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Developing as Leaders. Presented at Feast of Tabernacles, Iowa, 2011 By Cathy Leitch. Why is Leadership Important for us?. Should we be developing as leaders? Why? What will our role be in the Kingdom of God? How should be act in that role?

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Developing as leaders

Developing as Leaders

Presented at

Feast of Tabernacles, Iowa, 2011

By Cathy Leitch


Why is leadership important for us

Why is Leadership Important for us?

  • Should we be developing as leaders?

  • Why?

  • What will our role be in the Kingdom of God?

  • How should be act in that role?

  • When will we be learning what we need to know to serve in the Kingdom of God?


What is leadership

What is Leadership?

  • “a process whereby an individual influences a group of individuals to achieve a common goal” (Northouse, 2004)

  • “transforming followers, creating visions of the goals they may attain and articulating the ways to attain those goals” (Bass, 1985)


God chose from the leaders

God Chose from the leaders

  • (Num 11:16) And the LORD said unto Moses, Gather unto me seventy men of the elders of Israel, whom thou knowest to be the elders of the people, and officers over them; and bring them unto the tabernacle of the congregation, that they may stand there with thee.

  • (Num 11:17) And I will come down and talk with thee there: and I will take of the spirit which is upon thee, and will put it upon them; and they shall bear the burden of the people with thee, that thou bear it not thyself alone.


We are a royal priesthood

We are a Royal Priesthood

  • (1Pe 2:9) But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:


Authority over cities

Authority over Cities

  • Luk 19:17) And he said unto him, Well, thou good servant: because thou hast been faithful in a very little, have thou authority over ten cities.

  • Luk 19:18) And the second came, saying, Lord, thy pound hath gained five pounds.

  • Luk 19:19) And he said likewise to him, Be thou also over five cities.


We shall judge

We shall judge

  • (1Co 6:2) Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters?

  • (1Co 6:3) Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life?


The time is now

The time is Now

  • For believers, the time to learn to lead is NOW.

  • We are developing character in this life.

  • We will be first fruits


Character traits

Character Traits

  • (Col 3:12) Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;

  • (Col 3:13) Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.

  • (Col 3:14) And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.


Our crown

Our Crown

  • (1Co 9:25) And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible.


Crown

Crown

  • (2Ti 4:8) Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.

  • (1Pe 5:4) And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.


We are firstfruits

We are Firstfruits

  • (1Co 15:23) But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ's at his coming.

  • (Jas 1:18) Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.


Kings and priests example of a king

Kings and Priests – Example of a King

  • King David

  • Man after God’s own heart – why?

  • Strengths of David (a few examples)

  • Trusted God and His Strength to use him (Goliath)

  • Respected Authority – (God’s anointed – Saul)

  • Repentant – acknowledged his sins and mistakes – took responsibility – petitioned God for mercy and then accepted God’s decision (example of death of his son with Bathsheba)


Man after god s own heart

Man After God’s Own Heart

  • (Act 13:22) And when he had removed him, he raised up unto them David to be their king; to whom also he gave testimony, and said, I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will.


David looked out for god s interests

David looked out for God’s interests

  • (1Sa 17:26) And David spake to the men that stood by him, saying, What shall be done to the man that killeth this Philistine, and taketh away the reproach from Israel? for who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?


David s trust in god

David’s Trust in God

  • (1Sa 17:36) Thy servant slew both the lion and the bear: and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be as one of them, seeing he hath defied the armies of the living God.

  • (1Sa 17:37) David said moreover, The LORD that delivered me out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, he will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine. And Saul said unto David, Go, and the LORD be with thee.


David respected authority

David respected authority

  • (1Sa 24:10) Behold, this day thine eyes have seen how that the LORD had delivered thee to day into mine hand in the cave: and some bade me kill thee: but mine eye spared thee; and I said, I will not put forth mine hand against my lord; for he is the LORD'S anointed.


David acknowledges his sin

David acknowledges his sin

  • (2Sa 12:7) And Nathan said to David, Thou art the man. Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, I anointed thee king over Israel, and I delivered thee out of the hand of Saul;

  • (2Sa 12:13) And David said unto Nathan, I have sinned against the LORD. And Nathan said unto David, The LORD also hath put away thy sin; thou shalt not die.


David s meditation on his sin

David’s meditation on his sin

  • (Psa 51:1) To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David, when Nathan the prophet came unto him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba. Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions.

  • (Psa 51:2) Wash me thoroughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.

  • (Psa 51:3) For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me.


David s meditation and reflection

David’s Meditation and Reflection

  • Developing as a Leader:

  • Needs Action – ability to make a decision

  • Needs Reflection/Meditation on that action

  • Needs ability to change and move direction based on that meditation – moving towards God’s will in our life

  • What examples of David demonstrate these?


One of david s meditations

One of David’s meditations

  • (Psa 5:1) To the chief Musician upon Nehiloth, A Psalm of David. Give ear to my words, O LORD, consider my meditation.


Decision making

Decision Making

  • Locus of Control –

    • Internal – we acknowledge and accept that what happens to us is a direct relationship to our own decisions, actions and behaviors. We are responsible for our life. We choose.

    • External – we believe that what happens to us is the result of external conditions, situations, and other people. Our life is the result of what others have done or situations we have been in. We don’t believe we have a choice.

