Increase Your Ability Before Investing…

Ability before Investment capital
'Ability before Investment capital
Matt 25:15  And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey. 
You know the story, a man, a nobleman, invested in his employees, some investment capital, before he went on a journey to become king. He did this, according to their ability! 
Therefore ability precedes investment capital.
Use what talents you possess: The woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best. 
Henry Van Dyke, Bits & Pieces, March 31, 1994, p. 16.
You know the rest of the story, one received five cities, the other ten, because they were faithful with the ability, they had been given.
Question: What are we doing today to increase our abilities to lead today, because the welfare of the people we are called to influence in the cities we are to exercise our gifts in, depends upon it!
Let’s pray:
“Father God, increase my ability today. Teach me, help me to read the right books, articles, and Scripture to grow in my gift and calling today, in your name I pray Lord Jesus, Amen”'
Matt 25:15 And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey.

You know the story, a man, a nobleman, invested in his employees, some investment capital, before he went on a journey to become king.

He did this, according to their ability!

Therefore ability precedes investment capital.
'Ability before Investment capital
Matt 25:15  And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey. 
You know the story, a man, a nobleman, invested in his employees, some investment capital, before he went on a journey to become king. He did this, according to their ability! 
Therefore ability precedes investment capital.
Use what talents you possess: The woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best. 
Henry Van Dyke, Bits & Pieces, March 31, 1994, p. 16.
You know the rest of the story, one received five cities, the other ten, because they were faithful with the ability, they had been given.
Question: What are we doing today to increase our abilities to lead today, because the welfare of the people we are called to influence in the cities we are to exercise our gifts in, depends upon it!
Let’s pray:
“Father God, increase my ability today. Teach me, help me to read the right books, articles, and Scripture to grow in my gift and calling today, in your name I pray Lord Jesus, Amen”'

Use what talents you possess: The woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best.
Henry Van Dyke, Bits & Pieces, March 31, 1994, p. 16.

You know the rest of the story, one received five cities, the other ten, because they were faithful with the ability, they had been given.

Question: What are we doing today to increase our abilities to lead today, because the welfare of the people we are called to influence in the cities we are to exercise our gifts in, depends upon it!

Question: What are we doing today, to increase our abilities?

Let’s pray:
“Father God, increase my ability today. Teach me, help me to read the right books, articles, and Scripture to grow in my gift and calling today, in your name I pray Lord Jesus, Amen”

 

'Ability before Investment capital
Matt 25:15  And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey. 
You know the story, a man, a nobleman, invested in his employees, some investment capital, before he went on a journey to become king. He did this, according to their ability! 
Therefore ability precedes investment capital.
Use what talents you possess: The woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best. 
Henry Van Dyke, Bits & Pieces, March 31, 1994, p. 16.
You know the rest of the story, one received five cities, the other ten, because they were faithful with the ability, they had been given.
Question: What are we doing today to increase our abilities to lead today, because the welfare of the people we are called to influence in the cities we are to exercise our gifts in, depends upon it!
Let’s pray:
“Father God, increase my ability today. Teach me, help me to read the right books, articles, and Scripture to grow in my gift and calling today, in your name I pray Lord Jesus, Amen”'

The Four Stages of Biblical Manhood- Part One – Boyhood

The Four Stages of Manhood

manhood Jesus grew

I am going to produce a series of short, Biblical articles on manhood, and the four stages that I see from the Word of God, we grow through, both naturally and spiritually. These four stages are:

Boyhood

Manhood

Fatherhood

The Age of the Patriarch

Today, we will look at spiritual and natural boyhood.

 

Boyhood

manhood when I was a child

This is going to be a fairly short article for this simple reason: I want men to actually read it!

Over the years, as I have developed as a man of God, and more importantly as a man…Today we are going to talk about spiritual childhood, and growing through it, to become men of God….

In a perfect world, a child would be born into a Christian household, filled with love, nurture, the fruit of the Spirit, with boundaries of protection set around your world by the holiness of the Word of God.

There would be no drama, trama, or heartbreak, but parents would lovingly grow you up in the Word of God, until the day came that you, a fully responsible adult, would be launched out into your particular gifting and calling, deeply rooted in the Word and love of God, with wings to fly!

manhood roots and wings

that Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,

rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving
manhood eagle

 

but they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint

Yet, this is a fallen world, and not all of us grew up in a Christian home, furthermore, even those of us that did, could only be instructed in what our parents knew about the Word, and to the degree our parents were willing and able to recognize and respond to the giftings God had placed upon our lives, so that they might train us up in the way ‘we should go’.

Proverbs 22:6

Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it

manhood child Bible

 

 

There is responsibility of spiritual adults to care for new Christians; spiritual babies are characterized by Innocence, Ignorance, and sometimes, irritability.

 

Babies are easily distracted, easily hurt, and easily frustrated. God wants us to grow up to the place where we become single minded, not easily hurt, and not so easily frustrated. These characteristics are developed in the human heart: the fruit of the recreated human spirit.

 

fruit of the spirit

 

One sign of spiritual maturity, is responsibility: Where you can give our word, and keep it!

 

Well let’s look at God’s Word on this topic today, and then let’s see spiritual childhood, boyhood, and how to grow through it.

 

1 Corinthians 3:1  And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ.

2  I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able.

3.For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?

 

When we receive Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we are born-again, new creations in Christ Jesus. God Himself has come to live inside our recreated human spirit!

 

Jesus did not come to make bad people good, nor good people better, rather dead people: ALIVE!

 

We are born not only to our natural parents, but more importantly into the kingdom of God.

 

Just as the first thing a natural baby requires is to nurse, so in our heart of hearts, our recreated spirit also needs food to grow, the sincere milk of the Word of God!

 

Hebrews 5:12  For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat.

