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Leadership Lifelines: Prayer, Fasting, and Flexibility

How discipline and commitment prove essential in your leadership ministry.

Flexibility means we should not be fighting when we must change: “ And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” (Rom. 8:28). This scripture gives me solace in knowing it doesn’t matter what happens along my journey, God is going to cause everything to work out for my good. I don’t have to be stressed. Before I yielded to flexibility, I was always on “ten” and functioning like I was on steroids. I was always on edge. I thought I had to do “It.” I learned that if I do what God told me to do—and He does what I cannot—then I just have to trust that all the outcomes are up to God.

The phrase I live by is, “God, I have done what I know you asked me to do. It’s on you, now!” This is how I stay flexible, because it’s not up to me. I live by this principle, and God has allowed me to lead awesome people in amazing ways. How incredible it has been to watch God strategically move me, people, situations, and circumstances all because I yielded to flexibility.

Flexibility makes us available for whatever God desires. It’s scary to lead that way, but it’s so exhilarating! I have learned when leadership get ugly and messy—because it will—God is going to still cause me to triumph, so I have no need to stress. “But thanks be to God, who always leads us as captives in Christ’s triumphal procession and uses us to spread the aroma of the knowledge of him everywhere” (2 Cor. 2:14). It is refreshing to know that God through Christ will always cause us to triumph and his knowledge will be manifested in every situation.

The bottom line is, we have no reason to stress. The devil acts as a stress magnet, trying to convince us that “our” leadership is ours—it is not. God is the one who called us, placed us, and uses us if we surrender to him—and nothing promotes surrender like prayer and fasting. Be confident in knowing that Romans 8:30 declares, “Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.”

July16, 2019 at 9:18 AM

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