Unsung Heroes

by Morris Ruddick on January 19, 2018

Unsung Heroes

 

In mid-1996 in South Africa, I gave a talk at a global conference (GCOWE) of missionary practitioners. The topic addressed the Joseph calling, a unique mantle merging leadership, the prophetic and alliances within the sphere of economic communities. It was the first talk I ever gave on this subject. It preceded the books I have written about the various dynamics and dimensions of this calling.

A dear friend, named Jill, a world-class intercessor, told me before that talk that the Lord had spoken to her to get away alone and intercede, to stand in the gap for me during the time of my talk.

When I gave the talk, the anointing was beyond anything I had ever before experienced. It was so strong, it was almost like I was a spectator, viewing myself as I gave the talk. But Jill wound up getting deathly ill afterward. She clearly “stood in the gap.” Although she fully recovered, she clearly diverted the enemy’s hit designed to undermine the impact of my talk.

That talk became the foundation that played a key role in setting in motion the SIGN ministry, the books, and then the God’s economy program, all of which are still unfolding and taking me into deeper spiritual depths.

Without Jill’s sacrifice and valiant role in standing in the gap during that talk, I have no doubt that I’d be seeing but a fraction of what is now unfolding in this ministry. Jill’s focus, along with the authority and anointing, which she has long disciplined herself in and has paid a high cost for, are a reflection of a unique breed of Kingdom practitioners serving as unsung heroes, whose primary thrust takes place largely unseen.

Grasping God’s Heart
This unseen role, at its core, is really a connection with and response to the Father’s heart. Within that context, a grasp of the function versus the calling of the intercessor provides a glimpse into the hearts of those who rise to the stature of serving as unsung heroes.

Within standard acceptable practices within ministry circles is a tendency to confuse the function with the calling of intercession — to stereotype its practitioners in this role. Yet, key to the prophetic gifts, intercession was a vital part of the lives most of the heroes of faith.

The leadership calling of Joseph the Patriarch’s mantle, for example, merged leadership, the prophetic and an anointing to create high-level, Kingdom purposeful relational bridges and alliances. Dramatic change resulted. The ministry of intercession may be a significant calling in itself or it may prove to be the catalyst, pathway and even the core to either assignments or a calling of strategic leadership mantles designed to bring shifts to His Kingdom.

In my own case, I regard the ministry of intercession and of leading intercessors to be the very basic function to everything else that I do. Everything else is the fruit of the time and priority I give to the Lord. What I’m describing has been a process.

I never quite fit the stereotype. Yet, within this function is a holiness and yearning for the heart of God, that cannot begin to be approached by the methods and traditions of men. As a young believer, I was clearly a prayer warrior and one with a strong grasp of God’s truth and the authority that went with it. Then during a unique experience with the Lord, the Lord imparted a very strong word to me. This word outlined His blueprint for what would become so central in my mantle in the days that were before me.

It came from Jeremiah 51. There is a sequence that begins in the 20th verse that says, very pointedly: “You are my battleaxe and weapon of war. Through you I will break nations in pieces. Through you, I will destroy kingdoms and strongholds.” As if THAT were not enough, a couple of verses further it reveals the essential side of the equation of what God will do when we pay the cost for that first part. It says: “And I [the Lord] will repay Babylon and Chaldea.

No doubt that this word found deep resonance in my spirit due to my 25 months of hard combat experiences. The Marines made me into a warrior in the natural. Then the Lord guided me into a role of becoming a warrior in the spirit. This word also unveiled the spiritual realities those serving in this function can expect to manifest around us. It provided a glimpse into the cost the path of my calling would take.

Additionally, this word set the stage for key parameters that would define my ministry. It came almost two decades before the birth of the SIGN ministry and the talk that I gave on the Joseph calling in South Africa, which came within months of one another. At the heart of each was that of warriors for change and the behind-the-scenes role of unsung heroes.

The SIGN ministry was designed to mobilize a remnant and impart to them glimmers I was receiving in my prayer closet that gave focus to understanding the times with nuggets of strategies, the knowing of what to do. Now more than two decades later, I’m beginning to realize that God had a remnant of intercessors and prophetic leaders prepared and being prepared for the impact and role these messages would impart.

From its beginnings the SIGN ministry has sought the heart of God and given focus to three key topics central to the priorities of God: Israel and the Jewish people; the planting of God’s economy and the mobilizing of modern-day Josephs; along with strategies designed to enable those persecuted for their faith to be the head and not the tail. The bar for these is high. At the foundation of the mantles of these influential remnants, as they navigate these unique agendas, is the behind-the-scenes function of being unsung heroes.

The books I have authored have been the compilation of a progression of messages I have sent out on SIGN. The God’s economy program in turn has put into action, in a number of very challenging spiritual environments around the world, the strategies I was gleaning from the time I was spending in His presence. Now, with more than two decades since the birth of SIGN, we are experiencing unusual fruit from ones employing these messages. Most share the same distinguishing characteristics.

These are ones who are willing to pay the cost of standing in the gap as prophetic intercessors. Yet they are sacrificially walking out strategic leadership functions tapping the office gifts. They conform to the pattern of being His weapons of war that I noted portrayed by Jeremiah and those described by the words of Jesus in Matthew, as the ones prepared for tough, toxic spiritual environments, who take the Kingdom by force.

The Function: Distinguishing Characteristics
Whether called as intercessors or leaders exercising a prophetic intercessory function, unsung heroes share certain distinguishing characteristics. They include choosing the “better portion,” consistently operating in the supernatural, and observing reality with a perspective gleaned from knowing Him and His ways. They exhibit a predisposition that reaches for God’s heart and serve as keepers of the “mysteries” and keys of the Kingdom, who have been granted access to the secret counsel of God. Many have sorrowed due to assignments, ones they have nurtured or mentored, who have fallen. They are ones who navigate with an outlook reflecting progressively expanding borders. And more.

The Better Portion. When Martha was annoyed because Mary was not helping her, but simply sitting at the feet of Jesus, Jesus commented that Martha was worried, anxious and distracted and that Mary had chosen the better portion. While unsung heroes are doers and ones who bring change, they also are ones who give priority to carving out time to spend one-on-one with the Lord. It’s an insatiable hunger. Waiting on the Lord is never an issue because of the passion to spend time in His presence.

The Supernatural. Operating in the supernatural does not come naturally. It requires spiritual vision that is both sought and put into practice. It includes an awareness that spirit controls matter, that the unseen world unlocks the outcome for the seen world. When applied it yields a potent spiritual authority for the one operating in the supernatural.

Perspective from Knowing Him and His Ways. Giving priority to spending time with Him, of choosing the better portion, will yield the fruit of knowing Him and His ways. Time in His Word and time one-on-one with Him, just sitting with Him, will change the way we view things, along with the way we think. It evokes a listening heart. People will know when we’ve spent time with Jesus. It is the fruit that comes from being exposed to His presence. It is an aura that cannot be achieved any other way.

Response to Spiritual Realities. Quality time with the Lord impacts our response to the spiritual realities taking place all around us. While it engenders a mind-set of humility, it nurtures the way we listen and strategically process the uncertainties triggered by the unseen world. Joseph is an apt example in the way he held his peace as a faithful, prophetic steward under Potiphar. He did not lose heart when he experienced spiritual backlash and unrighteously wound up in prison. He continually proved faithful to God and those in authority over him. It was then in prison that he processed the dreams of the baker and the wine-taster, before being brought out to interpret the dreams of Pharaoh. Joseph had the listening heart needed to discern the spiritual realities taking place and the God-perspective that unveiled not only what God was doing, but the supernaturally-wise responses to it.

Keeper of the Mysteries and Keys. Jesus told His disciples that it had been given to them to know the mysteries of the Kingdom, but to most from the crowd He was teaching, it had not been granted. God reveals mysteries from the darkness and brings deep darkness into light. When dealing with the mysteries of God there comes a responsibility of being a keeper of those mysteries. That responsibility bears on what is shared with whom and when. Very shrewdly, Jesus advised that we are not to put our pearls before swine, lest they trample them and then turn and tear us to pieces. I’ve seen that happen with leaders driven by ambition or fear. Joseph, having been burned by his brothers for doing just that, years later scrutinized their intentions before even revealing himself and his role to them.

The Secret Counsels of God. Being a keeper of the mysteries and the keys gives entrance into the secret counsels of God. Within the mysteries that are beyond normal human grasp is this dynamic that the One who created the heavens and the earth yearns to engage ones, with an unquenchable hunger for Him, in His divine purposes. Again and again throughout history, this dynamic has operated outside the realm of time, as both a glimpse into and a catalyst to the unseen shifts that will restore it all to His domain. With the prophecy of Magog, Ezekiel entered the secret counsel of God with a glimpse into the yet-to-come shift of the culmination of the conflict with those who have been the sons of God, to those representing the ones to be revealed, who are destined in this role to release the shifts.

