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Luke 9:23, “And he said to them all, If any man will
come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow
Leadership is multi-faced
and a complex combination of personalities and passions. Followers are only as
productive as the leadership with the ability to connect and not be in
disconnect is a key factor. The idea is to translate Scriptural leadership
principles into the followers’ life in order to produce a transformation.
Leaders have an inherit problem of being so right so much of the time they
begin to think they are right all the time.
The ability to provide
Scriptural precepts to build upon is critical while being able to take
suggestions and even correction from follower and leader alike. The
communication must remain open and comfortable to both the leader and the
follower. When this grows into a “co-worker” relationship and the “command” is
not a “demand,” but a healthy respect for the leader then we have accomplished
what God intended.
Genesis 18:19, “For I know him, that he will command his
children and his household after him, and they shall keep thy way of the LORD,
to do justice and judgment; that the LORD may bring upon Abraham that which he
hath spoken of him.”
Abraham carried himself in
such a manner with his relationship to the Lord that he was able to “command”
not “demand” of his children and his household. They were in awe of him and
thus followed him. Abraham denied himself in order to live in obedience to his
Lord. Denial is the catalyst that creates this bond between leader and
follower. Never forget this great truth for it is God that magnifies men in the
sight of men! The question is what must man do in order to have this happen?
God has many thrones. He
is called King of glory for example. Jesus is called the King Salem, King of
kings, King of Israel, King of Judah, King eternal, King of the Jews, King of
Zion, peace, righteousness, forever, King of old, King everlasting, King whose
name is the Lord, King of Heaven, mighty King, my Lord the King, Lord and King,
and everlasting King. All of these are thrones on which our Saviour seats,
crowns that our Saviour wears, and all of these are scepters, which our Saviour
Our Scripture says, “Let
him deny himself.”
Deny meaning to overthrow, dethrone, or have a military
coup. Thus God is saying when a man denies himself he is stepping down from the
throne of his life because he is overthrowing himself. He is impeaching
himself. He is overthrowing himself. He is leading a coup against himself.
Thus, Jesus is saying if
you want to follow me and lead others you must deny yourself. If you want to
come after me and follow me the first thing you have to do is to deny yourself,
step down off the throne of your life, impeach yourself, lead a coup against
yourself, and overthrow yourself. That is the first thing a follower who leads
must do.
Please take note of this.
Your life and my life is a kingdom and that kingdom has a ruler. Something
rules your kingdom. It may be a sport such as basketball, football, golf,
bowling, volleyball, or tennis. God is saying lead a coup against that person
or thing seating on your throne so you can follow and eventually lead. God is
saying overthrow, impeach, give up your throne, or anything that is on your
throne ruling your kingdom. God’s desire is for Jesus be the King on the throne
of your life and allow him to rule your kingdom.
Maybe success has ruled
your life and makes all of the decisions in your kingdom. Jesus is saying
dethrone success, overthrow success, lead a coup against success, impeach
success and have it step down off of the throne of your kingdom and permit
Jesus to seat on the throne of your kingdom.
It may be position that is
on the throne of your kingdom and this position is ruling your kingdom making
the decisions for your kingdom. God says have position step down, abdicate, and
overthrown with you leading the coupe. God is saying put the King of kings back
on the throne of your kingdom.
It may be the appetite of
food, sex, sleep, or some other physical appetite, but God says force appetite
off of the throne of your kingdom. God says have appetite give up the throne
and overthrow appetite and put Jesus back on the throne of your kingdom.
It may be making money is
the ruler of your kingdom. The king of your kingdom may be money. Maybe
accumulating possessions is the king of your life and possessions make all of
the decisions for your kingdom. God is saying step down money and let the King
of kings back on the throne of this kingdom. God is saying possessions step
down and let the King of glory back on the throne of this kingdom of yours.
It may be a business is
the ruler of your kingdom and it makes all of the decisions of your life. My
friend it is time for a revolt! It is time to lead a coupe! It is time to
overthrow the ruler. It is time to have the business step down so that Jesus
can step up to his rightful place on the throne of your kingdom.
