Leadership in Context Episode 173 Show Notes
Laws of Leadership, pt2
Leadership in Context with Keith Tucci
1. The Law of Self-Investment
2. The Law of Faith
Leadership means moving things and moving people past obstacles. You have to have faith because you are guaranteed to encounter problems. In Scripture and in history, we celebrate people who overcome problems and rise above circumstances. God empowers us to have a spirit of faith and see the answer, even though the problem is jumping up and down and waving its hands.
Good leaders solve problems. Great leaders identify the problems. If you are not a person of faith, you will hide from problems and live in denial.
Problems are opportunities dressed up as distractions. Most problems, for most people in ministry, are distractions that are designed to take our eyes off the plan that God has given us. That doesn’t mean we don’t have to deal with them. We just cannot allow problems to be lord. The enemy is constantly vying for anything to replace that lordship. For most believers, it won’t be evil or wickedness or sin; it will be allowing something else (a problem or a circumstance) to dictate our next step or decision.
The word “pro” in the English language is an actionizer—procure, proceed, procreate. “Pro” means to go before. It’s a causation. Look at the word “problem”—pro + blame. When you are problem-oriented, you are pro-blaming. You are preparing to blame something or someone on why you can’t do what God wants you to do. It’s faith in reverse.
We have to take pro-blames and turn them into PROphetic decisions and not get distracted, but keep moving on with God.
One of the greatest laws of leadership is to be filled with faith, not just ideas. There is a generation of leaders filled with amazing ideas, but if you take an idea and don’t mix it with faith, that idea is dead on arrival. There are many great ideas that are laying on the cutting room floor because they were not mixed with faith.
The law of faith within a leader is the ability to latch onto and see God’s desired outcome greater than the problem or circumstance that is trying to interfere.
So they set up the altar on its foundation, for they were terrified because of the peoples of the lands; and they offered burnt offerings on it to the Lord, burnt offerings morning and evening.
Faith and fear are opposite, but they work very much alike. Fear is believing what the circumstances say is going to come to pass. Faith is believing what God has said is going to come to pass. In Ezra 3, they were facing a legitimate problem and were fearful, but they decided to make an offering to the Lord. Later they celebrated with a feast, praising God as their provider and source.
We all have gift limitations. We all have certain gifts that we wish we had. The greatest effective leaders aren’t necessarily the ones who have all these great gifts, but ones who operate in a spirit of faith. That spirit of faith will cause people to want to follow you.
Without faith it is impossible to please God. You can live right and do all kinds of righteous things, but if it doesn’t require faith, then ultimately it will not please God. Faith is a fragrance to God.
Start looking at problems for what they are—opportunities dressed up as distractions to get our mind, our vision, and our heart off the prize that God has called us to. The destination does not change. We might have to pause and change a flat tire, but where we are going doesn’t change.
If you want to move people, impact people, change things, then invest in the Word of God in your heart and your life and let it stir you up in faith. Use and flow in the law of faith.
Join us next week as Keith Tucci continues to put leadership truth in the context of the local church. And as always, please like, share, rate/review, and invite others to listen. See you next week!