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Spiritual Leading

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Leader represents honor.
God calls individuals to positions of leadership, both spiritual and political.
Such leadership is seen as carrying responsibilities towards both God and his
people and is to be exercised with humility.
Under the old covenant God called priests and prophets as spiritual leaders. Later the Pharisees gave spiritual leadership. After Jesus Christ had inaugurated the new covenant, authority was given to the apostles, who in turn appointed leaders in the churches.
(4) Different types of Leaders
Spiritual Leaders
Political Leaders
Civil Leaders
*But we all know that there is HONOR and SHAME that comes with leadership.
Hebrews 5:4
Hebrews 5:4 KJV 1900
And no man taketh this honour unto himself, but he that is called of God, as was Aaron.
Exodus 28:1
Exodus 28:1 KJV 1900
And take thou unto thee Aaron thy brother, and his sons with him, from among the children of Israel, that he may minister unto me in the priest’s office, even Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, Eleazar and Ithamar, Aaron’s sons.
DT 18:5
Deuteronomy 18:5 KJV 1900
For the Lord thy God hath chosen him out of all thy tribes, to stand to minister in the name of the Lord, him and his sons for ever.
Examples of Prophets as Spiritual Leaders
2 Peter 1:
2 Peter 1:21 KJV 1900
For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.
Isaiah 6:8
Isaiah 6:8 KJV 1900
Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.
Samuel led the people from idolatry back to the worship of God.
Acts 20:28
Acts 20:28 KJV 1900
Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.
1 Timothy 5:
1 Timothy 5:17 KJV 1900
Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine.
1 Peter 5:2
1 Peter 5:2 KJV 1900
Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind;
Great Respect! the creation is called upon to respect revere God as its Creator. Since human beings are made in the image of God, they should respect one another.
The creation honours its Creator.
Spiritual Leaders
The lives of godly leaders in Scriptures highlight some of the areas of spiritual life that we must protect and nurture.
Lets look at words that came from King David heart {Psalm 62:1-2}
My SOUL finds rest in God alone.
My SALVATION comes from him.
He alone is my ROCK and my SALVATION.
He is my FORTRESS, I will never be shaken.
Part of growing spiritually is recognizing that God is constantly speaking to us. He desires to teach us and guide us, and it is when we allow Him to do that that we grow in ways we never imagined.
As leaders, we must constantly be in tune to the Lord. As we enter into leading a small group of people that God has brought together, we need to be closely connected to God to hear his direction and follow his lead. When we are watching God, we maintain our vision and our passion, we are strengthened and empowered, and we are used by the Almighty God in his work

What makes it so difficult sometimes for Christian leaders to make wise and godly choices? The answers to these questions are not easy, and there are many factors that work together, but one of the common problems is lack of honesty with God.

He was in the highest leadership position among God’s people, and his life was tainted by sin and very serious consequences

Civil leaders function in roles of authority over groups of people, but have a status beneath that of kings.

The road through confession and repentance was not an easy one for David. But God offered help by sending Nathan, the prophet, to point out the sin David was hiding from. Being in a leadership role does not exclude us from needing the accountability of our brothers and sisters in Christ. No matter what position we hold or how well our small groups are going, sin will seep in. And when it does, we have two choices. One response is to hide it or ignore it and go on leading. The other response is confession and repentance

When we choose to hide our sin, we begin to draw away from God. It becomes difficult to spend time with him and difficult to pray. We are plagued by guilt and doubt. Soon our spiritual growth is severely damaged

Repentance leads to forgiveness, cleansing and relationship. When we confess our sin to the Lord, we experience his grace and renewal. We keep climbing on our journey with God with new understanding and strengthened faith. To get back on the path—and stay on it—we get into relationships of accountability to help us resist the temptations that entice leaders.

We need to surround ourselves with people who we respect and will listen to. We must give them the freedom to ask us about our areas of weakness and struggle. Their role is crucial if we are to mature as leaders

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