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January 18, 2015
Leaders often remind one another that the call to spiritual leadership is not easy. Yet when hard things arise we seem to look at them as interruptions. We seem to be discouraged by them. Yet, part of what we are called to do as leaders is deal with problems, hard situations and conflict with people. That is our job...our role. Strong leaders do not shrink back from difficult situations, we are courageously led by God. The key being "going" to God is to receive guidance. It doesn't stop there. We go to God then we "listen" - we listen carefully for God's voice and direction. Then when he gives it, we go "do" it. Transformation comes with problems - count on it.
You may have heard it said that the pain of staying the same needs to be greater than the pain of changing for someone to choose the pain of changing. I will look more closely at this in our next thoughts on leadership.
November 25th ~ Hebrews 5:11-14
“We have much to say about this, but it is hard to explain because you are slow to learn. In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God's word all over again. You need milk, not solid food! Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil?” We see in this scripture Paul’s desire for his audience, who were Jewish Christians, to become more mature in their faith. They had been believers long enough their faith should have been stronger and they should be teaching others what it means to follow God. Instead, many Jewish Christians were reverting to their old ways and not living in Freedom...the Freedom Jesus has offered them and us. They knew what Paul meant - Do YOU ever do this? WRITE down one thing you can do to live out a more mature life - like Paul is asking. Some present day thoughts representing mature faith: 1) Spend time each day listening to God 2) Not gossiping 3) Empowers others – Train, step aside and share the platform 4) Do what is needed when no one else will. You may have to think about this one?
October 28 ~ A Leaders job to deliver God’s message based on Ezekiel ‘s call from God
In Ezekiel chapter 2 God calls Ezekiel to deliver specific messages to the people of Israel based on the messages God gives Ezekiel. God asks Ezekiel to not be afraid “though briers and thorns are all around you”. STILL deliver my message God says to Ezekiel. God says something very important next to Ezekiel. He says deliver the message I give to you Ezekiel, whether they listen to you or fail to listen to you. It is God’s job to give us a message to deliver and God’s responsibility for the outcome. It is the LEADERS responsibility to be obedient and deliver the message God has given us to share. What message has God called you to deliver lately?
October 9th - Appropriate Vulnerability
2 Corinthians 6: 11 - 13 ~
“We have spoken freely to you, Corinthians, and opened wide our hearts to you. We are not withholding our affection from you, but you are withholding yours from us. As a fair exchange—I speak as to my children—open wide your hearts also.”
Paul, the author of Corinthians, is saying I have opened my heart to you – will you open your hearts to me.
Appropriate transparency is part of embracing reality. We have been designed to be "open wide" but sin makes us hold back and put up the walls. We keep the walls up stopping the Holy Spirit from opening wide – from letting this happen to us. Our role is to let the walls down and to get out of God’s way.
The Corinthians had divided hearts – they were withholding their love from Paul and they were listening to false teachers. These false teachers had stolen their hearts. They had compromised with the world. So Paul is asking them to let down their walls, “open wide” and let God’s love in, let Paul’s love in.
October 6th - You usually know when you are with a transformational spiritual leader. They just ooze the fact that they love to help others grow and change for the Kingdom of God. God has captured their heart and has ignited their soul to join Him in living a surrendered life for His purposes. They instinctually know that they are to focus on what is best for all involved instead of getting distracted by their own personal agenda. On the other side of the continuum you may have experienced someone who does not love to see things change and prefers life to remain comfortable and predictable. These people have trouble being intentional and do not thrive in a transformational environment. This type of person may halt progress in the Kingdom of God and most often do not focus on what is best for the group. As professional coaches and coaches that thrive on training other coaches and leaders, we are energized by spiritual transformation; both in others and desire the same in ourselves. By definition, to experience spiritual transformation means that you are changing in your form, your appearance, your nature and especially your character so that it reflects Jesus Christ.