It is impossible to be a follower of Jesus without also being a world-changer. And now, more than at any other time in history, it is time for a company of world-changers to arise. Revolutions, new governments, tremulous economics, and shifting geopolitical alliances are creating times of uncertainty and unprecedented change, but although the world is moving into uncharted territories, there has never been more opportunity for every nation to thrive.
Behind the changes we are witnessing are men and women of influence. But how many of them are men and women of God full of the Holy Spirit like Joseph and Daniel? And how many of them are Pharaohs and Nebuchadnezzars, leaders established in positions of power by God, but who are in need of Josephs or Daniels by their sides?
What is our role, then, as followers of Jesus? How do we engage with nations?
In Psalm 2:8, God exhorts the Messiah, "Ask of Me, and I will give You the nations for Your inheritance, and the ends of the earth for Your possession." Not only is this exhortation for Jesus, it is also for us. We, too, are to ask God to give us the nations as our inheritance, so that, through us, Jesus would receive His. It is in discipling the nations that we bring them to Him. And to disciple a nation is to help it to thrive by bringing it into alignment with God’s blueprint. This is our responsibility, our privilege, and our joy.
OUT OF EGYPT
I was born and raised in Egypt. Poverty, oppression, discrimination and a corrupt, dictatorial
regime were the hallmarks of my nation. Few young men had any hope of thriving. Fewer still raised their vision to hope for their nation. At eighteen years of age, I left the hopelessness of Egypt persuaded there was a better future. Little did I know that 25 years later, with an ocean between me and my native land, I would be leading the development of the Global Thrive Group, an organization whose mission is to help nations, like mine, thrive.
Seven years ago, having spent the first half my life in a poverty stricken nation, and the second half in some of the most prosperous nations of the world, I could not help but wonder what causes one nation to thrive, and another to remain trapped in a cycle of poverty and corruption.
JOSEPH AND DANIEL
As I pondered these questions, the Lord prompted me to examine the lives of Joseph and Daniel. This simple instruction from the Holy Spirit launched me into a season of intensive study. Joseph and Daniel were both statesmen. While Joseph was an economist and business administrator who, while in Egypt, saved the world from famine, Daniel brought God's ways and heavenly directives into the government of the Babylonian empire.
The two men shared three distinct characteristics:
1. Both understood God's language of dreams and visions.
2. Both exhibited exemplary purity and Godly character.
3. Both were well-learned in their domains of business and government.
I realized that I had pursued the first two characteristics of Joseph and Daniel, having spent 15 years training thousands of people in understanding God’s language of dreams and visions and in developing godly character. However, unlike Joseph and Daniel, I knew nothing about politics, economics or the running of a nation.
BACK TO SCHOOL
It was back-to-school time. For five years, I read every book and article I could find, and took every course and seminar I could on global affairs, international politics, globalization, emerging economies, and history. During that time, I had the opportunity to interact with world leaders, individuals whose decisions and advice influence the destiny of nations and shape history. As I sat listening to one of the presidential advisors to Obama lecturing in my class during the beginning of the Syrian crisis, it suddenly hit me that the destiny of nations would be radically impacted by the advice given to Obama. Two questions in particular consumed my thoughts:
"Lord what is your blueprint for the nations to thrive?" and "Where are the Josephs and Daniels of today who carry Your divine wisdom for the nations?”
I found no satisfactory answer to my first question in either secular or Christian literature. However, the Holy Spirit began to reveal answers to me as I studied the Scriptures.
A HEAVENLY BLUEPRINT
From Genesis to Revelation, once our eyes are opened to it, we discover that the remarkable story of God’s love for the nations takes center stage. The Gospel is not just a Gospel of salvation--limited to the individual--but the Gospel of the Kingdom of God, a kingdom that transforms whole nations and touches every aspect of society. God’s intention, from the beginning, was to bless the nations, not just individuals. He chose Abraham that through him all the nations would be blessed. When Abraham's seed became a slave nation stricken by poverty and oppression under Pharaoh, God delivered them from their bondage through Moses and chose them, while they were at their weakest, to make them into a model nation. In the books of Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy, we read that, after He had delivered them from slavery in Egypt, God gave the Israelites the heavenly blueprint for a thriving nation so that all the nations of earth might be blessed through them and be inspired and learn from them.
We are not suggesting that Biblical Israel is to be replicated in each nation. Obviously, we cannot apply the ancient Hebrew law today. However, the principles and the intent of this heavenly blueprint, given to Moses, still carry within them wisdom for all ages, and provide the foundations upon which nations can grow and thrive.
During the time of King Solomon, Israel embodied this model of a thriving nation, to the degree that the Queen of Sheba declared that she had never seen anything like it. Yet, although Israel often deviated from God's blueprint, he never gave up on them, or on the other nations. He would send them prophets to point them back to the blueprint.
In the fullness of time, Jesus came and established a new covenant by His blood. This covenant was not just for Israel, but for all nations. As Jesus said to His disciples in Matthew 28:18:
“Go and make disciples of all nations.”
