“For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another” (Galatians 5:13).
If you are a leader who have fallen from grace, God is calling you to accountability. It is not too late to start living the way God intended you to live. He has called you as a servant-leader and so, you should no longer abuse your leadership position. Whatever sin you struggle with today, God is able to deliver you. God gave you the authority and placed you in a position from where you can use that authority to be a vessel of honour.
St. John 10:10, educates us on the devil’s plan to steal, kill and destroy. When we allow him access to our lives he will continue to use us to cause much damage to others and destroy us in the process. Today I encourage you to recognise the destructive habits you have embraced and use the power that God has given you to rebuke these evil spirits from your life. Once you’ve done that you need to loose the spirit of truth into your life (see Matthew 18:18) and refuse to let the devil rob you of your spiritual inheritance.
When you die a spiritual death you give the devil authority to destroy your ministry, family, fellowship and friendship...so much is at stake. His intension is to kill you spiritually and if he can achieve this in conjunction with your physical death, then your soul will be lost. While you are busy keeping up appearance you won’t realise that you are dying nor will you recognise those around you who are dead or dying. Don’t die a spiritual death! Choose life! It is yours for the taking. Jesus paid for your life in full so owe no one anything but to love them.
The time has come for repentance. Repent of your sins and accept God’s forgiveness. Allow God to do surgery on your heart so that you can experience that newness of life once more—a renewed mind and spirit. It is a good time to read Psalm 51 and say with the Psalmist: ‘Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me from your presence or take Your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit to sustain me.’ Having personalized this Psalm, make your peace with God and with the individuals you have wronged. Do it now, before it is too late. You have a responsibility to care for those whom you lead.
Abuse of every nature affects our lives, from the intimidation received from an arrogant leader (reminding us of the bullies on the playground) to those who molest youth in their care. Many within the home and church setting have tried to cover up this mess for many years. Children have grown up confused and carry these scars into their adult years. Some continue to be oppressed by their new leaders in all areas of life. Others become abusers because their pain has not been validated and they stop believing in the kindness of humanity, so they fight fire with fire.
We failed our youth in the past and continue to fail them today, but this current generation of youth will no longer tolerate the injustice. Hence the media is plagued with stories of abuse in the homes and in our churches. Yet we have many leaders who see this injustice taking place and still choose to remain silent. We close our eyes to the injustices that are taking place and we are all afraid to speak out. But Thessalonians 5:14-15 states, ‘Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feeble minded, support the weak, be patient toward all men. See that non render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves and to all men.’
Therefore, we must help each other to get back on track. ‘Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such a one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted. Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ’ (Galatians 6:1-2, KJV).
Are you an abusive leader in the home? Then take up your rightful place and lead as the head of the home, in submission to the will of God. Love your wives and be not bitter against them (Colossians 3:19). ‘Fathers, provoke not your children to anger, lest they be discouraged’ (Colossians 3:21).
Are you a leader in the church? Then remember that you will be judged more harshly (see James 3:1). You profess that you know God so do not deny Him in your works. The scripture says ‘…let everyone that nameth the name of Christ depart from inequity…If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work’ (2nd Timothy 2:19b and 21, KJV). Repentance is available to you today. You haven’t gone too far where God cannot reach you. He waits with open arms to receive you today. There are many waiting to rejoice with you my brother, my sister. God wants to restore you back to fellowship with Him.
Always ask God for courage to stand on His word. When you’re faced with temptation and you want to give-in ask God for the courage to say no. When you want to do wrong, ask Him for courage to stand. When you want to give up, ask Him for courage to lead, the way He requires you to lead. Rest, work, rest, get the balance right, but don’t give up! Wear your armour like a true soldier of Christ and serve your fellowmen as you serve God. Read the book of Titus and be encouraged.
I leave with you these verses of encouragement: ‘Therefore put on the whole armour of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand’ (Ephesians 6:13, NIV). Then receive the fullness of life that God has promised you in the latter part of St. John 10:10. Endure tribulation for ‘Blessed is the man that endureth temptation; for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love Him’ (James 1:12, KJV).
Now that you have been restored, ‘Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage’ (Galatians 5:1).
Welcome back! God bless you on your journey.
Your Sister in Christ,
Janice S Ramkissoon
17th May 2011.
We are in, I believe, a season of healing and building up so we are, as scripture promises, prepared and ready for every good work - from our leaders right down to the very last individual - when we are called to stand firm and truly fight the good fight that will see our Lord's return. Your voice, Janice, has been and will continue to be used in power and might! Continue in your obedience and be ever blessed. XXXO Jody
Thank you for coming out strongly on this, indeed it is time that our youths experienced justices in their lives, someone ought to come out and say no to injustices in our societies and indeed this is the time! Thank you Janice, you spoke so boldly, you need to come to Kenya and share this with us, smile. Justus