God wants every believer to grow spiritually and become like Jesus.  Spiritual growth is not automatic.  It does not just happen once we are saved.  It requires commitment and effort.  We have to want to, decide to, and make an effort to grow.

Becoming like Jesus is the result of the commitments we make.  We become whatever we are committed to.  Thank God it is not just up to us alone because God, aside from giving us the Holy Spirit within us, has put leadership over us in our lives.  Ephesians 4:8-11 tells us “He gave gifts unto men” which in effect are to help us grow.  They are free gifts to help us grow. There is a measure of God’s grace that He planned for us to receive from them. Grace is Heaven’s help, enabling power, and strength.

In the book of Judges a commonly repeated phrase is  “… every man did the which was right in his own eyes” (Judges 17:6; 18:1; 19:1; 21:25).  Without leadership, no central rule, and no one leading them, they were driven from their promised land. The lesson was God planned their entry into the Promised Land of their destiny under leadership yet they tried to live without it. The result was they were driven out of their destiny several times requiring God to have to raise up judges to help bring them back in.  If you aren’t a leader who is your leader and do they know it?

Pastor John Rasicci is the founder and Pastor of Word of His Grace Church in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, where we are building people who are building the Church. Pastor's ministry mission is to help people discover God's dream for their Life, the Local Church, and the Last Days' Harvest. With a strong emphasis on the grace of God and with a prophetic voice, Pastor John preaches and teaches in churches, conferences, and crusades both locally and throughout the world. He has produced books, tapes, and other teaching materials to empower, enable, and equip Believers with the Word of God. Pastor John is married to his wife Candy who with their three children, Krista, Joanna, John Anthony, and two son-in-laws, Matt and Doug, serve together in the ministry. After graduating from Kent State University, Pastor John pursued a career in professional baseball before accepting the call to the ministry. He and his wife, Candy, received their ministry training from Rhema Bible Training Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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