The Leadership Conundrum

First Thoughts.

I have just written a book titled 18 Laws of Leadership. It is a synthesis of my life gleanings and what I have seen as fundamentals based on the word of God.

I fully believe leadership is an art and a science and it can be taught and learnt!

Learning the art of leadership by adopting time tested, divinely crafted principles for enduring and impact leadership.

History seems to have an unusual, if not uncanny tilt towards individuals who rise and make a distinction in their time and season. All history is somewhat linked to His story. As my brother and friend, Femi Odugbemi, stated so eloquently, “It is important to make the case for how the arc of human history has bent always to the strength of an individual’s leadership qualities or lack of it.” Adam failed to lead, and humanity lost the garden of Eden. Jesus rose to the call of leadership and humanity was restored to God and His Kingdom. Maxwell popularly stated everything rises and falls on leadership. It can be argued that leaders are born and not made, but evidence suggests the opposite. There is a leader in every one of us and leadership or the act of leading can be acquired and learnt. It is not so much a gift as a craft. It appears that the elements that make great leaders are quite consistent, and most are not charisma driven, but character laden. So, leadership is character on public and private display.

If you were to track the history of the world and the ages, you will find that the dots are all connected to individuals who rose up to make a distinction in their time – whether it was in the sciences, the arts, culture, sports, statesmanship, business, technology, sociology or even politics. History’s epochs are punctuated by human beings that did something noteworthy.

Perhaps the greatest evidence to this is the way we trace time. The Gregorian calendar is captured in BC and AD. BC simply means before Christ and AD simply means after His death and resurrection. Time and history have thus been traced and determined ultimately by the greatest leader there ever was and will ever be – Jesus Christ of Nazareth.

The world is waiting for you! Creation yearns for you! Someone needs you!

Rise up and lead.

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The Leadership Conundrum – How to make an Impact in Life!

I just wrote another book. This time, my subject is leadership. I am convinced leadership is a set of skills, attitudes and character. All I am convinced can be learned and thus acquired. In this book I have captured 18 Laws of Leadership! They are my summary of what I think makes great leaders, based on my study of the book of Joshua.

This is a special invitation to you. Please join the great conversation on the Leadership Conundrum – Is leadership a natural ability, reserved for a chosen few or can leadership be learnt? What is leadership? What qualities mark great leaders? Do you want to learn how to make an impact in life? Then join this great conversation and learn from accomplished leaders in their fields. Also, join me as I launch my book, 18 Laws of Leadership .Zoom Attendance is free but Registration is compulsory!!

This special seminar featuring some of authentic and accomplished leaders, selected from very diverse fields, will help us understand more deeply the Leadership conundrum and evolve in our leadership better prepared.

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Stand Up: Speak Up: Step Out: Stand Out

Consecration – The Road to Growth – Part 2

Key Passage: Matthew 19: 16-30

Key Text: Matthew 19: 22 – “When the young man heard this he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions”

God does not always have to tell you what He has in mind when He instructs you to do something. God expects you to know that He is good and He has only good plans, even if His request seems a little odd or difficult.

Just think about this simple analogy. A father was in the garden with two of his sons, suddenly he tells one of his sons to remain still or just stay where you are, and to the other he says “run into the room and get me the big cane”. The brother arrives with the cane and the father says to the other son keep still and lifts up his cane and brings it down heavily just a few inches away from the boy’s head. The boy looks surprised, then looking behind him he sees that his father has just killed a big snake hanging from the tree above the boy’s head. In this little story (all made up of course), you can just see how we need to trust God, even when we don’t seem to know why or what He is doing. Babie Mason said, “if you can’t trace His hand, trust His Heart!”

In our passage today we read of the rich young ruler who wanted to be perfect. Jesus simply told him to go and obey the commandments. The young man said he has been doing all these since he was a child. Jesus then threw him the consecration challenge. “You lack one thing: go, sell all that you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” The bible tells us the young man went away sorrowful because he had great possessions. Honestly, the request the Lord made on the surface looks really severe and extreme and I don’t know many people today who would gladly do that. But if you are walking with a knowledge of God and His goodness; If you know that God will never owe you anything; If you understand that what you give up can never compare to what He has in store for you, then it becomes easier to consecrate and obey.

