When God spoke to me about 3 years ago that we are in a time of transition from the Moses to Joshua generation, it never made sense as it is hard to understand the magnitude of such a revelation. This Monday 10/11/14 I woke up to shocking news of the death of my mentor and spiritual father Dr. Myles Munroe and as I was asking God how this could have happened, a friend of mine reminded me of this prophetic message. Here is the message he sent me (paraphrased):
“Sorry for the loss of our father my friend, I feel that Lord is saying it is time for us to apply what we have learnt from Dr. Myles Munroe. I feel the Lord is saying Joshua 1:5-10”
Joshua 1:5-10 says “No one shall be able to stand against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will not fail you or forsake you. Be strong and courageous; for you shall put this people in possession of the land that I swore to their ancestors to give them. Only be strong and very courageous, being careful to act in accordance with all the law that my servant Moses commanded you; do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, so that you may be successful wherever you go. This book of the law shall not depart out of your mouth; you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to act in accordance with all that is written in it. For then you shall make your way prosperous, and then you shall be successful. I hereby command you: Be strong and courageous; do not be frightened or dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Then Joshua commanded the officers of the people, “Pass through the camp, and command the people: “Prepare your provisions; for in three days you are to cross over the Jordan, to go in to take possession of the land that the Lord your God gives you to possess.’ “
Now this was so powerful and given the circumstances that this happened immediately after Moses had died, I knew perfectly that God was telling me what He had told me earlier and I now realize that God was serious and will bring to pass that which He has promised.
The second part of the prophesy was that He told me and those of my generation to prepare to take over. Preparation calls our generation to go back to the basics of the Kingdom of God i.e. Prayer, fasting, evangelism, discipleship and fellowship with one another.
Now back to the main point of this article.
It is hard to summarize or write about the impact and/or lessons we have learnt from Dr Myles Munroe as they are enormous and I certainly know there a number of tapes and messages I have not listened to so there quite many more lesson for me to learn however let me take off time to sum up the lessons below. These lessons are both from his messages as well as my reflections on his life.
Leadership was at the core of Dr. Myles Munroe’s ministry. It is his conviction (which I also believe in personally) that every single individual living on planet earth was born a leader. He would go on to say we were create to leaders over people but rather over an area of gifting. It is with this conviction that he taught extensively on leadership with the hope that many people especially in the third world will be transformed from followers to leaders and that leaders do not just sit to enjoy privileges but they are also transformed into change agents. His desire to have all humans achieve their true potential so that we all die empty.
Just like Jesus Christ, Munroe taught that the very first act of a leader was to find his replacement. Just like Jesus Christ every leader must pro-actively seek out to find his replacement right at the start of his leadership. This is simply because much as a vision is given to an individual, God gives the vision so that it can benefit the entire world therefore it would selfish for any leader to think a vision is his alone. Jesus recruit 12 replacements who spread his vision and more than 2000 years later it still lives on. I have no doubt that with all the mentees Munroe had developed his vision for the world will live on for the generations to come. As leaders we learn from him that we must pro-actively look for our replacements and mentor them.
3. Bible is about a Kingdom not a religion
One of the greatest questions I asked myself when I began reading the Bible was that why is there no mention of any of the common religions we grew up hearing in the Bible. I have never seen protestant, catholic, moslem etc, all I see consistently is the Kingdom of God and we see God addressed as a King, Lord and lots of other titles. However since we have grown up in an era where kingdoms are diminishing and we are experiencing democracies all over the world we could easily forget this. Myles Munroe is the first preacher I heard speak eloquently about the Kingdom of God and not religions and how a Kingdom operates. I believe Myles Munroe was a gift to our generation specifically to enable us realise that the Bible and God’s ultimate desire is to recognize Him as King and worship Him as He desires. In case you need details on this, you need to check out His Kingdom Principles series, you will be amazed and will certainly stop thinking religiously but start thinking Kingdom wise.
4. Live as an ambassador of the Kingdom
We all know that “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” – Edmund Burke. One of the key things I always admired about Dr. Munroe was that he never just sat down and kept quiet when evil was being done in his nation. A good example is a recent article he release to the press this November on homosexuality. He knew his role as a kingdom ambassador and did not just keep quite when evil people plotted evil schemes but always gave the message from our King concerning the several contentious issues in his nation and the world at large. We learn from Him that we need to influence the earth with Heaven’s culture. This is what we mean when we pray your Kingdom come and your will be done.
5. He lived what he preached
You know we have many preachers but barely have people who practice what they preach. Dr. Myles Munroe was a multi gifted speaker. He spoke on a wide range of topics including leadership, singleness, God and the Kingdom of God, marriage etc. Dr. Myles was one of the few preachers who literally practised what he preached. In terms of marriage he worked together with his wife in the ministry, she was his helper beyond home to work as well, in terms of leadership he lived out the principles he preached, in terms of achieving potential he lived out his life’s dream and achieved full potential in fact he went from being a broke boy living in a slumish area in Bain town to owning a private jet, he had global influence in various areas including advising and providing consultancies to presidents all over the world. He indeed was not just a sweet talker but actually did what he preach. This is a great principle to learn from him.
6. Singleness vs Unmarried
Dr. Myles Munroe is the only preacher I have heard speak eloquently and accurately about singleness and unmarriedness the exact way the Bible teaches about these topics. Now, I have people often times confuse loneliness for singleness. Myles is the first person I heard come strongly to distinguish between these two. The Bible clearly stipulates that its not good for a man to be alone and not… its not good for a man to be single. So we need to get the truth out there. The Bible also teaches that it is better to remain unmarried so we can serve God whole heartedly… now this does not mean it is bad to be married but it says it is better… however many of us in the church are rebuking and making out friends who are unmarried uncomfortable. This tragedy saddens my heart a lot. This is not because I do not enjoy my marriage but rather because as a church we are not teaching the truth that our Master teaches in the Bible. The great lesson to learn from Dr. Myles here is we should teach what God teaches us in the Bible and not follow what we feel is desirable.
Finally I have just read an interview of Dr. Myles Munroe about the present state and future of the Church that I believe will help pick some more lessons from Dr. Myles Munroe . You can read it here as well. In deed we are privileged to have lived in the same time as Dr. Myles Munroe and need to study his work extensively to learn the truths about the life on earth that God revealed through him.
Ultimately, we learn a lot of great lessons from Myles Munroe’s teachings and life drawn from God’s Word and Revelation. He taught extensively in many areas of life. As time goes on I will be sharing more on these pertinent topics and many other lessons we can learn from his life.