The Sorrow of Fallen Assignments. Sadly, there are ones, who having been exposed to the truth, who stumble and fall short in their assignments. King Saul’s fall brought sorrow to Samuel, who had nurtured him from the time of anointing him King, to the time when God rejected him. Unsung heroes have those they have invested in who stumble and fail to meet their task’s standard. Most, like Saul, experience a mix of deception and misaligned motivations before triggering the response from God to the mentor, to disengage. The grief of Samuel reflects the potential of what could have been for the fallen one.

Expanding Borders. God’s nature is not only to create, but to bring increase. Think of the parable of the talents. Unsung heroes operate in a reality far beyond human capacities, because of the supernatural, due largely to their awareness of and flow in the God-factor. It is an alignment with the heart of God, a mind-set and way of thinking that is beyond human perception. It is the maturity of it no longer being about us. We employ the term “out-of-the-box.” While humanly speaking, we tend to gravitate toward the status quo and static, comfort zones, God’s reality is constantly in motion, outside the realm of time and increasing.

Recognizing the Risks and the Costs
No soldier enters combat without preparing their will. The risks tied to facing and cheating death recognize the realities and the costs associated to the function. I was a part of an all-volunteer Marine unit in high-risk arenas of combat. It was the unassuming quiet ones who were the remnant of those fitting the type: unsung heroes. The realities were too sobering, creating something of a sacred, unspoken bond between those experiencing it, that served to hold one another up. These are the ones described with the words: uncommon valor was a common virtue. Those referred to as glory-hounds never seemed to last long.

So it is in the spiritual realm. After highlighting some of those we refer to as the heroes of faith, the book of Hebrews gives honor to the unsung heroes, ones who having counted the costs, then faced and endured torture, affliction and death in serving their function. My friend Jill, who served with uncommon valor in her unselfish role of setting in motion the blueprint for my mantle, has also ministered to heads of states, as well as being a catalyst for revival. She will be among those facilitating the expectations for what many have been referring to as the transfer of wealth, a shift of great significance bearing on the times.

Alliances: Seen and Unseen Roles
Such shifts will come from alliances that actuate the dynamics between the seen and unseen worlds.

One of the key characteristics of unsung heroes is their sacrificial willingness to give and to give of themselves without the need for credit. It underscores the confidence and maturity in knowing that: the Lord knows. It is one of those dimensions that Jesus referred to when describing the way of the Kingdom as incorporating a narrow, difficult path.

The same task, driven by ambition will flounder, whereas abiding service will flourish. When the alliance operates the way it should, it precludes the burden-bearer from the Elijah burn-out. It bears on the mix of the critical nature of the task, abiding in the Lord and the reciprocity of the alliance. Elijah’s pinnacle faceoff with death was largely without this alliance.

Joseph on the other hand was a prophetic steward who wisely served those in authority over him. So, when even the non-believers over him saw the reality and authority of God that operated through Joseph’s prophetic stewardship, they in turn trusted Joseph with their authority. The subtle thing operating is the cooperative effort that merges the roles, the authority and resources in bridging the seen and the unseen realms to trigger change.

Change and the Disruptive Factor
Such symbiotic relationships hold the potential to reset the spiritual atmosphere. This can range from the simple change necessary to give access to opportunity, to the disruptive factor releasing major paradigm shifts.

In understanding the times, we have entered the gates of thresholds that bear on when the Most High gave to the nations their inheritance, tied to the assignments of the sons of God. These are those we tend to refer to as principalities and powers. This is no small thing nor matters on which to presume. The dynamics are sacred and sovereign to God’s authority and timing with special assignments for those prepared ones whose mantles conform to the standards required of unsung heroes. This is why the model of the Joseph-Pharaoh alliance is so appropriate for this hour.

Kingdoms in Conflict
Those with the hearts to take the Kingdom by force, like my friend Jill who operate in the Jeremiah 51 cooperative realm with the Lord, are ones likewise who have disciplined themselves with the balance between spirit and truth in addressing the kingdoms in conflict.

There are extremes on both sides of this equation. The extremes come from the imbalance, rather than the functioning together of spirit and truth, of giving precedent to one over the other.

The Apostle James said to be doers of the word and not hearers only. I could not agree more. Yet, I have seen ones who will do, who will pray, but then neglect time in God’s word and in doing so become subject to subtle deceptions. The word of God is living and active and sharper than any two edged sword. It represents the guideposts in the pathways that are narrow and sometimes harrowing. On the other hand, there are those whose faith is based on so many intellectual precepts that their quest to know the will and power of God tends to operate like a parlor game, constrained by the parameters of their own minds.

