“HOW CHARACTER SUSTAINS LEADERS!”

By Dr. John C. Maxwell
Read Joshua 1
 
“In the last two issues of Leadership Wired, I presented two mistakes that I made as a young leader:
1. I thought that leaders distinguished themselves by rising above their people.
2. I thought as a leader, the people should be focused on my agenda.
 
A third mistake that I made as a young leader was that I used to think that charisma was the most important aspect of leadership. In the beginning, I focused on charisma because I know that leadership attracts, and leadership influences people. Therefore, I thought, “Well, if I’m going to influence people I’ve got to develop charisma in my life.” I’ve been around enough boring leaders to say that is a desire that most of us should have!
 
What I learned is that character is the most important aspect of leadership, not charisma. Charisma attracts, but character sustains. In fact, I think charisma, in the area of leadership, is overrated.
 
Character embodies who you really are. It’s the inner fiber of your being. It is your inner self in action. It reveals what you are truly made of, it’s your substance. Character is, as D.L. Moody said, “What you are in the dark.”
 
If you have charisma without character, it’s only a matter of time before people find you out. Without character you cannot sustain meaningful relationships, and without relationships your ability to lead and influence others is anemic.
 
So what is it about character that really makes a difference?
 
CONTINUED TOMORROW!

“HOW DOES GOD DO ALL HE DOES?” PART 2.

Matthew 4:4-7, “But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple, And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone. Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.”

Luke 4:32, “And they were astonished at his doctrine: for his word was with power.”

2 Thessalonians 2:8,“And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:”

Revelation 19:13, “And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.”

John 7:46, “The officers answered, Never man spake like this man.”

Hebrews 4:12, “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”

Isaiah 55:7, “Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.”

Jeremiah 1:2, “To whom the word of the LORD came in the days of Josiah the son of Amon king of Judah, in the thirteenth year of his reign.”

Here we have it right in our hands. We might even build a church with it if we will believe and apply it.

It is not methods, but memorize.    No wonder the devil gave us the NIV. What would you do? Read Psalm 119:1-11.

The song writer had it right, “Sing them over again to me wonderful words of life. Let me more of their beauty see, wonderful words of life..”

Let the Word of God be your pastor and your guide. How did God do all He did? BY HIS BOOK!

“HOW DID I GET IN THIS STORM?” CONCLUSION!

God is always there even in our self-made storms.
 
Acts 27:9-20.
 
I. THE STORMS WE CAUSE.
 
II. THE STORMS GOD CAUSES.
 
III. THE STORMS OTHERS CAUSE.
 
So, how do we handle these storms:
 
Remember, there is deliverance: verse 21.
 
HOW? Listen to God and His man.
 
Have a good attitude – spirit verse 22.
 
You cannot get the cargo back – so be of good cheer. In other words, rejoice over what you have left, mainly your life.
 
Rely on His presence verses 23-25.
 
Simply have faith and believe God verse 44.
 
Don’t discard the precious cargo.

“HOW DID I GET IN THIS STORM?”

Acts 27:9-20
 
I believe there are basically three kinds of storms:
 
1. Storms we cause.
2. Those that God causes.
3. Those caused by others.
 
I. THE ONES WE CAUSE.
 
Three reasons:
 
A. We take the wrong advice from so-called experts.
B. We need to get advice from God and His man verse 1.
Often we listen to the majority.. “let’s sail” verse 12.
C. We base it on our circumstances verse 13.
 
In doing this we make three tragic mistakes: verse 15
 
1. We begin to drift verses 13-17.
 
2. We begin to discard our cargo verses 18-19.
 
We drop our God-given responsibilities, we let up on our marriage, church, soul-winning, bus route, Sunday school class, etc.
We have to keep all our precious cargo.
 
3. We begin to get discouraged.
 
When you throw all overboard then comes despair, etc.
You lose all hope, and say; “what’s the use.”
And then you begin to compare yourself to others.
 
