The Art of Leadership
Just as you can see armies that will be defeated, you can also make out the leaders who are not going to succeed. To be inexorable, you must be conscious of the fact that there is no option for you to fail in your leadership. You must succeed in overcoming all obstacles that you meet.
For the Lord of Hosts hath purposed, and WHO SHALL ANNUL IT? And his hand is stretched out, and who shall turn it back? Isaiah 14:27
God is inexorable! He has purposed a thing and who can annul it? He has stretched forth His hand and who can turn it back?
To be inexorable in the ministry is to be unwavering, unfaltering, unflinching and relentless in pursuit of the will of God. You must have a relentless spirit when it comes to the things of God and the will of God. God must be sought with unwavering determination.
The posture of inexorability in the mission is important because it is a godly trait. Apostle Paul exhorted the church to “…be steadfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord” (1 Corinthians 15:58). This Scripture champions the principle of inexorability. Be unmovable!
As you can see from the Scripture above, God Almighty is inexorable in His purposes that He has purposed on the earth. He will not be moved, He will not be turned back and nothing will stop Him. This is an important principle for a leader. You will need to be inexorable and unyielding when fighting the enemy.
When dealing with disloyal elements, you need to be unyielding and resolute in your purpose. When it is time to dismiss such people and separate them from your life, you must not waver or show double-mindedness and weakness.
Inexorability in Moscow
Both Russians and Germans showed this great inexorability in their wars against each other. That is why they had so many casualties. No one was prepared to surrender.
The Russian army teaches “inexorability and decisiveness during the mission” as a principle of war. That is why they overcame the Germans during the Second World War. The Russians were unlike any of the armies that Germany faced during the Second World War. The German armed forces invaded and overcame Poland in just five weeks! The Germans invaded and overcame France in just six weeks!
But the German invasion of Russia was to be a different story. In Russia they were to meet an inexorable, unflinching, unwavering enemy. The fight for Stalingrad alone took six months, as the Russians were simply unwilling to surrender their city to the Germans.
At the beginning of the invasion of Russia, at 2.30 am on June 22, 1941 Adolf Hitler stated, “Before three months have passed, we shall witness a collapse in Russia, the like of which has never been seen in history.”
But as the invasion of Russia progressed, Joseph Stalin, the leader of the Soviet Union pronounced on the 19th of October 1941, “Moscow will be defended to the last.” Germany and Russia were to fight the bloodiest, most brutal and costly war for the next few years.
The invasion of Russia by Hitler involved a number of battles that were fought to capture prominent and important cities. Moscow and Stalingrad were two such cities of Russia that came under intense attack as Hitler sought to take over a nation that did not belong to him. In both Moscow and Stalingrad, the inexorability (relentless, pitiless, harsh, unyielding, unflinching, unwavering and unshakeable) attitude of both sides resulted in brutal wars in which millions of lives were lost.
When the Germans arrived at the gates of Moscow they met the inexorable defender of the city. Joseph Stalin had ordered thousands of Russians to dig row after row of trenches by hand, all the way around the city. Five thousand miles of trenches around the city of Moscow is what finally brought the German advance on Moscow to a halt. The Germans were stopped just twenty miles from the Kremlin. Stalin organised a row of soldiers to shoot down any Russians who would run away from the front lines. The Russians were therefore forced to stand and fight the Germans at the gates of Moscow.
In his attempt to defend Moscow, Stalin issued Order No. 270, demanding that commanders who allowed retreat without permission be considered malicious deserters. The order required superiors to shoot these deserters on the spot.
May our leaders be inexorable in their work; approaching their work with strength, courage and inflexible determination!
By: Bishop Dag Heward-Mills