I’ve had many over the years who I have mentored in their mantles in God’s economy and as modern day Josephs and Daniels. Those who have profited most have been the ones who have retained the hearts and priority of true intercessors. There have been ones, who have morphed into success, whose works are unquestionable, who sadly have lost that priority.

Those of my generation who experienced genuine revival, hold the potential of reactivating that dynamic. Those who are addicted to God’s presence, who passionately hunger for and give priority to that time with Him, are carriers of revival. Releasing God’s presence is not hard. It is in the simple things that the cleverness of the clever is confounded.

For example, my wife and I periodically have small gatherings of friends from multiple congregations to pray and simply follow the premise and spontaneity I recall from our days of revival: an informal time together where each gets prayed for and each has a chance to pray. It is drawn from the Apostle Paul’s admonition to the Corinthians of when you come together, that each has a psalm, a teaching, a revelation. All things are done for edification. Two or three prophets speak and the others judge. All can prophecy and pray, one by one, that all may learn and all may be encouraged.

When that passionate hunger is operating, it will trigger: “The works that I do, you will do also and greater works than these will you do because I’m going to the Father.” The first time Jesus mentioned these “greater works” in John 5, it was the result of Jesus being in total alignment with Father. THAT alignment represents the heart of the intercessor. While the prayer warrior operates in great authority because of their faith in being aligned with truth, the intercessor does marvels due to being aligned with the heart of the Father.

The premise is not unlike the Church of Ephesus in the book of Revelation who had lost their first love. The correction was to remember from where you have fallen and recover those priorities. It taps the stuff of unsung heroes. It is as Jesus spoke to Martha that she was worried, concerned and distracted by many things — and that Mary had chosen the better portion. May the Lord grant us each the priority, the focus and the passion for the better portion. The days upon us cry out the for unsung heroes called to trigger the shifts and to encourage, refresh and open the gates for the many waiting and prepared for their destinies.

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Morris Ruddick has been a forerunner and spokesman for the higher dimensions of business leadership since the mid-90s. As founder of Global Initiatives Foundation and designer of the God’s Economy Entrepreneurial Equippers Program, Mr. Ruddick imparts hope and equips economic community builders to be blessed to be a blessing where God’s light is dim in diverse regions around the globe.

He is author of “The Joseph-Daniel Calling;” “Gods Economy, Israel and the Nations;” “The Heart of a King;” “Something More;” “Righteous Power in a Corrupt World;” “Leadership by Anointing;” and “Mantle of Fire,” which address the mobilization of business and governmental leaders with destinies to impact their communities. They are available in print and e-versions from www.Amazon.com, www.apple.com/ibooks and www.BarnesandNoble.com.

Global Initiatives Foundation (www.strategic-initiatives.org) is a tax-exempt 501 (c) 3 non-profit whose efforts are enabled by the generosity of a remnant of faithful friends and contributors whose vision aligns with God’s heart to mobilize economic community builders imparting influence and the blessings of God. Checks on US banks should be made out to Global Initiatives and mailed to PO Box 370291, Denver CO 80237 or by credit card at https://strategicintercession.org/support/

Likewise, email us to schedule a seminar for your group’s gathering on the Joseph-Daniel Calling or on anointing the creative in business.

2018 Copyright Morris Ruddick — info@strategic-initiatives.org

Reproduction is prohibited unless permission is given by a SIGN advisor. Since early 1996, the Strategic Intercession Global Network (SIGN) has mobilized prophetic intercessors and leaders committed to targeting strategic-level issues impacting the Body on a global basis. For previous posts or more information on SIGN, check: https://www.strategicintercession.org

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The Corporate Community

by Morris Ruddick on December 23, 2017

THE CORPORATE COMMUNITY

 

These are serious times. Serious times call for something more.

In early 1996 I wrote:

“A time is coming soon when there will be changes in the infrastructures of the world’s systems that will create reversals resulting in discontinuities such as the world has never seen.  In the same manner that Joseph the patriarch was sent ahead to prepare for what was coming to the earth, God is today sending individuals ahead to prepare for a time of great change that will precede the shift of all ages. These will be individuals who clearly hear God’s voice and who possess a unique understanding of the times, who will be thrust into positions of influence within the economic, governmental and business infrastructures that guide the course of world events.”

