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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 me.”
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 a problem of being so right so much of the time they
begin to think they are right all the time. There must be a differentiation between principle and passion.  Just because you have been right does not mean you are always right. When principle rules both leaders and followers can work together.

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
Deny meaning to overthrow, dethrone, or have a military coupe. 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 coupe 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 coupe 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 coupe 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 any thing 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 coupe 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. Its 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 coupe 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 anticipated 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 all.”
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
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 and that is Heavenward. 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 place there by his
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 know 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 coupe against ourselves.
He asks us to dethrone ourselves. He is asking us to step down voluntarily
Don’t 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 coupe
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
coupe 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
coupe 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
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
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 DO!
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 would ne 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 coupe
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.” 
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. However, as wonderful as that will be, if you and I would step
down voluntarily, dethrone voluntarily, and deny voluntarily removing ourselves
off of the throne of our kingdoms that would be Jesus’ greatest desire.
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, when the Obamas, 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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