It may be academics that
rules your kingdom, or music may be the one who rules, or friends, or the world
that rule, but whoever or whatever it is it is time for a revolution. God is
saying to his children give up the throne, overthrow the ruler, lead a coup
against the ruler, and saying to whoever or whatever is ruling your kingdom to
step down and let Jesus rule and reign.
Our Lord is anticipating
that day when every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus is the
Christ the very Son of God. He is anticipates that day when he shall be crowned
as King of kings and we shall sing, “All hail the power of Jesus’ name, let
angels prostrate fall” and “Bring forth the royal diadem and crown him Lord of
He has anticipated that
day ever since they made for him a wooden throne, a walking stick for a
scepter, a borrowed overcoat for a royal robe, a crown of thorns for a diadem,
a mock sign over his head that said “Hail King of the Jews,” and they took the
stick using it to smote him on the head acting like his subjects bowing
mockingly on their knees.
Ever since that day the
King of kings and Lord of lords has looked forward to that day when we shall
crown him Lord of lords and King of kings and he shall reign and rule on earth
for a thousand years. Jesus anticipated that day ever since he rode into
Jerusalem on that donkey with multitudes spreading their garments in the way
strewing branches in his path crying, “Hosanna to the Son of David blessed is
he that cometh in the name of the Lord.”
Jesus knew on what they
called Palm Sunday that on that day those same tongues in a few hours would
cry, “Crucify him! Free Barabbas! Crucify Jesus!” He full well knew that those
who would strew branches before him throwing their garments before him on the
streets of Jerusalem in just a few hours those same hands would crucify him.
He anticipated that day would
come when he would seat on the throne of David, but until then he wants to seat
on the throne of your kingdom. Oh yes, he will seat on the throne of David one
day as ruler of the entire world, but the throne he desires most is the throne
of your kingdom. Until you follow you cannot lead!
Jesus anticipate that day
when Russian shall attack little Israel and the way the world events are
shaping up it will not be long. He full well knows that along with Russia will
come Turkey, Libya, Iran, Germany, and other countries that will join in the
attack on little Israel. He also knows that America will come to the rescue of
Israel. He also knows the Revived Roman Empire, the Western Confederacy, and
the European Common Market will join in with America to come to defend Israel.
These will fight Russia,
Turkey, Germany, Iran, Libya, and others in defense of little Israel. He full
well knows that America and the Western Confederacy will win that battle. Then
all of a sudden here comes reinforcements from the East with the Euphrates
river drying up and from the East comes China and Japan to join Russia to fight
Israel for the oil. This will be the great end-time battle of the tribulation
Our Lord full well knows
that in that time the Western Powers will conquer the North, South, and East
with the Western powers ending up as rulers. The Anti-Christ will then appear
on the scene to rule with the man of sin conquering the earth.
The Anti-Christ will look
toward the South and say, “I’ve conquered the South!” He will look toward the
East and say, “I’ve conquered the East!” He will look toward the West and say,
“I’ve conquered the West!” He will look toward the North and say, “I’ve
conquered the North!” but there is one place he forgot to look … toward heaven!
Up in the heavenlies there is coming someone riding on a white horse. He is
called the King of kings, Lord of lords, and he shall come not with a little
old nuclear bomb, or Atom bomb, but with his word he will conquer the
Anti-Christ and the man of sin.
It is with his word that
Jesus has done everything he has done. The stars that shine tonight were placed
there by his word. The moon that shines tonight was placed there by his word.
The sun that set this afternoon was placed there by his word. The oceans, the
lakes, the rills, the rivers, and the waters of the world were placed there by
his word.
Jesus will come back to
earth and will put down the Anti-Christ! How will he do it? He will do it with
his words! He will do it for out of his mouth with his words he will defeat the
man of sin! My friend, if that is what will bring the ultimate and final
victory then certainly his words will work for you and I Monday through Sunday?
Let it be known to the
whole world that the great churches in America and around the world were not
built on personality, or humor, or gimmicks, for every great Scriptural local
church has been built around and on the very words of God. Our Lord knew full
well that he would be crowned as King of kings and Lord of lords.