A dynamic unique to our times points to the “something more” that is needed. Fifty three of the top one hundred economies in the world are corporations (Global, Inc., Gabel and Bruner, 2003, The New Press, New York).

With a handful of corporate giants controlling most of the world’s energy, technology, banks, industry, food, and media, this means there are corporations that function as kingdoms, with amazing resources at their command.

In view of the political, social and economic framework that we unconsciously depend on for our future, this dynamic unlocks a remarkable dimension to understanding the role of this generation’s emerging Josephs. It represents an extraordinary potential to navigating through challenging times.

As Egypt served during a time of great famine in the days of Joseph, so there will be economic-community havens immune to the prevailing disruptions. They will be driven by unconventional alliances, not unlike what operated between Pharaoh and Joseph. They will function as communities of refuge and serve overriding Kingdom purposes.

The Corporate Community Model
At turning points to the destiny of God’s people, the Lord has appointed oases, places of refuge that facilitate His overriding Kingdom purposes. Select corporations, the size to be an economy, will align with modern-day Josephs and conform to the age-old biblical model of community to become gateways and shelters from the storm.

The secular-Kingdom paradigm between Joseph and Pharaoh is a model for times of change. The combination of righteous influence (hatz’dakah) and the power of self-sustaining enterprise-communities will bring increase and blessing that extend far beyond their own boundaries. They likewise will provide safe-havens for Kingdom pathways in otherwise hostile environments.

What is frequently referred to as the “global community” has embraced its political, economic and social assumptions on a top-down model that has become increasingly isolated from its bottom-up foundations. From an organizational and market stance, this is a source of mounting instability.

The Word of God clearly outlines a bottom-up foundation. When an entity loses touch with its bottom-up foundations, it will begin to wobble. Economically, the imbalance created by an unhealthy top-down focus will eventually destabilize the entire system.

The dynamic of corporate community is key to stability. Stability that stands strong against the destructive forces of change will result from a healthy top-down, bottom-up balance. Entrepreneurship provides that balance. Key elements of God’s DNA, to create, innovate, build and bring increase, are at the heart of God’s gift of entrepreneurial community. When entrepreneurship and community are rightly aligned and God-centered, they represent the relational and economic balance through which God’s blessings are allowed to flow in a societal context.

Many multinational corporations are community-minded, but far too often swayed by politically-correct spheres of influence. The influence needed to navigate the turbulence of our day will come from Joseph-type alliances. When combined with the bottom-up framework of rightly aligned, smaller, self-sufficient support enterprises, then the top-down shelter of corporate community will result.

When it does, it represents the basis for the proactive response to times of famine and change: the “safe havens;” the ability to bypass disaster; and the approach to bring increase and blessing in spite of the adversity.

The Pathway of the Undefiled
There was a reason Joseph was chosen from among his brothers to be sent ahead. Despite his status when a slave and then a prisoner; Joseph’s heart was always that of a king. He was undefiled by the iniquities gripping his brothers. What he took to Egypt was a pure heart that heard from God. What the Egyptians saw was a man, who despite the adversity of his situation bestowed the blessings of God on those he served. When Joseph was a slave in Potiphar’s household he was described in this way:
“The Lord was with Joseph and he was a successful man; and everyone saw that the Lord was with Joseph and made all that he did to prosper.” Genesis 39:2-3

Joseph’s pathway to the palace was one of humility, an identity in God, service to the community and excellence. Joseph was one clearly counted among the ‘Tzadikim,” the righteous who are recognized as making a difference for the community.

This community dynamic of “tz’dakah,” charitable righteousness, became the basis on which the granaries became the source of life during the famine, for not only Egypt, but the world around them. In the process it also became the sanctuary for the birthing of the next step for what the Lord intended to do through His chosen people.

Issues for Influence
There is no question that we face a time of preparation as the assumptions guiding the global community teeter. Persecuted segments of the Body can offer great insight into the priorities and strategies that enable God’s people to first survive and then find opportunity in times of crisis. Joseph’s influence in Egypt progressively reflected the wise combination of key alliances, new mind-sets, trust, resource application and God-anointed leadership.

Alliances. The choice of alliance will always allow God at the center, without promoting religious convention. The God-centered focus will pivot on the practical benefits to those directly involved. Given full reign, this type of alliance will spill over to bless those around it. In short, these are alliances that operate on the basis of community as God intended, with realignments from the hindrances of business as usual.

Mind-Sets. Jesus taught that unless we become as little children, we will by no means enter the Kingdom of God. In addition to humility, children think outside the box. The wonder of life remains such that for most small children, nothing is impossible. Faith begins with our thinking, our mind-sets.

