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Wisdom is Like Protein for the Soul

Most believers are spiritual consumers of sugar and carbs.They want something now for the moment. God’s wisdom is more than simply hearing the Holy Spirit say ‘yes’ or ‘no’. In my last post I revealed how the Lord had given me direction, strategy, and foresight as I worked in the world of legislative politics. I needed more than a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ from Him. I needed to understand beyond what I understood in the natural in the political atmosphere in…

Mentoring and Development of People we Serve

2010 leaders mentor people to the point of trusting them with treasures. Scripture is clear that we are to trust the Lord completely simply because He is God. Most Christians say they trust God completely, but really don’t. We grow in faith and trust as we grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ. As we mature, we place more and more trust in the Lord. But the Father is also trusting us with treasures of the Kingdom, including…

Focus on the Structure, not Each Brick

2010 leadership requires the maturity of an expert builder. Many leaders attempt to build God’s kingdom but become mired in molding the bricks rather than building the actual structure. They become excited about each brick, but often lose their focus on the bigger picture thus displaying their immaturity in leadership. Paul was a leader of leaders and called himself an ‘expert or master builder’ (1 Cor. 3:10). He mentored and molded individual believers, but his leadership focus was on the…

Build Trust and Then Use Tools

I’m continuing today the topic of blended beliefs in the church. As leaders we are called to prepare and build people in the faith with an outcome of unity and maturity in Christ (Eph. 4:11-13). This call is certainly a challenge in a world of instant cyber access to any faith concept imaginable. The Apostle Paul had the same call to prepare and build amidst a diversity of belief systems. He battled well-established belief systems from Greek, Asian, Jewish and…

Applying the Grid of Grace When Interpreting God’s Voice

Last days leaders will hear the voice of God through the “grid” of grace. The Father’s heart is a heart of grace and mercy. One of Paul the Apostle’s greatest challenges was getting the Jewish believers to understand and embrace grace. He opened almost all of his letters with “grace and peace to you” or a similar phrase. Paul got his revelation and interpretation of grace directly from the Holy Spirit. It started on the road to Damascus and continued…

A Process of Interpretation For Leaders

Leaders must be confident of the interpretation of God’s voice before they can apply action to it. Then you can obey Him, respond to Him, and walk out whatever He has revealed to you. Application may take courage, discipline, and confidence that you truly heard His voice. The Father spoke to Paul in Acts 16 as he was ministering in what is now central Turkey. Paul wanted to go farther west to minister but the Holy Spirit said “no,” so…

Are You Up to the Task If You Hear God’s Audible Voice?

The audible voice of God usually indicates a major call and difficult tasks ahead. Moses talked with God and God talked directly to Moses in an audible voice. There was no indirect, opaque, or mystery surrounding God’s voice with Moses. God spoke to him directly in calling him to be the one who led the people of Israel out of slavery. God spoke to him directly when giving the Ten Commandments and the Law. Any challenge of Moses’ call or…

Stay Soft Toward Kingdom Purposes

To consistently hear His voice we must be willing to advance God’s agenda. His agenda is bigger than you. It’s about people. It’s about influencing people for His kingdom. Jesus didn’t want to go to the cross, but was willing to go as the son of God, as the savior of man. Paul didn’t want to stay on earth and suffer persecution for the gospel, but he was willing to stay to advance the kingdom of God. If you want…

To Be Willing Is To Deliberately Make a Choice

To hear we must be willing to hear. To be willing is to deliberately make a choice and direct our energies toward that choice. Paul is a great example of one who was willing to hear. He said in Phil. 1:23, “I desire to depart and be with God which is better by far; but it is more necessary for you that I remain in the body. Convinced of this, I know that I will remain, and I will continue…

Paul Did Not Deserve Apostleship, Yet He Was An Apostle

A leader must function from a strong sense of humility yet operate in power and authority. Paul did it. He was very strong in the authority of his letters to the early churches, yet he was humble in that he knew he had been a culprit in persecuting the Church. He knew how bad he was in his own flesh, yet how powerful he was by God’s spirit. He said he did not deserve to be called an apostle, but…

Paul Operated in Authority and Humility

This week I’m talking about last days leadership and the issue of entitlement. Paul is a great example of a leader who overcame the entitlement attitude of a Pharisee and became a servant leader. He said in 1 Cor. 15:9, “For I am the least of the apostles and do not deserve to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me…

Paul Was Knocked Off His High Horse

This week I’m talking about last days leadership. Paul said, “I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord” (Phil. 3:8). Paul saw his call as an apostle with eyes of humility rather than entitlement. Prior to his conversion Paul was a Pharisee, who saw himself as one entitled to certain benefits and honor as a result of his position. It took the Damascus road experience, being literally knocked off his high horse…