Spiritual Leadership Part 5…….September 9th, 2013…….By Pastor Stan Smith

It is good for leaders to guide and give words of insight if that leader has some from experience and from God. However God does not tell parents, leaders, pastors everything about their children and/or members. He does not. God does not necessarily share His Plans with leaders about their followers.
As said before Elijah said to the Lord three times he was the only prophet until the Lord let Elijah know that he had 7,000 prophets that Elijah did not know about.
1 Kings 19:13-18 (KJV) And it was so, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle, and went out, and stood in the entering in of the cave. And, behold, there came a voice unto him, and said, What doest thou here, Elijah?
14 And he said, I have been very jealous for the Lord God of hosts: because the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.
15 And the Lord said unto him, Go, return on thy way to the wilderness of Damascus: and when thou comest, anoint Hazael to be king over Syria:
16 And Jehu the son of Nimshi shalt thou anoint to be king over Israel: and Elisha the son of Shaphat of Abelmeholah shalt thou anoint to be prophet in thy room.
17 And it shall come to pass, that him that escapeth the sword of Hazael shall Jehu slay: and him that escapeth from the sword of Jehu shall Elisha slay.
18 Yet I have left me seven thousand in Israel, all the knees which have not bowed unto Baal, and every mouth which hath not kissed him.

Jesse had eight sons but did not know which one would be King over Israel. He did not know it would be David. David’s family had an opinion about him. Seven of Jesse’s sons passed before the Prophet before Jesse said anything about David. And David was the one.
1 Samuel 16:11-13 Then Jesse called Abinadab and had him pass in front of Samuel. But Samuel said, “The Lord has not chosen this one either.” 9 Jesse then had Shammah pass by, but Samuel said, “Nor has the Lord chosen this one.” 10 Jesse had seven of his sons pass before Samuel, but Samuel said to him, “The Lord has not chosen these.” 11 So he asked Jesse, “Are these all the sons you have?”
“There is still the youngest,” Jesse answered. “He is tending the sheep.”
Samuel said, “Send for him; we will not sit down until he arrives.”
12 So he sent for him and had him brought in. He was glowing with health and had a fine appearance and handsome features.
Then the Lord said, “Rise and anoint him; this is the one.”
13 So Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the presence of his brothers, and from that day on the Spirit of the Lord came powerfully upon David. Samuel then went to Ramah.
In the tradition of the church it has been very manipulative to bind someone/freeze them in their tracks, because a leader says God has not spoken anything to them about that member. Truthfully God hasn’t spoken to the leader about that member, and He may never speak to the leader about that member.
Please believe me these articles are not to undermine leadership in the church, however; there are myths and practices that need to be done away with. The other thing is, what if a member was in error about leaving and does not return? Where is the mature love that a leader should possess to lead God’s people?
Unfortunately many leaders will not succumb to forgiveness, God’s way; but look for a day when the runaway saint returns in chains of defeat to repent before the congregation.
There is a lot of hurt that needs to be healed and selfish reasons buried.
The Spiritual Leadership of the Jews, the priest, the High Priest did not want Paul to leave the Jewish system of beliefs and practices and follow Jesus Christ. They did not want him preaching the gospel of the Kingdom of God. Paul was hunted most of his ministry. The Jews did not know God had bigger and different plans for him.
…to be continued