The Spiritual Battle 1
Keeping Leaders From Unity.
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When are Spiritual Leaders ready for Unity?
There is a tremendous Spiritual Battle 1 going on to
keep spiritual leaders from uniting and walking in unity.
As you read the details of the spiritual level required of
our spiritual leaders to be prepared to give spiritual leadership to bring about
change, you will realize how susceptible we are to the attacks of the enemy.
Many of the descriptions below for being spiritually ready
are easy to give lip service to or to believe in our head but not in our heart.
For the past 25 years, there have been major efforts to
transform cities, but none in America has been transformed. There have been
enormous effort, strategy and resources devoted to the effort. The big question
is why are they not transformed?
I believe the “Why?” can best be answered by looking
at the big picture rather then at the details of the failures. The big picture
is that we have an enemy, Satan, who will do most anything to prohibit unity and
the Body of Christ coming together.
As human beings, we find the traits for being ready
for unity listed below are difficult to obtain. The reason being is that we
find so few people who totally give themselves up and allow another person, the
Holy Spirit, to completely manifest through them.
The traits below are very worthy of our close attention;
they will show the areas we each need to work on to be successful in the
practical spiritual warfare.
When Are Spiritual Leaders Ready for unity in Their
1. When the glory of God and his kingdom is their only
focus – tremendous spiritual battle 1.
a. The Father must be glorified in the Son. His
glory is the objective, not mine.
b. It requires a release in “control” to the
Lord and a submitting to one another in love.
the pastors and leaders are married (Beulah) to the land. (Genesis 12:1-13:3) –
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a. God has assigned us to the place where we
b. Our bodies and the hearts have to remain
rooted in our geographical location until God changes the
c. You cannot change what you do not love.
Unless you love the place and the people, there will not be a
displacement of opposing jurisdiction.
3. When the focus of their efforts shifts from the
church to the lost. Spiritual Battle 1
a. They are committed to praying with all
prayer, for all men, in all places, at all times, that all may be
b. They are intent on filling up the city with
knowledge of Jesus versus Filling up their church buildings with
c. The needs of the city set the agenda for the
church of the city.
they realized that their first call is to co-pastor the city with the other
under shepherds of the city. Spiritual Battle 1
scriptural references are to a city-wide, even region-wide church, and to
pastoring in the city versus in a local congregation. (Revelation 2,3, Acts,
Ephesian Elders and Paul).
b. "Sheep" in Scripture refers to saved and
unsaved people, and we are called to pastor both.
they are walking in covenantal unity with the circle of pastors and leaders God
has drawn together. Spiritual Battle 1
a. Unity is a mandate not an option (John
b. It's the relationship that produces the
program; the process is the program.
c. Covenantal unity pursues others to join and
blesses those that don't.
there is an utter dependence on God in the place of prayer until they have
learned to hear God's voice corporately. Spiritual Battle 1
a. Prayer precedes planning and talking in the
b. They live and move and have their being in
the presence of the presiding Jesus.
c. Much frustration is due to being addicted
to action before being committed to waiting on hearing God's
d. "What do we do next?" Is better replaced by
"What is He saying?" And "What are we seeing the Father doing?"
they are committed to reconciliation and its fruit, restoration and
restitution. Spiritual Battle 1
a. It means "the restoration of friendship."
[First Peter 2:8]
b. It involves pursuing all relationships that
are not restored in Christ: racial, generational, gender,
c. "Where sin abounds, grace abounds all the
8. When they recognize the synergism between local and
trans-local leadership. Spiritual Battle 1
a. The grace for the city is deposited that in
the church of the city.
b. No city has ever been reached with local
leadership alone (apostolic influence, is to come under the locals and
not dominate or dictate to the locals).
c. The above two statements are the two sides of
the same coin.
d. They deal with fears and hurts, brought from
outside people and events, through repentance and forgiveness.
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