When you get so discouraged, that you cannot go on; remember: God is always there even in our self-made storms.
 
CONTINUED TOMORROW!

“HOW CAN WE ANGER GOD?”

Hebrews 10:26-31
 
Yesterday we said, I. WHEN WE DISRESPECT THE PURITY OF GOD, VERSE 29.
 
II. WHEN WE DISREGARD THE PRICE OF GOD’S SACRIFICE VERSES 26, 29.
 
When we treat the blood of Christ as ordinary. The blood of Christ is not ordinary. Isaiah 52:14, “As many were astonied at thee; his visage was so marred more than any man, and his form more than the sons of men:”
 
He did not look human because of all the suffering. “We hid as it were our faces from Him.” The crowd said, “Crucify Him, and crucify Him.”
 
Pilate found no fault in Him in John 19:1, “Then Pilate took him and scourged Him…soldiers platted a crown of thorns and put it on His head.”
 
Today people want a religion of convenience and not conviction; of self indulgence and not sacrifice; of experience and entertainment in place of obedience and obligation.
 
III. WHEN WE DESPISE THE PLEADING OF GOD’S SPIRIT VERSE 29.
 
Psalm 14:1, “The fool hath said there is no God.” Notice “there is” is in italics. In other words, he is saying, “The fool – no God.”
 
We say no to God in church more than any other place. Think about that for a moment! God draws a line when we reject His Word and the closer we get to the line the greater the danger of judgment.
 
Our attitude toward sin ought always to be “no.” Don’t cross that line and don’t make God angry at your sin. Don’t be guilty of willful rebellion.

“HOW CAN WE ANGER GOD?”

Hebrews 10:26-31

Certainly we can all point to things like abortion and killing new born babies as being a matter of choice, but it made me wonder, does God ever get mad? How can we anger God?

Think about the fact that we seem to be at war in the world of political issues at the moment and are seeing a lot of anger against toward our President and his plans.

We cannot begin to compare God’s anger with man’s carnal anger and madness. I do believe there are at least THREE CASES IN THIS TEXT where we can anger God.

I. WHEN WE DISRESPECT THE PURITY OF GOD, VERSE 29.

Jesus is without spot or blemish as He was two thousand years ago He still is today. Thank God He still Judges sin. Read Ezekiel 7:1-9.

Proverbs 23:29, “Who hath woe? who hath sorrow? who hath contentions? who hath babbling? who hath wounds without cause? who hath redness of eyes?”

The world teaches sin but don’t get caught, safe sex, drink but don’t drive, etc. Sin makes God angry!

TOMORROW POINT # 2 & 3.

“HOW CAN THE BIBLE HELP OUR WALK WITH GOD?” PART 3.

Read Psalm 119:89-112.
 
We must be as earnest for the grace of God in us as for the favor of God towards us.
 
V. IT ENCOURAGES US IN AFFLICTION VERSES 107.
 
Our greatest need in times of trouble is a closer walk with God, because our afflictions will be a gain to us if they are sanctified and given to make us better.
 
We have a promise that it will be so, because the David said, “according unto thy word.” Our service of the Lord does not screen us from trial, but rather secures us in it.
 
VI. IT KEEPS US IN GOD’S TRUTH VERSES 110.
 
The wicked have laid a snare for me. Spurgeon said, our spiritual life is the scene of constant danger: the believer lives with his life in his hand, and meanwhile all seem plotting to take it from him, by cunning if they cannot by violence. We shall not find it an easy thing to live the life of the faithful. Wicked spirits and wicked men will leave no stone unturned for our destruction. If all other devices fail, and even hidden pits do not succeed, the wicked still persevere in their treacherous endeavours, and, becoming craftier still, they set snares for the victim of their hate.
 
VII. IT GIVES US REJOICING OF HEART VERSES 111.
 
One cannot realize the importance of the Word of God in this life outside of a faithful daily walk with God.