A true disciple of Jesus Christ is a leader and will lead others to the one true Master, through truth and integrity. The love of God that draws others into the Kingdom comes from the genuine faith and pure heart of the disciple who keeps a good conscience within, toward God and toward others. Jesus Christ was the embodiment of truth. He lived truth, spoke truth, was consumed with truth, clearly discerned truth and was purely led by the Spirit of Truth. All that He did was because of truth. All that He said was truth resonating from His being. All that He knew was because of His communion with the Father and from the Spirit of Truth who taught Him. The Master stood in opposition to all that was not truth. He was consumed with truth, clearly discerned truth and was purely led by the Spirit of Truth. In Christ, who is truth, we must live and move and have our very being.
Jesus said "I am the way, the truth and the Life." (John 14:6) "We are set apart for God just as He was through truth. God's word is truth." (John 17:17-19) "The words that I speak to you, they are spirit and life." (John 6:63) "And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever- the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you." (John 14:16-17)
The Spirit of Truth is relentlessly faithful to witness truth.
Leaders must wear the belt of truth that secures the wholeness of our being. The Spirit of Truth that abides within us and is with us will lead us into all truth. In every issue of life He will teach us what is the Father's way. He will shed light on lies and deception. He will witness to us what is spoken or done that does not line up with truth. The Spirit of Truth is relentlessly faithful to witness truth. He will always warn when truth is not the priority in us, or when we are not transparent before God or others. He will always warn us when deception is present. We cannot afford to pass over His precious witness in our spirit.
As leaders we must stay in close communion with the Spirit of God within us to recognize His gentle warnings. If we are too strong in our own self our ways may seem right but they are not the meek and lowly ways like the Master that leads us into the real rest of Spirit-led life. We must surrender completely and constantly to know the witness of the Spirit of truth within us. We keep our conscience alive with truth to stay in tune with God's Spirit. He will set us apart for God by His truth. The greatest truth of all must be our own examination of our own condition. We must face the truth within our own selves first for if we do not we can produce a religious form with no power.
I Corinthians 11:31 – For if we searchingly examined ourselves [detecting our shortcomings and recognizing our own condition], we should not be judged and penalty decreed. [by the divine judgment].
Integrity is a fruit of loving surrender to our Lord Jesus.
Integrity is the most valued possession of a leader and other quality character traits will tend to be present when truth is the solid foundation of the heart. Integrity will live in truth at all times. Integrity will speak truth when it is hard. It will see the truth though it is hurts at times. It will suffer what comes from standing for truth. Integrity does not leave out part of the truth in order to make things easier. Integrity operates in the wholeness and completeness of truth. Integrity is not stubborn or self-centered; it is a fruit of loving surrender to our Lord Jesus.
What was started in the Spirit will never be completed in the flesh.
Leaders, disciples of the truth, we must always judge ourselves in truth. We may be doing spiritual things but trying to accomplish them in our own fleshly nature. When God does a work in us giving revelations and gifts, we cannot bring that good thing to its fullness in the flesh. What was started in the Spirit will never be completed in the flesh. We will never produce a habitation for the presence of God by anything other than our complete surrender to the Spirit of Truth.
Galatians 3:3 – Are you so foolish? After beginning with the Spirit, are you now trying to attain your goal by human effort?
Leaders must know that His way is the only way
Leaders, you must know that His way is not your way, but it is truth. You must realize that you sometimes do not know your own heart. Sometimes you are blind to your own self-stubbornness. You must keep your own heart with all diligence by constantly bringing it to the Lord's light in prayer for out of it are all the issues of life. In the area of ministry a good leader knows that the Lord may choose to witness His will through another person. It will not always come directly from you. A leader who cannot submit to the truth from others and through others is too strong in self. He resists the Spirit of truth. A good leader will not resist or ignore truth that requires them to change or do things a different way. One sign of a good leader also is their desire to prefer others and see others excel in their gifts and abilities. In all relationships or situations of personal life, work, or in ministry, the Spirit of truth desires to lead you. His way will always be higher. His way will without fail usher in the presence and power the one true Master, the King of glory.
We must love the truth at all cost
Our enemy is the Father of lies. He has power over us through lies. Jesus said when the enemy comes he will have no claim on me, for there is nothing in Me that belongs to him and he has no power over Me. (John 14:30) There was no lie in the Master and the devil had no power over him. We as disciples and therefore leaders must follow this pattern not giving any place to the enemy who seeks our destruction or make any provisions for the flesh. A servant or disciple is not greater than or above his master.
We cannot come into agreement with a lie. We cannot allow a lie to plant within us. We must not make decisions believing a lie. We must align our hearts and minds with the whole truth in order to become all He has planned for our lives. Simply, we must see who we are without Him so we can see who we are in Him. We must live in His truth over every issue of life to stay detached from the deception of this day. We must love the truth at all cost. We as leaders in the Kingdom of God must be led continually by the Sprit of truth so we can discern when truth is spoken by anyone and where truth exists in any place or situation.
2 Thessalonians 2:9-12 says, "The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness."
Leaders you can always know the truth in any given situation or words. When you are surrendered to the Holy Scriptures and the Spirit of Truth, He will discern within you. Jesus says, If you abide in My word, you are My disciples (leaders) indeed. And you shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free. Now the Lord is the Spirit and where the Spirit of the Lord is there is liberty. Where the Spirit of the Lord is free there is a great presence of the person of Jesus Christ and His power will follow both in you and through you.
More to come on the real leaders in the Kingdom.