Pray!

Pray!

Prayer – The Untapped Power Plant of the Church
I remember, as a Rhema student back in the 90’s, my pastor Kenneth Hagin, preaching a message by this title. Still speaks to me today.

Then I heard the story in studying church history. Seems that Aimee Semple Mcpherson was holding miracle services in Los Angeles, and a news reporter was convinced that she was a fake, and set out to expose her. He was convinced that there had to be microphones or wires somehow informing sister Aimee of the medical conditions she was calling out, (supernaturally, by the Holy Spirit’s gift of the word of knowledge) and that God was apparently healing.

So he asked an user: ‘Where is the power located for sister Aimee?’ referring to what he was sure had to be an amplifier or generator hidden somewhere on the premises. The usher grinned, winked, and said, ‘Come here, I’ll show you”, and he led him backstage, down a hallway, to a hidden set of stairs into the basement.

Sure that he was about to get ‘a scoop’ and expose the evangelist, the reporter almost ran down the stairs, camera in hand, to a room in the basement, occupied by over 200 ‘praying grandmothers’ aggressively, and loudly praying in the Holy Spirit!

The secret to the miracles? PRAYER!

I agree with the words of John the Baptist, when his disciples asked him if he was threatened by the greater ministry of Jesus, and all the people that were stopping following him, to follow Christ. His own disciples asked him, what do you think about all the people leaving John?

John answered in a way that reveals a depth of consecration of heart that speaks to me every time I read it. What does the Scripture record him as saying?

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

What an end to all striving! We jostle in this life for money, for position, for recognition, for yea even, ministry. Yet , this truth rings throughout eternity, shouting still from the moment it was spoken down the far distant corridor of time.

Nothing can be truly yours unless it is granted you from heaven.

In light of this truth, prayer is the principal duty of mankind. To know the will of God, to seek His grace for each of our lives, and to do what He says.

Herein are joy, peace, love, and the voice of comfort from the true and living God.

In many churches, prayer meeting is the least attended meeting of the week!

An audience with the King of all Kings, Lord of all Lords, Creator of the Universe, where He invites us to come into His presence and ask of Him whatever we wish!

Some would say, I have responsibilities pastor, business is busy, and family is a lot of responsibility. I need to earn a living you know.

Jesus had something to say about being busy, when He invites us to be with Him:

Luke 14: 7 ¶ And he put forth a parable to those which were bidden, when he marked how they chose out the chief rooms; saying unto them,
8 When thou art bidden of any man to a wedding, sit not down in the highest room; lest a more honourable man than thou be bidden of him;
9 And he that bade thee and him come and say to thee, Give this man place; and thou begin with shame to take the lowest room.
10 But when thou art bidden, go and sit down in the lowest room; that when he that bade thee cometh, he may say unto thee, Friend, go up higher: then shalt thou have worship in the presence of them that sit at meat with thee.
11 For whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.
12 Then said he also to him that bade him, When thou makest a dinner or a supper, call not thy friends, nor thy brethren, neither thy kinsmen, nor thy rich neighbours; lest they also bid thee again, and a recompence be made thee.
13 But when thou makest a feast, call the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind:
14 And thou shalt be blessed; for they cannot recompense thee: for thou shalt be recompensed at the resurrection of the just.
15 ¶ And when one of them that sat at meat with him heard these things, he said unto him, Blessed is he that shall eat bread in the kingdom of God.
16 Then said he unto him, A certain man made a great supper, and bade many:
17 And sent his servant at supper time to say to them that were bidden, Come; for all things are now ready.
18 And they all with one consent began to make excuse. The first said unto him, I have bought a piece of ground, and I must needs go and see it: I pray thee have me excused.
19 And another said, I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to prove them: I pray thee have me excused.
20 And another said, I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.
21 So that servant came, and shewed his lord these things. Then the master of the house being angry said to his servant, Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in hither the poor, and the maimed, and the halt, and the blind.
22 And the servant said, Lord, it is done as thou hast commanded, and yet there is room.
23 And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.
24 For I say unto you, That none of those men which were bidden shall taste of my supper.
25 ¶ And there went great multitudes with him: and he turned, and said unto them,
26 If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.
27 And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple.

The question is who is in charge of your life? You still running the show, or have you bowed your knee to Jesus?

He is calling His people, His church to pray!

If Jesus is truly your Lord, then you must do what He says!

