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Posted 2 years ago

Leadership Quality: Character Part 3

Sustain God's Conquest - Lamentations 1:7, 8

Great conquest must be supported by great character. "Nothing is so hard to gain, and so easy to lose, as a good reputation."

We usually recognize . . .

We should equally recognize . . .

1. Talents and gifts.

1. Solid character and integrity.

2. The superb product.

2. The process that develops on the way.

3 Excellence in performance.

3. Excellence in discipline.

4 External appearances.

4. Internal stability and obedience.

Daniel Had What It Took - Daniel 2:48 (positive)

The private life of a leader will impact their public life. Ponder the character Daniel displayed under the Kings of Babylon:

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The Science of Prayer

Have your prayers been answered lately? That may depend on whether you have the right formula which can be found in 2 Chronicles 7:14.

God has given an abundance of information in the Bible on prayer, yet so many people wonder why their prayers are not answered.

2 Chronicles 7:14 includes five (5) important variables in the equation of answered prayer: 1) People who are called by God’s name; 2) People who humble themselves; 3) People who pray; 4) People who seek God’s face; 5) People who turn from their wicked ways.

When you add all of those components together, God declared that it is then that He will hear from heaven….

Just think about that for a moment.

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Posted 2 years ago

Leadership Quality: Character Part 2

Job Challenges Friends - Job 6:1-7:21

What enabled Job to possess such integrity as a leader?

  1. Strong Security: He felt emotionally secure enough to take criticism.
  2. Clear Conscience: He kept a clear and sensitive conscience regarding sin.
  3. Pure Motives: He refused to entertain self-indulgent motives.
  4. Solid Character: He was committed to doing the right thing at any cost.


Consistency - Job 31:1-40

Job pledges to maintain his integrity despite his circumstances. Such a commitment is a crucial key to leadership. Here's why:

  1. Leaders must be visionary, but they cannot see everything in the future.
  2. Instead of pretending to be in control, leaders must model being under control.
  3. Leaders must model humanity and identify with the limitations of followers.
  4. Leaders must model an anchored life, living from character, not emotions.
  5. While leaders don't know what tomorrow holds, they do know who holds tomorrow.


Moral Failure - Proverbs 5:3-23

How many leaders have ruined their lives and damaged the lives of others through immorality? Character has become a crucial issue today precisely because of the myriad leaders in the political, business, and religious worlds who have fallen morally. No doubt spiritual warfare has played a big role in the tens of thousands of leaders who have failed. They fall partly because the enemy has targeted leaders for attack.

Leaders need to remember that they influence many others beyond themselves; they never fall in a vacuum. They also need to realize that replacing fallen leaders is a slow and difficult process.

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Posted 2 years ago

Leadership Quality: Character Part 1

Character Breeds Perspective - Genesis 50:15-21

Because Joseph spent years in God's character—building course, he could maintain a proper perspective and use his power to bless his brothers rather than curse them.

How a leader deals with circumstances of life tells you many things about his character. A crisis will reveal your character. Adversity is a crossroad that makes a person choose one of two paths: character or compromise. The development of character is at the heart of our development as a leader.

If you want God's perspective on life, then make sure to develop your character.

Take Your Character Seriously - Leviticus 10:1-12:8

God takes the issue of character seriously.

We need to put "being" before "doing." Get yourself right before you work on anything else.

Far too often we jump to mechanics, methods, and techniques. We put style ahead of substance. We focus on charisma but neglect character. The following axioms beckon us to put our character first:

  1. We are given our gifts, but we must develop our character.
  2. Our character earns the trust of others.
  3. Only good character gives lasting success with people.
  4. Sound character communicates credibility and consistency.
  5. Our character colors our perspective.
  6. Ability may get you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there.
  7. We cannot rise above the limitations of our character.


Character is the Foundation for Leaders - Deuteronomy 5:1-22

General Norman Schwarzkopf said: "Leadership is a potent combination of character and strategy. But if you must be without one, be without strategy."

Joshua and the Gibeonites - Joshua 10:1-15

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Posted 2 years ago

Stop Apologizing and Start Praying

Is your relationship with God only skin deep? The answer to that question depends a great deal on how “comfortable you are in your own skin”.

It seems that we live in a time where people are constantly apologizing for everything under the sun. At times, we may even apologize for being ourselves and spend a lot of our time and resources trying to be like someone else.

God is not interested in a superficial relationship where we recite in our prayers all the things about ourselves that we want God to change. Even worse, God is not pleased when we put together a long list of things we want Him to change about others.