Hebrews 5:13  For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe.

1 Peter 2:2  As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:

In a perfect world, in a perfect family (none exist on earth), a child would develop naturally, intellectually, and spiritually, in a wonderful cocoon of God’s love, grace and protection.

The truth is, no matter how good or bad your upbringing was, as we decide to walk with Jesus, the Holy Spirit will bring the appropriate Word to make us more like Jesus, to bring us to completeness as human beings.

Romans 8:29 (AKJV)

29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren

We are to be conformed to be like Jesus!

1 Corinthians 13:11

When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things

 

No matter how great our earthly family may have been, we are now part of the royal family of God, training for reigning with Jesus!

 

manhood grandpa

 

You have been redeemed, adopted into God’s family:

 

Ephesians 3:15

of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named

 

There may have been accidental parents, but no accidental children. God planned for you. He has given you and your life as a gift to this hurting planet, and He has an eternal plan being worked out for you, and in you.

 

Galatians 4  (AKJV)

4 :1 Now I say, That the heir, as long as he is a child, differeth nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all; but is under tutors and governors until the time appointed of the father. Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world: but when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, to redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.

You have been adopted into the family of God, with eternal rank and privilege!

Ephesians 1:5

having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,

 

So what is the job and responsibility of a child?

 

To grow!

manhood grow

Have fun! Fall in love with Father God, let Jesus love you, receive His grace, goodness, and continually diet of instruction in the Word of God. Learn to feed your heart, your human spirit, and to allow the Word of God to grow within you, setting boundaries upon your heart, teaching you truth from lies, right from wrong, good from evil, holiness from profanity, true love from mere human sentiment. Grow!

 

Let’s pray:

 

Father, thank you for adopting me and making me Your child. Reveal Your great love for me, and show me Your holy ways of love, that are always greater than the love of even my earthly parents. Bring into my life the sincere milk of Your Word, and cause me to grow in the character and likeness of Jesus, falling more in love with Him every day. Show me the things I have been taught by my parents, my teachers, society, and even church, that are not in line with Your Word, or Your particular calling and destiny upon my life, and show me truth that makes me free. I choose to separate myself fully on the purpose and plan You have created me for: grant me courage to walk in it, without compromise. I ask this, knowing I am heard and answered, for I ask in Your name Lord Jesus, Amen’

 

Anointed to Change the World

Anointed to Change the World

When Godly Leadership shows up…
Matt 2:3 When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.
Notice here, how, when Jesus, God the Son was born, the leadership of the day not only heard about it, but it troubled them. Not only did it trouble the king, but the whole city of Jerusalem.
So, the response of the king, was kill the baby, before it could grow up, and become a threat to his rule.
Yet, God preserved the baby, and countless others were slaughtered, in the wicked kings attempt to stop the true authority of God, from ever manifesting in the earth.
While there is much that can be said here, about you and I, as we grow in our gifts and callings, the point that Holy Spirit keeps rolling around my heart, is this:
THE VERY PEOPLE CALLED TO BRING GROWTH AND LOVING CHANGE TO AN ORGANIZATION, TROUBLE THOSE CURRENTLY IN LEADERSHIP, COMFORTABLE WITH THE STATUS QUO.
AND,
The people currently in leadership, and often the entire organization God is wanting to grow, bless, and increase, will try and destroy the very leader that is called and sent of God, to help them!
Not sure who I am speaking to today, but this is the Word of the Lord for us today.
1. Don’t allow them to kill you, your dream, or your vision.
2. Don’t be afraid to avoid confrontation and controversy as people cuss and discuss you.
3. DO NOT SETTLE INTO THE STATUS QUO!
If you are called to provide leadership, strength, and growth to an established organization, it may well be that you are quite unlike the people currently involved in it. It is your very uniqueness, strength, passion, zeal, and particularly different viewpoint and authentic anointing from God, that brings the most controversy to leadership, and employees alike.
Weather the storm, your presence causes.
Do not get discouraged, defeated, or bitter.
Relax, tension can get so high, that your very presence, produces the proverbial ‘elephant in the room’ syndrome.
Refuse to attack current leadership, nor defend your clearly different mandate than is currently in place. In due season, God will give you a platform to speak, if you quietly pray it out, and wait upon Him.
PRAY! Take your frustrations to God, not people. Complaining will only get you in trouble, and if you are not careful, disqualify you. Tell Jesus about it, weep, pour out your heart to Him if you must. He knows, He cares, and He, and He alone can do something about it.
Let’s pray:
‘Father, I love You, and because of Your great love, I am determined to make a mark on this generation. Cause me to walk in the high calling of God in Christ Jesus, without compromise, fear, or complacency. May I never settle for the status quo, but stay in the press with you, in continued growth of heart, mind, and strength. Show me when to quietly stand in faith, and when it is time to run for my life! Give me courage, patience, grace, and ability to not give up, no matter how I feel, that You Lord Jesus, might find one worthy here, as a reward for your sufferings for me. Amen’

Leadership – The Fate of the World Depends Upon It!

Leadership - The Fate of the World Depends Upon It!

 The Eleven Leadership Principals:

On top of my daily disciplines of prayer, confession of God’s Word, and Bible study, I have determined to read many great books, as the Holy Spirit directs. A man I met, Jim Stovell, has disciplined himself to read a book every single day. This might be remarkable in and of itself, but Jim is legally blind! His mind however, processes information at such a pace, that he had the books narrated, and he is listens to them, often at an accelerated pace, to maintain this daily discipline in his life! I had the privilege of meeting Jim in the waiting room of the Golden Eagle broadcasting television studio, as we were both preparing to film segments of Tom Leding’s television show. In the brief 15-20 mins that Jim and I visited, I quickly realized that I was in the presence of an extremely rare individual, and this has proved true in subsequent encounters with Jim.

