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Leading in the River

Beware of blessings without his presence. Exodus 33 1 – 3 It’s possible to be blessed with land, milk, and honey (miraculous provision) without His Presence.

Leaders need skills and strategy especially in a public meeting to discern and release the river.

King David asked how does the ark (river) come to me? I Chronicles 13:12

1: Take intentional time personally to let the river flow in your life.

2: As the leader of the meeting ask the Lord to make you a thermometer. That is how to measure the level of the river in the meeting:
In Your spirit
In your soul
In your body

3: Humility
The river and its manifestations will break the spirit of careerism and professionalism in Christian leadership. (Bob Jones)

4: Be willing to be spontaneous not predictable

5: Recognize the source of the river for that particular meeting or day. Will He come through:
The lightning rod in the congregation
General prayer
Altar call
Laying on of hands
NOT laying on of hands
Separate meetings designated for the river to flow ??????

6: Broaden your definition of the river – it’s not just manifestations. Don’t let carnal people define the river for you.

7: Understand that the river works with JOY. Joy is a breakthrough force. Work with worship leaders so that there is a spirit of joy in a river meeting.

8: Don’t be idealistic in the river. An experience in the river doesn’t guarantee righteousness or spirituality. River people can still fall (and sadly do).

9: Educate your people in the River. Explain that “this is that ” as Peter did out of the Scriptures in Acts 2:14-21

10: Know the three primary responses of people watching the river move (Acts 2: 12-13):
WOW response – Amazed
HUH response – Perplexed
YUK response – Mocking

In Acts 17:31-34 we see the same 3 fold pattern of responses.

11: The River DOES have banks:
The Scriptures
A willingness to be corrected
A balance with teaching sound doctrine

12: The River has turns. Acts 13:45-46 Paul said we will now TURN to the Gentiles.


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