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Posted 1 year ago

Leadership Qualities: Discernment Part 2

 

Nathan Saw Below Surface-2 Samuel 12:1-15 (positive)

 

Discernment goes deeper than knowledge, resembling intuition. At times, discernment is a gift; at other times, it results from much experience. Discernment brings, a profound perception of what is occurring, either on the outside or the inside of a person. What gave Nathan such keen discernment?

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Posted 1 year ago

Leadership Qualities: Discernment Part 1
 

Balaam Didn't Get It-Numbers 22:21-35 (negative)

 

Balaam lacked both discernment and intuition about what was happening around him. Note the following observations about Balaam's error:

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Posted 1 year ago

Leadership Laws: The Law of Respect Part 7

 

Jesus Is Superior-Colossians 1:13-20

Although Paul clearly was a strong leader, he constantly declared his submission to the leadership of Christ.

 

At the very beginning of his letter to the Colossians, Paul paints a picture of Jesus' supremacy over every authority on earth. Our Lord rescues, redeems, and transforms. He is the image of the invisible God, who created everything, including other leaders and authorities. Christ takes priority among every created thing as the "firstborn from the dead" (Col. 1:18). Paul argues Jesus' supremacy based on the Law of Respect.

 

Jesus Is Superior Leader-Hebrews 1:3-12

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Posted 1 year ago

Leadership Laws: The Law of Respect Part 6

 

Esther Stays Accountable-Esther 2:20-22.

 

Esther was a beautiful young Jew being reared by her older cousin, Mordecai, in the days of the Persian captivity. When Esther found favor with the king and was chosen to become his next Queen, the choice surprised both her and Mordecai. She would now hold a significant place of influence in the empire, even as a Jewish captive!

 

Because she had learned well the Law of Respect, she remained accountable to Mordecai's leadership and mentoring even after she moved into the palace. She listened and followed his council about concealing her identity as a Jew. His advice paid off, and the king selected her to be the queen of Persia.

 

What allowed Mordecai to continue to be a persuasive mentor in Esther's life, even though she became rich, famous, and influential? We see four reasons in chapter two:

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Posted 1 year ago

Leadership Laws: The Law of Respect Part 5

 

Absalom Assumes Power-2 Samuel 15:1-37

Some time after he returns to Jerusalem following the murder of his brother Amnon, Absalom rises to power and assumes a position of leadership in Israel. In the intervening years he becomes a stronger, more forceful leader than his father, David.

 

Despite David's natural leadership abilities, somehow he lost his conviction and resolve. Before the chapter ends, we see David running from his own son—thus reminding us of the Law of Respect. People usually follow leaders who are stronger than themselves. It's not hard to see why Absalom could rally so many Israelites to his side:

 

Absalom

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Posted 1 year ago

Leadership Laws: The Law of Respect Part 4

 

Ruth Willingly Follows-Ruth 1:8-18

 

Gentle and loving Ruth, a Moabite, cared for her mother-in-law Naomi. Ruth willing left her comfort zone and all she knew to travel to foreign Bethlehem. She exemplifies the strength and determination leaders must have to venture out and follow God, even if it means leaving family and friends behind.

 

Ruth followed the directives of Naomi and eventually married Boaz her kinsman-redeemer. Ruth had no idea of how things would turn out when she clung to Naomi. She simply stepped out in faith.

 

Naomi prayed that Ruth would be famous for her good deeds, and today many turn to the book of Ruth for memorable lessons on love and faithfulness. As the great-grandmother of King David, the foreigner Ruth found a lasting place in the lineage of our Savior, Jesus Christ.

 

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Posted 1 year ago

Leadership Laws: The Law of Respect Part 2

 

Deborah: People Follow Leaders-Judges 4:1-16

 

People follow those whose leadership they respect. The less skilled follow the more highly skilled. In general, followers seek those who are better leaders than themselves.

 

The more leadership ability a person has, the more quickly he recognizes leadership—or its lack—in others. When groups of people get together for the first time, take a look at what happens. Leaders in the group immediately take charge. They think about the direction they desire to go and whom they want to take with them. At first, individuals may make tentative moves in several directions, but after they get to know one another, it doesn't take long for them to recognize the strongest leaders and to follow them.

 

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Posted 1 year ago

Leadership Laws: The Law of Respect Part 1

 

Aaron Replaces Moses-Exodus 32:1-6

While Moses spoke with God on the mountain, the Israelites began to wonder just wear their leader had gone. It didn't take them long to look for a new leader, at least for a season. As they gathered around Aaron to request help in making a golden calf, they violated the first of the Ten Commandments they were about to receive.

 

Although Aaron's convictions lagged seriously behind those of Moses, the people begged him to take charge. Why? Probably because of the Law of Respect. Once Moses pulled his disappearing act, the people looked for the next strongest leader to take over. They did so because:

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Posted 1 year ago

Leadership Issues: Calling Part 5

 

Followers of God-Matthew 5:1-48

 

Between the "seed" of leadership planted in the early stages and the fruit of leadership that comes with maturity, every leader goes through two major phases: the call and the preparation.

 

During the preparation season, all leaders get tested to live at a higher level than others. No one responded better than Jesus.

 

Jesus calls His people to live at a higher level than the rest of the world. His call brings many other test along the way, for tests always follow the call in order to prepare leaders for the role they are to play.