'God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but of power, love & self-discipline.' (2 Tim 1:7) 3 top #leadership qualities! Click To Tweet'Do not I fill heaven and earth?' declares the Lord. (Jer 23:24) Man's #leadership is incomplete without a concept of God. Click To Tweet'What is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.' (2 Cor 4:18) #Leadership focuses on the unseen. Click To Tweet'Blessed are the meek, merciful, pure in heart & the peacemakers.' (Mt 5:5-9) Jesus' brand of #leadership begins with peace. Click To Tweet'I worked harder than all of them – yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me.' (1 Cor 15:10) True #leadership is GOD working. Click To Tweet
Jer. 17:9 – The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure.
James 1:14-15 – …[B]ut each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.
'God will judge men's secrets thru Jesus Christ.' (Rom 2:16) Secret sins not only ruin #leadership, they are seen by God NOW. Click To Tweet'We have sinned....Please rescue us.' 'He could bear Israel's misery no longer.' (Judg. 10:16) Repentance moves God. #leadership Click To Tweet'I find this law at work: When I want to do good, evil is right there with me.' (Rom. 7:21) Sin creeps into even the best #leadership. Click To TweetOur will is weak. Even when we want to obey, 'The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak' (Mt 26:41). Click To Tweet
7 ways to fight sin:
Don’t look at things you shouldn’t.'I will set before my eyes no vile thing.' (Ps 101:3) #Leadership begins with self-discipline. Click To Tweet
Don’t let your anger control you.'In your anger do not sin.' (Ps 4:4) Even the most passionate #leadership must have self-control. Click To Tweet
Don’t think about how to satisfy sinful desires.'Do not think about how to gratify the desires of the sinful nature.' (Rom 13:14) #Leadership power can feed these desires. Click To Tweet
Don’t think you’re exempt because you’re a leader.'Jesus came into the world to save sinners – of whom I am the worst.' (1Tim1:15) #Leadership recognizes what the self lacks. Click To Tweet
Don’t sin just because others do.'Do not imitate what is evil but what is good.' (3 John 11) #Leadership is vulnerable to culture. We must resist. Click To Tweet
Don’t set yourself up for future regret.'What benefit did you reap at that time from the things you are now ashamed of? Those things result in death!' (Rom 6:21) Click To Tweet
James 4:17 – Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn’t do it, sins.
Gal. 5:19-21a – The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy….
'What I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.' (Rom 7:15) Why we will always have people problems! Click To Tweet'While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.' (Rom. 5:8) With such love shown me, my #leadership must reflect it to others. Click To Tweet'...Love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.' (1 Pe 4:8) #Leadership is not exempt from this activity. Click To Tweet'But he who has been forgiven little loves little.' (Luke 7:47) Concerned with org. #culture? Mercy increases love! Click To Tweet
James 2:13 – Mercy triumphs over judgment.
Tell Archippus: 'See to it that you complete the work you have received in the Lord.' (Col 4:17) Press on! #leadership Click To Tweet'All labor & achievement spring from man's envy of his neighbor.' (Ec 4:4) #Leadership can't alter our sin nature; only God can. Click To Tweet'Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.' (Rom 12:11) Spiritual zeal fuels #leadership. Click To Tweet'Those who carried materials did their work with one hand & held a weapon in the other.' (Ne. 4:17) #determination Click To Tweet'Stop trusting in man, who has but a breath in his nostrils.' (Is. 2:22) People have built-in fallibility. #leadership Click To Tweet'Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong.' (Eph 3:17, NLT) Click To TweetWorn out by #leadership? So was Elijah. 'I've had enough, Lord,' he said. (1 Ki 19:4) An angel said, 'Get up & eat.' Good advice! Click To TweetJesus to his leaders: 'Come with me to a quiet place and get some rest.' (Mk 6:31) Click To Tweet'A longing fulfilled is sweet to the soul.' (Prov. 13:19) Why #leadership should help people achieve dreams. Click To Tweet'Whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus...' (Col3:17) Daily #leadership reminder. Click To Tweet
2 Chr. 15:7 – Be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded.
Rev. 22:12 – Look, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to each person according to what they have done.
Prov. 21:30 – There is no wisdom, no insight, no plan that can succeed against the Lord.