  • Choices we make


Internal locus of control

Internal Locus of Control

  • Example of David

  • Acknowledged that he was responsible for his actions. Accepted the consequences of his actions as due to his own decisions.

  • (Psa 51:3) For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me.


External locus of control

External Locus of Control

  • Example of Adam & Eve

  • Blamed his actions and decisions on someone else – Eve and God.

  • (Gen 3:12) And the man said, The woman whom thou gavestto be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat.

  • (Gen 3:13) And the LORD God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat.


Viktor frankl

Viktor Frankl

  • Man’s Search for Meaning

  • In Nazi Concentration Camp – whole family destroyed, Victor found that they (the Nazi’s) could not take away his ability to CHOOSE what he thought about. They could make his situation miserable, but he had control of his own MIND and his thoughts and attitudes.


Choices decisions we make

Choices (Decisions) We Make

  • What we feed ourselves (our minds and bodies)

    • Spiritually

    • Mentally

    • Physically

  • What we surround ourselves with (our environment)


Instant gratification choice

Instant Gratification Choice

  • Example of Esau – despised his birthright – wanted food RIGHT NOW.

  • (Gen 25:30-31) And Esau said to Jacob, Feed me, I pray thee, with that same red pottage; for I am faint: therefore was his name called Edom. And Jacob said, Sell me this day thy birthright.

  • (Gen 25:32-33) And Esau said, Behold, I am at the point to die: and what profit shall this birthright do to me? And Jacob said, Swear to me this day; and he sware unto him: and he sold his birthright unto Jacob.

  • (Gen 25:34) Then Jacob gave Esau bread and pottage of lentiles; and he did eat and drink, and rose up, and went his way: thus Esau despised his birthright.


Our birthright our inheritance

Our birthright – our inheritance

  • How many times do we despise our birthright by our desire for instant gratification?

  • (Eph 1:18) The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,

  • (Col 3:24) Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.


Wait on the lord

Wait on the Lord

  • God has promised many blessings – but sometimes we need to wait and be patient for them.

  • (Psa 27:14) Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.

  • (Psa 37:34) Wait on the LORD, and keep his way, and he shall exalt thee to inherit the land: when the wicked are cut off, thou shalt see it.

  • (Pro 20:22) Say not thou, I will recompense evil; but wait on the LORD, and he shall save thee.


Ask for wisdom

Ask for Wisdom

  • What is wisdom? – Ability to make good decisions

  • How did Solomon ask for wisdom?

  • We need to ask for this ability as Solomon did since we too will be overseeing God’s people


Solomon asks for an understanding heart to judge god s people

Solomon asks for an understanding heart to judge God’s people

  • (1Ki 3:5) In Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solomon in a dream by night: and God said, Ask what I shall give thee.

  • (1Ki 3:7) And now, O LORD my God, thou hast made thy servant king instead of David my father: and I am but a little child: I know not how to go out or come in.

  • (1Ki 3:8) And thy servant is in the midst of thy people which thou hast chosen, a great people, that cannot be numbered nor counted for multitude.

  • (1Ki 3:9) Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad: for who is able to judge this thy so great a people?


God grants solomon wisdom

God grants Solomon wisdom

  • (1Ki 3:10) And the speech pleased the Lord, that Solomon had asked this thing.

  • (1Ki 3:11) And God said unto him, Because thou hast asked this thing, and hast not asked for thyself long life; neither hast asked riches for thyself, nor hast asked the life of thine enemies; but hast asked for thyself understanding to discern judgment;

  • (1Ki 3:12) Behold, I have done according to thy words: lo, I have given thee a wise and an understanding heart; so that there was none like thee before thee, neither after thee shall any arise like unto thee.


Wisdom and largeness of heart

Wisdom and Largeness of heart

  • (1Ki 4:29) And God gave Solomon wisdom and understanding exceeding much, and largeness of heart, even as the sand that is on the sea shore.


Prayer of jabez asking for more

Prayer of Jabez Asking for More

  • Jabez asked God and was blessed for it.

  • (1Ch 4:9) And Jabez was more honourable than his brethren: and his mother called his name Jabez, saying, Because I bare him with sorrow.

  • (1Ch 4:10) And Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, Oh that thou wouldest bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast, and that thine hand might be with me, and that thou wouldest keep me from evil, that it may not grieve me! And God granted him that which he requested.


Jabez s prayer

Jabez’s prayer

  • Expand his boundaries – give him new responsibilities, roles. – Step out of our comfort zone in faith.

  • Thy hand be with me. – With the new responsibilities, Jabez recognized his need for God’s help.

  • Keep him from evil


Importance of learning to lead

Importance of Learning to Lead

  • We have a role as a Royal Priesthood

  • We shall judge

  • We are to develop character in this life

  • We will be first fruits

  • We strive for an incorruptible crown

  • The reward of our inheritance


How do we develop our leadership

How do we develop our leadership?

  • Trust God and His Power to use us

  • Respect Authority

  • Acknowledge our sins and mistakes

  • Reflect and Meditate on our actions

  • Take action & make good decisions

  • Take responsibility for our actions and decisions.


How do we develop our leadership1

How do we develop our leadership?

  • Choose our thoughts and attitudes (and what we feed ourselves)

  • Wait on the Lord

  • Ask for Wisdom and an understanding heart

  • Ask God for more – for blessings and responsibilities


Thank you

Thank you

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