TOPIC: Be an Encourager and An Intercessor
Memory Judges 4: 14
And Deborah said unto Barak, Up; for this is the day in which the Verse: LORD hath delivered Sisera into thine hand: is not the LORD gone out before thee? So Barak went down from mount Tabor, and ten thousand men after him.
Motivational Quote: There’s really no success for any leader who has no successor.
Prophetic word for today.
The aura of God Almighty shall overshadow you, in the name of Jesus.
Fire Scripture: Judges 4: 6-16
Praise & Worship
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Proverbs 10 – 11; 2 Peter 2 – 3.
Two qualities of great leaders that every believer should pray and get are those of an encourager and an intercessor. In the Bible, leaders who had these traits succeeded in discovering and raising other leaders for the kingdom.
Deborah was an inspirer and encourager: She inspired Barak to believe in himself. She saw a leader in Barak. She saw great leadership potential in him that even Barak did not see. She sent for him and encouraged him with God’s word. She was not afraid to train new leaders. She knew that there is really no success for any leader without a successor; hence, she encouraged and brought up a new leader.
Deborah was also an intercessor: When Barak was still not confident of stepping out of his fears, he asked that Deborah should follow him to the battlefront and she obliged. She did not leave her protégé to go face it alone: she stood by him, not only physically but also spiritually. She was not a trained soldier, but in the spirit, she was a warrior. She fought with Barak from the place of prayer. My prayer for every sister reading this is that God will make you another Deborah in this generation, in the name of Jesus.
There are leaders and there are leaders. Many leaders will send their followers to the war front while they themselves would sit at home enjoying themselves. They never led by example like the Pharisees in Matthew 23:4. “For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men’s shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers. Blind leaders of the blind. They never led themselves before leading others”.
Ask yourself, beloved, how much of an encourager are you to others around? Have people been able to discover themselves by coming around you? Are you the type of leader that never wanted others to rise? Are you the type that will always want to talk down on the dreams and visions of others because you are feeling insecure? What type of leader are you? Do you lead by example or are you the ‘do as I say but do not do as I do’kind of leader?
Dearly beloved, ponder on these questions and ask God to help you this morning.
1. O God, arise and make me a true leader, in the name of Jesus.
2. Seed of Pharisees and Sadducees in my life, die by fire, in the name of Jesus.
3. Power assigned to soil my testimonies, die, in the name of Jesus.
4. I shall not be wounded in the battlefield of life, in the name of Jesus.
5. O God, raise a voice for me, in the name of Jesus.
6. Father, raise real and covenant helpers for me, in the name of Jesus.
7. O God my Father, raise genuine intercessors for me, in the name of Jesus.