I am BISHOP JULIANA KING, the President of Juliana King University formerly, International Kingdom Christian Seminary and School of Counseling. There are several things that speak to my spirit in this moment. It is my hope to provide Christian leadership empowerment opportunities for the 21st century. (Ephesians 4:12)
I challenge you to embrace Christian Leadership as a lifestyle. You may not have considered it, but I would like to offer it. Choosing to move forward in Biblical Studies, towards a degree is not an easy accomplishment, but it can be done. I will suggest a few points that will guarantee you true success in living this purpose.
First, you must be a person of integrity, one of true godly character. You must develop in your life a genuine desire towards God, serve God, and do what's right, and maintain godly morality and not be legislated. Sure you have weaknesses, but discover them and work on them to the glory of God. Stand on your values and don't compromise. I have heard many say, "apart from character, ministry is only a religious activity."
Secondly, have the right focus and shine for excellence, for that is what reflects the nature of God. True excellence will cost you something or everything and might involve having to give up and give in.
Thirdly, guard yourselves against cultured Christianity, "meaning"carrying the dimmed light of the God we want, instead of shining bright to lift up, the God who is. It is God relative instead of God absolute. A.W. Tozer said, "A whole new generation of Christians has come up believing that it is possible to accept Christ without forsaking the world. But, the Bible say, "For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass, for he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straight way forgetteh what manner of man he was" James 1: 23-24.
Lastly, most importantly, always possess the mindset of a winner. The ability to accomplish or possess and reign dominion is determined by walking victoriously in your mind before the battle is over. My philosophy is that your mind must be confirmed to winning, even when everything surrounding your circumstances speaks defeat. This means you must be willing to dress up for success when failure seems eminent. You must be willing to take a step of faith when what you see before you is deep water. Hold on to God's promise for your life, for that is your strength.
I challenge my future students to critique yourself and do not settle on today's accomplishments as your highest plateau, but rather continue to strive for the excelling of the knowledge of Jesus Christ.