Bible expositors have told us that it is possible that Jesus was looking to use this young man to replace Judas Iscariot. Judas was the treasurer. So it makes sense. But let’s stretch this a bit further. If he became one of the Apostles of the Lamb; One of the twelve. He would have an eternal throne in heaven with the other eleven. Here he is a temporal ruler, there he would have a ruler-ship that will never end. I really don’t know of any greater position any human being can ever attain, that can be higher that those 24 thrones before the Lord. What an honour. What a reward!

Let me reiterate, consecration is the pathway to growth in the Kingdom of God. In the amplified bible version the case is stated so clearly by the Lord Jesus Himself. ‘Jesus answered him, “If you would be perfect [that is, have that spiritual maturity which accompanies self- sacrificing character], go and sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have riches in heaven; and come, be My disciple [side with My party and follow Me’”

What is your consecration test? Will you pass it? Will you go higher with the Lord? Will you consider the eternal significance of your temporal decision?

Let us pray – Father God, you word says it is you that works in us both to will and do your good pleasure. Father give us a willing heart. Give me a broken and contrite heart so I can really do your will and grow in my walk with you. Lord have mercy on me and help me. In Jesus name I pray. Amen

Consecration before Coronation

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Key Passage: Romans 12:1-2

Key TextRomans 12:1 – “…present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.”

I first wrote this eight year ago and I am being impressed upon to republish the series.

Before kings and queens are crowned, they go through a time of preparation and consecration. The process is quite elaborate and intense, so the king is really prepared to carry the responsibilities of royalty. So also, it is obvious that before the priests in the Old Testament were installed and commissioned, God gave specific instructions on how they are to be prepared and consecrated. If you read the book Exodus and Leviticus you would find many references to the consecration of Aaron and his sons into the priestly ministry. It involves washing, purifying, purging and anointing. So also are the vessels to be used in the temple or tabernacle, the pans, pots, shovels etc all need to be consecrated and prepared. These acts are not to be ignored or trivialised in these days, because we are New Testament believers. Consecration is still a prerequisite for power and service. If God is to anoint one for His purpose, there will be a time of consecration and preparation.

The act of consecration is being lost today. Most people don’t recognise the need to be set apart for God’s holy purpose and will. But let us understand, that God uses consecrated people and if your desire is for God to use you then please understand that you must consecrate yourself to Him.

Let us look at another biblical story to let you know the power of consecration. Esther and the virgins had to go through a whole year of consecration before they were brought before the king for just one night. They were purged with myrrh for six months and beautified for another six months with perfumes. This elaborate process for just one night with the king! So imagine what it means to appear before God.

In the New Testament, we see that when Jesus called Peter, James and John, he challenged them to come and follow him and he would make them fishers of men. They left their boats and nets and followed him. This is a type of consecration, in that they set themselves apart for the service of God.

Today, Jesus has shed his blood for our cleansing. He has paid the price for us to appear before the King. He has made it possible for us to be separate and serve Him. But we still have to respond to the call and separate ourselves to him. We are washed by His word and cleansed by His blood, so whenever we hear the word of God and it convicts us, we are expected to react and amend our ways. The blood is applied by faith to cleanse us from our sins.

Jesus said in Luke 14: 26-27 – “If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple. 27 Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple.” And verse 33 says “So therefore, any one of you who does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple.”

Following Jesus requires a clear understanding that our lives are no longer ours and He has the right to use the way He chooses. So only a consecrated person can be truly anointed by Him for his service.

The consecration of a person is one of the ways to receive the anointing and power of God for service. Many people have a calling from God, but are yet to be endued with the power to fulfil the commission, because they have not yet understood the need to be separate and consecrate themselves so God can anoint them and empower them. Remember Jesus asked His disciples to wait in Jerusalem until they are endued with power from on high.

But perhaps most importantly is that before we get to our coronation and wedding in heaven as the bride of Christ, we would first consecrate ourselves here on earth. Let the following verses of scripture minister to you. “

Revelations 19:6-9 – “Praise our God, all you his servants, you who fear him, small and great. 6 Then I heard what seemed to be the voice of a great multitude, like the roar of many waters and like the sound of mighty peals of thunder, crying out, Hallelujah! For the Lord our God the Almighty reigns. 7 Let us rejoice and exult and give him the glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and his Bride has made herself ready; 8 it was granted her to clothe herself with fine linen, bright and pure for the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints. 9 And the angel said to me, Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.”

Today’s key text is a simple injunction and admonition to consecrate your life to His service.

Is God calling you for a holy purpose? Consecrate your life to Him.