I set myself a discipline of reading two good books a week, in January of 2013, and have possibly exceeded that goal this year, devouring good, edifying books, like a parched man would drink after several days in the desert.

The Bible, the Word of God, is the final authority in my life. As I read any book, on any topic, I am always mining it for truth, revelation, keys of knowledge that will better equip me to become a better man, husband, father, leader, and minister of the gospel, determined to make my mark on this generation with the Word of God.

What began as a reading list from Professor Jane Malcolm of Oral Roberts University, has primed my intellectual and spiritual pump so to speak, and helped me develop a life style of continued personal growth, study, prayer, and pursuit of excellence.

My topics of passionate interest are:
1. Leadership, morality and integrity.
2. Christian life and world missions.
3. The history, plight, and spirituality of the North American Indian.
4. Racism, and how to aggressively defeat it.

One of the books on my reading list, is ‘Think and Grow Rich’ by Napoleon Hill, first published in 1937. Mr. Hill spent 25 years of his life, developing his 13 principals of success, by researching, and interviewing 500 of the wealthiest and most successful men in America in his day. Yet, I am no student of mere leadership. Hitler and Stalin were able to move the masses, yet their legacy of evil, probably earned them eternal damnation. I wish to lead for Jesus, King of Kings, and Lord of Lords, writing HIS story, on the tapestry of time, the brief sliver that is my generation.

I am reminded of Jesus own words, and cautioned by them, whenever I read any other source, than the infallible, canon of Scripture:

Mt 16:26 For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?

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There is a literal Heaven, and a literal Hell, and my study, purpose, and actions are governed by a healthy love of the former, and fear of the latter.

Mt 10:28 And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.

The fear of God, is the beginning of wisdom, and the purpose of my study, is always the pursuit of wisdom, graciously passed down through the generations, through the written word.

John the Baptist uttered these words, during the earthly ministry of Jesus:

John 3:27 John answered and said, A man can receive nothing, except it be given him from heaven.

Though they were written to describe the superiority of Christ, over the ministry of John the Baptist, yet how much more applicable are they to each or us, that would seek to lead, build, and change the world, leaving it a better place for generations to come?

Only in Jesus, is there found eternal life; only His gospel, has the power to breath that eternity into any human heart. Only what is done for Him, has eternal consequence and reward…

Jesus is Lord

 

So, as I read the wonderful principals of Mr. Hill, I am interpreting them in light of my understanding of the Scripture, to be sure that the principals he expresses are not only applicable in the 1930’s in America, but rather upon the solid rock of the Word of God, eternally established in the heaven’s, for all ages!

The Eleven Major Attributes Of Leadership by Napoleon Hill

1..UNWAVERING COURAGE – based upon knowledge of self and ones occupation. No follower wishes to be dominated by a leader who lacks self confidence and courage. No intelligent follower will be dominated by such a leader very long.

Napoleon-Hill

While I agree that leaders must have unwavering courage, I do not agree as to its source. It is good to study, learn, grow, and understand our particular fields of endeavor, but true courage, must come from God, and God alone. All true leadership is God given, and it’s principals can be mined, understood, and applied, through study of the Word of God.
Here are some verses to develop true courage from, as true faith only comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God:

Deuteronomy 31:6
Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”

In this verse, God instructs His people how to act, in war, in the presence of their enemies. Strong, courageous, because we recognize we have a covenant with Almighty God, Creator of the Universe, is with us, and if God be for us, who can stand against us?

We see leadership granted to Joshua, after the death of Moses, first by Moses, then by God Himself, and in each case, both Moses and God command this leader, to do, exactly what Mr. Hill would counsel: Be strong, and of good courage!

Deuteronomy 31:7
Then Moses summoned Joshua and said to him in the presence of all Israel, “Be strong and courageous, for you must go with this people into the land that the Lord swore to their ancestors to give them, and you must divide it among them as their inheritance.

Joshua 1:7
“Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go.

Joshua 1:9
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

Obviously, if God, who cannot lie, in His holiness, gives a commandment, He must give the power, grace, and strength to fulfill it! God commands us to be strong and of good courage….Therefore we can, and must be!

Boldness – 3954 παῤῥ ησία parrhesia par-rhay-see’-ah

AV-boldness 8, confidence 6, openly 4, plainly 4, openly + 1722 2, boldly + 1722 1, misc 6; 31

1) freedom in speaking, unreservedness in speech
1a) openly, frankly, i.e without concealment
1b) without ambiguity or circumlocution
1c) without the use of figures and comparisons
2) free and fearless confidence, cheerful courage, boldness, assurance
3) the deportment by which one becomes conspicuous or secures publicity

Ac 4:13 Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus.

Ac 4:29 And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word,

Ac 4:31 And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness.

2Co 7:4 Great is my boldness of speech toward you, great is my glorying of you: I am filled with comfort, I am exceeding joyful in all our tribulation.

So we see here that strength, courage, and boldness are all qualities of leadership, granted by God, that come by faith. So, let’s ask our heavenly Father for these, Let’s pray:

‘Father, I see Your commandments to be strong and of good courage, and how the Holy Spirit granted boldness of speech and action to the early leaders of Your church, so I believe if You did it then, You will do it now, in my life, in this generation. I ask you for strength, courage, and boldness of speech and action, to lead for You in this, my generation, for the glory and honor of Your name Lord Jesus, Amen!’

2. Self-Control

self control

“The man who cannot control himself can never control others. Self-control sets a mighty example for one’s followers, which the more intelligent will emulate.” Napoleon Hill

I agree with Mr. Hill here, self control IS an essential element of leadership, but the question I must ask is, where does self-control come from? Can we read a book on it? Take a course to develop it? Learn it at the feet of a seasoned mentor?
I would state, that true self-control comes from God, the Holy Spirit, operating in the heart of a person, fully surrendered to the Lordship of Jesus Christ!

