “Jethro principle”, a system of administration that delegates authority to several levels of leadership (Exo 18).

Jethro principle

We should notice, however, that the Jethro principle was basically a structure for enforcing law and order (Barna, 2009, 96). It was not designed to build and empower the New Testament fellowship of grace and love. Moses was a mediator between the people of Israel and God, and this is exactly what Jesus did away with, as He Himself became the mediator once and for all. In a cell church, the leader (senior pastor, area leader “worship leader” or cell leader) typically based on the Jethro principle, seems to be the “mediator”. Everyone else is a spectator.

This Jethro structure often requires an enormous amount of counting, administration, bureaucracy, resources and, may I say it, control -often driven by fear or a ‘military-styled’ leadership. Who wants to live a life with the sense that they are number 6,665 in the tracking system of the central computer? Who wants to live a life where their every move is controlled and observed by the watchful eye of “Big Brother”? Who wants to serve God, where the authenticity of your faith is measured by an attendance register?

If a church’s impact depends on the senior pastor’s drive, the electricity to be paid up or someone not failing to do their duty, then what is Jesus’s role? Is He the builder? When the availability of senior pastor is limited, as it is in the cell church, and those with an apostolic gift may not even be senior pastors at all. If this is the case, doesn’t a house church seem much less threatened, especially because the elders of house churches have genuine relationships with people doing the fivefold ministry?

Pyramid or Flat Structure

Beyond the Tabernacle, which was a tent, the Temple was the only building God ever designed, and it was flat, not multistoried. The cell church usually develops quickly into a pyramid structure with the senior pastor on top, followed down- ward by assistant pastors, directors of pastoral care departments, district pastors, subdistrict pastors, section leaders, and finally, at the bottom, the home cell leaders with their assistant home cell leader and spiritual parents.

Isn’t it fascinating almost everything that human’s touch—buildings, companies, politics—grows into a bigger and higher structure, with any amount of levels, stairs, hierarchies, and pyramid schemes? Power-based structures bring with them the danger of politics, pride and a lack of accountability.

The closer you are to the man at the top

The cell church means the closer you are to the man at the top, the more power or influence you might have. Sometimes the only reason a person may join a church is because of what it does for their social image. But it’s worth another mention, the Temple, the house church, has a flat structure. The various tasks are not executed by people within a hierarchy, but by those who are uniquely gifted for particular ministries, people who are relating to each other as redeemed friends and submitting themselves to each other.

In the New Testament, there was no inferiority, superiority or partiality among members of the church, but equality (James 2:3). No one was more important than the others, but everyone simply had to fulfill a different function within the body 1 Corinthians 12:21- 25). Ministry leadership, therefore, is not to be delegated top-down, but instead should be earned through a spirit of humble servanthood.

The structure is flat because there is no one higher or more important than any other person. Because it is not all that impressive to be the humble elder of thirteen people—or even to serve as a teacher, pastor, or evangelist for a number of house churches—this structure limits the potential for corruption in terms of money, sexual sin and power in the church.

Lords and Kings or Elders and Apostles

The shift from a theocracy (where God rules) to a monarchy (where a king rules) in the days of Saul, was extraordinary typical-humans love leaders! Not only did this shift mean a very serious financial burden (royals cost, as the citizens of Britain) but it also introduced an extra layer of government that prohibited people from directly relating to God as He intended. This is another great danger of the cell church.

A ubiquitous problem

Here is a ubiquitous problem! The world—including the traditional church—wants leaders rather than servants. We actually want what God is not willing to give, but what is worse, instead of seeing the futility of our attempts, we carry on with what we think is persistence. Just like a human body, the body of Christ is not designed to have many leaders but many members, all with different functions. As those members function together in collective obedience to their Head, so the whole body is literally led by the Head (Jesus).

To call one member a leader over the others—in spite of the presence of the Head—would be grossly misleading. Jesus is the Head of the church, and He is all the leadership the church truly needs. The church is led when its members obey its Head. The church experiences leadership as people collectively obey their Head and function together in unity.

