Monday, January 30, 2012

Leadership Lesson #3

Making Something out of Nothing:  the Creative Power of God!

Genesis 1:1 New International Version (NIV)
1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

Acts 1:8 New International Version (NIV)
8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.

A Leader must understand, embrace, and utilize the Creative Power of God to fashion an environment in which people, are inspired, and encouraged to accomplish more than they ever dreamed possible.

The Creative Power of God.  That same Creative Power that was there in the very beginning, in Genesis 1:1, the power that created the heavens and the earth.  That very same Creative Power that called the light into being, and that separated the waters from the dry land, that Creative Power that was the beginning of mankind itself.

To Create means; "to cause to come into being, as something unique that would not naturally evolve or that is not made by ordinary processes."  In the book of Isaiah, chapter 48 and verse 7,  the Amplified Bible defines the word create as "called into being by the prophetic word"

As a Leader you will often be called upon to make something out of what appears to be nothing. Because there are so many things that influence state of mind, internal drive, and even the physical energy of an individual, you may find yourself called upon to "raise up an army" out of those that have been beat down, and are disheartened.

How is this done?  This is accomplished by using the Creative Power of God.

1. Calling the things that are not, as though they are, (Romans 4:17).
2. Casting the vision God has given you, and keeping the vision before the people. (Habakkuk 2:2)
3. Speaking life into dry bones and dry situations. (Ezekiel 37:3-14)
4. Speaking the truth and being the light that we are called to be. (Mathew 5:13-16)

I call on each of you today to be the Creator that you are in His image, and to radiate the Power of God so that you are EFFECTIVE in achieving the purposes of God for His Kingdom.

Copyright 2011 - Victoria L. Burse

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Sunday, January 22, 2012

Character and Integrity - Don't just talk about it, Be about it!

Leadership Lesson #2

II Corinthians 5:11 (The Amplified Bible)
11 Therefore, being conscious of fearing the Lord with respect and reverence, we seek to win people over [to persuade them]. But what sort of persons we are is plainly recognized and thoroughly understood by God, and I hope that it is plainly recognized and thoroughly understood also by your consciences (your inborn discernment).

Titus 2: 7-8 (The Amplified Bible)
7 And show your own self in all respects to be a pattern and a model of good deeds and works, teaching what is unadulterated, showing gravity [having the strictest regard for truth and purity of motive], with dignity and seriousness.

8 And let your instruction be sound and fit and wise and wholesome, vigorous and [b]irrefutable and above censure, so that the opponent may be put to shame, finding nothing discrediting or evil to say about us.

Character and Integrity.  My pastor has taught my church family for years;  "Your gifts can take you somewhere that your Character and Integrity cannot keep you."  We spend so much time sharpening our gifts and our skills, and we neglect Character Development.  Are we people of our word?  Do we live the lives that we speak about?   Are we Authentic people?

Character is the sum total of the features and traits that form the individual nature of a person.  It is who you are, when no one else is looking.  I believe that it was the process of people holding me accountable, that helped me to build character.  At first, it was others holding me accountable.  Then, I learned I had to be accountable to God.  Finally, I developed the habit of holding myself accountable.  I never wanted to be a public success and a private failure.  Integrity relates to moral principles and honesty; honesty with others, and with ourselves. Integrity answers the question of “what we will, and what we won’t do” the lines that we won’t cross. These two go hand in hand and become the basis of the respect that others have for you, and that you have for yourself.

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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Your Attitude, Your Choice!

Leadership Lesson - 1

James 1:1-27 ESV
James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, To the twelve tribes in the Dispersion: Greetings. Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. ...

Attitude relates to your “manner, disposition, feeling, position, etc., with regard to a person or thing; tendency or orientation, especially of the mind: a negative attitude; group attitudes.”  Your attitude can affect your actions or lack thereof and consequently has a tremendous affect on the outcome of any given situation.  Attitude is key, but the key is to not let the attitude choose you, but you, should choose the attitude.  Yes, you can decide how you will think, perceive, and receive anything that comes at you.  You decide whether it is welcomed, or pushed away.  You can decide whether or not to be fearful, or faithful.

Truly, it is your choice…choose Wisely!

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