Proverbs 16:32
Better a patient person than a warrior, one with self-control than one who takes a city.

Proverbs 16:32
Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
32 He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty;
and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city.

So we see here, that true self control, is the control of one’s heart, or our very spirit.

1 Timothy 3:2
Now the overseer is to be above reproach, faithful to his wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach,

The word overseer here translated into modern English and culture, as ‘leader.’

I have learned this about God: He never gives us a commandment in his Word that He does not give us grace, that is available power and strength to fulfill.

Self-control, is a fruit of the born-again, developed, human spirit, and heart, by the process of the Word and Spirit of God.

Gal 5: 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control.

I have learned, that fruit is grown, developed, and produced, over time, through a walk with God, allowing the cross to meet our selfish passions and desires, and the Word and Holy Spirit to go deep into our souls, and root us deeply in the love of God. Gods love is patient and kind, and does not lash out in anger at people, but puts up with their development, graciously, as a parent with a child.

Yes, self-control is an essential part of leadership!

Let us humbly ask Holy Spirit to impart to us, this gift of heart:
“Father God, no matter what is going on, I ask You to grant me self-control, to not act from emotion, or situational ethics, but only by the principals of Your Word, and the direct leadership of Holy Spirit. I ask this, knowing I am heard and answered, for I ask in Your name Lord Jesus, Amen.’

3. A Keen Sense Of Justice

justice

“Without a sense of fairness and justice, no leader can command and retain the respect of his followers.” Napoleon Hill

Micah 6:8
He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?

If we believe, we are called of God to lead, we govern ourselves in respect, reverence, and a healthy fear of God, causing us to act responsibly, equitably, and honestly, in all of our dealings with people.

justice jesusMatthew 23:23
Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.

Though I chose the King James Old English version of this verse, I did it on purpose. Jesus, in rebuking religious leaders of the days He walked the earth, spoke of the weightier matters of the Word of God: judgment, mercy and faith. These are often ‘the heart of the matter’ in dealing with people, we need to look not only at what they have done, but often, why, before we judge….

Hebrews 5:14
New International Version (NIV)
14 But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.

We must grow in this, over years of study of the Word of God, developing our conscience, to accurately know good from evil, and what is appropriate in each case.

Acts 10:34 Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons:

God loves each of us equally, but does not treat us all the same. He treats us based upon His Word, and our personal development. To whom much is given, much is required.

James 3:17
But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.

As leaders, we must daily, seek God’s wisdom in our daily affairs, and as our responsibility grows, we all find ourselves, like Abraham Lincoln did:

Abraham Lincoln met crises on his knees! During the Civil War he once said, “I have been driven many times to my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go. My own wisdom and that of all about me seemed insufficient for the day.”

Rather, than wait for crisis, why not prepare for the responsibilities and challenges of the day through prayer:

‘Father, grant me a razor sharp sense of discernment, justice, equity, and fairness in all my dealings with people. Show me clearly when to say and do, or when to merely pray, and leave the results to You. Lord Jesus, I ask You for Your heavenly wisdom today, and each day, Amen’

4. DEFINITENESS OF DECISION:
“The man who wavers on his decisions, shows that he is not sure of himself . He cannot lead others successfully.” Napoleon Hill

James 1:8 (KJV) |
8 A double minded man is unstable in all his ways

This is true. No matter how much research, counsel, study, and prayer we must perform, before we make a decision, after we announce our direction, we must stick to it, without compromise.

Jas 2:18 Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.
Jas 2:20 But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?

In whose eyes a vile person is contemned; but he honoureth them that fear the Lord. He that sweareth to his own hurt, and changeth not.

Not much to pray here. When you know clearly what to do, DO IT!

5. DEFINITENESS OF PLANS:

vision
“The successful leader must plan his work, and work his plan. A leader who moves by guesswork, without practical definite plans, is like a ship without a rudder, Sooner or later, he will land upon the rocks.” Napoleon Hill

I remember a quote my dad made, as a naval officer with 32 years of service. When I had made a radical life change at one point in my life, to get out of a horrible relationship he succinctly stated:
‘Son, course corrections can be brutal in life, but shipwrecks are fatal”

 

Our business or ministry plan is like the rudder of our ship, and we use our words, work and deeds to make happen, what we believe is God’s will for our lives, we must stay with our plan, avoiding distractions or obstacles to our stated purpose.

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The classic Scripture quoted in almost every Christian leadership conference I seem to attend is this:

Habakkuk 2 King James Version (KJV)

I will stand upon my watch, and set me upon the tower, and will watch to see what he will say unto me, and what I shall answer when I am reproved.

And the Lord answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it.

For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.

Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him: but the just shall live by his faith

In verse two, we see the practical business of getting a ministry, business, or project moving, on-time, on schedule:

1. Write the vision: If it is worth doing, it is worth writing down. Notice the emphasis here is on DOING. I have seen supposed ‘think-tanks’ that take a God breathed idea, and choke it by paralysis by analysis. Sure it is good to look at possible scenarios and outcomes, and plan for them, but leaders, LEAD. Action is their middle name, and the vision, written plainly, should speak loudly, with a strong call to action implied in its writing.

2. Make it plain – Leave the research, articles, and underlying thoughts in the appendix, or footnotes. Make the vision PLAIN, simple to understand, clearly articulated, and blunt if nessesary. This is not a research paper, rather a call to action, a plan to be implemented, with measurable time lines, schedules, and yardsticks for measuring goals accomplished.

3. That he may run, that readeth it: Make it so easily understandable, and doable, that when other workers come alongside, to make their part of it work, they can do their job, quickly, with excellence, and with minimum of friction to other team members, vendors, or customers.