The church is God’s

If we want to see a biblical kind of leadership, we must stop blindly usurping Jesus’ leadership of the church. Humans assume there must be leadership in everything and I guess we should. It is part of our creational brief. Our creational brief is to rule over the animals and the land. However, the church is an exception because the church is not our invention or property. The church is God’s. This idea is contrary to our thinking.

Saul’s leadership choked its development as Saul choked Israel. The body of Christ requires humble and faithful stewards, functioning in obedience to Christ and in mutual love, respect, and submission to each other—not to highly professional “leaders” who build kingdoms around their own personalities or personal gifting. The church requires Christlike stewards to handle God’s oikonomia (the management of His household) (104). It requires people who know that they are led by Christ.

 

 

They Oversold You, Atheism

          Ever heard some respond to religion as the cause of all evil in the world, and about how atheists are so much more intelligent than religious people?

Pretentious and arrogant, that’s what I think.

The arguments and attitudes of most self-proclaimed atheists are both ignorant and arrogant. They do not understand the content of proper theology. Instead of actually engaging with religious philosophers and theologians… they give the impression of refuting an argument. Whereas the actual subject of the argument is not addressed or refuted, instead, replaced with a false one. For instance, I have recently read another article by Eusebius McKaizer, “Why would God be associated with us?”.

Eusebius is like a Rock Shandy to pin down his beliefs. For instance, he claims to be an agnostic, reasons like an atheist and behaves like a humanist, “If God exists why is there so much evil”, and “get religion out of schools, to free our mind and become ours”. For the likes of Eusebius, religion seems to be the only controlling force in the world. They totally ignore other aspects of ideology, such as their own assumptions of liberalism, wokeism or humanism.

People like Eusebius think that the act of converting someone into an atheist or any combination of their “Rock Shandy” worldview is itself a noble, productive achievement. It doesn’t matter if the converted person has changed their politics or morality. They think that the act of making an unbeliever is creating a better world.

They Oversold You Atheism. Here’s one good reason I think so.

Many atheists are also incapable of producing a reasonable analysis of reality. They often reduce evil in the world to be caused by religion and religious people, “The world would be better if the ignorant Christians didn’t believe the dumb things they did.” While ignoring the substantive value that religion brings into people’s lives. Listen, in a world plagued by evil and suffering, is it reasonable to think that the worst thing that could happen is someone believing in something that doesn’t exist? So atheists ignore how horribly prejudiced it is to blame religious people — most of whom are impoverished living in the developing world — for all the world’s problems. Mussolini’s bigotry was born of this premise. To revive society, demonise religion.

There is value in the Bible that should be recognised and drawn from. Over two centuries, it has shaped the outlook and lives of some of the most powerful and intelligent men. So, if you are an atheist, who holds the attitude that religious people are stupid. Please take some time to consider that the world doesn’t revolve around you and your beliefs and that it’s possible to believe in God while also being an intelligent, productive member of society and the bible. Analytically both quantitative and qualitative speaking, the Bible. has proven to still be the best foundation for human flourishing and social order.

The fool for Jesus Christ
Shan Thumbran

Every child of God is redeemed with a glorious destiny. God redeems his children as a trailblazer, trendsetters, barrier breakers, record makers and giant slayers.   

The Bible likens us unto trees – but. …we not just trees we are Cedars -among the tallest trees. It is time to stand out as the tallest among man. God designated us as His righteous Palms – every child of God is meant to bend without breaking, flourishing without drying up.   

However, the reason so many live colourless lives is because they are not living brave.  The scriptures make it clear to us that on the path to the realization of our glorious destiny are invisible barriers.  Invisible barriers that manifest as physical setbacks may be in the form of discouragement, fatigue, financial, health… These are all spiritual and physical forces; resisting our progress and preventing us from reaching the top! 

One outstanding character in the Bible comes to mind, a champ for God who knew how to overcome barriers, whom out of obscurity makes it to the top, a forsaken shepherd boy, his name -David.

David was a man destined for a glorious purpose, but in overcoming these barriers, his life revealed specific "keys", which  God desire you to know.   