'The Lord foils the plans of the nations; he thwarts the purposes of the peoples.' (Ps 33:10) God's mysterious #leadership. Click To Tweet'A man's steps are directed by the Lord. How then can anyone understand his own way?' (Pr 20:24) #Leadership accepts the mystery. Click To Tweet'The dream was given to Pharaoh in 2 forms because the matter has been firmly decided by God.' (Gen. 41:32) God affirms his direction. Click To Tweet'This is to my Father's glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourself to be my disciples.' (Jn. 15:8) Is your #leadership fruitful? Click To Tweet'All the days ordained 4 me were written in your book before 1 of them came to be.' (Ps 139:16) God isn't surprised. #leadership Click To Tweet'He determined the times set for them & the exact places where they should live.' (Acts 17:26) God put us in #leadership right here, right now. Click To TweetAs you lead, run. 'Run in such a way to get the prize.' (1 Cor 9:24) #leadership Click To Tweet
Heb. 13:21 – [May God] equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
Prov. 17:26 – The laborer’s appetite works for him; his hunger drives him on.
'Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you.' (Ps 55:22) #Leadership is not solo. Click To Tweet'Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.' (1 Peter 5:7) The best stress management! #leadership Click To Tweet'He answered their prayers, because they trusted in him.' (1 Chr 5:20) Desperation + trust = God's victory. #leadership Click To Tweet'Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need....' (Phil 4:6) Formula for worry-free #leadership. Click To Tweet'Our struggle is not against flesh & blood.' (Eph 6:12) Biblical #leadership realizes who is really against us. Click To Tweet'The shield of faith can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.' (Ehp 6:16) Promise for dark times in our #leadership. Click To Tweet'As you know, it was because of an illness that I first preached the gospel to you.' (Gal 4:13) Opportunity out of hardship! Click To TweetIf it weren’t for Paul’s personal suffering, certain people wouldn’t have heard the gospel and responded the way they did. I pray my own battle today encourages you and enforces the gospel in your life. Click To Tweet
Luke 1:37 – For nothing is impossible with God. (1984 NIV)
Luke 1:37 – For no word from God will ever fail. (2011 NIV)
Luke 12:6-7 – Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God. Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.
Mark 6:4 – Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own town, among his relatives and in his own home.”
1 Cor. 2:14 – The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit.
Psalm 105:19, NLT – Until the time came to fulfill his dreams, the LORD tested Joseph’s character.
'Some time later God tested Abraham.' (Gen. 22:1) Even an accomplished leader gets prepared for the next level. Click To Tweet'Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil.' (Mt 4:1) Jesus’ own #leadership began with difficulty. Click To Tweet'But we prayed to our God & posted a guard….' (Ne. 4:9) Meet #leadership challenges with prayer AND action. Click To Tweet
James 1:19b-21 – Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires.
'Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you.' (Lk 6:27) #Leadership endures personal wrongs. Click To Tweet'Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult, but with blessing...' (1 Pe 3:9) Even when they criticize your #leadership! Click To Tweet'If you suffer for doing good & endure it, this is commendable before God.' (1 Pe 2:20) A form of #leadership integrity. Click To Tweet'For it is God's will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish men.' (1 Pe 2:15) Strike back with good! Click To Tweet'If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed...' (1 Pe 4:14) Have you been blessed lately? Click To Tweet
1 Cor. 16:9 – …[A] great door for effective work has opened for me and there are many who oppose me.
'In days to come you will understand this.' (Jer 30:24) #Leadership must at times do inexplicable things. Click To Tweet'In this world you will have trouble.' (Jn. 16:33) Wise #leadership realizes that trouble is no respecter of persons. Click To Tweet'And they lived in hostility toward all their brothers.' (Gen. 25:18) Some conflict will never be resolved. Click To Tweet'Whoever says to the guilty, 'You are innocent' - people will curse him.' (Prov 24:24) #Leadership requires confronting wrongdoing. Click To Tweet
Luke 12:51 – Do you think I came to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but division.
'Are you so foolish?' (Gal 3:3) Sometimes #leadership requires such frankness. Click To Tweet'Have I now become your enemy by telling you the truth?' (Gal 4:16) Hard truth must be spoken by #leadership. Click To Tweet'Truth without love is brutality, and love without truth is hypocrisy.' – Warren Wiersbe Click To Tweet
Ephesians 4:15 – Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ.
Ecclesiastes 3:3-8 –
3 There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:
2 a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot,
3 a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build,
4 a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance,
5 a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
6 a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away,
7 a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak,
8 a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.
Mt. 10:34 – Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.
'Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong.' (1 Cor 16:13-14) Click To Tweet'Some trust in chariots & horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.' (Ps 20:7) #Leadership trusts God, not resources. Click To Tweet'The Lord is slow to anger & great in power.' (Nahum 1:3) God's #leadership quality should shape our own character. Click To Tweet'Having disarmed the powers & authorities ... triumphing over them by the cross.' (Col 2:15) Jesus gives us power! #leadership Click To Tweet'God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but of power, love & self-discipline.' (2 Tim 1:7) Top #leadership qualities. Click To TweetRemember who you are: '...who through faith are shielded by God's power' (1 Peter 1:5) A comforting thought in #leadership. Click To Tweet'Wait for the Lord; be strong & take heart & wait for the Lord.' (Ps 27:14) There's strength in waiting. #leadership Click To Tweet'Be still & know that I am God.' (Ps 46:10) Relax; we aren't in control. #leadership Click To Tweet'Be strong and do the work.' (1 Chr 28:10) King David's #leadership advice to his son; good for all of us. Click To Tweet
Mt. 11:12 – And from the time John the Baptist began preaching until now, the Kingdom of Heaven has been forcefully advancing, and violent people are attacking it.
'Lord, consider their threats & enable us to speak your Word with great boldness.' (Acts 4:29) #leadership Click To Tweet'Fight the good fight of faith.' (1 Tim 6:12) Faithful #leadership fights for – and with – faith. Click To Tweet'Now go; I will help you speak & will teach you what to say.' (Ex 4:12) When we are called to #leadership, he guides us. Click To Tweet
Judges 6:14 – The Lord turned to him and said, “Go in the strength you have and save Israel out of Midian’s hand. Am I not sending you?”
Mt. 28:18 – All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.
1 Chron. 14:2 – And David knew that the Lord had established him as king over Israel and that his kingdom had been highly exalted for the sake of his people Israel.
1 Chron. 14:17 – David’s fame spread throughout every land, and the Lord made all the nations fear him.
'...strengthened with all power according to his might so you may have great endurance & patience.' (Col 1:11) True #leadership power! Click To Tweet'God is working in you, giving you the desire & power to do what pleases him.' (Phil 2:13) #Leadership is letting God work through us. Click To Tweet'We are God's workmanship, created in Jesus to do good works, which God prepared for us to do.' (Eph 2:10) #Leadership is discovering his plan. Click To Tweet
Have you fully inhabited the positions of authority you occupy in all areas of your life? Following are some verses that help us understand God’s view of authority.
1 Chronicles 26:6 – Shemaiah had sons with great ability who earned positions of great authority in the clan.
Esther 8:11 – The king’s decree gave the Jews in every city authority to unite to defend their lives.
Proverbs 29:2 – When the godly are in authority, the people rejoice. But when the wicked are in power, they groan…
Proverbs 29:16 – … and sin flourishes….
Matthew 10:1 – Jesus called his twelve disciples together and gave them authority to cast out evil spirits and to heal every kind of disease….
Matthew 16:1 – One day the Pharisees and Sadducees came to test Jesus, demanding that he show them a miraculous sign from heaven to prove his authority.
Matthew 28:18 – Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth.”
Luke 7:8 – “I know this because I am under the authority of my superior officers, and I have authority over my soldiers.”
Romans 13:1-2 – Everyone must submit to governing authorities. For all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God.
1 Peter 2:13 – For the Lord’s sake, submit to all human authority….
Three things to notice in these passages:
- Everyone is under some other authority. Everyone.
- Authority is given to people; you can’t create it for yourself.
- People earn the authority given to them.
These verses give us a picture of servant leadership, but serving with authority.
2 Corinthians 10:8 – I may seem to be boasting too much about the authority given to us by the Lord. But our authority builds you up; it doesn’t tear you down. So I will not be ashamed of using my authority.
2 Corinthians 13:10 – I am writing this to you before I come, hoping that I won’t need to deal severely with you when I do come. For I want to use the authority the Lord has given me to strengthen you, not to tear you down.
Prov. 25:15 (The Message) – Patient persistence pierces through indifference; gentle speech breaks down rigid defenses.
'Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.' (James 1:19) Click To Tweet'Let your gentleness be evident to all.' (Phil. 4:5) Even as a leader! Click To TweetHow to lead right now: 'Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.' (Eph 4:2) Click To Tweet
Luke 19:45 – Then Jesus entered the Temple and began to drive out the people selling animals for sacrifices.
Prov. 15:1 – A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.
Ec. 9:17 – The quiet words of the wise are more to be heeded than the shouts of a ruler of fools.
Col. 3:12 – Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.