Let’s pray:

‘Father, help me to create clearly, Your vision for that which You have ordained me to create or contribute to, adjusting it accordingly, as You add to it, in easily understandable terms, so that the people called alongside of me to get this great work done, can do their part with speed, accuracy, and excellence, in Your name I pray Lord Jesus, Amen’

6. THE HABIT OF DOING MORE THAN PAID FOR:
“One of the penalties of leadership is the necessity of willingness, upon the part of the leader, to do more than he requires of his followers.” Napoleon Hill

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Mt 5:41 And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain.

‘The extra-mile highway, is the road less travelled…’ business proverb.

One of our company slogans that we borrowed from popular business jargon was “UNDERPROMISE AND OVERDELIVER’.

My previous company was a finish carpentry company. We did this, as a company, on purpose, on every job we performed, in general. Here is what we would do:

Our primary market was upper end homes, and nicely pannelled offices. When we bid the job, we carefully deliniated the scope of work that we would perform, for a given price. Yet, our craftsman were so skilled at what we did, that we were usually able to run through the fixed scope of work, pretty quickly, as the design part was already done, and we could simply go by another cute motto: ‘If you can see it, we can saw it’, providing quality woodwork, quickly, on time, on budget. Yet, we too know how to design, and as contractors, were often in a lot more exotic building projects, than the average homeowner, or even designer or architect. On top of this, we were constantly reading architectural magazines, and looking up pictures on the internet. When we found something that would provide a real centerpiece to an office or home (might be a cool ceiling treatment of beams and coffered ceiling, or perhaps a mantle, stair detail, or office pannelling treatment), we would offer it to the client at our hard cost, or sometimes, for free, on the condition we could take pictures, or show future clients through to showcase our work. In every project, we endeavoured to throw in at least one of these exotic ‘freebies’, knowing that discerning architects, designers, builders, and the clients friends would see what we did, and would covet our services. It worked well for many years!

Jesus said: Mt 20:27 And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant:
Mt 23:11 But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant.

Mr 9:35 And he sat down, and called the twelve, and saith unto them, If any man desire to be first, the same shall be last of all, and servant of all.
Mr 10:44 And whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all.

Let’s pray:
‘Father, help me to under promise, and over deliver, with a servant heart, keeping my word, and exceeding my commitments, by Your grace and power. I ask this Lord Jesus, in Your mighty name, Amen!”

7. A PLEASING PERSONALITY: “No slovenly, careless person can become a successful leader. Leadership calls for respect. Followers will not respect a leader, who does not grade high on all aspects of a Pleasing Personality.” Napoleon Hill

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I personally don’t believe in evolution, but I do believe strongly in personal growth. My brutish, callous ways are not acceptable as a leader, they reflect poorly upon Jesus, myself, my family, and the image of the organization I am called to lead.

Ec 10:12 The words of a wise man’s mouth are gracious; but the lips of a fool will swallow up himself.

2Ti 2:24 And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient,

I believe that leaders should exhibit excellent people skills, and this goes deeper than mere outward actions. People intuitively know when you care for them, and hold their best interests at heart. Boils down to love. Mr. Hill calls this a pleasing personality, but I call it the love of God in operation. Sure, we can be movers and shakers, getting things done, with stilletto focus, and tough on making goals and deadlines, but we can still exhibit kindness, respect, concern, and gentleness and mercy to those we are called to lead.

I heard that Andrew Carnegie made the statement that the difference between a $50,000 per year manager, and a million dollar per year executive was only in the way they treated people.

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Pr 16:7 When a man’s ways please the LORD, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.

Psalm 5:12 For thou, LORD, wilt bless the righteous; with favour wilt thou compass him as with a shield.

Yes, we are to be strong, courageous and bold, but not ruthless, brutal, and so direct we crush everyone around us. Empower people, don’t break them….

Let’s pray:
‘Father, give me favor, and ways pleasing in Your sight, that even my enemies might be at peace with me, in Your name I pray Lord Jesus, Amen’

8. SYMPATHY AND UNDERSTANDING; “The sucessful leader must be in sympathy with his followers. Moreover, he must understand them, and their problems.” Napoleon Hill

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Mt 5:7 Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.

Lu 6:36 Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful.

I heard of a Japanese leadership style, that requires all auto executives, to work a full week on the assembly line, so that they can better understand not only the process, but the daily grind auto plant workers face each day, so that they can be more understanding and  compassionate (and I’m sure, intimately aware of the production process, to ensure not only better production, but probably better working conditions for their staff).

2Co 1:3 Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort;
2Co 1:4 Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.

Life can be hard. Make it easier on the next guy, wherever possible.

Let’s pray:

‘Father, Your gentleness, love, mercy and compassion for me, are what has caused me to become great. Protect me from pride, and the brutality of my own self will, that I might be gracious, compassionate, merciful, and understanding with others. I ask this, in Your mighty name Lord Jesus, Amen!’

9. MASTERY OF DETAIL: “Successful Leadership calls for mastery of details of the leader’s position.” Napoleon Hill

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John Maxwell says: ‘Those that don’t organize, agonize’.

Good quote.

There are administrative or organizational gifts that are given to people, directly from God. If you don’t have one, quickly ask God for one, and surround yourself with people who can help you with this. In order for any organization to run smoothly, there must be an administrative process. As leaders we must implement, and oversee these processes, and then refine or eliminate them if they become too cumbersome.

1Co 12:5 And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord.

6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith;

Rom 12:7 Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching;
8 Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness.

Let’s Pray:

‘Father, help me to fully organize and administrate, with excellence that which you have given me to lead, grant me gifts of administration I pray, in Your name Lord Jesus, Amen!’