Seek ye first, is still in the book, and no matter how you want to read it, seek is an action word, and we need to seek Him each morning actually believing what he said in: John 10: 27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:

I always bring a little notebook with me to prayer, and I jot down thoughts as they percolate up from my heart to my mind.

Why?

There is a devil, that does not want me to hear or obey God each day. He cannot stop me from hearing God, so his next tactic is to try and prevent me from actually doing what God gave me to do.

Mr 4:4 And it came to pass, as he sowed, some fell by the way side, and the fowls of the air came and devoured it up.
15 And these are they by the way side, where the word is sown; but when they have heard, Satan cometh immediately, and taketh away the word that was sown in their hearts.

Now, some of you have never embraced the call to discipleship, but that does not mean it is not for you. God has eternity on His mind, and the fields are white unto harvest, but the labourers are few.

Why?

The lost, and the establishing of strong churches in the earth is the number one priority upon God’s heart. Making you and I more and more like Jesus. You see, God loves this world, and each and every person in it. He wants to adopt them into His family, and wrap His loving arms around them, loving out their deepest fears and pains, and then empower them and send them into His harvest field; not because He needs them, as much as He loves them enough to desire that they earn eternal rewards in their obedience.

What separates us, from making headlines in heaven?

Prayer!

I still remember working construction on the job before the truck carrying the toolbox arrived. Things that were previously impossible, suddenly became possible. Jackhammers, power saws, drills, and various power tools made dealing with concrete, steel and wood, a joy, not a curse.

Why?

Each tool had a function, and was designed to do a particular task.

So it is with prayer. If you are going to be a successful Christian, intent on building God’s kingdom, you are going to need tools. Just like there are different tool sets for different jobs, so there are different workings of the Word to accomplish different things in the kingdom.

I like the way John Wesley said it “It seems God is limited by our prayer life-He can do nothing for humanity unless someone asks Him.”

Well, to mechanics, its good to have sockets and wrenches. Carpentry, is chisels and saws. Concrete is jackhammers and drills.

Well, prayer is one toolbox in a Christian’s walk with the Lord.

Let’s look briefly at some of the tools in the box.

There are a few different types of prayer mentioned in the Bible

The prayer of Faith (Matt 21:22, Mk 11:24)
Matt 21:22 (ASV) And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.

Mk 11:23 For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.
24 Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.

All you mountain moving, history making, nation shaking people of authority and glory, need to be in place, blasting mountains of satanic adversity into the sea!

The prayer of Consecration (Luke 22:42)

41 And he was withdrawn from them about a stone’s cast, and kneeled down, and prayed,
42 Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.

Jesus is Lord! Not you, not me! There are times, when only yielding to His will win the day.

Mt 16:18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

He will build His church, through us, as we yield and fully obey Him!

The Prayer of Commitment (1 Peter 5:7)
6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:
7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.

Each day, we commit our will and way to Jesus. Like manna, yesterday’s portion is useless, and will rot. We need fresh bread from His Word, today. Each day we cast the cares, worries, impossibilities, heartbreaks, and situations that we cannot change unto Him, and humbly take up His yoke, a light burden, filled with joy! He loves us!

The Prayer of Worship (Luke 24:52, Acts 13:1-4)

Luke 24:52 And they worshipped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy.

These are only a few of the types of prayer mentioned in the Bible, and each of these could require some time of explanation to fully describe, but the purpose of this article, is not to teach about prayer, but to encourage and commission you, to actually PRAY!

We must begin each day, involved with ministering TO the Lord, not FOR Him.

Acts 13:1 ¶ Now there were in the church that was at Antioch certain prophets and teachers; as Barnabas, and Simeon that was called Niger, and Lucius of Cyrene, and Manaen, which had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul.
2 As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them.

2 (RSV) Revised Standard While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.”

3 And when they had fasted and prayed, and laid their hands on them, they sent them away.
4 ¶ So they, being sent forth by the Holy Ghost, departed unto Seleucia; and from thence they sailed to Cyprus.

The prayer of Agreement (Matt 18:18-20)

18 Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
19 Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.
20 For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.

De 32:30 How should one chase a thousand, and two put ten thousand to flight, except their Rock had sold them, and the LORD had shut them up?

It is good to get others in agreement with the known will of God, to see breakthrough and victory, in every arena of life.

United Prayer (Acts 4:23-31)

23 ¶ And being let go, they went to their own company, and reported all that the chief priests and elders had said unto them.
24 And when they heard that, they lifted up their voice to God with one accord, and said, Lord, thou art God, which hast made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all that in them is:

Everyone was praying at once, and God heard them all at once!

