“ And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness to all nations, and then shall the end come ”
- Matthew 24:14
Introduction“NO MAN CAN GIVE WHAT HE DOES NOT HAVE! NO MAN CAN HAVE WHAT HE DOES NOT LABOUR FOR”WE DON’T SIT AT EASE IN ZION ANYMORE. WE HAVE GONE PAST THAT, WE JUST SLEEP. IN THE CHURCH, PILLARS HAVE GIVEN PLACE TO PILLOWS!Definition:
What is Capacity Building?
Capacity building is the process by which an individual and organization develop, improve and obtain the skills and adequate knowledge needed to do their job competently.
Text- 2Chron.27:6“So Jotham became mighty, because he prepared his ways before the LORD his God”Intro: Jotham was not mighty originally, but became mighty because he prepared or built himself…
1- There is no person small that cannot become great. But a great man can be small if he decides to neglect growth.
2- Change is the only constant thing in the affair of man
2Cor. 3:18, Changing from glory to glory is our natural occurrence
What did Jotham did to become mighty?
* God does not govern the universe by sentiment but by clearly define principles
* Jotham pay attention to preparation of his ways (spiritual life, finances, health, marriage, education) before the Lord.
“They know not, neither will they understand; they walk on in darkness: all the foundations of the earth are out of course. I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High.But ye shall die like men, and fall like one of the princes.” – Ps.82:5-7
If you want to become mighty or great in life and ministry, then, take preparation seriously. There is no body God has used that He didn’t take time to prepare them. E.g Moses and Joshua
Moses had mental, cultural preparation in Pharaoh’s house but they were not enough to make him mighty, until he was sent to the wilderness to 40 years. He was broken and mild and all his temperament became nothing.
* Moses was prepared for 40years.
*Joshua was prepared by Moses for years.
*David wasn’t exempted. . .
*Even Jesus was not spared. And if Jesus who is our author of salvation wasn’t spared in the subject of capacity building, you and I can never be great without paying rapt attention to this subject.
When you read the book of Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, they were written by a man who took preparation seriously-Moses
Look at Apostle Paul. Over two-third of the New Testament book of the Bible were written by one man. Yet it seems he came late into the ministry, but outshone his fore-runners. He was able to do that because he developed himself.
1Sam.2:26- ”And the child Samuel grew on, and was in favour both with the Lord, and also with men.”
(You cannot be great by God alone.)
Ministry is about representing God before His people.
God takes time of building life serious.
Luke 1:80- “And the child grew, and WAXED STRONG IN SPIRIT,…”
Please note, there is no end to capacity building. We keep growing day by day. If you stop learning, you stop leaving.
Luke 2:52 “And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man”
Where growth stops, decay sets in. Take a personal responsibility to becoming mighty and great in life and ministry.
Brethren, there is absolutely nothing any man has that was not given. And if it was given, you can as well get yours.
* Take responsibility serious if you will become great. Many of you are running away from responsibility. It doesn’t kill, it makes alive! It builds character and life.
*Don’t ask God to do what He has told you to do.
“Everything you are sent for is looking for you, but not this version of you. This version of you can never attract that which you are sent for, unless you develop your capacity.”What happens when you build capacity?
1- Success is naturally attracted to you.
It is the law of magnetism. When you build up yourself, naturally, success is attracted to you.
* Barack Obama’s presentation at the Democratic convention in 2004 is a testament to a man who has prepared himself for the race
* Bishop David Oyedepo understudied 9 world best universities before he embarked on stating Covenant University
* Daddy G.O travelled to Kenneth Hagin’s camp meeting to learn the secrets of his success in ministry
2- Job 29:3-10 “When I washed my steps with butter, and the rock poured me out rivers of oil; When I went out to the gate through the city, when I prepared my seat in the street! The young men saw me, and hid themselves: and the aged arose, and stood up. The princes refrained talking, and laid their hand on their mouth.The nobles held their peace, and their tongue cleaved to the roof of their mouth.”
Naturally, the old men don’t stand up and appreciate the young ones, but when you build capacity, they have no option to adolf their hat for the greatness in you.
The reason men lobby and fight for honor or respect is because respect and honor that comes through capacity building hasn’t found them.
3- There will be growth in your area of influence or specialiazation
* Your capacity determines your scope of influence
* Your scope of influence is what determines the extent of your impact.
HOW DO I EVALUATE MY CAPACITY BUILDING ?“Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me and know my anxious thought; and see if there be any hurtful way in me, and lead me in the everlasting way.” -(Psalm 139:32-24)
Strong character enable leaders to possess integrity, to earn trust, to gain respect, to experience consistency, and to communicate credibility.
Character is the sum-total of four ingredients in a leader’s life: