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The Law of Solid Ground Part 15

God Swore by Himself-Hebrews 6:13-18

When God made a promise to Abraham, both took an oath. God not only kept His promise, but could find no better way to communicate His good faith than to use His own name. Leaders whose word is as good as a bond personify both integrity and trustworthiness.

Hypocritical Leaders-James 1:22-26

If a man thinks himself to be religious, but doesn’t bridal his tongue, he deceives himself. His religion is worthless. Why? Because when he thinks one way, but talks another way, he becomes double-minded.

The Greek word translated “doubt” is taken from the same root as the word “double.” A leader who thinks one way, but his words stand in contrast to his mindset, will fail. The power of his mind and the power of his words neutralize each other. Such a leader fails to practice the Law of Solid Ground and will eventually sabotage himself.

Peter’s Credible Leadership-2 Peter 1:16-18

Every leader must remember that people subconsciously ask the question: Why should I listen to you? Peter reminds his audience that he was an eyewitness of the power and life of Jesus. He saw Christ on the Mount of Transfiguration and heart the voice of God. This gives his words more weight.

Words and Actions Align-1 John 1:6, 8; 2:4, 9

Leaders must value the truth more than anything else. John describes four lies we often tell ourselves:

  1. We say we have fellowship with Him, but walk in darkness (1:6).
  2. We say we have no sin and deceive ourselves (1:8).
  3. We say we know Him, but do not deep His commandments (2:4).
  4. We say we are in the light, but hate our brothers/sisters in Christ (2:9).

When we lie to ourselves, our words and lives don’t line up, and people lose confidence in our leadership. Only when we tell the truth do people trust us.

Join me next time for Leadership Qualities: Courage Part 1.