In specifically choosing seventy apostles, Jesus was making a statement. According to Genesis 10, the descendants of Noah formed seventy nations. In choosing and sending seventy apostles, Jesus was revealing His desire for all nations to be blessed. And the story does not end there. Even in the age to come, the Lord has made provision for the healing of the nations (Revelation 22:2).
HEAVEN'S BLUEPRINT FOR THRIVING NATIONS
GLOBAL THRIVE INDEX™
It was this revelation of the Lord's heart for the nations, and the blueprint that He laid out for them, that inspired the Global Thrive Index™.
When a nation aligns itself with the principles laid out by God in the Bible, it thrives. The Global Thrive Index™ is designed to be a comprehensive indicator that identifies the degree to which a nation is thriving and its capacity for further progress by measuring the extent to which it is aligned with the heavenly blueprint. It will rank nations based on an aggregated, in-depth assessment of data in the ten key domains that have the greatest leverage to propel nations towards their full potential, and it will provide leaders with the insight and clarity necessary to enable their nations to thrive.
Three distinguishing characteristics of the Global Thrive Index™ are:
- It will provide a broad and interconnected evaluation of the ten key domains, aggregated in one composite ranking. This will provide a more complete picture of the state of a nation than an assessment of a single domain can do.
- It will consider "intangibles" such as the ethos of the nation, that takes into account critical wounds in the heart of the nation, major historical events and watershed moments that have significantly impacted national identity.
- It will evaluate the health of the nation’s relationships with other nations.
The Global Thrive Index™ depends upon the collaboration between an international, interdisciplinary panel of experts and research fellows. The panel experts will establish strategic direction and overarching methodology to guide the research underpinning the in-depth assessment of domains. Research fellows will lead specialized teams in the compilation and analysis of national data within each domain.
This research will be used in a variety of ways, chiefly to position our consulting team with strategic insight to serve national leaders as they seek to implement reforms within the different domains of a nation.
GLOBAL THRIVE LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE
The Global Thrive Index™ provides decision makers in governments and national institutions, intergovernmental bodies and even corporations with critical intelligence needed for effective leadership. But nothing is more powerful in the inner chamber of kings than a “destiny” word at a God-ordained moment. Only Josephs and Daniels bring these. While the heavenly blueprint upon which the Global Thrive Index™ is based is primarily drawn from scripture, for true transformation in nations to take place, Spirit-filled Josephs and Daniels are also needed to bring the “now” word of wisdom, or of interpretation. It was through Joseph that God gave both the interpretation of Pharaoh’s dream and the application. It was to Daniel that both Nebuchadnezzar's dream and its interpretation were revealed. The same is true today.
God is still giving “Pharaohs” dreams.
This became very clear as I started taking all that I had been teaching in the house of the Lord into the realm of business and government. As I met with leader after leader, I discovered, to my amazement, that He is speaking to executives in dreams about many practical things concerning their business, such as how to expand, where to expand, who should lead, and how to manage the revenues. He is also speaking to politicians about their governments and about the future of their nations. When the meanings of their dreams are revealed to them, and they receive God-inspired application, they are often awed that the God of the universe is speaking to them concerning their domains. Such encounters give them the opportunity to adjust their course and to align themselves and their nations with God’s directives.
More Josephs and Daniels are needed in every domain of society, to bring God’s Kingdom alignment and blessing to leaders and nations. The mission of Global Thrive Leadership Institute is to help equip emerging leaders for this purpose. Having taken the spiritual component of the Global Thrive Leadership Institute to churches in North America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, we are presently establishing two bases for the school, one in Europe and one in the U.S.A. We are also partnering with experts in multiple domains to expand our curriculum to include a biblical framework for the following:
Understanding the Language of God and the Art of Interpreting Dreams and Visions.
The Ministry of the Prophet to Secular Government.
God and the Destiny of Nations.
Diplomacy and Foreign Relations.
Healthy Economies, Globalization, and Emerging Economies.
Political Philosophy and Christian thought.
Are you one of God’s company of Joseph-Daniel world-changers? Are you an expert in your domain? Do you have a passion to help raise up emerging leaders and to see Christ’s inheritance, the nations, aligned with His blueprint, and thriving?
Nations are groaning to be released into their identity and calling; to be ushered into the fullness of God’s blueprint and His Kingdom power in their midst. Leaders are looking for men and women of wisdom to help them navigate today’s turbulent waters. And our God is responding to their need and cry. He is searching the earth for servant-friends like Joseph and Daniel upon whom He can pour out an extra measure of His Spirit, wisdom, understanding and favor, so that through them He can bestow His blessing on the nations. These are the days that Isaiah prophesied:
"Surely you will summon nations you know not, and nations you do not know will come running to you, because of the LORD your God, the Holy One of Israel, for he has endowed you with splendor." Isaiah 55:5.
They are coming.
Let’s get ready.
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