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Posted 7 months ago

Leadership Issues: Choosing Part 2

 

How God Raises Leaders-Psalm 103:1-5

 

The benefits of trusting the Lord in this text corresponds to the stages God uses in building someone into a healthy, spiritual leader. The benefits are:

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Posted 8 months ago

Leadership Qualities: Focus Part 5

 

Leadership Built On-1 Peter 1:13-16

 

Focus and self-discipline provide the foundation for solid leadership. Peter learned this lesson the hard way. Over three and a half tough years, God transformed Peter from an impetuous, loud influence to a thoughtful, humble leader. Consider the marching orders Peter gives leaders:

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Posted 8 months ago

Leadership Qualities: Focus Part 4

 

Letting Go-Philippians 3:5-9 (positive)

 

Paul's absolute focus gave him an absolute willingness to let go of nice things that didn't matter. Note some items he discarded:

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Posted 8 months ago

Leadership Qualities: Focus Part 3

 

Jesus Not Distracted-Luke 4:18-29

 

Jesus spoke from Isaiah 61 about His anointing. Even when His audience didn't like what He had to say, He moved on to the next town to continue His work. He would not let anything drain His anointing or distract Him from His mission.

 

Jesus Resolved-Luke 9:51-56

 

Although Jesus saw the end coming, "He steadfastly set His face to go to Jerusalem". His focus could be seen in His face and in the arrangements to expedite His journey. Yet He never lost sight of the big picture. Jesus determined to reach His ultimate destination.

 

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Posted 9 months ago

Leadership Qualities: Focus Part 2

 

Too Many Pursuits-Ecclesiastes 2:1-11 (negative)

 

The old axiom remains true: If you chase two rabbits, both will escape. This was certainly true of Solomon's futile attempts to reach his varied goals (He pursued eight goals in Ecclesiastes 2 alone!) So, what can we learn from this leader about focus?

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Posted 9 months ago

Leadership Qualities: Focus Part 1

Distraction-1 Kings 11:1-43

 

The temptations that enticed Solomon continue to attack every leader. Once we "arrive," it becomes easy to stop feeling hungry for growth and excellence. How quickly we become satisfied-and how soon we begin to spiral downward. Note how this process of decay looked for Solomon:

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Posted 9 months ago

The Law of Intuition Part 17

 

Godly Wisdom vs. Worldly-James 3:13-18

 

James speaks of two kinds of wisdom: the wisdom from above and the wisdom from below. Good leadership intuition always springs from the wisdom from above. Notice the following differences.

 

 

Wisdom from Above

Wisdom from Below

1. Gentle and generous

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Posted 9 months ago

The Law of Intuition Part 16

 

How to Defeat Enemy-Ephesians 6:10-20

 

Like any good leader, Paul issues a warning at the end of his letter about the tough times his people will face. They are up against Satan himself (Eph. 6:12), an enemy who will do everything to stop their progress.

 

Instead of moping about the situation however, Paul lays out a specific plan for his Ephesian friends. They are not approach this fight in their own strength, but remember that only God can defeat the enemy (6:10). As a Warrior, God fills a role His people desperately need. He serves as their Protector, Defender, Delivery, Provider, and Guide. God gives His army every supply needed to win.

 

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Posted 10 months ago

The Law of Intuition Part 15

 

Paul Relished His Weakness-2 Corinthians 12:7-10

 

Instead of getting angry at his thorn and the way it slowed him down, Paul relished how weak it made him. Why? It kept him in close dependence on the power of God (2 Cor. 12:10).

 

Paul understood that the weaker he was, the stronger God became within him. When there is less of you as a leader, there is more of God as the leader. Only a wise leader can understand this paradox.

 

Paul practiced the Law of Intuition. What did Paul's leadership intuition enable him to understand? He recognized that . . .