Firstly, let us four consider why "Keys" are very relevant to a successful life on earth (Matt 16:19)?  

 

1. Keys guarantee escape  (exit)

Psalms 124:7 declares, "We escaped like a bird from a hunter's trap. The trap God is broken, and we are free!" 

One cannot orchestrate their escape without understanding keys!  

 

2. Keys guarantee access (entry)

Isaiah 43:19 declares, "Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth;  shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert." 

(Declaration) somebody is entering a new season and a new level in God but not without keys! 

 

3. Keys provide security (safety)

In Matthew 16:19-20 Jesus declares "I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven…" This was written in the context of not being overcome by the gates of hell.   
(Declaration) God is shutting the door of trouble.  Whatever has been a point the point of stress, anxiety, fear ends by this second in your life.    

 

4. Keys activate functionality (useful)

Without keys, one cannot be a functional son of the Kingdom.  
The exclusive mandate by legal position to establish and dissolve in the realm of earth and heaven (Matt 16:19), is our primary function.   However, the mysteries of favour, protection, healing and prosperity among many others are all unlocked through divine keys.  
Divine keys activate divine mysteries.   

 


5 Keys For  Destiny Encounters

(based on the life of David.)

 

The first key:
The Key of Overcoming Rejection 

Dream killer number one is the spirit of rejection operating in God's family.   Remember both Joseph and Jesus were rejected by their own. 

But Psalms 27:10 declares, "Even if my father and mother abandon me, the LORD cares for me." 

 

Two keys overcoming:


#1 Rejection is the birthplace for distinction

People rejected by men are (often) selected, appointed and anointed by God.  

People forgotten by men are often remembered by God. 

Moses unashamedly was forgotten by Pharaoh but not by God!  His brothers forgot Joseph but not God!

So do not be bothered about people who have forgotten you. Instead, let your focus be to have God remember the desperate love you have for Him.  Even though David was not invited to the King's crowning ceremony, he was not discouraged. David knew the right oil could not flow on the wrong head. If God has laid His hands on a person's life and that individual has made up their mind to do His Will, no wrong person can take their portion in God.


#2  Obscurity is God's Breeding Ground for Greatness

God's interprets adversity as a university. Seasons of obscurities and insignificance is God's dessert school of preparation.  

In this place, God removes all the props. In the place, a child of God will give birth to either two types of children: Isaac or Ishmael. 

 The Dessert School of Prepraperting is where some of the highest spiritual war will occur. 

A place where God woo's his son into a place of intimacy develops character and changes perspective.   

Do not despise these days of smallness (Zac 4:10).  


The Second Key:
The Key of Overcoming Your Daily Battles 

David knew something about not being afraid to face his daily battles. 

He declared in 1 Sam 17: 37 "The LORD, who delivered me from the claws of the lion and of the bear, will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine."

Battles of today are the foundation for the victories of tomorrow. Devils fighting us currently is the attempt of the dark to hold us back from next level breakthroughs. 

However, Heaven's Champion declared, "I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you. (Luke 10:19).   

(Declaration) I have a nothing shall harm me anointing!

(Declaration) I have a nothing shall stop me anointing! 


Notice the lion came, David killed it.  The bear came, David killed it, Goliath came, David killed him.  Saul came, and David pitied Saul.
The Amalekites and Mediaite's all came but David was too sincere in with God for them to stop him. 

 

The Third Key:
The Key of Defying Your Goliath


The first thing David did when Goliath fell, was to secure the giant's decapitation.   At that precise moment, the fear that terrorized his people in a paralyze was broken! Faith demolishes national strongholds of fear. 

(Declaration) The God kind of faith living in me will defy and destroy every giant around me!  

(Declaration) The Presence of  Goliath is the announcement of my new season! 


The Fourth Key:
The Key of Overcoming Betrayal 


The impact of a child of God is a magnet of envy and jealousy.  If you do not want envy or jealousy, then do not make an impact! 

However, by Redemption status, every child of God are destined for impact. 

