OUR LEADERS NEED TO DEVELOP THE COURAGE AND STRENGTH OF THEIR CONVICTION TO LEAD THIS NATION
Leadership is hard work, and in order for any leader to lead a great nation such as this one, he are she must be strong, have a sound moral character, and develop the courage and strength of their conviction to do what’s right and show themselves to be the leader the people deserve. A great number of today’s business leaders, government leaders as well as our spiritual leaders seem to be morally corrupt and are standing in opposition of what is truly needed in a leader to lead the people out of the wilderness that we now find ourselves in. Now pause for a moment and watch this short video clip of a true story of courage, compassion and real leadership.
We live in the greatest country on the face of this universe, however, we find ourselves falling behind many smaller nations in the way they are developing their young people to become great leaders in their own right. Our education system, the system that is designed to develop the leadership that can truly accomplish great task is falling apart due mainly to our current crop of leaders that are lacking in their strength of courage, to properly fund and develop the type of education system that is now needed in times of trials and tribulation to help develop a new generation of leadership.
Real leaders need real courage to make the tough decisions they will faced every day. They need to stand on the word of God, and stop being like the motion of the ocean, always going back and forth. They need to learn how to trust and stand on the word of God. Know in their hearts that God’s word will never fail them. Learn to believe without any doubt that they can be assured of good success when they fill their hearts and minds with God’s Word and obey it.
Now listen to how God gave his word to his servant Joshua. He said to Joshua, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9 NIV) These are the words that every leader or wanted to be leader should study and meditate on day and night.
Let me share with you the true leadership and success of Joshua, God’s Servant as he chose to obey God, trust God, lean and depend on God and God created in him one of the world’s great military leaders of all times. You too can become a Joshua.
Joshua faced crisis in his leadership role, just like many of the crisis we face in our leadership roles today. Not only did he have to contend with the military powers rooted in the Promised Land, but he also had to face them with an untrained band of nomadic shepherds.
God realized Joshua’s need for courage and gave him guidance that would strengthen his faith.
First, he reminded Joshua of his faithfulness to keep all of his promises. God had pledged to give the land to his people and he would fulfill that pledge. Joshua’s success did not rest on a military strategy or well trained army, but on the faithfulness of God.
Second, God commanded Joshua to meditate on his words that Moses recorded in the five books of the Pentateuch. The “Book of the Law” would give the wisdom and encouragement Joshua would need to courageously lead the nation.
Third, God promised to be personally present with Joshua. No matter how intimidating the enemy or how rebellious the people, Joshua would not have to face them alone. God would always be at his side.
The same sources of courage that empowered Joshua are available today for any leader who will accept them. When faced with a risky business decision, the godly leader will look to God in prayer and to God’s revealed Word for the perspective and courage needed to make the right choice. What situation are you now facing that requires courageous leadership and risk taking? Let God’s words to Joshua supply you with the courage you need.
Now as we conclude this lesson for today, it is our hope that it will ignite the spark needed for you as a leader to be strong and courageous, take the word of God on leadership serious and do what’s right and pleasing in God sight. We as the children of God and America need strong and courageous leaders. Leaders who are willing to put Country first and come boldly before the throne of grace and speak truth to power, be a real leader by developing the strength of courage and the conviction of your character and lead this country in the right direction.
We minister to you today from a position of peace, purpose, power and prosperity. I remain your brother in CHRIST, PASTOR DAVIS/MASTER TEACHER!