Pathways that may appear as unconventional will challenge prevailing mind-sets. Joseph’s alliance with Pharaoh was an unorthodox departure from the way Jacob’s community had previously operated with the world around them. So it is that we’ve entered a time that will separate man’s doctrines from God’s principles.

Trust. A major factor operating for Joseph was trust. Joseph was no doubt creative and innovative. Yet he was a most unlikely candidate to be entrusted with the level of authority he was given at each stage in his tenure in Egypt. There was more to it than his character or abilities. Joseph earned the trust of the Egyptians by consistently releasing the blessings of God to the benefit of the community around him.

Resources. Community cannot function properly without the self-supporting flow of resources. There existed an antagonistic response to outsiders by both Jacob and Joseph’s brothers. While called to be a light shining in the darkness; to be blessed to be a blessing, they fell short. God’s extraction to place Joseph in the heart of Egypt was totally out of sync with the prevailing religious mind-sets. Yet, it placed Joseph amid a people with whom he had great favor, along with the resource- and power-base needed for the coming crisis.

Leadership. His God-centered leadership demonstrated a significant part of Joseph’s role. Joseph always found the common ground from which God was openly acknowledged and released in his service to the Egyptians. Leadership involves influence and influence is based on trust. True leadership is the ability to turn insight, inspiration and intention into reality without controlling, manipulating, domineering or forcing. At each stage during his time in Egypt, Joseph broke the mold in the way he mobilized people and resources to the benefit of those around him. When the opportunity presented itself, Joseph demonstrated the leadership needed to mobilize the entire community of Egyptians for a time of crisis.

The Corporate Community Mantle
During the middle-ages power rested in the hands of the few. The feudal system of those days was based on a view that the populace were sheep to be herded and then shorn in due season. Three classes of people existed: the nobility or ruling class; the clergy; and the common folk. The nobility were men who had a duty to protect the others; the clergy served to maintain the souls of the members of society; and beneath both were the commoners, whose role it was to labor and by their efforts to feed the others.

Within the world today is a parallel. It thrives on the premise that if given the freedom, most people will imitate someone else. Yet, blind obedience is not the standard for God’s people. Contemporizing God’s truth to “become like everyone else” will only cycle into falling short. God’s intention for His people has long been to make them “the head rather than the tail.” His purpose for His own is to “lend to many nations and not borrow.”

The Kingdom of God will not be built apart from community and enterprise. Weathering the winds of change will not happen apart from defining the identity and leadership needed for the corporate community mantle.

Before us are cyclic times that foreshadow great change. Simultaneously the shift underway will unveil gateways to unusual alliances that excel against adversity in the face of the gathering storms.

For us to assume our role as the people of God there is a clarion call for the Joseph-Daniel type of leadership, along with understanding and applying the biblical framework for community. Both pivot on the admonition from Exodus 15 that provides the key to bypass destruction: “Listen carefully to the voice of the Lord your God and do what is right in His eyes…” From Noah to Joseph to Moses to David to the first-century believers, each of whom gave birth to the new thing God was doing for their time, the leadership they exhibited pivoted on hearing the voice of the Lord.

So it is today. Leadership will be defined by those who hear. Community will be defined by those who lead. Those who hear and those who lead will restore the age-old biblical foundations and the true identity and calling that we, as God’s people, will use to form alliances and extend God’s blessings to the staggering world around us.
“Then the kingdoms of this world will become the kingdoms of our Lord and he shall reign forever.”  Rev.21: 10

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This article was originally posted on SIGN in February of 2009 and subsequently became a chapter (24) in Mr. Ruddick’s “The Heart of a King.” As the spiritual challenges globally increase, so does the importance of designing Kingdom models and strategies to make an impact.

Morris Ruddick has been a forerunner and spokesman for the higher dimensions of business leadership since the mid-90s. As founder of Global Initiatives Foundation and designer of the God’s Economy Entrepreneurial Equippers Program, Mr. Ruddick imparts hope and equips economic community builders to be blessed to be a blessing where God’s light is dim in diverse regions around the globe.

He is author of “The Joseph-Daniel Calling;” “Gods Economy, Israel and the Nations;” “The Heart of a King;” “Something More;” “Righteous Power in a Corrupt World;” “Leadership by Anointing;” and “Mantle of Fire,” which address the mobilization of business and governmental leaders with destinies to impact their communities. They are available in print and e-versions from www.Amazon.com, www.apple.com/ibooks and www.BarnesandNoble.com.

