You are designed to win, and as a leader you need to impart to other people a sense and attitude that they can win. People come to Tree of Life Church checking us out and have a range of different ideas. Most people are weary, defeated, they feel like they are slaves to circumstances and slaves to their past and slaves to sin. My job as a pastor is to get inside their mind and change that attitude and develop a sense of freedom in them. My job is to raise a generation that loves new wine. A generation that wants to be in the promised land far more than they want to be in Egypt. We need people uncomfortable in Egypt, uncomfortable in the wilderness, but are comfortable knocking down walls, taking grounds, slaying giants, obtaining promises, living by faith and winning battles.
You are designed to dominate. You are not the prey of any creature on earth, you are the lord of every animal. We keep lions in cages, they do not keep us in cages! We are in charge. We need to develop the attitude of lordship and domination.
You have to develop greatness in others and the only way to do this is to help people discern they are designed for greatness, to help them desire to be great, to help them gravitate towards success – to give them a desire for new wine. Raise a generation that loves new wine!
Everyone you lead is destined for elevation, for celebration, for greatness. They were all born to desire the new wine of achieving, and it is our job to develop that taste in people as leaders. Never ever forget that or you will dull your ability to lead.
The first thing you need to help people in your church or organization realize is this: there is no happiness without the new wine. What do I mean? We cannot be happy without being successful at doing what God has called and designed us to do. Being popular will not ultimately make you happy. Getting married will not ultimately make you happy. Fame will not ultimately make you happy. Money will not ultimately make you happy. Position will not ultimately make you happy. What makes you happy is discovering your purpose and destiny and developing the wisdom and character and backbone and faith to walk in that and do it.
True success is three things:
- Finding out what God has designed and destined you to do
- Starting what God has designed and destined you to do
- Finishing what God has designed and destined you to do
You need to help everyone you lead realize there is no true, lasting happiness outside of doing what God has designed them to do. You need to let people know every other wine might help for a night, but pain will come in the morning, but the new wine of doing what God has designed and called us to do – that adds no sorrow! As people realize they can only find true joy in the new wine, they will develop a taste for it. That will make your job so much easier, and so much more enjoyable.