Then one needs to learn the Keys for Escaping from the javelin of Saul's Envy and Jealousy (1Sam. 18:11). 

 

Three Keys For Overcoming Envy and Jealousy: 
 
#1 Jealousy or Envy is a Product of Life without Vision 

Jealousy & envy are two tests of a leader you will have to overcome to make a mark…
Jealousy is being protective over what is your and envy is to resent what others have. 

Jealousy occurs whenever a child of God take their eyes off their vision and goals and begin to look at the progress or success of others.  Once the focus is lost, speed is lost. Once the speed is lost, success is lost.


#2. What You Hate You Cannot Have

 Saul opened his life to witchcraft when he began to see only wrong in David.   A man with "bad will" is just bitter, hateful and resentful over another person's lifting, promotion or advancement. Many are where they are in life today because they do not celebrate success, progress, or good things in the lives of other people; what you do not like you will inevitably lack. 

Remember the sword of envy is always in search of men of impact, but if they can not stop your impact, they can nor cut you short! (Ps. 112:1-10).

 

#3  Anytime You See Success -Celebrate It

Success for a child of God is through sowing seeds of goodwill towards the association of increase God planted in their life. 
 
Whatever success gets uprooted from a child of God's life, through the hatred of others, can never be planted in theirs. 


The Fifth Key:
The Key of Aggressive Faith 

Every redeemed child of God is saved for a glorious destiny. 
However, to frame that destiny into a tangible reality, we have to do it by faith!

Hebrews 11;3 declares, "Through faith, we understand that the worlds were framed…" Until a child of God understands faith, he does not understand anything. 

Faith replaces natural intelligence for supernatural intelligence. Faith makes a child of God spiritually intelligent.   

Faith materializes the in materialized. It substantiates the unsubstantiated, it gives hope substance, and it transforms the promises into a tangible reality.  

 
   

Three Reasons Aggressive Faith Is Vital 

1.    Aggressive faith is a non-negotiable necessity for impactful and effective kingdom living. 

Four times in the Bible God declares "The just shall live by faith…" Indicating a child of God dies outside of faith. 

 

2.    Faith is the most Value Asset of the Eagle and Lion  Leader

You are either or both, a  visionary leader or an eagle leader. A visionary leader is an eagle leader, and a transformational leader is a lion leader.   Both are called to make a generational impact but not without a partnership with God and faith secures it all. 


3.    Faith is our profession 


In Hebrews 10:23 it declares, "Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)" 

In the same was a doctor or a lawyer if they want to be successful in their practice of medicine or law they must become skilful at the profession.    

Likewise, if a believer must become successful in the Christian life on earth, they must become skilled in faith!

 

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THE POWER OF VISION (PART 1)

 

 


 

Wisdom the key to ruling in Life. Foolishness is the reason for hardship in life. You cannot operate in the world's system and simultaneously shine with the Light of Heaven. You cannot be the Head (Deut 28:1) on top of the worlds system using its wisdom.  We need to feed our spirit with food from another altitude. It was God's wisdom that distinguished: Joseph, Daniel, Abigail, and Jesus. It is God's Wisdom that will distinguish you.

 

Meditation Verse:

And wisdom and knowledge shall be the stability of thy times, and strength of salvation: the fear of the Lord is his treasure. (Isaiah 33:6.)

 

 

WHAT IS WISDOM?

Wisdom is applied Information.  Having information or strategy without application is not wisdom. Knowing alone is not wisdom it is intelligence. Knowing what to do and to do it, that is wisdom. The man who knows what to do but does not do it is an intelligent fool.   A man who reigns in life, over depression and hardship does so by the power of wisdom (Ecc 7:12, 7:12).

 

 

"21 Deeds Of A Fool"

 

The following are  21 deeds that children of light must never find himself operating in.   

 

Deed #1 

1.Existence Independently From God

 

The first foolishness in life is to live independent of God. Denying the existence of God, is to operate without taking counsel from God. It is foolishness to employ all your talent and time on earthly treasures, and not in eternal treasures by advancing God’s Kingdom.  