10. WILLINGNESS TO ASSUME FULL RESPONSIBILITY: “The successful leader must be willing to assume responsibility for the mistakes and shortcomings of his followers. If he tries to shift the responsibility, he will not remain the leader. If one of the followers made a mistake, and shows himself incompetent, the leader must consider that it is he who failed.” Napoleon Hill

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Leadership Equals Responsibility!

Let’s read:

Joshua 7:1 ¶ But the children of Israel committed a trespass in the accursed thing: for Achan, the son of Carmi, the son of Zabdi, the son of Zerah, of the tribe of Judah, took of the accursed thing: and the anger of the LORD was kindled against the children of Israel.
2 And Joshua sent men from Jericho to Ai, which is beside Bethaven, on the east side of Bethel, and spake unto them, saying, Go up and view the country. And the men went up and viewed Ai.
3 And they returned to Joshua, and said unto him, Let not all the people go up; but let about two or three thousand men go up and smite Ai; and make not all the people to labour thither; for they are but few.
4 So there went up thither of the people about three thousand men: and they fled before the men of Ai.
5 And the men of Ai smote of them about thirty and six men: for they chased them from before the gate even unto Shebarim, and smote them in the going down: wherefore the hearts of the people melted, and became as water.
6 ¶ And Joshua rent his clothes, and fell to the earth upon his face before the ark of the LORD until the eventide, he and the elders of Israel, and put dust upon their heads.
7 And Joshua said, Alas, O Lord GOD, wherefore hast thou at all brought this people over Jordan, to deliver us into the hand of the Amorites, to destroy us? would to God we had been content, and dwelt on the other side Jordan!
8 O Lord, what shall I say, when Israel turneth their backs before their enemies!
9 For the Canaanites and all the inhabitants of the land shall hear of it, and shall environ us round, and cut off our name from the earth: and what wilt thou do unto thy great name?
10 ¶ And the LORD said unto Joshua, Get thee up; wherefore liest thou thus upon thy face?
11 Israel hath sinned, and they have also transgressed my covenant which I commanded them: for they have even taken of the accursed thing, and have also stolen, and dissembled also, and they have put it even among their own stuff.
12 Therefore the children of Israel could not stand before their enemies, but turned their backs before their enemies, because they were accursed: neither will I be with you any more, except ye destroy the accursed from among you.
13 Up, sanctify the people, and say, Sanctify yourselves against to morrow: for thus saith the LORD God of Israel, There is an accursed thing in the midst of thee, O Israel: thou canst not stand before thine enemies, until ye take away the accursed thing from among you.

In this account, one man, Achan, had stolen some articles of demonic ritual, but notice God’s response: v11, Israel has sinned!

Joshua, in crying out to God, and taking responsibility to seek Him, for understanding, got the entire nation of Israel, delivered.

Daniel 9:3 And I set my face unto the Lord God, to seek by prayer and supplications, with fasting, and sackcloth, and ashes:
4 ¶ And I prayed unto the LORD my God, and made my confession, and said, O Lord, the great and dreadful God, keeping the covenant and mercy to them that love him, and to them that keep his commandments;
5 We have sinned, and have committed iniquity, and have done wickedly, and have rebelled, even by departing from thy precepts and from thy judgments:

Daniel assumed responsibility for the sin of the entire nation of Israel before God!

God can hear and answer the prayer of a leader on behalf of their entire organization for deliverance and blessing, and it is clear from these verses that He will hear and answer if the leader is right with Him!

LEADERSHIP EQUALS RESPONSIBILITY!

Let’s pray:

Father, make me responsible, and strong enough to never blame shift, that which I am responsible for. Give me faith, to trust You to show me how to handle any problem I might face in my leadership, and courage to take decisive action to rectify it. I ask this Lord Jesus, again, in Your name I pray, Amen’

11. COOPERATION: “The successful leader must understand, and apply the pricipals of cooperative effort, and be able to induce his followers to do the same. Leadership calls for POWER, and powers calls for COOPERATION.” Napoleon Hill

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All that Mr. Hill has discovered here, is the Biblical principal of unity producing power.

People will help you, for much more than a paycheck when you are following God accurately:

Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power…If you are doing the right things, the right way, in right timings of God, people with you will count it an honour to serve…

Every leader must bring unity of vision and purpose to his or her team.

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Eph 4:3 Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

Ps 133:1 ¶ «A Song of degrees of David.» Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!
2 It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron’s beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments;
3 As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the LORD commanded the blessing, even life for evermore.

In this psalm, we see the principal taught, unity produces a commanded blessing from God!

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The problem in this is the account given to us in:
Gen 11: 6 And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do.

Here we have people unified, around an ungodly purpose. God Himself destroyed their work and purpose.

It is critical then, that whatever we intend to build, must be according to the will of God. The ends do not justify the means!

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This is the end of Napoleon Hill’s eleven principals of leadership, and they are good!

Yet, without Jesus, they have no eternal worth or consequence.

Mt 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

I believe that putting God first, in all of are affairs, is the most important thing we must do, no matter what it may appear to cost, personally, at the time.

Jesus had 12 disciples, one was a traitor, so 11 is a good number to choose by Napoleon Hill!

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1 Corinthians 9:11 If we have sown [the seed of] spiritual good among you, [is it too] much if we reap from your material benefits?

1 Corinthians 9:14 [On the same principle] the Lord directed that those who publish the good news (the Gospel) should live (get their maintenance) by the Gospel.

Paul goes on to say, that he did not use his position as a minister of the gospel to take up offerings, rather he worked, making tents, to support himself. You might notice here, that Paul was not married, nor did he have children. Family responsibilities take time, and just as you bust a move on your job to provide for your family, I work every bit as hard, doing this, faithful to the Lord in prayer and the ministry of His Word, to you.

I will never charge for this: it my responsibility to God, my calling. Freely I have been given, now, I freely give…

As you give, hear Holy Spirit what to give, and honestly expect God to reward you for your giving.

