The Bible records the history of its many faith-based leaders such as Abraham, David, Moses, and Joshua. These leaders sought God’s will in every exploit and battle; however, not only did they seek God but they also believed God and obeyed Him. Hebrews 11 lists these men and women of God whose faith promoted them in the spirit realm and gives a brief commentary on what it means to be a faith-based leader.
Close To God
One characteristic of a faith-based leader is to be so close to God that He shares His thoughts or His plans with him/her. Psalm 103:7 states “He (God) made known his ways unto Moses…(parentheses added).” In the book of Exodus, God constantly revealed His plans to Moses to aid him in teaching the Hebrews His laws and to bring them to the Promised Land. To record God’s words and His heart for the Hebrews, Moses authored the first five books of the Bible. For Moses, constant communication with the Lord was imperative. Today’s leaders should have such an active, consistent prayer life that they can hear God either in His Word or audibly. God doesn’t have to perform acts in order to get their attention because He has their ears and their hearts.
A faith-based leader has a vision for the people that is so great that only God can bring it to pass. Abraham, the father of the Hebrews, left his home and his relatives to go to a place that he did not know the location, but he believed God. When God told Abraham that his descendants would outnumber the stars in the sky and the sands by the sea, Abraham believed God although he and Sarah were past childbearing age and did not have any children (Hebrews 11:12). Eventually, it happened and Isaac was born when Abraham was 100 and Sarah was 90! If you can do the vision yourself, then it wasn’t from God. God moves in the miraculous! The leader has to see this vision in the spirit realm and not in the natural. However, his faith in this great vision given by God will eventually see it fulfilled in the natural.
Another characteristic is that this leader obeys God even when it is beyond his/her comprehension. Noah built an ark for a flood that he had no frame of reference for because from the creation of the world, the people had never seen rain, but he obeyed God and saved his household and the animals (Genesis 6–9). What seemed impossible happened because of Noah’s obedience. As Bishop JC Hash, Sr. says, “Truth looks like a lie in the beginning, but time will catch up with it.” It will come to pass, but the leader must stand on that word and let God do His part, for if “He said it, He will do it and if He spoke it, He will bring it to pass.”
Finally, faith-based leaders honor God. They crucify their wills and submit to His will. Jesus in Matthew 26:39 says, “…nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.” What Jesus’ human side wanted could not take His eyes off His purpose to make a way for sinful man to come back to the Father. Jesus was the Word made flesh, full of grace and glory (John 1:14). Faith-based leaders are students of the Word. They study the Word and listen to what the Spirit is saying. The Word of God is their road map and the Holy Spirit is their Guide.
Faith-based leaders believe God so greatly that they inspire others to believe in the vision. Their excitement is so contagious that nothing is impossible because the people are unified. No matter how long it takes for the vision to be fulfilled, the church that has a faith-based leader always live in expectancy.
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