Moses, My Servant, is Dead
On 21 February, Dr Billy Graham died. When I saw the news that morning, I heard the Lord say to me, “Moses my servant is dead.” I knew immediately that it was now time to move.
Since the beginning of the year, I have been sharing that it is time to step through the door into the promised land. For me, the major challenge has been to not get stuck in the door. I shared about in my last post, which you can read hereif you missed it. But on the 21 February, I realized that stepping through the door was not enough – it is time to move. It is time to leave the old ways and the thinking of the wilderness behind us. It is time to cross over and take the territory that God has assigned to us. The moment that we have been waiting for is here. The change that has been prophesied is upon us.
And this is change with a capital C. When the Israelites left the wilderness, the manna stopped falling. Their clothes began to wear out. They were suddenly surrounded by enemies who they would need to fight and overcome in order to have land on which to build their houses. It was a very different life from the uneventful days of the wilderness in which all their needs were miraculously met by God and their only responsibility was to follow the cloud by day and the fire by night. Crossing over into the promised land required a serious shift in mindset and attitude. And it required a different type of leader. The type of leadership required to take the promised land is very different from the type of leadership needed to maintain order in the wilderness.
The death of Moses signaled a change in leadership. The days of Moses’s pastoral-type leadership were over. His leadership style was focussed on the people and meeting their needs. When they were thirsty, Moses was expected to provide fresh water. When they were hungry, they looked to Moses to supply food. Every time they faced a challenge, they immediately looked to Moses to solve the problem. And he did. But this produced a people of entitlement who were not prepared to fulfil the purpose of God in their generation. So when the time came for the next generation to enter the promised land, God raised up a very different type of leader. Joshua was disciplined and mission-focussed. His primary objective was God’s agenda and it produced a people that were empowered to take the land.
As it was then, so it is now. The days of leaders that are only focused on the comfort and happiness of people is over. The days of leaders that cater to a ‘bless me’ mentality are finished. It is time for Joshua leaders. Those who can take God’s people into this new territory to possess it. It is time for true apostolic leadership to arise. The early church was birthed and thrived under the leadership of the apostles. In the book of Acts, we also see strong apostolic/prophetic teams being sent to break open new territories and bring the gospel to new regions. It takes strong apostolic/prophetic leadership to take new territory. Apostles have the authority to break open new realms. Prophets have revelation and insight into the strategies and blueprints for these new realms. Together, they make a formidable team and are part of God’s strategy for taking territory. However, it is going to take the whole Body of Christ in order to hold this new territory. And for us to reach that measure of maturity, we will need the other five fold gifts (teacher, pastor, evangelist) functioning correctly as well. But right now, we need apostolic /prophetic leadership to arise and lead us into a new land.
It is going to take this type of leadership to call the Body of Christ to order. It is time to move and leaders must arise who will rally the troops to march with the Commander of the armies of heaven. Joshua was such a leader. He had spent 40 years in the wilderness. He had learnt the lessons of the generation before him without ever dishonouring them. He had sat patiently outside the tent of meeting, worshipping God and learning from Moses. He was faithful servant to Moses and in God’s house. He had learnt the ways of God and knew how to walk in them. When the day came for him to step into a position of leadership, it was not a political move, it was a God appointment. And he stepped into it with humility, authority and a steely determination that Israel would not miss God’s purposes for another generation. He loved God and he loved God’s people and wanted to see them experience the fullness of God’s purpose for them. He also understood that it was time for God to have His inheritance in His people. This is the type of leadership that is now arising in the earth.
Many people are calling these new leaders ‘the young lions’. A generation that refuses to repeat the mistakes of the past. To this end they have studied to show themselves approved. They honour those that have gone before. They have spent countless hours in the secret place worshipping God – seeking to know Him and be known by Him. They have sharpened their weapons, exercised their gifts and grown in their discernment. They wait patiently, practicing humility but ever ready to answer the call of duty.
Now the day has come. The time for these new leaders to arise is here. The young lions are emerging and a new sound is being heard across the globe. A rallying cry for the Ekklesia to stand up and take their place in Mount Zion with Jesus Christ as our head. From this place we receive our assignment, descending from the mountain of the Lord into the nations, into the mountains of culture on the earth - to take the territory that belongs to the King. To set the captives free, restore justice to those that are oppressed and release God’s heart of love to the nations.
Moses is dead. Joshua is rising to lead God’s people into the promised land. Can you hear the sound? Are you ready to move?