He who came on a donkey
will come on a white horse. He who came to be crucified will come to be
crowned. He who was on a throne of wood will come to be on the throne of David.
He who was hated shall be loved. He who was rejected shall be accepted. He who
was taken from us shall return to us. He who died and ascended shall descent
and defeat the forces of Satan.
Hold it, even though Jesus anticipated that day and
though he looks forward to that day and though he full well knows he will seat
on the throne of David there is still one throne he wants to seat on now. That
throne if the throne of your kingdom!
He desires to rule your
kingdom, but there is one problem. That problem is Jesus refuses to overthrow
the one who seats on the throne of your kingdom. He asks us to choose to
abdicate. He asks us to overthrow ourselves. He asks us to hold a coup against
ourselves. He asks us to dethrone ourselves. He is asking us to step down
voluntarily ourselves.
Do not miss this! Jesus
will NOT overthrow the one on the throne of your kingdom. Jesus will NOT
challenge the one who seats on the throne of your kingdom. Jesus refuses to
lead a coup against the one sitting on the throne of your kingdom. Jesus will
not call for the forces of Heaven to come and kick whoever or whatever is
sitting on the throne of your kingdom.
Jesus simply asks us to
“Deny ourselves!” He asks us to abdicate, dethrone, step down, overthrow, or
have a coup against ourselves. “If any man will come after me let him deny
himself, or dethrone himself, or overthrow himself, or step down himself, or
lead a coup against himself, or revolt against himself.”
There it is! That is the
secret! Let Jesus have the throne he desires more than the throne of David at
this moment in time. There is no way we can lead others until we are led, not
by ourselves, but by the King of kings and Lord of lords. This throne is the
one we have been sitting on, ruling from, and controlling from the kingdom of
our life.
Jesus anticipates the day
when he will take the keys of death and unlock the grave coming out alive for
evermore. Jesus anticipates his arrival back home where no longer will he walk
the dusty shores of Judea, no longer will he have no place to lay his head,
while foxes go to their holes and birds fly to their nests.
No longer will Jesus be a
man of sorrows acquainted with grief and rejected. He looks forward to
returning home. He said, “Father, restore unto me the joy which I had with thee
before the world was.” Wow! What a great anticipation, but more than that he
anticipates you and I stepping down off of the throne of our kingdom and having
the ability to be able to seat down on the throne of the kingdom of our life.
Show me anywhere in the scriptures
where it says, “Seek ye second the kingdom of God.” Show me anywhere in the
Scriptures where it says, “Part to Jesus I surrender.” No sir, “All to Jesus I
surrender is the theme of the Bible.” God has every right to rule in our lives
and when he rules we can rule. Until then none of us are qualified to rule!
However there is an obstacle and it is you and I!
Jesus anticipated the day
when the prophecy of Daniel chapter 2 is fulfilled, when the dreams of that
great Image of head of gold, breast and arms of silver, belly and thighs of
brass, legs of iron, feet of iron and clay with each representing a kingdom of
power. However, then it says there comes a stone cut out without hands that
will break the legs of Iron and clay, that stone is the Rock of Ages cleft for
me. The stone cut out without hands is Jesus Christ himself.
He is the one who will
break in pieces the Western Power, the Northern Power, the Eastern Power, and
Jesus shall reign where ere the sun does its successive journeys run. His
kingdom shall spread from shore to shore till moon shall wax and wane no more.
Jesus anticipates that day.  Jesus
desires that day, but more than that he desires to seat on the throne of our
The Anti-Christ has no
choice. The man of sin has no choice. The Western Powers have no choice. The
Northern Powers have no choice. The Eastern Powers have no choice. Hell has no
choice. Satan has no choice. The imps of Hell have no choice. Russia has no
choice. Iran has no choice. Germany has no choice. Turkey has no choice. China
has no choice. Japan has no choice. Libya has no choice. USA has no choice.
