Faith knows no defeat
Over the course of last semester, Lee Burns, our Executive Vice President, preached a powerful three part series at our global Hillsong College Chapel service. The end of the semester concluded with “The Leadership Squeeze Part III” as Lee walked us through “A Godly Confession”.
“Often as leaders, we are called into leadership long before we ever feel ready” stated Lee, “I think you are better off not being ready for what God has got for you, so that you begin to rely on Him a whole lot more than relying on your own ability.”
A Godly Confession
Continuing in Exodus 14:13, Lee reminded the student body that we, as leaders, can change the tone of the conversation. The Israelites allowed their doubt to make them feel defeated, but Moses changed the tone. When people around us start doubting and feel defeated, we too have the ability to change the narrative with our language. We can go from defeat to victory.
Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still”
Exodus 14:13-14 NIV
Lee reminded us of 3 principles that empower us to sustain a Godly confession:
1. A LEADER SETS THE TONE
Moses didn’t give in to the tone of defeat, he set the tone of victory. “Do not be afraid. Stand firm.” (EX 14:13). The Israelites were afraid and completely shaken – but Moses set the tone with faith. As a leader, what is your tone? Be the leader that sets the tone of the conversation and leaves people excited to step into all God has for them.
2. A LEADER SETS THE VISION
“Stand firm and you will see” (EX 14:13) – Moses set the vision for the Israelites; if they stood firm, they would see God move. A leader can help others to see what they see. What do you see for the team you are a part of now? What do you see for your own life in the days to come? Look beyond and go after all that God has for you. Encourage people with visionary language.
3. A LEADER SETS THE CULTURE
Moses let the people around him know what he stood for and what he believed in. “The Lord will fight for you, you need only be still.” (EX 14:14). He told them that God would come and deliver them; they didn’t have to go back into slavery and there was a hope for the future. What culture and beliefs are you bringing into your team? Culture is so important when we want to get from point A to point B. It helps us move forward.
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