Matt 10: 41 He who receives and welcomes and accepts a prophet because he is a prophet shall receive a prophet’s reward, and he who receives and welcomes and accepts a righteous man because he is a righteous man shall receive a righteous man’s reward. 42 And whoever gives to one of these little ones [in rank or influence] even a cup of cold water because he is My disciple, surely I declare to you, he shall not lose his reward.

I am a five-fold ministry gift and office – this is my life – I pray, I hear, I write, and wonderful things happen. You have your job description, I have mine – this is mine….

I have ‘see through’ faith for you, in this: Gal 3: 9 So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham.

I believe I have a responsibility before God to be like Jesus, in every offering I receive. I receive it with thanksgiving, just like Jesus did the little boys lunch.

Then, because I walk and live by faith according to the blessing of Abraham, I believe that God will take your seed sown, and multiply it, according to what the blessing of Abraham promises:

Genesis 22:17 In blessing I will bless you and in multiplying I will multiply your descendants like the stars of the heavens and like the sand on the seashore. And your Seed (Heir) will possess the gate of His enemies

It has been a joy to me, to see the hand of the living God act in the lives of those of you who have supported us this year!

Many have seen tremendous blessing come into your households, and for this we give thanks, and give Jesus all the glory!

 

 

 

 

 

Defeating Envy: LEAD – For God’s Sake!

 

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Defeating ENVY – LEAD, for God’s Sake!

Let’s look at a couple of verses from the Scripture on the topic of Envy:

Proverbs 27:4
Wrath is cruel, and anger is outrageous; but who is able to stand before envy?

Matthew 27:18
For he knew that for envy they had delivered him.

Acts 7:9
And the patriarchs, moved with envy, sold Joseph into Egypt: but God was with him

Galatians 5:26
Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another

Philippians 1:15
Some indeed preach Christ even of envy and strife; and some also of good will:

James 3:16
For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work

Some years ago, as I was studying Biblical prosperity, I heard sister Gloria Copeland preach an insightful message on ‘exposing the spirit of envy’. This is the ‘keeping up with the Jones’ mentality, that will open the door to greed, covetousness, pride, contention, strife, and every evil work.

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God is a good God, and I am convinced that He wants us, His children to prosper, financially: what parent does not want good things for their children?

Here is the definition of Envy:

ENVY:
ˈenvē/
noun
noun: envy; plural noun: envies.
  1. a feeling of discontented or resentful longing aroused by someone else’s possessions, qualities, or luck.
    “she felt a twinge of envy for the people on board”
    synonyms: jealousy, covetousness; More

    the green-eyed monster
    “a pang of envy”
    • a person or thing that inspires envy.
      “their national health service is the envy of many in Europe”
      synonyms: finest, best, pride, top, cream, jewel, flower, leading light,the crème de la crème

      “the firm is the envy of Europe”
verb
verb: envy; 3rd person present: envies; past tense: envied; past participle: envied; gerund or present participle: envyin
g.desire to have a quality, possession, or other desirable attribute belonging to (someone else).
“he envied people who did not have to work on weekends”
  1. synonyms: be envious of, be jealous of; More

    begrudge, be resentful of

    “I admired and envied her”

Obviously, Envy, and her green-eyed monster sister, jealously are from hell, and enemies to be destroyed, in our own hearts.

The question is, how?

I am comforted by this verse:

3 John 1:2
Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth

God’s way of prosperity, is an inside job. He always works from the inside out.

Money, wealth, material things are blessings for sure, but can never satisfy the depths of any human heart. Only a deep personal relationship with Jesus, receiving the depths of His love, wisdom, forgiveness, affirmation, encouragement, and comfort can ever do that…

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Prosperity, without corresponding development of one’s soul, can ruin us. The very things that are blessings, that should produce humility and gratefulness in our hearts towards God, can become instruments of pride, self-exaltation, greed, haughtiness, and a host of other evils rooted in our own selfishness…

How do we defeat envy and jealousy within us?

We must grow in grace and knowledge of Jesus through the Word of God!

Proverbs 1:32
For the turning away of the simple shall slay them, and the prosperity of fools shall destroy them.

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Money must be mastered. It makes a great servant, but a cruel Lord.

As long as we, by the Holy Spirit, rule money through the fruit of the Holy Spirit of self-control, it makes a great servant.

If we do not with great strength master it, it will quickly seek to turn the tables and make us serve it, and we will find as we journey down it’s pathway, that there is a very real task-master holding the proverbial carrot on a stick in front of the donkey, that we chase, but can never quite obtain, while we bear it’s burdens and tasks…We see the carrot, and pursue it, but cannot easily see the invisible hand holding the stick: satan, or one of his minions, quietly exercising more and more insidious control of our lives.

LEAD - For God's Sake!

Riches do not profit in the day of wrath, But righteousness delivers from death
Doing right with money, will grant you favor with God to have a continually supply, but no amount of money can protect one from destruction for violation of the Word of God.

My son is ten years old, and I have worked hard on keeping the heart strings tight between us, endeavoring to not only mold him scholastically, calling out and developing the mighty man he is called to be, but pray, with God’s help, that he will pick up not only the lessons I teach him, but the very spirit of why I instruct him so strenuously.
Over the holiday, I overheard an interchange between he and his BFF (Best Friend Forever), another boy, named Jack. There were both excitedly telling each other what they got for Christmas, and suddenly, my son yelled: “Dad! Guess what? Jack got a new smart phone for Christmas, and a bike!”

He was not envious, jealous, nor competitive with his best friend, rather, a partaker of his joy, and truly excited for his friend!

Would to God that we all had friends like that!
Instead of people who compete, and play the old ‘one-upmanship’ game!

