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Trains of Thought: LEADERSHIP

If you are a political ideologue, this post is NOT for you. But for those of us who are looking around at the circus of discussions taking place and wondering, How did we get to this place? This post is for you.

I believe that America (not just the world) is suffering from LDD – Leadership Deficit Disorder.

Solution #1: Those who love Jesus, not just profess him, but actually love and serve him, must understand that this calls for an all-out prayer war.

Solution #2: We need a massive redefinition of leadership. One of the reasons that our founding fathers were such great leaders was the fact that, for the most part, they were real followers. Most of the founding fathers believed and followed Jesus. The leaders that we are called to follow and support, according to the New Testament, must be followers of Jesus.

Paul writes, Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ. 1 Cor 11:1 KJV

The new media culture has redefined what it means to be a leader and a follower. But the New Testament already has instructed us on this matter:

1 Corinthians 4:16 Therefore I urge you to imitate me.

Philippians 3:17 Join one another in following my example, brothers, and carefully observe those who live according to the pattern we set for you.

1 Thessalonians 1:6 And you became imitators of us and of the Lord when you welcomed the message with the joy of the Holy Spirit, in spite of your great suffering.

There is no question about it: Jesus was and is a great example of a leader. But Jesus never had a blog. He never wrote a book, (even though he is the Word). He never set up an organizational structure with job descriptions. He didn’t create a logo. He refused to set up a school of training outside of the School of the Holy Spirit. I don’t think that he would ever appear on the Tonight Show, the Today Show, The View or even The Factor.

Look at his description in Isaiah 53:2-4:

2 He grew up before him like a tender shoot, and like a root out of dry ground.
He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him. 3 He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain. Like one from whom people hide their faces he was despised, and we held him in low esteem.

But in spite of this, Jesus is the greatest leader who ever lived, raising up billions of followers who continue even two thousand years after his death.

So let’s look at the present model of leadership training: they look to make you smarter, more follow-worthy, visible, attractive, and charismatic.

But leadership isn’t spelled with a “you.”

Here are some of the qualities of a leader:

  • Integrity
  • Humility
  • Ability
  • Mission-Centric Vision
  • Conversations that are Vision-Mission-Worthy
  • Frustration and intolerance for things not Vision-Worthy
  • An incredible capacity to give birth to new leaders

Some of these qualities cannot be taught; they can only be modeled.

We are a culture that has become quite facile in speaking out of both sides of our mouths.

One of the leaders that I know who was on the New York Stock Exchange is also a man who has been sober for over three decades. Yet, in spite of his acknowledged weakness in the area of alcohol, he was sought out for advice by hundreds of individuals for his wisdom.

What he learned through his weakness was a form of power that would sustain him, and others, through the storms of life.

Could it be that God permits our weaknesses because it is through our weakness that we discover his grace and power? Well this obviously was the way St. Paul saw it.

2 Cor 12:9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

A Turning Point
Repentance is winter stationno longer a cultural value; as a matter of fact, an individual is prosecuted if they do acknowledge their wrong, and disqualified as someone worth following. Thus we engender a cover-up culture, from make-up to crime.

Our culture is dominated by the “smartest person in the room” pathology. We are prone to worship and follow (yes, when you follow someone, it is an extension of worship) those individuals who are strategic, innovators, change-agents and talented, not to mention beautiful and cool.

When was the last time you heard a leader described as being meek? Yet two of the greatest leaders in scripture are referred to as being meek: Moses and Jesus. Maybe that is why there is such a void of the presence of God?

James writes:
But He gives more grace. Therefore He says: “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Lament and mourn and weep! Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.

I believe that God has a remnant of leaders he is training.

You can identify them as the people who say, “Thank you.”
The people who say, “You are right, I was wrong.”
The people who give before they are asked.
The people who are not disturbed by traffic.
They hold doors, they listen more than they speak.
Don’t spend more than they make.
Don’t promise what they can’t deliver.
Don’t hide their weaknesses, but acknowledge them.

