The Courage to Lead

February 12, 2009 by  
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The Courage to Lead

Courage, real godly courage, is a rare commodity. But then, we don’t need a multitude – – just a small band of COURAGEOUS and dedicated servant leaders. They understand the task, the difficulty and the challenges. Seeing all of this they say, “What are we waiting for?”

God and a man or a band of men with courage is the most significant majority the world has ever known. Courage is neither reckless nor foolish. It is bold and guided by Scripture and the Holy Spirit. That guidance almost always puts you in a counter-culture posture. God always delights to identify men who in times of darkness trust the light of special revelation. Trust God and press on.

A sad commentary on the church in America is that she has been co-opted by a pseudo democratic process. She votes on everything. Majority rules. Robert’s Rules etc. It is a wise and prudent Leader who leads and does not endeavor to dictate or, as Scripture posits, ‘Lord it over God’s people’. However, no Leader should ever permit a “vote” to be taken concerning the clear and unambiguous statements of Scripture.

As I communicate with Pastors around the country, much of their consternation is a direct result of their failure to engage in careful, accurate and precise exegesis of the Scripture. When we know with certainty what God has said, ours is to do, not vote or negotiate. Opposition is a classic response to revelation because of sin. Trust God. Honor Him. Lead from a posture of obedience and let those who would rebel suffer the consequences of their rebellion. That men is COURAGE!

Israel, under the guidance of Moses sent twelve spies into the land. Only two of those men were true leaders. Ten of them were imposters. (Read this history in Numbers 14. Notice God’s response to cowardice expressed in Num. 14:36-38). The church needs a legion of Leaders whose character is that of Joshua and Caleb. Read Rev. 21:7-8 for a perspective on the end result of cowardice – – not a happy thought!

So where are you in this vital arena of Courage? Well worth evaluating.

1 Chron. 28:20 Then David said to his son Solomon, “Be strong and courageous, and act; do not fear nor be dismayed for the LORD God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you nor forsake you until all the work for the service of the house of the LORD is finished.

2 Chron. 15:2,8 – Asa But you, be strong and do not lose courage, for there is reward for your work.” Now when Asa heard these words and the prophecy which Azariah the son of Oded the prophet spoke, he took courage and removed the abominable idols from all the land of Judah and Benjamin and from the cities which he had captured in the hill country of Ephraim. He then restored the altar of the LORD which was in front of the porch of the LORD.

Ezra 10:4 “Arise! For this matter is your responsibility, but we will be with you; be courageous and act.”

Haggai 2:4 But now take courage, Zerubbabel,’ declares the LORD, ‘take courage also, Joshua son of Jehozadak, the high priest, and all you people of the land take courage,’ declares the LORD, ‘and work; for I am with you,’ declares the LORD of hosts.

Acts 23:11 But on the night immediately following, the Lord stood at his side and said, ‘Take courage; for as you have solemnly witnessed to My cause at Jerusalem, so you must witness at Rome also.”


One Response to “The Courage to Lead”
  1. Pastor Bobby says:

    Thanks Tom for your courageous leadership. Keep hammering away with the message!