European Common Market has no choice. Egypt has no choice. HOWEVER, YOU AND I
Jesus refuses to overthrow
you and I off of the throne of our kingdom. Jesus desires to rule in the lives
of grade school children, junior high students, senior high students, college
age, young married couples, middle age couples, old married couples, widows,
widowers, divorced, bus riders, mission men, choir members, ushers, deacons,
staff, teachers, staff, the pastoral staff, and the pastor. However, Jesus will
not overthrow whoever or whatever is on the throne of your kingdom.
Jesus knew and anticipated
the day when he would walk through the gates of pearl into the Holy City. Jesus
anticipates walking through those gates of pearl upheld by the foundations of
precious stones. Jesus knew full well he would walk down golden streets someday
by the river of life.
He knew and anticipated
that city where tears were outlawed, sorrow expelled, pain crucified, night
executed, where sin has expired, sickness will become wellness, heartache will
be broken, loneliness will become lonely, sadness will become sad, bereavement
will bereave, poverty will become impoverished, death will die, and he will be
the main attraction.
Jesus anticipates that
day, but much more than that he anticipates ruling your kingdom from your
throne given to him by you and not taken by him from you!
Jesus anticipates that day
of the Judgment Seat of Christ where he shall give the redeemed their crowns.
They will be crowns for suffering, service, soul winning, faithfulness, and
loving the appearing of Jesus. He will place those crowns upon the heads of the
redeemed, but we will not keep them very long for we will in unison throw them
at the feet of our Saviour. The redeemed will begin to sing, “Thou art worthy,
Oh Lord to receive glory and honor and power and dominion.”
However, there is
something he desires more and that is that he be allowed to rule from the
throne of our kingdoms. There is an obstacle! The obstacle is whoever or
whatever is sitting on the throne of our kingdom currently and that is why
Jesus said, “deny thyself” or “dethrone thyself,” or “overthrow thyself,” or
“have a coup against thyself,” or “revolt against thyself,” or “voluntarily
step down from off of your throne yourself.”
Each of us has a life, an
empire, or a kingdom and Jesus desires to rule that life, empire, or kingdom.
Jesus refuses to lead the coupe, the revolt, the revolution, or the dethroning.
He simply waits for you and I to “deny thyself.”
When you and I say,
“What’s wrong with…?” then we are still on the throne of our kingdom. When we
say, “Well I just don’t see any harm in doing…!” then we are still sitting on
the throne of our empire.
There are many things in
our lives that are weights and not sin that hinder us. The Scripture says, “Lay
aside every weight…”
In Revelation chapter 5
there is a seven-sealed book that is the deed to the earth. No man on earth, no
man beneath the earth, and no man above the earth were worthy to open this
seven-sealed book. Then someone said, “There stood a Lamb in the midst.” This
is the same Lamb of which John the Baptist on the banks of the Jordan River
pointed to and said, “Behold the Lamb of God that taketh away the sin of the
world.” This Lamb stands up, he opens the book of the title deed, the mortgage
is paid off, and the title deed is the Lamb’s again for he is worthy!
Finally the title deed is
paid off, the mortgage is burned, Jesus holds in his hands the title deed, and
certainly Jesus anticipates that day, but as wonderful would be if you and I
would step down voluntarily, dethrone voluntarily, and deny voluntarily
removing ourselves off of the throne of our kingdoms.
Jesus wants the throne of
our kingdom more than the throne of David. He wants to reign in our lives more
than he wants to reign for a thousand years. In Revelation chapter 7 we have,
“Amen and blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and
might be unto our God for ever and ever.”
What a wonderful day that
will be when the Hugh Heffner’s will have to bow and confess that Jesus is
Lord, when Zondervan will have to confess the King James Bible is the only real
Scripture for the English speaking people, when the new morality crowd, when
the humanist, when the Kennedys, when the Clintons, when the Gores, and all the
rest of the liberalist will have to bow confessing that Jesus is the Christ!
Hold it! There is
something Jesus desires more than that and that is YOU! He wants to rule your
life and by the way you are the only obstacle he has between him ruling the
whole world and ruling your world. He wants you! Why? He wants to rule your
life! Why? So you can not only follow but also lead. You will avoid
self-destruction and help others to victory while being victorious yourself!

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