The new leaders are going before us, to show us how Jesus did it.



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Quality of Life, Quality of Victory

What does it mean to enjoy a blessed lifestyle? In many cases, for those of us in America, this gets

translated into a standard of living and the number of things that you have. Your car. Your house. Your

clothes. Your club. Your town.

But I think that the Apostle Peter, after Pentecost, gives us a true example of this: “And a man who was

lame from birth was being carried to the temple gate called Beautiful, where he was put every day to beg

from those entering the temple courts. 3 When he saw Peter and John about to enter the temple, he asked

them for money. 4 Peter looked directly at him, as did John. “Look at us!” said Peter. So the man gave them

his attention, expecting to receive something from them. 5 But Peter said, ‘Silver and gold have I none;

but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, Rise up and walk!’” Acts 3:2-6

Two things are really cool: Peter tells the man to do two things, first, to look at Peter and second, Rise

and Walk. Two big Aha’s: when people look at us, do they get a glimpse of Jesus? When people listen to us,

are they lifted up by Jesus?

Peter’s example points to the important issue: it isn’t the things that you have, it is the victory that

you demonstrate that translates into the quality of life.

The quality of life is proportional to the quality of victory.

I think Jesus is trying to show us a couple things: being blessed isn’t based upon your inventory of

‘stuff’ at the time, but your position. What I mean by position is your spiritual position. Not even your

emotional, physical or intellectual state. Psalm 91:1 states. “He that dwelleth in the secret place of the

most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.”

By Acknowledging God, it keeps us ‘put.’ Yes, even fashionable.

I use that word not in the sense of New York Fashion, but from a biblical point of view.

Here is the question: Are you fashionable? Are you spiritually agile and resilient to recognize and respond

to the Holy Spirit, to the Word and with the heart of adventure? Or are you stuck in rituals, not


I intentionally avoided saying ‘the heart of love’ – because embedded into love is adventure. When people

fall out of love, they fall out of adventure. Allow me to remind all of us – love, ultimately – is a grand

adventure – in which we join another in the discovery of each other and of life life!

Look at Jesus when he confronted the Ephesian Church in Revelation 2:4, “But I have this against you, that

you have left your first love.”

When Jesus gives them this word of correction saying that they had lost their first love, He wasn’t saying

they didn’t love Him, but it stopped being an adventure.

When love stops being an adventure, it stops being love.



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Acknowledging God Through the Noise

This summer the news ‘buzz’ is about the Zika virus threat. There have been thousands of stories and reports on the issue. To date: as of August 10, 2016, there have been a total of 6 confirmed cases in which the virus was contracted in the U.S.

If we were to be objective about it, the bigger ‘buzz’ is the 24-hour news cycle that attempts to keep us riveted to the media platform of choice: TV, radio, Sirius, Facebook, Twitter, and the 1,200 other cable channels out there.

We consume what amounts to reading 7 daily newspapers – cover to cover – every single day. It is amazing we get any real work done.

Decibels and Data
Compounded by the news cycles, which began with the evening news, which then gave birth to the Morning News (Good Morning America launched in 1975 – preceded by the Today Show), then spawned the cable news concept of 24-hour Breaking News, which transforms a snowstorm into an imminent apocalypse.

Allow me to go off the reservation on this: I think all this ‘information’ is sucking the spiritual life out of us. Are we better off because of Facebook? Twitter? Snap Chat? I believe that this is actually a spiritual plague of diabolic information, which seeks to crowd out the voice of the Lord.

Jesus said, “My sheep hear my voice, and the stranger’s voice they will not follow.” Going all the way back to Genesis 4, look at what the serpent told Eve: there was information that God was holding back on her. And ever since she bit off that piece of apple, she opened up the floodgates of information that has grown out of control.

The voice of the Shepherd is not a loud voice. Going back to Elijah the prophet in 1 Kings 19:11-3:

1 Kings 19:11-13 King James Version (KJV)
And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the Lord. And, behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the Lord; but the Lord was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the Lord was not in the earthquake:
12 And after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.
13 And it was so, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle, and went out, and stood in the entering in of the cave. And, behold, there came a voice unto him, and said, What doest thou here, Elijah?

