All leadership is realization. One thought can change things forever. They say the biggest leaders are always the biggest servers. The first step to leadership is learning how to lead your own thoughts captive first. If you are taking care of yourself then you are able-bodied and able-minded enough to give out of your abundance.
2 Corinthians 10:5; Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.
This starts with thinking about what you are thinking about. What is going on in those thoughts? Are you using the Word to fight off doubt, self-loathing, worry and fear? What about when you don’t feel worthy? These are all tricks. The Word demystifies them all. If God’s Word says that it’s available to bring captive every thought, then it has to be available. This is a goal to strive for. The best way to increase your believing and thinking of the Word is to expose yourself to it.
That’s the next step to leadership.
Romans 10:17; So then faith [cometh] by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
You have to build your believing by hearing the Word. There are several links here and here of places I know of to hear some rightly divided teachings. Think of it this way. You are investing in your learning, in your growth. There is nothing more valuable as far as I’m concerned because once you’ve grown then you can give it to those around you. You’re understanding makes you bold, loving, faith-filled.
Paul and his band of brothers Silvanus and Timotheus were these kind of leaders. They had a tight fellowship together.
1 Thessalonians 1: 1-2; Paul, and Silvanus, and Timotheus, unto the church of the Thessalonians [which is] in God the Father and [in] the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace [be] unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ. We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers.
This leads me to my third point on leadership. Leaders give thanks together and pray together. Paul is here working with these two men for God. They were working with him for God. Each to God’s glory and praise.
Okay, I need to admit something you may already know. I’m a Word girl. I love God’s word. I’ve come up shy on expertise in shoes, fashion, hair, skin, or nails. But what do you think? Wouldn’t you rather we talk about the Word? I could–like so many others–talk about those things and be well…lousy at it. Or I could write about this. This blog bleeds out love for you, and for what you can learn from the Word like I’ve learned. I want you to see the amazing heart of love that lifted me out of misery when I needed it most. So tell me…
What do you think?
- 1st Thessalonians Here We Come (supportinggodlywomen.wordpress.com)