Global Initiatives Foundation (www.strategic-initiatives.org) is a tax-exempt 501 (c) 3 non-profit whose efforts are enabled by the generosity of a remnant of faithful friends and contributors whose vision aligns with God’s heart to mobilize economic community builders imparting influence and the blessings of God. Checks on US banks should be made out to Global Initiatives and mailed to PO Box 370291, Denver CO 80237 or by credit card at https://strategicintercession.org/support/

Likewise, email us to schedule a seminar for your group’s gathering on the Joseph-Daniel Calling or on anointing the creative in business.

2017 Copyright Morris Ruddick — info@strategic-initiatives.org

Reproduction is prohibited unless permission is given by a SIGN advisor. Since early 1996, the Strategic Intercession Global Network (SIGN) has mobilized prophetic intercessors and leaders committed to targeting strategic-level issues impacting the Body on a global basis. For previous posts or more information on SIGN, check: https://www.strategicintercession.org

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Closing the Divide

September 29, 2017

Self-sufficiency is the strategy necessary for the community of God’s people to survive as a culture within a culture. The temptation over the years has been to “be like everyone else” and to assimilate. Self sufficiency within the household of faith is what protects us from being like everyone else and as a people of God, losing our identity by being absorbed and assimilated.
To accomplish this goal requires big thinking and unity and maturity within the community of believers.  It calls for the full biblical practice of righteousness, of tz’dakah, which is operational community generosity and responsibility. It goes back to the practice of not just feeding the poor, but giving a helping hand to the poor — teaching them to fish so to speak rather than just feeding them and making them dependent on you. That is why independent businesses among God’s people is so important.

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Beyond Ourselves

July 12, 2017

The Body has been through an intense preparation for what is now on the horizon. In the last generation, the Church that began with a largely disjointed, localized, in-bred, myopic influence is in the struggle to emerge as far more mature, connected and mobilized. For those staying the course and paying the cost and not without serious challenges, it is now closing the gap to a time of making a transforming impact on society. The Messianic passage in Isaiah 61 describes a dimension that operates beyond self. It encompasses a focus uniquely capturing God’s heart, with components that pierce the darkness with His Light. They combine to actuate this dimension and catalyst of “something more,” that ignites the power needed for societal change. Driven by the Spirit and operating within the spiritual veil, again beyond ourselves, this dynamic employs the authority and anointing of dominion to bring restoration and transformation. It is where the turning begins.

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Materialism Antidote

March 31, 2017

Over the centuries, one of the chief challenges for the descendants of Abraham, with the point of stumbling again and again has been the desire to be like everyone else. So it is today in the Western church. More than one renowned prophet has viewed the Church in America as being a prototype in need of the correction received by the first century Laodicean Church when John was on the Isle of Patmos: “You say you are rich, have become wealthy and have need of nothing. But I say to you that you are miserable, wretched, poor, blind and naked.” This condition describes the dynamics underlying a materialistic society.

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Entanglements

January 26, 2017

One of the enemy’s most crafty and deadly strategies is that of entanglements. Entanglements are subtle, deceptive, swift in their efforts to infiltrate and calculated to release destruction. Entanglements are designed to confuse, distract and divert the Body. They keep the Body spinning its wheels on minor issues; diverted from the strategic and the essentials; and preoccupied with non-critical priorities programmed in the pit of hell. Entanglements are part of the enemy’s game plan to keep the Body preoccupied with minor concerns, while progressively probing and penetrating vulnerabilities to undermine the true work of the Kingdom. In his quest for power, the enemy gives focus to embedding his minions into seats of power in government, business and religious institutions. Yet, hell recoils when Spirit-led believers who operate in God’s authority penetrate “seats of power.” The enemy’s aim is to deceive believers into diverting, re-directing or even bequeathing God-given power and anointing to his efforts.