1 Tim. 6:11 – But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness.
1 Peter 3:14-15 – But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect….
‘All the believers were one in heart and mind.’ (Acts 5:32) #Unity results from bold #leadership. Click To Tweet‘Where you have envy & selfish ambition, there you find disorder....’ (Jas. 3:16) Stamp out egos to bring order. Click To TweetWant a shift in culture? Don't use words! ‘A cheerful look brings joy to the heart.’ (Prov. 15:30) #leadership Click To TweetClarity is coming, but not now. ‘Now I know in part; then I shall know fully...’ (1 Cor 13:12) Click To TweetWhat if my grand #vision were to simply execute the current plan as successfully as possible? #leadership Click To TweetWhat motivates me in my work? The opportunity to create a future guided by God. #leadership Click To TweetExcitement about the future (which some call #vision) fuels my daily #leadership. What stokes you? Click To TweetDown because you don't have a compelling #vision? Success & fulfilling work can inspire people until a vision emerges. Click To Tweet‘Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.’ (Col 3:2) When #leadership looks up & beyond, others' eyes will follow. Click To Tweet‘Let this be written for a future generation, that a people not yet created may praise the Lord:’ (Ps 102:18) #vision & #leadership Click To Tweet
1 John 3:18 – [L]et us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.
James 2:14 – What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds?
‘Do not withhold good from those who deserve it.’ (Prov 3:27) A #leadership law that never fails. Click To Tweet‘Do not hold back the wages of a hired man overnight.’ (Lev 19:13) Pay people ASAP! Click To Tweet‘As we have opportunity, let us do good to all people....’ (Gal 6:10) Especially employees who ask for help. #Leadership Click To Tweet‘Blessed is he who has regard for the weak; the Lord delivers him in times of trouble…’ (Ps 41:1) Click To TweetWorried about an earthly return? ‘Good will come to him who is generous and lends freely.’ (Ps 112:5) Click To Tweet‘The first to present his case seems right till another comes forward & questions him.’ (Pr 18:17) #Leadership hears both sides Click To Tweet‘Remember me with favor, O my God.’ (Neh. 13:31) Nehemiah's prayer after tough #leadership people issues. Click To Tweet‘Whoever leads the attack ... will become commander-in-chief.’ (1 Chr 11:6) People should EARN #leadership roles. Click To Tweet‘You've heard of my previous way of life...how intensely I persecuted the church & tried to destroy it.’ (Gal.1:13) #Leadership admits faults. Click To Tweet‘Your conduct and actions have brought this upon you.’ (Jer 4:18) #Leadership allows consequences. Click To Tweet‘When a wicked man comes, contempt also comes.’ (Prov. 18:3) Be careful who you allow on your team. Click To Tweet
Ps. 19:14 – May the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be pleasing in your sight.
‘All who were in distress, in debt or discontented gathered around him & he became their leader.’ (1 Sa22:2) David's #leadership restart. Click To Tweet#Leadership weaknesses in one situation can be assets in another, like a victorious general who flounders during peacetime. Click To Tweet‘If anyone is never at fault in what he says, he is a perfect man...’ (James 3:2) Relax – imperfection is OK! Click To Tweet‘The end of a matter is better than its beginning...’ (Ec 7:8) #Leadership keeps the end-game in mind. Click To TweetLeaders, ‘do not be yoked together with unbelievers.’ Badly yoked partnerships don't end well. (2 Cor 6:14) Click To Tweet‘Don't forget to do good and share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.’ (Heb 13:16) A calling of #leadership. Click To Tweet
Ex. 22:25 – “If you lend money to one of my people among you who is needy, do not treat it like a business deal; charge no interest.”
Prov. 22:7b – The borrower is servant to the lender.
Rom. 13:8 – Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law.
Rom. 12:3 – Think of yourself with sober judgment.