Let’s pray: Father God, today I rededicate my heart and life to you and to your heavenly purpose. Father God, please forgive me for not giving my heart fully to you and for allowing other things to come and take my attention away from you. Father in the name of Jesus I ask for the grace to be consecrated to you and to always recognise that you have the pre-eminence in my life. Use me now for your glory, in Jesus name I pray. Amen.

Thy Kingdom Come – Part 3

In this third instalment, it gets a bit radical and pointed. Why is the world in chaos? Why are our nations boiling over? What can we do about it? The Church is God’s transformation agent. Is there any hope for the worst in our societies? What have we failed to do? There are some answers in this short but pointed session.

Please find link to the third part of this 5 part series on the Kingdom of God. Remember to like and share on youtube!

Shalom,

PCA

Thy Kingdom Come – Part 1

This is Part 1 of the 5-part series on my new series Thy Kingdom come. Please remember to share. God bless you and enjoy.

What’s going on in our world? Why are the nations in such turmoil? Four things we should know and why this impacts our thoughts now!

Your perspective is vital in not just surviving but thriving in these days. Please click on the link below and enjoy this short message.

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Shalom,

PCA

God’s Mountain Top Dwellers

The Character of Those Who May Dwell with the Lord

A Psalm of David.

15 Lord, who may [a]abide in Your tabernacle?
Who may dwell in Your holy hill?

He who walks uprightly,
And works righteousness,
And speaks the truth in his heart;
He who does not backbite with his tongue,
Nor does evil to his neighbor,
Nor does he [b]take up a reproach against his friend;
In whose eyes a vile person is despised,
But he honors those who fear the Lord;
He who swears to his own hurt and does not change;
He who does not put out his money at usury,
Nor does he take a bribe against the innocent.

He who does these things shall never be moved.

 

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God’s Mountain Top Dwellers and God’s Tent Dwellers

This Psalm was written by King David. A man uniquely described by God as a man after His own heart. Here in this Psalm we can see one of the reasons He earned this special accolade or description. He often conversed with God, asking deeper questions, and getting to know Him more. This Psalm is a major inflection point in the bible. It starts with a question. A question directed at God Himself. LORD, here does not mean Adon or owner, it means Jehova, meaning the Self Existing One, The Eternal God.

This question is loaded. Lord, who may [a]abide in Your tabernacle?
Who may dwell in Your holy hill?

Why did David ask this question? Was it because he has observed many coming and going and he could not understand why anyone would want to leave God’s presence? Could it be that he was expressing his deepest desire, which he confessed to in Psalm 27:4, when he said One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to enquire in his temple.

Was he trying to see if there were conditions or terms he needed to fulfil so he could have his ultimate desire, which was to dwell in God’s presence? No one can say for sure. But one thing is certain, David understood many slide down God’s Holy Hill and many leave the tents of God and it is a concern for him, perhaps deeply personal concern from his own falling and failings.

In the ensuing verses, David captures 11 character traits of those who would continuously abide on this Special Holy Hill. We will review them one by one as they are most revealing what God expects in our character.

But it is important to start by letting every Christian know that we all have been made to dwell on this mountain by faith in Christ Jesus. We are permanently located in God’s tabernacle by faith and grace we stay there by faith and grace. We did not get up on this mountain by fulfilling the law, but by accepting the fulfiller of the law, Our Lord Jesus Christ. He alone could climb this mountain and He alone has the right to dwell there permanently and it is by Him alone that we can even dare to access this mountain and it is certainly by Jesus Christ alone that we can dwell on this mountain.

So, what is the problem? Why do we need to analyse these conditions and understand them?

Two reasons come to mind.

  1. This is the character we are to manifest to those who look at us and desire to come up the mountain and will most certainly fail because it is impossible with man but possible with God. So when people observe us living this life and manifesting these character traits and they want to emulate us and they fail, we have the grace to reveal to them that we are on the mountain not because we got it right, but because we were made right and because we have been made right we can now live right.
  2. The second reason is for us. When we do not manifest this character traits, something goes awry in our lives. We lose our sense of peace and presence of God. We slip down the mountain and feel outside the tent of God, and a quick review of these traits will let us know where we have gone wrong and we quickly confess our errors and receive grace to be brought right back up and back into the tent.

Let’s keep this truth in our hearts and minds as we look at the 11-character traits of God’s mountain top dwellers.

Thank God today for His grace that has made us God’s Mountain Top Dwellers.