Although we may be members of the family of God, the Bible tells us that all the members do not have the same function. By His grace, God gave everyone unique qualities and spiritual gifts as He saw fit. [Romans 12:4-8, 1 Corinthians 12:4-13:13, and Ephesians 4:4-13]

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Posted 2 years ago

The Law of the Lid - Part 2

The Lids That Limited Saul

God removed all the external lids from Saul's life when the son of Kish ascended Israel's throne. But even without any external lids to his leadership, he still labored under several internal lids:

  • Fear: Saul began his reign by hiding among the equipment.
  • Impatience: Saul refused to wait for Samuel and offered an illegal sacrifice.
  • Denial: Saul continued as though all was well even after Samuel declared that God had rejected him as king.
  • Impulsiveness: Saul rashly made an oath that almost cost him the life of his son.
  • Deceit: Saul offered his daughter Michal to David, hoping the young man would die in battle to win her hand in marriage.
  • Jealousy: Saul became enraged when the people compared him to David, and from then on kept a jealous eye on the young man.
  • Anger: Saul repeatedly tried to kill David.

Because Saul never removed the lids from his leadership, God had to remove him from the throne of Israel.

The Lids That Did Not Limit David

David also had many lids on his life, both internal and external, but they did not stop him:

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Posted 2 years ago

The Law of the Lid - Part 1

Saul and David's Success (1 Samuel 17:24-40)

When Goliath taunted the armies of Israel, the frightened Hebrew soldiers forgot how to fight. They lacked a leader who could provide a strategy for success.

Saul was a very experienced soldier, but he cowered in fear with his men. David, on the other hand, sized up the situation, determined his weapon (a sling and five smooth stones) and ran toward Goliath.

Saul suffered under a lid of fear, paralyzed from leading. David labored under no such lid. Once he conquered the giant, the Israelite armies joined him to finish off the Philistines.

Saul vs. David (2 Samuel 5:1-4)

Success lies within the reach of nearly everyone. But personal success without leadership ability brings only limited effectiveness, achieving only a fraction of what might have occurred with good leadership. The higher you want to climb, the more you need leadership. The greater the impact you want to make, the greater your influence needs to be.

Leadership ability is the lid that determines a person's level of effectiveness. The lower an individual's ability to lead, the lower the lid on his potential. The higher the leadership, the greater the effectiveness. Your leadership ability—for better or worse—always determines your effectiveness and potential impact of your organization. To reach the highest level of effectiveness, you have to raise the lid on your leadership ability.

Why did Saul fail as Israel's king, while David succeeded? The answer can be found in the Law of the Lid: Leadership ability determines a person's level of effectiveness. While David lifted many lids, Saul's attitude kept the lid clamped down firmly on his leadership. Take a look at the similar paths the men traveled:

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Posted 2 years ago

Transform Your Chains 

Chains are often associated with bondage and oppression. But did you ever think about how chains are actually a series of unbroken connections?

 

As we reflect this month on the tragic irony of how chains were used to break generations of families apart, we can be encouraged and empowered by God's word to transform symbolic chains that separate families today.

 

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Posted 2 years ago

What is the most critical problem facing the church today?

George Barna, church expert and statistician, asserts, “Leadership remains one of the glaring needs of the church. People are often willing to follow God’s vision, but too frequently they have no exposure to either vision or true leadership.”

God is the Ultimate Leader, and He calls every believer to lead others.

The leadership of any group or organization will determine its success or failure. The Bible frequently illustrates the impact of leadership. When Israel had a good king everything went well. When they had a bad king everyone suffered. And because of this reality scripture tells us, without a vision people perish (see Prov. 29:18).

Every time God desires to do something great, He calls a leader to step forward.

A follower of God should be a leader of people. That’s more than just being “boss” or having a leadership position. And it certainly doesn’t mean being pushy or in control. Leadership is influence—nothing more, nothing less. If you are being salt and light as Jesus commanded, then you have begun to obey God’s call to leadership.

Through the blog we will study:

  • The 21 Laws of leadership

  • The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader

  • Leadership Issues

  • Profiles in Leadership

Until next time, remember that God is the Ultimate Leader, and He calls every believer to lead others.

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Posted 2 years ago

Prayer Leads to a Love Connection

Did it ever occur to you that prayer can lead to a genuine "love connection" with God?

Communication is a key ingredient of a close relationship and prayer is simply a form of communication with God.

Now this is the point where some people will say that they don’t know how to pray.

No problem!

God is so wise that He made sure that we always have someone (the Holy Spirit) to translate what is on our heart, so that we never have to worry about knowing what to pray for or misunderstandings due to communication issues.