‘After 40 years had passed, an angel appeared to Moses in the flames of a burning bush.’ (Acts 7:30) His #leadership moment finally came! Click To Tweet‘Moses thought his own people would realize God was using him to rescue them, but they didn't.’ (Acts 7:25) Like Jesus! Click To TweetAlways give yourselves fully to the Lord’s work, because you know your labor in the Lord is not in vain. (1 Cor 15:58) Click To Tweet‘Remember me with favor, O God, for all I have done for these people.’ (Neh. 5:19) The prayer of servant #leadership. Click To Tweet‘Who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this?’ (Esther 4:14) Why might you REALLY be in #leadership? Click To Tweet‘Stand still & see this great thing the Lord is about to do before your eyes!’ (1 Sam. 12:16) Wait for God's #leadership. Click To Tweet
‘Don't conform any longer to the pattern of this world; be transformed by the renewing of your mind.’ (Rom 12:2) #Leadership begins with renewal. Click To Tweet‘But we have the mind of Christ.’ (1 Cor. 2:16b) The #leadership mind should think differently with Christ than without. Click To Tweet‘O Lord, you have searched me & you know me.’ (Ps 139:1) Even when no one else understands me. #leadership Click To Tweet‘... According to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will.’ #Leadership is not my will, but his (Eph 1:11). Click To Tweet‘Set up the tabernacle according to the plan shown you on the mountain.’ (Ex 26:30) Lord, show me your plan for my #leadership! Click To Tweet‘The word of God is living and active.’ (Heb 4:12) So why not read it? #leadership Click To Tweet
8 ways the Word is alive:
God’s Word is more than words. It is a person: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (John 1:1).
It is inspired. “For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit” (2 Peter 1:21).
It is eternal. “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away” (Matthew 24:35).
It is perfect. “And the words of the Lord are flawless, like silver purified in a crucible, like gold refined seven times” (Psalm 12:6).
It convicts. “It judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart” (Heb. 4:12).
It spreads. “But the word of God continued to spread and flourish” (Acts 12:24).
It clashes. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God (Ephesians 6:17)
It guides. “Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path” (Psalm 119:105).
Luke 11:28 – He replied, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it.”
Want to see the Bible in a new light? Read Revelation all the way through without slowing down for study. Mind-blowing. #leadership Click To Tweet‘For we do not write you anything you cannot read or understand.’ (2 Cor 1:13) The Bible is accessible. #leadership Click To TweetResist ‘human tradition & the basic principles of this world’ & depend on Christ. (Col 2:8) #Leadership resists and depends. Click To Tweet‘Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.’ (Acts 2:40) #Leadership is not bowing to popular culture. Click To Tweet‘A man is a slave to whatever has mastered him.’ (2 Pe 2:19) Cultural influence creates worldly #leadership. Click To Tweet‘If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself....’ (Mk. 8:34) #Leadership must reject self-gratification. Click To TweetHumbling yourself is easier to take than someone else doing it for you. #leadership Click To TweetMy best #leadership development happens when God allows me to be humbled. Click To Tweet‘Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought.’ (Rom 12:3) #Leadership humility should be at the thought-level. Click To Tweet‘There is no one righteous, not even one.’ (Rom. 9:10) #Leadership doesn't make a person superior in the eyes of God. Click To Tweet‘Whoever humbles himself like this child is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.’(Mt 18:4) Humility leads to greatness. #leadership Click To TweetThough you may be in charge, ‘Do not be wise in your own eyes.’ (Prov. 3:7) But be in charge! Click To Tweet‘The sort of error that arises from a ruler: Fools are put in many high positions...’ (Ec. 10:5) #Leadership mistake #1. Click To Tweet‘The fool says in his heart there is no God.’ (Psalm 14:1) #Leadership without God isn't true leadership. Click To Tweet‘The fool multiplies words.’ (Ec. 10:14) #Leadership antenna should be sensitive to verbosity. Click To Tweet‘The more the words, the less the meaning, & how does that profit anyone?’ (Ec 6:11) Quiet #leadership is profitable. Click To Tweet‘It is not good to have zeal without knowledge.’ (Prov. 19:2) #Leadership is a balancing act. Click To Tweet‘Desire without knowledge is not good - how much more will hasty feet miss the way!’ (Pr 19:2) #Leadership = informed zeal. Click To Tweet‘The discerning heart seeks knowledge, but the mouth of a fool feeds on folly.’ (Pr 15:14) #Leadership is learning. Click To TweetWe must look deeper as we lead. ‘You are looking only on the surface of things.’ (2 Cor 10:7) Click To Tweet‘It is to a man's honor to avoid strife, but every fool is quick to quarrel.’ (Prov 20:3) PEACE in the office! Click To Tweet‘He who walks with the wise grows wise.’ (Prov. 13:20) Osmosis #leadership development. Click To Tweet
Am I wise enough to lead? A self-inventory for personal development
1. Have I asked for wisdom?
‘Give me wisdom & knowledge that I may lead this people.’(2 Chr 1:10) Already a success, Solomon wanted more wisdom. #leadership Click To Tweet‘Give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people.’ (1 Ki 3:9) A young king wanted wisdom before success. #leadership Click To Tweet
2. Do I act wisely?‘Wisdom is proved right by her actions.’ (Mt 11:19) Jesus' #leadership was criticized, but his actions established him. Click To Tweet