Shortage  in life is a product of existing independent of God

Any journey that does not involve God, does not have a good destination   

God does not involve Himself in a Mission He did not Commission

Any step taken outside of God in marriage, ministry, career, or friendships is a step into disaster 

Earth is not a good place to Invest in Eternity. Only the Kingdom of God is

 

 

Deed #2 

2. Living Without A Vision 

 

The second foolish thing people do is to live life without a future plan. Preparation for the Future – is wisdom (Matt 25:1-10, Gen 41:30). When you are young, you have strength but the young man who does not take this into consideration as he grows older soon discovers he does not always have the same endurance.

 

When a man lives with a future in mind, he operates with wisdom in the Present (Psm 90:12).

   

 

Deed #3 

3. Hatred For Progress 

 

The third foolish thing a child of God should never be known for is hatred for progress or success, especially in others. There are some people you will come across in life, that cannot stand to see your progress.   They are "fighters of success!"  You cannot despise and restrict the progress and success in another, yet pray to God for progress and success your own life.

 

What you attack you cannot attract

What you fight will flee from your life

What you hate you cannot have

Until you make your boss a success, you have no business asking God to make you one!

Until you make your man of God and his house a success  you have no business asking God to make you success

Your success is through sowing seeds of goodwill to the associations of increase God has planted in your life

Anytime you see success -celebrate it, support it! sow into it for your own success

Whatever success gets uprooted from your life, through the hatred of others, can never be planted in theirs!

 

 

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Deed #4 

4. Living Above Counsel 

 

To live above counsel is foolishness. Each time you find yourself having to make an important decision in life for instances; when applying for a new job, change a job, buy a home, sell a house, get married, join or leave a Church always seek counsel first. The Problem with some people they live in the realm of the inadvisable.  Even if they are making a mistake and you try to advise them, they are impervious to counsel.

 

Even if they are making a mistake and you try to advise them, they are impervious – to counsel!

They are what the Bible calls: "unadvisable!"

They are what the Bible calls: "unadvisable! (Pro 12:1, Prov 28:26).

Humility appreciates correction Arrogance despises advise (Prov 15:12).

Any vision that cannot receive correction is a frustration in disguise

You can never attain what you desire by following yourself 

If someone is doing something at least 10 times better than what you are trying to achieve once.  They are worth your pursuit

 

 

Deed #5

Entering Transactions Without Proper Knowledge
 

To enter any manner of agreement, deal, contract, covenant,  without full knowledge of it, is a foolish thing to do. Proverbs 13:6 says,  "Every prudent man deals with knowledge but a fool layeth open his folly.” To be prudent is to "have a good sense of dealing with practical matters", it is also  to “exercise the good judgment of a thing before getting involved." 

 

Prudence is a major prerequisite for entering into any type of contract

Passion must always be equalized with prudence

Before you enter into any deal, you should seek the wisdom of people who are wiser than you, a lawyer, a parent, a pastor.

 

 

See continuation on the next blog post of the 21 Deeds of a Fool.

 

 

Culled from the 21 Deeds of a Fool. A Message by Dr Shan Thumbran, October 2017.    

 

If you know where you are heading in life, "the how to get there?", " the what to do?" eventually opens up! #SeptemberVisionMonth Mall at RedsCenturion Mall 

God has a grand plan for His Church, but much more fascinating is the fact that He has a plan for each member of His body. You are not created to roam about in life purposelessly.

 

 

MEDITATION VERSE

Where there is no vision, the people perish; but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.

Proverbs 29:18 21st Century King James Version (KJ21)

 

INTRODUCTION

God has a grand plan for His Church, but much more fascinating is the fact that He has a plan for each member of His body. You are not created to roam about in life purposelessly. You are designed for a specific purpose. But your placement in the grand master plan of God is located by vision. Vision is the foundation of life!