Why cannot we adopt this spirit seen in my son, recognizing that we all have a loving heavenly Father, that delights to give us good things, as we serve Him. When we see a friend or colleague receive a blessing, why cannot we shout out:  in faith towards heaven:NEXT!

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In leadership, we study, and we quietly make decisions, set goals, and then pursue them, with fire, intensity, and bull dogged resolve!

I read this quote today along those lines, and it seems to fit here:

To protect against envious people, as you create things:

You have a brain and mind, use it, and reach your own decisions. If you need facts or information from other people to reach decisions as, as you probably will, in many instances, acquire these facts or secure the information you need quietly, without disclosing your purpose….
If you talk more than listen, you not only deprive yourself of many opportunities to accumulate useful knowledge, but also disclose you plans and purposes to people who take great delight in defeating you, because they ENVY you.
Genuine wisdom is usually conspicuous though modesty and silence…
TELL THE WORLD WHAT YOU INTEND TO DO, BUT FIRST, SHOW IT! DEEDS BEFORE TALK!”
Napoleon Hill, Think and Grow Rich, p 195

Mr. Hill hit the nail on the head in this. (If you would like my thoughts on Mr. Hills 25 year study of leadership commissioned by Andrew Carnegie, from a Biblical standpoint, please read: (https://chrisaomministries.wordpress.com/2013/12/29/leadership-the-fate-of-the-world-depends-upon-it/)

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Unfortunately, it is a fallen world, and we cannot share our hearts, dreams, plans, or purposes, with everyone: sometimes, even those close to us, will take our designs and run with them.

I have had that happen in business a couple times, whereby we discovered and developed an innovative new product, then innocently showed it to some wealthy people, to try and solicit interest, only to have them take it from us, and produce it themselves, making the profits we should have obtained.

We forgive, and learn…

Make a commitment to growth!

https://chrisaomministries.wordpress.com/2015/07/15/learn-and-apply-something-new-today/

Not mere academic knowledge, but education of heart, in our spirit, through the Word of God.

https://chrisaomministries.wordpress.com/2014/11/25/the-word-of-god-shall-talk-with-thee/

I believe firmly, that academic knowledge, without corresponding development of the heart in morality, will simply produce intelligent criminals.

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God would develop our whole person: spirit, soul (mind and intellect) and our body. (The resistance that you fight physically in the gym and the resistance that you fight in life can only build a strong character. Arnold Schwarzenegger

Leadership, can be spelled R-E-S-P-O-N-S-B-I-L-I-T-Y!

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I think of the great Biblical leaders, and the responsibility they each faced:

Abraham: Had 400 employees directly working for him.
David: Incredible enemies, and the responsibility of managing and ruling an entire nation.
Moses: Led, provided for, and governed 3 million former slaves.
Joseph: Governed the nation of Egypt, but also looked after the food distribution of Egypt food stocks to not only Egypt, but also surrounding nations, during a famine he knew would last for 7 years, with enough strength of character and will, that the food supplies did not run out until the famine ended.

Sure, we can use these, and others, as great examples of faith, courage, prayer, etc, but what about the integrity, and responsibility they exercised before God, to lead in their spheres of influence, well.

Would to God, that we too, might grow in integrity before God, to do the same, for the betterment of humanity, not merely our own selfish desires!

We must commit to grow, the world depends upon it….

Let’s Pray:
‘Father, men look on the outward, You look upon the heart! Search me, cleanse me from envy, competition, pride, and my own selfish greed’s and ambitions, that I might, in purity of heart and purpose, grow, lead, and become the leader You have need of, in this, my generation. Educate my heart, Father, that my moral strength, become greater than my physical or mental abilities, that I might truly grow into becoming the person of excellence, you require. Prosper me Father, that You be glorified in my well being, as Your child. This, I ask, in Your precious name, Lord Jesus, Amen!’

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1 Corinthians 9:11 If we have sown [the seed of] spiritual good among you, [is it too] much if we reap from your material benefits?

1 Corinthians 9:14 [On the same principle] the Lord directed that those who publish the good news (the Gospel) should live (get their maintenance) by the Gospel.

Paul goes on to say, that he did not use his position as a minister of the gospel to take up offerings, rather he worked, making tents, to support himself. You might notice here, that Paul was not married, nor did he have children. Family responsibilities take time, and just as you bust a move on your job to provide for your family, I work every bit as hard, doing this, faithful to the Lord in prayer and the ministry of His Word, to you.

I will never charge for this: it my responsibility to God, my calling. Freely I have been given, now, I freely give…

As you give, hear Holy Spirit what to give, and honestly expect God to reward you for your giving.

Matt 10: 41 He who receives and welcomes and accepts a prophet because he is a prophet shall receive a prophet’s reward, and he who receives and welcomes and accepts a righteous man because he is a righteous man shall receive a righteous man’s reward. 42 And whoever gives to one of these little ones [in rank or influence] even a cup of cold water because he is My disciple, surely I declare to you, he shall not lose his reward.

I am a five-fold ministry gift and office – this is my life – I pray, I hear, I write, and wonderful things happen. You have your job description, I have mine – this is mine….

I have ‘see through’ faith for you, in this: Gal 3: 9 So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham.

I believe I have a responsibility before God to be like Jesus, in every offering I receive. I receive it with thanksgiving, just like Jesus did the little boys lunch.

Then, because I walk and live by faith according to the blessing of Abraham, I believe that God will take your seed sown, and multiply it, according to what the blessing of Abraham promises:

Genesis 22:17 In blessing I will bless you and in multiplying I will multiply your descendants like the stars of the heavens and like the sand on the seashore. And your Seed (Heir) will possess the gate of His enemies

It has been a joy to me, to see the hand of the living God act in the lives of those of you who have supported us this year!

Many have seen tremendous blessing come into your households, and for this we give thanks, and give Jesus all the glory!