Elijah was a prophet, and yet in this passage he too needed to be reminded about the Still Small Voice.

The Psalmist writes in Psalm 46:10 Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.

Stillness comes when we are willing to stop and allow God to start. Acknowledge God. Give Him the room He needs to work.



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The CANNOTS of Scripture

The concept of God invading the impossible is quite common. What I found to be a contrast is the concept of CANNOT.

So much of scripture is filled with the “can’s of God’ that the idea of CANNOT really arrested my attention.

What God Can't Do

What God Can’t Do

Here are 11 of them:

 We cannot serve God & mammon Mat 6.24
 We cannot see the kingdom of God without the second birth John 3.3
 Cannot enter the kingdom of God without the second birth John 3.5
 World cannot receive the HS John 14.7
 We cannot bear fruit unless you abide John 15.4
 We cannot please God in the flesh Rom 8.8
 Flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God 1 Corinthians 15.50
 God cannot deny himself 2 Timothy 2.12
 God cannot lie Titus 1.2
 God cannot be tempted w/evil James 1.13
 God cannot change Mal 3:6
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Faith Takes on Fear & Failure

In a recent audio, I listened to Sarah Blakley, the creator of Spanx.
Her journey is very interesting. She didn’t have a silver spoon thrust into her mouth. Most of what she learned about success began with how she was able to redefine the meaning of failure.
She also learned a great deal about resilience as a cold-caller selling fax machines.
Before becoming the youngest self-made woman billionaire, she learned some valuable lessons that we could all probably learn from:
  • We all begin life with some sort of disadvantage.
  • There is no such thing as a start. 99% of the time it is usually start and stop, start and stop, start, start, start and then go.
  • To be successful, it will require a process of cold calling. Cold calling teaches you not to take No for an answer.
  • Our mistakes have the power to make us memorable and teachable. When you learn this lesson, the mistake becomes a memorial to our success.
  • Learn to get your foot in the door. (Practically and Spiritually)
  • Reject the fear of rejection.
  • Sarah learned not to accept No after hearing it for 2 years trying to sell fax machines.
  • True failure is refusal to try.
  • Keep your mind focused on your objective.
  • When you lose focus, you become susceptible to average.

When we are willing to live a courageous life, an Acknowledged Life, there is some risk. But when we take risk at the suggestion of what God wants, risk precedes promotion.

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Prospering in Winter

“As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease.” Genesis 8:22

As is seen in the scripture above, winter is clearly part of God’s plan (don’t tell a Floridian this…LOL).

So if the Lord established winter as a season, it would be incumbent upon us to understand its purpose.

Here are some thoughts about the role of winter in a person’s spiritual development:

In the winter season you can clearly see all the dead things that surround you because the foliage isn’t there to obscure them.

During the winter season, it is more important than ever to maintain your heating system, that means fuel your spiritual fire and passions, otherwise the fire will go out.

The way we fuel our passions is through relationships, through communication and through worship.

During the winter season, it is very important that you maintain your eating and nutritional supplements:
■ Vitamin D which is Sonlight Vitamin
■ Vitamin B which is your Energy Vitaminwinter station
■ Vitamin C which is your Community Vitamin

Other tips to prospering during the winter season are:
■ Moisturizers, since our outer skin actually can get quite cracked and dried out
■ Lip balm, because lips get chapped – so watch your words because it says in Proverbs 13 vs 2-3 about the words of one’s mouth
■ Stay active, get out, avoid burrowing inside
■ Spiritual agility, keep up your spiritual disciplines and keep stretching spiritually


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How Worship Releases Spiritual Authority

I was thinking about one of the great spiritual battles in the New Testament, which was when “Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led around by the Spirit in the wilderness.” Luke 4:1

If you notice that Jesus wasn’t just brought into the wilderness, but the NASB describes this experience as “led around by the Spirit.”

