40-Day Prophetic Bootcamp
Day 13: The Making of A Leader
Beloveds, if we have to get a “vote of confidence” from everyone around us in our service to the Lord – we are not LEADERS, we are POLITICIANS. A politician serves at the pleasure of man. Leaders serve God’s purposes. Leaders stand for God’s principles, even if we must stand alone.”
Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers, they hated him all the more. He said to them, “Listen to this dream I had: We were binding sheaves of grain out in the field when suddenly my sheaf rose and stood upright, while your sheaves gathered around mine and bowed down to it.” (Genesis 37:5-7) Revealing this dream made Joseph’s brothers hate him even more.
In (), Mary, the mother of Yeshua, after being told of the GLORY that she would bring forth “hid what was told to her in her heart.” The young patriarch Joseph should have hid the revelations that he received in his heart. However, stumbling is not failing and Joseph would eventually learn that STRENGTH like his is best served in HUMILITY.
God seldom uses us GREATLY until He tests us DEEPLY. An anointing may give us a platform. However, it is character that will sustain us.”
Joseph would become the man in whom the SURVIVAL of nations would depend. God knew that a famine would devastate the entire known world from Egypt to the land of Cush. God needed someone who could administrate His resources without selfishness so that the nations would SURVIVE.
“He called down a famine on the land. He broke the whole supply of bread. He sent a man before them, Joseph, sold as a slave. They hurt His feet with shackles, he was put in irons— Till the time that his word came true— the word of Adonai proved him (Joseph) true!”
In , Joseph endured a series of unfortunate events. Joseph went from being “the heir apparent” to being a prisoner in a foreign land. Yet, God did not abandon Joseph in his sufferings. God used these circumstances to build within Joseph character and conviction.
“The foundation of leadership is character. Character is more important than skill, more important than charisma, and more important than power. Joseph could not carry out the mandate of leadership upon his life until he first developed character.”
Moreover, conviction is the strength that fuels character. Suffering is often the catalyst that brings conviction. It was conviction that caused Gandhi to take a seat on the floor and refuse to eat until his people were free. We do what we do because of our convictions.
Ask any great leader, they will tell you that it is conviction that moves them forward. God is looking for men and women who have conviction. Men and women who will say YES. Even if we have to say YES through our tears.
In our scripture text, God stripped Joseph of the coat that boasted his favor. God stripped Joseph of all rank and splendor. Emptiness is always a prerequisite to receive the Divine. God must empty us before He can fill us. Through fiery trials Joseph was proven, cleansed, and purged for God’s great purpose. At last, the metal became ready for the Maker’s hand. God would indeed use Joseph to preserve the posterity of His people. Joseph entered Egypt a slave, but would become a leader.
There will be times that God will allow us to walk through pain so that we can experience His ultimate REDEMPTION!”
Joseph lost the favored cloak received from his earthly father. However, Joseph was adorned with royal robes after God proved him faithful. Likewise, as God’s ambassadors on the earth, let us also be proven faithful, so that after we have been tried, we too may be adorned with garments of praise, righteousness, and nobility.
PRAY – We are building our spiritual endurance. Pray without ceasing.
JOURNAL – Reflect on where God has brought you from and where He is taking you.
REST – During this season of prayer, let us enter into God’s rest. God commands us to rest. We must rest with intention.
COMMAND PEACE – You cannot enter into rest without having peace. During this time of prayer, command peace all around you. Command peace within yourself. Settle the issues of your heart in the presence of the Lord. Let us lay down our worries before God in honor and adoration. Be at peace. Let God arise and our enemies be scattered.
Father, thank You for taking my hand and for leading me through the hills and valleys of life. You have made my feet like hinds feet, so that I can walk upon my high places.