3. Do I measure my words?
‘When words are many, sin is not absent, but he who holds his tongue is wise.’ (Prov. 10:19) No long meetings! Click To Tweet‘A man who lacks judgment derides his neighbor, but a man of understanding holds his tongue.’ (Prov. 11:12) Click To Tweet
4. Do I patiently look under the surface?
‘The purposes of a man's heart are deep waters; but a man of understanding draws them out.’ (Pr. 20:5) #Leadership goes behind the curtain. Click To Tweet‘A man's wisdom gives him patience; it is to his glory to overlook an offense.’ (Prov. 19:11) #Leadership sometimes overlooks. Click To Tweet
5. Do I try too hard to understand God’s ways?‘God has mercy on whom he wants to have mercy & hardens whom he wants to harden.’ (Rom 9:18) Our #leadership must bow to a mysterious God. Click To Tweet
Isaiah 55:9 – “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”
Depending on the #leadership context, there is a danger in being over-authentic. Click To Tweet'Each one should test his own actions.' (Gal 6:4) #Leadership begins with managing oneself. Click To Tweet‘Do what is right in the eyes of the Lord and also in the eyes of men.’ (2 Cor 8:21) We have an audience. Click To Tweet‘Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody.’ (Rom. 12:17) True #leadership integrity doesn't discriminate. Click To Tweet‘Keep your lives free from the love of money & be content with what you have.’ (Heb 13:5). Sometimes hard to do in #leadership. Click To Tweet‘Just as you excel in everything...see that you also excel in this grace of giving.’ A new kind of #Leadership excellence. Click To TweetIntegrity is doing the right thing because God is watching. #leadership Click To Tweet
Prov. 14:30 – A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones.
Matt. 5:9 – Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
Ps. 34:5 – Those who look to him for help will be radiant with joy.
Neh. 8:10c – The joy of the Lord is your strength.
Acts 16:34 – The jailer brought them into his house and set a meal before them; he was filled with joy because he had come to believe in God—he and his whole household.
Mark 9:24 – I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!
James 4:8 – Come near to God and he will come near to you.
Deut. 8:17-18 – You may say to yourself, “My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me.” But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth….
‘God's voice was like the roar of rushing waters, and the land was radiant with his glory.’ (Ez 43:2) What is OUR #leadership in comparison? Click To Tweet‘Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen.’ (1 Timothy 1:17) Only 1 king! Click To Tweet‘Holy, holy, holy is the LORD Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory.’ (Is 6:3) #Leadership is bowing to glory. Click To Tweet‘Establish the work of our hands for us.’ (Ps 90:17) God makes work meaningful. #leadership Click To Tweet‘I will not sacrifice to the Lord burnt offerings that cost me nothing.’ (2 Sa 24:24) Worship is more than a nod. #leadership Click To Tweet‘Not one of all the Lord's good promises to Israel failed; every one was fulfilled.’ (Joshua 21:45) #leadership #trust Click To Tweet
6 ways to worship throughout your workday
1. Anticipate him. “As lightning in the east is visible even in the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man” (Mt 24:27). We look forward to that day when Jesus returns as the reigning King.
2. Seek his power. Our faith awakens his will within our own, accomplishing our desires. “[T]hat by his power he may fulfill every good purpose of yours and every act prompted by your faith” (2 Thess. 1:11).
3. Cry out occasionally. When we hurt, God cares.'Because you wept in my presence, I have heard you.' (2 Ki22:19) Humbling ourselves & crying out bends God's ear. #leadership Click To Tweet
4. Pray as you go. Try it!'Then I prayed to the God of heaven, and I answered the king...' (Neh 2:4) #Leadership seeks the Lord in mid-sentence. Click To Tweet
5. Confidently trust. “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see” (Heb11:1). Relying on the Lord builds joy, peace and security.
'May the God of hope fill you with all joy & peace as you trust in him.' (Rom 15:13) A #leadership blessing for you. Click To Tweet'It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in man.' (Ps. 118:8) There is only one infallible Leader. Click To Tweet'Since everything will be destroyed, what kind of people ought you to be?' (2 Pe 3:11) It's not the building, it’s the being. Click To Tweet
Prov. 17:17 – A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity.
Prov. 18:24 – One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.
John 15:13 – Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.
John 15:14 – You are my friends if you do what I command.