The Means of Spiritual Leadership: The Presence of God and Faithfulness to His Word​

Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.
— Joshua 1:7-9

The Powerful Presence of God and Faithfulness to His Word are the two methods that must be adhered to at all costs…Word and Spirit!

magine you are snow skiing or water skiing, you have two skis, a special brand on one is written “Word” and on the other “Spirit”.  Both are necessary to keep going (you may last for a little with one but you are going to crash, which is where some of s are at!) “Therefore let us hear no more of the fanatics who make the excuse of the Spirit to reject external teaching. For we must preserve the balance which Luke established here, that we obtain nothing from the hearing of the Word alone, without the grace of the Spirit, and that the Spirit is conferred on us not that He may produce contempt of the Word, but rather to instill confidence in it in our minds and write it on our hearts.” (1 From Calvin, John. The Acts of the Apostles. 2 vols. Trans. by John W. Fraser and W.J.G. McDonald. Ed. by David W. Torrance and Thomas F. Torrance. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1965.)

“For we know, brothers loved by God, that he has chosen you, because our gospel came to you not only in word, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction...
— 1 Thes 1:4-5

Word and Spirit, if you missing one you are not going to make it, I’m telling you right now! Meditate on the Word day and night, God says to Joshua, what about you? Do you think God wants you to do tha?  There is no magic formula, this is God we are talking about here, his presence and His word, God is the answer to all your problems, if you don't believe that, then there is no hope for you, because the gospel of God is our only hope! I guess I want to encourage by discouraging you ...discourage you from doing things in the flesh! But rather in the Word and Spirit.

n Prayer Today:

Seek the power of God to influence others for Christ today!