The Prayer of Supplication

Acts 1:14 These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren.
Ephesians 6:18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
Philippians 4:6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

1 Timothy 2:1 I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;

1 Timothy 5:5 Now she that is a widow indeed, and desolate, trusteth in God, and continueth in supplications and prayers night and day.

Hebrews 5:7 Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared;

Supplication: 1) need, indigence, want, privation, penury
2) a seeking, asking, entreating, entreaty to God or to man

OT : 1b) (Ithpael) to implore favour

When we see things wrong in our lives, families, workplaces, communities, cities, regions, or nation, it is time to cry out to God, and implore His favor and power to make wrongs, right!

Intercessory Prayer

Abraham interceded for Sodom and Gomorrah.

Micah 7:18 Who is a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage? he retaineth not his anger for ever, because he delighteth in mercy.
‘he delighteth in lovingkindness’
‘he delights in steadfast love’
‘ for He delights in grace.’
‘he delighteth in loving-kindness.’
‘his delight is in mercy.’

If you get around me very close for very long, you will discover than I am a man of tears, a cry-baby for Jesus. Why?

Well, he who is forgiven much, loves much, and as I grow in my gift and knowledge of God, I am forever amazed at His mercy towards me. I was a horrid man, full of iniquity and defilement, and He has had mercy upon me, forgiven me, and so transformed me that I cannot help but weep in gratefulness, and supplication that He would do the same for you, for my family, for my church, for this nation, for HE DELIGHTS TO SHOW MERCY! He loves us, and only his mercy prevents our destruction, and so I weep in His love, pleading with Him to do what I know He longs to do anyway, show mercy: forgive, heal, and deliver those who are contrary to Him.

God is Holy. He must judge sin. He hates it. It killed His Son. It must have consequences; otherwise evil would overrun this earth. Yet, He would rather forgive and have mercy than judge. Mercy triumphs over judgment.

Yet, how will He do this? He has given the earth to man.

Ps 24:1 «A Psalm of David.» The earth is the LORD’S, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.

Ps 115:16 The heaven, even the heavens, are the LORD’S: but the earth hath he given to the children of men.

Ps 2:8 Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession.

Ezek 22:30 (AV) And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none.

30 (BBE) And I was looking for a man among them who would make up the wall and take his station in the broken place before me for the land, so that I might not send destruction on it: but there was no one.

Here is the place of prayer, standing before a holy God, pleading for mercy for people who have no protection from the consequences of their sin. Their hedge is down, and they face brutal consequences for their actions, unless we take our place before God on their behalf, in intercessory prayer.

Numbers 16:48 And he stood between the dead and the living; and the plague was stayed.

Numbers 16:48 (BBE) And he took his place between the dead and the living: and the disease was stopped.

Today, in America, if you get over in the Holy Spirit, you will discover very quickly that there is a massive war occurring in the realm of the Spirit, and you will learn to weep, groan, and travail in a level of pain you did not know was humanly possible.

Romans 8:26 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.

Romans 8:26 (BBE) ¶ And in the same way the Spirit is a help to our feeble hearts: for we are not able to make prayer to God in the right way; but the Spirit puts our desires into words which are not in our power to say;

Romans 8:26 (LIT) ¶ And likewise the Spirit also joins in to help our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray as we ought, but the Spirit Himself pleads our case for us with groanings that cannot be uttered.

Romans 8:27 (KJ21) And He that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because He maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.

The good news in this, is that we are not alone. Jesus, head of the church, King of the universe, is still alive and on the throne, praying with us in intercession.

Hebrews 7:25 Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.

What is the point of this article?

Simple: PRAY!

At whatever level of spiritual responsibility you are currently, you must pray and obey. Your life, family, city and nation depend upon it.

Pray!

‘Father, show me how to take my place in Your kingdom, in prayer. Teach me how to pray, cause me to hear and obey Your Spirit, knowing that I take my place only in and through You Lord Jesus, my Lord and my King! Amen!’

Why Should I Start a Bible School?

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Victory Daily Bible Reading

Victory Daily Bible Reading

Jan 25th, 2014

Job 42:10 After Job had prayed for his friends, the LORD restored his fortunes and gave him twice as much as he had before.

Pray for your friends, even if they misrepresent and misunderstand you, so that when your particular trial of faith ends, God might reward you with double!

Matt 25, Job 42 , and Psalm 11 are today’s readings!

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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:

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“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!