Every leader derives power from something. Jesus knew that his source of power was prayer. That is why he never stopped praying. That is why he prayed so earnestly in the garden of Gethsemane.
The apostle Peter knew that his source of power was in prayer and in the Word. That is why he refused to give it up.
??It is not reason that we should leave the word of God, and serve tables. But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word.? (Acts 6:2, 4)
The word of God teaches us to be strong by putting on the armour and weapons. A soldier must never give up his weapons. His weapons are the reason why he has power. Christians must not give up the source of their power, which are their weapons.
?Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.?
Every leader must know the source of his or her power. Many politicians know that their source of power is popular opinion. That is why they will sacrifice everything to maintain popular opinion. I have watched many politicians sacrifice their families and friends so they could have popular support.
Years ago, I spoke to a Christian who was involved in politics. He was helping our church. He did help us to a point. Then one day he told me, ?Bishop, the way this matter is going I cannot help you anymore.? This was a born again, tongue-speaking, charismatic Christian. He was even a leader in his church. He continued, ?If this matter goes any higher, I?m afraid I cannot support the church anymore.?
I looked at him as he explained, ?You know, politics is my life. If this goes against me politically, I will lose my job. And that means a lot to me.?
A few weeks later, the matter escalated. This Christian politician took sides against the church and helped politicians to attack the church. This was unfortunate, but it reflected a deep truth. This man thought his power came from politics and not from God. He remained loyal to what he thought was giving him power. A Christian leader must know that his or her strength comes from God. Ultimately, God rules in the affairs of humanity. Every minister of the gospel must be aware that his or her strength is from the Lord and not from money or people.
SEVEN SOURCES OF POWER YOU MUST NOT GIVE UP
1. Don?t give up truthfulness because it is a belt that holds everything together. (Ephesians 6:14)
2. Don?t give up righteousness because it is a weapon that gives you the strength to speak out and to preach the Word on every topic. (Ephesians 6:14)
3. Don?t give up your faith because it is a shield that protects you. (Ephesians 6:16)
4. Don?t give up your sword, which is the Word of God, because it is the weapon through which you will advance. (Ephesians 6:17)
5. Don?t give up your salvation; it is a defence for your very life. (Ephesians 6:17)
6. Don?t give up your preparedness to share the gospel because it is your spiritual shoe. (Ephesians 6:15)
7. Don?t give up your prayer life of intercession because it is a powerful tool that Jesus never let go of. (Ephesians 6:18)
When a leader does not treasure his or her source of power, he or she loses it. Samson played around with his source of power. Eventually, he lost everything.
?That he told her all his heart, and said unto her, There hath not come a razor upon mine head; for I have been a Nazarite unto God from my mother?s womb: if I be shaven, then my strength will go from me, and I shall become weak, and be like any other man.? (Judges 16:17)
Are you a leader? Find out what is the source of your strength, treasure it, protect it and do not give it up for anything.
By Dag Heward-Mills