You Will Stand Before Kings
Do you see a man who excels in his work? He will stand before kings; He will not stand before unknown men (Proverbs 22: 29).
I'll never forget a presidential luncheon that I was invited to by a friend. I'd always wanted to meet President Bush in person, but never had the chance. I know that his eight-year tenure as president was marked with some pretty big successes, and some questionable decisions. I don't envy the role of any president. They need our prayers more than ever.
Nevertheless, I jumped at the opportunity to hear him live and in-person. After dinner, my three friends and I rushed to the front to shake the president’s hand. Wow, I was rocked by his message of vision and authenticity. I mentioned to one of the organizers my excitement and invited the president to Las Vegas to share his vision.
Now, please hear my heart. I'm just a normal person, but I believe that God can do extraordinary things through me and my family, friends and church. The invitation came from my heart and spirit. Something he said resonated in me. The chances of a president coming to Vegas because of my invitation seemed pretty slim.
To my surprise, the next day while I was playing golf, I received a phone call from a political leader. At first I thought it was a joke, but I realized that he was serious when he said, “The president has decided to accept your invitation.” They wanted my help to make this type of event happen in my city of Las Vegas.
At the end of our conversation, I had a confession to make that was troubling me. I said, “Sir, I must admit that I’m not a US citizen yet, but I have a green card.” I'm sure I sounded pretty silly, but it goes to show that the authority God gave me to invite the president was real and powerful.
As a private citizen, I had the privilege of playing a very small part in the dinner, but it was so exciting.
Towards the end, I brought my little family up to meet President Bush. What a tremendous honor! When President Bush shook my son's hand, he leaned up close to his face and said, "Your father is a great man." He really doesn't know me. Why would he say such a thing?
Could it be that he identified the great one that resides in me? I'm not ashamed of the One that lives in me. He is my King. I serve His Kingdom.
My deepest desire is to expand His influence in every sphere of power and influence, in every dark place, in every broken life.This is our destiny.
The Bible says, “Remind them to be subject to rulers and authorities, to obey, to be ready for every good work” (Titus 3: 1).
God has given our leaders at ICLV great authority in the political realm. As a missionary to the USA, I've fallen in love with this great country.
God is still saying, “Ask of Me, and I will give You the nations for Your inheritance” (Psalm 2: 8).
In our main sanctuary, we have many flags from the nations of the world hanging from our rafters. We pray continually for God to use us locally, nationally and globally.
Ask God for more exousia – (Authority) .
It can and will affect your career, family, finances and your nation. If God can use an old French Canadian transplant to bless national leaders, God can use you.