Have you ever felt like you were “led around“?

If you haven’t, I will admit that I have; more than once.

But I was reminded of this passage in scripture and some of the aspects of the engagement.

Luke 4:5-8 And he led Him up and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. And the devil said to Him, “I will give You all this domain and its glory; for it has been handed over to me, and I give it to whomever I wish. Therefore if You worship before me, it shall all be Yours.” Jesus answered him, “It is written, ‘YOU SHALL WORSHIP THE LORD YOUR GOD AND SERVE HIM ONLY.’”

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Prayer BARCS

Begin with GODJesus is called The Door

Acknowledge God: In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Pr 3:6

“Lord, I, [name], acknowledge, and recognize into all of my ways today, and you promise to direct my paths. Thank you.”

Remember His Promises: For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us. 1 Cor 1:20

Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God. 2 Cor 7:1

Confession: For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me.

Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.

Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Ps 51:3,7. 10

Specific requests: Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asks receives; and he that seeks finds; and to him that knocks it shall be opened. Mat 7:7-8

If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that gives to all men liberally, without criticizing; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavers is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. James 1:5-7

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Nehemiah’s Walls: Fighting Against Familiarity

The first fight Nehemiah had to fight was the fight against spiritual mediocrity. Spiritual mediocrity accepts what we
are and who we are rather than pressing into the high call of God. They say if you want to boil a frog, do it slowly so they don’t notice that they are being cooked.Our culture has an effect of boiling the Church, so that we no longer discern the boundaries, and in the effort of cobbling together some sort of coalition of unity, we lower the bar of God’s Kingdom.

Exposure to a condition either positive or negative often causes us to be unaware of dangers or solutions.

Probably the first thing that anyone has to do when praying into an impossible situation is overcome the condition called familiarity.

Familiarity obscures what you have and also where you are and what you have at your disposal.

Fervency removes the veil of familiarity. The quickest way to pray with fervency is to tap into the fear of the Lord.

And secondly, another effect of familiarity is to hide our assets from us. Our greatest asset is access to the throne of God.

Whatever becomes too familiar to us ends up losing its original value. And as you can see that can relate to God in terms of familiarity of him causes us to lose our fear of him. Whatever you are too familiar with you no longer see.

Thirdly, one of the effects of sin is familiarity. That is why familiarity appears to be a form of pride.

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Wisdom’s Blueprint for Perilous Times

The word ‘perilous’ only occurs once in the New Testament, and never in the Old Testament.

The meaning of the word perilous means: hard to do, to take, to approach, hard to bear, troublesome, dangerous, harsh, fierce, savage.

OK, so now that we know that we are talking about 2015, what should we do specifically?

I believe that Psalm 51:6 covers not just the theme of repentance but a template for living in the Holy Spirit.

Within Psalm 51 are such critical areas such as:

  • Restoration of the Joy of Salvation
  • Knowing Wisdom in the inner places
  • The freeing power of God’s Spirit
  • Sacrifices of God

I did a search for the use of the word “wisdom” and discovered that its use is closely attached to purposes of crafting or putting together such things as priestly vestments and the design of the tabernacle. It also is used to describe Solomon’s ability to judge the conflicts as they involve people.

So wisdom is associated with a specific skill or ability to know how to or what to build, craft or design. It is not an ethereal or theoretical knowledge of a topic. Wisdom always is attached to an effectiveness to produce a result as well as a distinguishing quality that separates an individual from other people by virtue of God’s use of their lives and actions.

Wisdom reflects the individual access to and evidence of a divine source of design and sovereign participation.

Wisdom is often a supernatural insight. When given we should always be ready to ask Him, “Lord, how should this be applied to my life or life situation?”

So briefly stated, when given a promise, we should be intentional about abiding in Christ, having Him establish, anoint and seal us and expect a foretaste of the total promise given.

It is during such times that are described as perilous, that wisdom, not just intellect, but wisdom from above will play a critical role in our day to day life.

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