A Devotional by Pastor Cesar Castellanos
Today’s Bible Verse
Support Your Leader
Joshua received the legacy of his predecessor and, through the laying on of hands, took on the leadership. The people were willing to walk with Joshua; there was no problem within their hearts towards him. They simply told him that just as they had obeyed Moses, they would obey him. They made only one small request of him: that the same anointing that was on Moses would be on him. People want to submit to the leaders; however, they ask for only one thing: for the pastor to have the anointing of God on their life. They want to be confident that their pastor is truly a man of God, and they will walk through all of the trials, battles and difficulties if they know that the pastor has God’s anointing. Joshua fulfilled this requirement.
The Lord urged Joshua to rise up with his people. God was calling them to new conquest; however, it is the leader who must rise up first, then the people follow. The leader needs the support of their people. They must act as Israel did when they went out to war: as one man. Nobody should remain sitting. Jesus told his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field” (Matthew 9:37-38). The harvest represents the great number of souls who are at the point of salvation.
In our days believers must add the ingredient of work to their intercession; they must help to bring in the great harvest that God has prepared for this final time. We will only be able to achieve this effectively if you make the decision and commit yourself to implementing the Vision correctly.
Something to Think About
Martin Luther had a very close friend who always covered him in prayer and intercession. On one occasion, the man had a dream. He saw himself in a large field and the crop was ready to be harvested. However, in that entire area, there was only one person doing the work. He became distressed and drawing closer, he saw that the person reaping the harvest was his friend, Martin Luther. He immediately knew that he could not just stay praying and interceding. He understood how important it was for him to also take action, get out of his comfort zone, and go to work in the harvest. That day he prayed this prayer, “Lord, I want to go out and conquer.”
“Lord Jesus, right now I commit to You completely and to carrying out the vision that You have put in my heart to reach others’ lives. In Your Name. Amen.”
Today’s Bible Reading
- Old Testament: 2 Samuel 22; Psalm 117
- New Testament: Mark 15:42-47; Galatians 5:13-26