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Th Spirit of a Leader

THE SPIRIT OF A LEADER

Our last post focused on the spirit of a leader—the center of all he will be and all he will accomplish. We discussed the passion of a leader. If we do not fan the flames of passion we will live with the embers of apathy.

Today let’s consider the strength of a leader’s spirit.

When God asked Joshua to lead the children of Israel into the land of Canaan, He
spoke these words, “Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land” (Joshua 1:6). Again in verse 9 he says to Joshua, “Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified. Do not be discouraged.”

The strength that God demanded of Joshua was not a physical strength. It was the strength of resolve. The strength of resolve must come from within the spirit of a man. It is a strength that enables him to focus his thoughts, emotions and desires on one thing regardless of all that is occurring around him. It is a strength that enables him to take whatever actions are necessary to accomplish that one thing. I believe it is the strength that is also demanded of us in Ephesians 6:10, “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.”

It has been said that it is internal rather than external forces that cause the failure of most leaders. Strength of spirit will enable us to overcome these internal forces. In fact, in verse nine of Joshua 1 God addresses two of those: fear and discouragement. I believe these two most often hinder a leader from pursuing that about which they are most passionate.

Strengthen your spirit man through–
o Memorization and meditation on verses of Scripture that relate to strength,
and overcoming fear and discouragement.
o Putting on the full armor of God every day. Read and act on Ephesians 6:10-18, II Corinthians 10:3-5.
o Continually asking God to teach you to be a warrior. Read II Samuel 22:33-43, Psalm 18:32-36. As you read these verses pay close attention to those things God repeats.

“With God, you are stronger than your struggles and more fierce than your fears. God provides comfort and strength to those who trust in Him. Be encouraged, keep standing, and know that everything’s going to be alright.”
― Germany Kent

Author: Kathryn H. Creasy: Executive Director of Leadership Development and Discipleship

 

 

 

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