 

1. WHAT IS VISION?

 

A. VISION IS A DIVINE INSIGHT INTO GOD’S MASTER PLAN FOR YOUR LIFE

  1. It is very important that you discover God’s plan for your life, because, vision puts an end to a life of struggles.

  2. You are designed to perform best at that assignment you are created to perform.

 

B. VISION IS A PICTURE OF GOD’S PROMISE LAND FOR YOUR LIFE IN HIGH DEFINITION

 

  1. Vision shows you the Promised Land of God for your life BUT God’s guidance is required to enable you to arrive there ( Exodus 13:21- 22).

  2. Until you are guided by the One who created you and knows the way, your life’s purpose may never be realized.

 

C. VISION IS YOUR PATHFINDING INSTRUMENT

  1. Vision is a tool for finding: Direction, Focus, Inspiration, Wisdom, and Resources. The visionless are void of the above.

  2. What happens outside for you, must first happen inside you. If you want to be resourced outwardly you must first be resourced inwardly. But it all begins with vision!

 

D. VISION IS THE COMPASS OF DESTINY

  1. Just like an aircraft will crash without a compass, a person’s life will crash if he does not have a clear direction of where he is going.

  2.  Where you face determines where you end. If you don't like where your life is heading, change what you looking at!

                          Sow A Seed of Any Amount 

 

2. WHAT VISION IS NOT?

 

A. VISION IS NOT AMBITION

1. In Christianity, we have many Ambitious believers, but we don’t have many Visionary Believers (Phl 2:2-3).

2. Ambition is what one looks forward to achieving by themselves for themselves. Vision is what one looks forward to achieving with God for people!

3. Vision is not ambition!

 

B. VISION IS NOT SITUATIONAL

1. Situation is the “direction ” that arrives as a result of what, one is going through at a particular time of their life.

2. A low season in you ministry or business is no indication that "God has changed your vision.

3. Vision is not situational!

 

C. VISION IS NOT REACTIONAL

1. Reaction is in most cases is an act of insubordination or an overestimation of oneself.

2. Many Christians today find themselves in what they are doing simply because of what they detested in some: People, Places or Protocols.

3. Vision is not reactional!

 

D. VISION IS NOT CONFIRMATION

1. Confirmation is seeking the affirmation of others in deciding what steps to take in life.

2. When you have the ordination of god you don't need the confirmation of men (Gal 1:15-16).

3. Human confirmation is, confusion in disguise. God’s Revelation is Convicted Confidence and Peace!

4. Stop being led by men; rather, be led by God (Psalm 85:8).

5. Vision is not confirmation!

 

E. VISION IS NOT ASSOCIATION

 

1. There is a difference between God leading you to associate with someone and God Commissioning you to someone or someplace.

2. Often people who associate, partake of the Grace of a certain ministers life and that is often confused for vision but it is not ( 1 Sam 10:11).

 


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It is true, “The World’s Most Powerful Leadership Principle”  is found in this simple audacious truth: invest in the search for the right people, convert them into teams who catch the vision, and execute the strategy and goals to RUN with the vision.

 

 

This principle applies to both businesses large and small, that for-profit or non-profit.

 

But here’s the SNAG,

 

…one of the most frustrating challenges a visionary leader will have to combat in the organisation is the battle against mediocrity.

Mediocrity means settling for less. Mediocrity means the inevitable departure of the best. The best team members, the best customers. An eagle leader serving under a pigeon leader will soon frustrate himself.

 

I’ve been leading an organisation for close to fourteen years. A challenge that continues to threaten the vision is the mediocrity factor. One of the greatest leadership challenges I continue to find myself experiencing occurs each time I decide to raise the standard of excellence. Resistance and resignations seem to be the snappy comeback of the mediocre.

Excellence repels mediocrity just as mediocrity drives away excellence.

Leaders who once operated in the highest degree of excellence became mediocre in the current context. Today’s excellence is tomorrow’s mediocrity. Therefore it’s important to keep pushing those mental boundaries.

Life by nature is progressive. Tomorrow’s expectations should make you dissatisfied with your current situation.

However, excellence is not achieved by many because it’s the potency of our character that makes it possible. Passion in everything we do is also important. Passion is the foundation of excellence.

Do you exude character?

Are you a person of passion?

Do you complete your work with quality?