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Guard the Gates

January 16, 2017

In 2017, there are four primary gates that you MUST guard with diligence: The gates of what you see, what you hear, what you feel and what you think. Each of those are strategic portals that the enemy is poised to access upon your permission. In this year, the stakes are high and permission to the enemy must be denied at all costs! Many think that the opposite of faith is fear, but I believe it’s actually sight. (The opposite of fear is trust.) Remember, things aren’t always as they appear and we must walk by faith, not by sight. The voices of the demonic are like the waves of many oceans. The sounds of the demonic are often disguised as reason and logic, as well as counsel and advice from sources that are void of godly roots. In addition to what you see and feel, you must also place a guard on your thoughts and your emotions. Take back the keys of your thought life that you have surrendered in fear. Rise up, bold as a lion, and verbally begin to refute the lies and recite the truth. The enemy will attempt to be your guide down the gallery of fear and dread that is filled with paintings of your past and more importantly of your future. But remember, the canvas of your heart belongs to the Master Creator of the universe and His work in you is a masterpiece. Refuse to take a trip in the enemy’s art gallery, but allow God to paint His vision in you! Scott Reece

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Appointed Authority

December 31, 2016

Some have become sidelined due to presumption in the use of their spiritual authority. Others, through ignorance or timidity, have been weak in its application. Spiritual authority, like one’s spiritual gifts, has to be applied to be developed. Believers tend toward one extreme or another: either approaching their authority with hesitation, underutilizing the power of God or in overstepping the bounds of their spiritual authority. In overstepping the limits of one’s authority usually involves not understanding their boundaries tied to issues of prayer and action. It can be the result of becoming inebriated and seduced by the illusion of “success” and the employment of presumptive “more of the same harder.” In other words, the divergence from the narrow path begins incorporating prayers and actions outside the realm of the authority God has given. The Apostle Paul wrote: “We do not boast beyond our measure, but within the limits of the sphere that God has appointed us.” There are boundaries God has given to our appointed authority. As we mature spiritually and assume the responsibility of our mantles at each level, that authority, along with our spiritual maturity will change. It will evolve. Within those boundaries, we have an incredible level of authority. Yet, outside those boundaries is the realm in which well-intentioned believers get unnecessarily spiritually nailed.

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The Swirls

November 2, 2016

Note: This message is adapted from a chapter in my third book, “The Heart of a King.” It is an advanced look at the Joseph calling and a book that I’ve had several testimonies from ones who have read it three, four and five times, indicating the anointing unveils additional dimensions with each reading. It is a message pertinent to this hour. Morris
It is no accident that during the time-frame that the great counterfeit religion corporately conjures up a heightened level of spiritual activity at Ramadan, that the Word of God has outlined a sequence of celebrations and cleansing. The Lord has always provided the means by which His people can avoid the spiritual backlash created by the frenetic machinations of God’s enemies. Similarly, it is no coincidence that Halloween falls in this same time frame. Many ancient European traditions hold that Halloween began as one of those liminal times of the year when spirits connect with the physical world and when magic is most potent. Each year the Jewish high holy days represent a shield against the amassing of the forces of darkness. The high holy days outlined in the Bible conclude with Yom Kippur, the day-of-atonement. Corporately across the entire Jewish community, Yom Kippur is a time of soul-searching and repentance. God’s means of making His people to be the head and not the tail has included the provision needed to compensate for the Chaldeans and Jihadists, along with all the sorceries that run rampant in a fallen world. So, as the Church progressively becomes reacquainted with its Jewish roots, the times call for a reevaluation of the casual way we have regarded seasons the Lord has set aside to corporately realign His people spiritually. In like fashion, we need to recognize the potential and purpose of the spiritual swirls that manifest during seasons marked by the crazed passions of the enemies of the Lord.

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Rising Above the Clutter

October 19, 2016

Today there is a shout calling for the inordinate requirement to get out of the ruts and reach for those higher dimensions, the “something more,” that only God can provide. Compounding this challenge to our spiritual perceptions is a world attempting to redefine reality. The darkness spoken of by Isaiah not only alludes to the creeping evil manifesting its ugly head, but to the shroud that exacerbates the spiritual blindness by redefining history, Scripture and the perception of the legitimate foundations central to what lies ahead for the descendents of Abraham and of Israel and those who fear the Lord. Far too many leaders are functionally trapped, operating in ruts. Ruts are paths made from days past that often are deep and don’t allow you to easily change course. The ruts are deepened by the approval of men and worldly goals of success. To escape the ruts begins and is sustained by knowing Him, knowing Him interactively. To truly know Him we need to be hearing from Him. That means spending time with Him. To escape the ruts will require meekness and humility. It is a meekness and humility willing to pay the cost to face the truth. It is the meekness and humility that recognizes that His strength is manifested in our weakness. It is the humility that resets priorities by paying the cost of facing the truth in order to be cleansed of the clutter of phoniness and foolhardiness derived from the approval of men and influence of the world’s standard. Rising above the clutter of these factors will then become the foundation for releasing the true authority from on high required for the agendas that lie before us.

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