In Random Thoughts Part 1, I gave 10 Spiritual Lessons for Leaders. Here are 11 more spiritual lessons for leaders. Please read on for more thoughts, leader to leader.
1.“The wind of anger blows out the lamp of intelligence.” –Unknown Author (Proverbs 29:11, A fool gives full vent to his anger, but a wise man holds it in check.) Boy, do I need this one!
2. John 14:1: Don’t let this throw you, You trust God, don’t you? Trust me. (The Message) Where am I letting a situation throw me?
3. In seeking humility in relationships: 1 Peter 5:6-7 (Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, so that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, because He cares about you.) and Romans 12:9-10 (Love must be without hypocrisy. Detest evil; cling to what is good. Show family affection to one another with brotherly love. Outdo one another in showing honor.)
4. “Everything that is not of You, take it away.” (from a song I heard) Weed out those things that are not of You.
5. Prayer from Brennan Manning, Ruthless Trust: Abba, I surrender my will and my life to You today without reservation and with humble confidence for You are my loving Father. Set me free from self-consciousness, from anxiety about tomorrow, and from the tyranny of approval and disapproval of others, that I may find joy and delight simply and solely in pleasing You. May my inner freedom be a compelling sign of Your presence, Your peace, Your power, and Your love? Let Your plan for my life and the lives of all Your children gracefully unfold one day at a time. I love You with all of my heart, and I place all my confidence in You, for You are my Abba!”
6. Jeremiah 32: 17 and 27—Ah, Lord God! You Yourself made the heavens and earth by Your great power and with Your outstretched arm. Nothing is too difficult for You! …“Look, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh. Is anything too difficult for Me? The answer is NO by the way!
7. Prayer (Author Unknown): “According to Philippians 4:19 I believe that You will meet all of my needs according to Your glorious riches in Christ Jesus. Lord, thank You that You are a shield around me. You are my glory and the lifter of my head (Psalm 3:3). As I journey, Lord, please reveal Your love for me that according to Ephesians 3:17-20, surpasses knowledge and fills life with Your fullness. Thank You for being able to do immeasurably more than I can ask. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.”
8. “One of the marks of spiritual maturity is the quiet confidence that God is in control-without the need to understand why He does what He does.” –Author Unknown (Job 42:2, I know that You can do anything and no plan of Yours can be thwarted.) I do not need to figure it all out, Lord, that’s Your job.
9. “When God commands us to do something we do not need to understand His directive, we need to understand His authority.” –T. W. Hunt Ouch!
10. Jeremiah 20:9¸ If I say I won’t mention Him or speak any more in His name¸ His message is like a fire in my heart, shut up in my bones. I become tired of holding it in, and I cannot prevail. My prayer is that I will be so full of Him, that I cannot hold it in!
11. From Jonah by Priscilla Shirer:
Insignificant Person + Insignificant Task = Interruption
Significant Person + Significant Task = Divine Intervention
Divine Intervention + Yielded Submission = Eternal Significance
Behavioral Change – Heart Change = Temporary Change
Heart Change + Behavioral Change = Permanent Change
Do I get impatient with interruptions that are really God’s divine interventions?
Whispers of Hope, Beth Moore
Journey (devotional magazine for women)