Are you surrounding yourself with people who provoke aptitude and attitude in you?

Do you attack inconsistency and mediocrity on the spot?

 

Being good has never been good enough. We should continually exceed anticipations and raise the bar of excellence.

Most people think “good enough” is acceptable, but a person of excellence refuses to limit his expectation of life and business to just “good enough.”

I made a promise to myself; I refuse to be “just good enough.”

Excellence is the attitude on you that brings out the best in you. It’s the key to reveal your brilliance and give you exposure.

Success is not a miracle, it’s a product of the quality of work done right.

The battle against mediocrity is one you need to fight continually.

Fight against a mediocre state of mind.

Fight against mediocre behaviours.

Fight against mediocre beliefs.

Vision is the actualization of the ultimate purpose God has for your life. It is a mental picture in high definition of the future.

 

Arise, walk through the land in the length of it and in the breadth of it; for I will give it unto thee.

– Genesis 13:17

 

However, it is one thing to possess a vision, and it is another thing to ensure the realization of it. Vision is reduced to mere “DAY DREAMING ” when it is not achieved. Therefore, to achieve any vision, there is the “Visionaries Responsibility.”

Responsibility…

Makes a visionary accountable to vision. It is the role played by the visionary to ensure the actualization of his vision for life. Responsibility annoys the directionless but fuels the realization of a vision. No matter how big your vision is, if you do not take the responsibility, the vision can never be realized or fulfilled.

Consequentially, nothing works out until it is walked out.

Dear friend, discover destiny and take responsibility for the fulfillment of your vision.

Remember this, nothing works out until it is walked out.

Make a quality decision today to take the responsibility necessary for fulfilling your vision. Never compromise or postpone the divine mandate and course of actions required to bring about the manifestation of God’s purpose for your life. Act now!

 

PRAYER:
O LORD, I ask for the grace to clarify my future and take responsibility for the fulfillment of my life’s vision. Help me LORD to take action for the manifestation of Your purpose for my life in Jesus’ Name.

 

 

Have you ever stopped to think about the profound mystery of the Birth of Jesus Christ? Although many people, even unbelievers, have heard the story of Jesus’ birth, its real mystery may be missed because of that familiarity with the “story”.

 

The birth of Christ was not the ordinary birth of an ordinary man.

 

SCRIPTURE:

“Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We saw his star as it rose, and we have come to worship him.” (Matthew 2:2).

 

When children are born, hospitals usually register their births. When Jesus was born, a star registered His Birth. His birth AFFECTED nature because it was registered in the celestial. Notice this saying of the wise man “We saw his star as it rose…”

 

How Does His Birth Affect You Today?

Far from only a historical fact, the supernatural power of His Birth is the power that impacted all creation.

It is stated in Lukes 1:35 -Jesus was conceived by the Power of the Most Highest.

That is, the same power can be seen demonstrated when Jesus performed His first miracle, that altered an order of nature chemically – the molecular structure of water became that of wine; that is, He rearranged water molecules H2O to C6H12O6.

In the event where anything natural tries to rebel against the purpose of God for your life, Jesus Christ can rearrange it.

As born again child of God, the same power of the Most High God is upon your life to conceive and give birth to the plans and purposes of God that will lead many unto salvation.

Never accept the report of the natural order of fallen things, they can be re-adjusted. If instance, when doctors say that your sperm count is low – remind him of a virgin who gave birth supernaturally! When the doctor says you have no fallopian tubes or that you have an ovarian cyst, let them know that the Power of the Most High is upon your life, therefore you can give birth to children regardless of any negative medical report.

When the devil wants you to follow the order of fallen things, tell him that there is a pattern set by God that does not follow dead bond destinies!

His Birth marked the most significant turning point in history.

 

Remember this: There is a pattern set by God that does not follow dead bond destinies! Expect something significant to touch your life today. Take a moment and meditate on the power of the Nativity of Jesus and ask God to demonstrate the same power in your life.

 

Make His Birth, meaning in your life today.
DAILY READING:
(Matthew 2:2, Luke 1:35)