Leading in Unprecedented Times II
There are many types, shadows and symbols used for the people of God. These types give use insight into the human journey and a transformed life. The are some characteristics which are apparent, obvious and plainly seen. Other characteristics are embedded and need to be mined like treasure. One of the symbols of Israel, the people of God, is the palm tree. Trees are to be planted.
Psalm 92:12 The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree,
He shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon. 12 Those who are planted in the house of the LORD Shall flourish in the courts of our God. 13 They shall still bear fruit in old age; They shall be fresh and flourishing,
The palm tree can flourish in the dry, hot deserts and arid areas.
The cedar can flourish in the high, cold mountainous areas.
Their commonality is the both root downwards to a rock.
Their deep roots give them stability, durability and stamina.
Isaiah 37:31 And the remnant that is escaped of the house of Judah shall again take root downward, and bear fruit upward: After captivity, Judah would return and be planted in the land.
- Roots and fruit were a prophetic prediction.
Mark 8:1-9 the feeding of the 4000 in the wilderness.
The disciples had a scarcity mentality. Vs 4
Jesus took seven loaves and a few fish and blessed them, broke them and gave them.
They took up seven baskets.
Compare Mark 6:35 in a desert place Jesus tell His disciples to feed a multitude.
Their methodology was to buy bread 200 pennies worth of bread,
See what you have. They found 5 loaves and 2 fish.
- He took it, blessed it, broke it and gave it.
They serve 5000 and took up 12 baskets.
Exodus 16 the Lord feed millions in the wilderness, every day, for forty years.
- You can flourish in the desert wilderness if you are planted in the right place.
- You can have vitality in the desert or on the mountain if you are planted.
Psalm 92:12 Those who are planted in the house of the LORD Shall flourish in the courts of our God.
Before you plant you must prepare the soil.
Jeremiah 1:9 Then the LORD put forth His hand and touched my mouth, and the LORD said to me: “Behold, I have put My words in your mouth.
10 See, I have this day set you over the nations and over the kingdoms, To root out and to pull down, To destroy and to throw down, To build and to plant.”
Root out hidden agendas, selfish motivations, unhealthy entanglements, embedded fears…
Pull down pride, arrogance, false self-images, victim mentality and external idols…
Destroy, so dismantle it so it cannot be reassembled again, voices that said you can’t, shouldn’t, won’t be able to, dream thieves, Satanic tactics that come to steal your identity Esau, kill your vision Joseph and destroy your life Moses…
Throw down stronghold, stubborn ideologies which exult themselves against the knowledge of God: credible voices, with repetitious information…
To build leaders, who will build people, who will build the church.
To plant means to put and set in the ground for growth.
- Be the planting of the Lord in the house of the Lord.
Psalm 92:13 They shall still bear fruit in old age; They shall be fresh and flourishing,
Old age doesn’t disqualify you from flourishing.
Psalm 71:17-18 O God, thou hast taught me from my youth: and hitherto have I declared thy wondrous works. 19 Now also when I am old and grayheaded, O God, forsake me not; until I have shewed thy strength unto this generation, and thy power to every one that is to come.
You must let go of what was, to embrace what is, what could be and what’s next. This experience is called change…
Sage wise, prudence, good judgement through reflection and experience
If you don’t change as an emerging adult, we can become an adult adolescent.
“You’re young once but you can be childish forever.’
If you don’t change when you are elderly you can become an old hag or an old geezer.
I stand on shoulders. Former
I lend a shoulder. Future
I offered my shoulder. Previous
“You can choose to walk in my shadow, or You can choose to stand on my shoulder.”
“I accomplished some things.
You accomplish more things.
We all accomplish great things together”
“Like a palm tree fall to the ground full of fruit.”
“Your inheritance is what you leave. Your legacy is who you leave.”
Bishop La Fayette Scales, Rhema Christian Center, Columbus, Ohio
Faith Christian Center
Sunday, September 26, 2021 – 9:30 a.m. service
2020 and 2021 Book List
*City of God, City of Satan – Robert C. Linthicum
**Matthew and the Margins – Warren Carter
**Africa Bible Commentary – Tokumboh Adeyemo. General Editor
*The Courage to Be – Paul Tillich
Visioneering – Andy Staley
The Century of the Holy Spirit – Vinson Synan
The Immoral Majority – Ben Howe
The Color of Compromise – Jemar Tisby
**White Rage – Carol Anderson
Wings to Rise:
Blacks, Leadership and the Assembly of God – Dr. Darnell Williams
The Tears We Cannot Stop – Dr. Eric Michael Dyson
**The Negro Bible -The Slave Bible – Select Parts of the Holy Bible for the use of the Negro Slave of the British West – India Islands Joseph Lumpkin
Jesus, Through Middle Eastern Eyes – Kenneth E. Bailey
Finding the Lost Cultural Keys to Luke 15 – Kenneth E. Bailey
*A Classic or Reread
**An Ongoing Read
2021 Book List
*Said I Wasn’t Gonna Tell Nobody James H. Cone
*Jesus and the Disinherited Howard Thurman
**Shelter In A Time of Storm Jelani M. Favors
The Certain Sound of the Trumpet: Crafting a Sermon of Authority
Samuel D Proctor
Moral Grandeur and Spiritual Audacity Abraham Joshua Heschel
White Too Long Robert P. Jones