Leadership Promises - John C. Maxwell
"But the midwives feared God, and did not do as the king of Egypt commanded them, but saved the male children alive . . . Therefore God dealt well with the midwives, and the people multiplied and grew very mighty." Exodus 1:17, 20
"These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world." John 16:33
When your people are winning and morale is high, you still have an important role as a leader. To help the team maintain high morale and momentum . . .
"Now then Samuel said to the people, "Come, let us go to Gilgal and renew the kingdom there." So all the people went to Gilgal, and there they made Saul king before the Lord." 1 Samuel 11:14-15
Leadership resources and studies tell us that having a message doesn't matter if leaders don't know how to communicate that message clearly and motivate others. It's amazing how God wired us. We listen to leaders as they fling thoughts and ideas about the room, and then we want to get up and pursue those ideas. That's the power of communication.
". . . in which you shine like stars in the universe . . ." Philippians 2:15 (NIV)
It's been said that our potential is God's gift to us, and what we do with it is our gift to Him. But our potential is probably our greatest untapped resource. Why? We can do anything, but we can't do everything. Many people never really dedicate themselves to their purpose in life. They become a jack of all trades, master of none - rather than a jack of few trades, focused on one.
Here are four principles to put you on the road to growing toward your potential:
"You shall observe My judgments and keep My ordinances, to walk in them: I am the Lord your God. You shall therefore keep my statutes and My judgments, which if a man does, he shall live by them. I am the Lord." Leviticus 18:4-5
God calls His people to live at a standard higher than the unbelievers who surround them. In Leviticus chapters 18, 19 and 20, God reviews His higher standards regarding relationships, religion, and the rights and responsibilities of community members.
"For I acknowledge my transgressions, and my sin is always before me. Against You, You only, have I sinned, and done this evil in Your sight - that You may be found just when You speak, and blameless when You judge." Psalm 51:3-4
David wrote Psalm 51 shortly after he committed adultery with Bathsheba and had Uriah killed. When Nathan confronted him about his sin, the king fell to the floor and wept in bitter repentance. He publicly sought restoration as a king and as a spiritual man, as the psalm demonstrates. Because of his repentant heart, God allowed him to remain in office until he died.