Category: God

How can we have so much scandal in politics?

The world’s wisest man concluded that there is nothing new under the sun.

Indulgence in scandal is not new. In fact, King Solomon was personally acquainted with it; likewise his father King David, and many other ancestors of the present day church and modern society.

Inappropriate behavior, faulty financial decision-making, and outright lies and cover-ups explode from the pages of the daily news like missiles launched from multiple industries. Banking and politics have been particularly hard hit over the last few years but corrupt practices can “suddenly” change the landscape of many lives.

Take heart and know that leadership should be under scrutiny. Make time to examine your own heart and see if you are leading out of your “Sonship” (that is to say, by the spirit of God living inside you). If you are applying Godly principles to the vision you’ve been charged to carry out, you will never have to look over your shoulder or shamefully embarrass your spouse and family.

Obviously books on leadership abound. The “how-to” isles at bookstores are filled with people trying to figure out the latest best practices. I can tell you with total confidence that God knows them all. He inspired the Bible which is full of good news for leaders. But, knowing many people will categorically not mosey over to the “religious” isle or directly seek His advice, He has called some good men and women to the task including John Bevere. Honors Rewards is one of my all time favorites. The leadership team at In Christ New Hope Ministry read this books two years ago. This year we’re using John Maxwell’s leadership primer: The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership.

What have you found useful?

 

Who’s listening to me?

Bold, you say? Or something slightly less kind?

And yet many businesses and individuals all over the globe; from Haiti to Egypt, Iran and Libya; and now New Zealand are asking this very question. And mark the nearly universal popularity of the phrase (probably trademarked): Can you hear me now?

I’ve come to present an answer, well two answers really; like two sides of a single coin. The highly popular question is strikingly similar to an age-old query posed by King David: What is man that you are mindful of him? Humans, especially humans in positions of power, require astute coaching to keep them operating at peak efficiency while bypassing the dual pitfalls of ego and exhaustion. And yet, of the many voices out there vying for the position closest to their ear, they need to select the one that will give them the Truth.

So here is my first answer: God. I know that you were not surprised. I am far too transparent to surprise anyone who has read the first post let alone this fifth one. And that’s a good thing. I’m easy to get to know that way.

And here is my second answer: everyone; that is, everyone who seeks the same things I do. Peace, joy, fruitfulness, purpose, or as Jesus said, in paraphrase: to be a Father pleaser. You may not hear my voice, but your heart speaks the same things to you that mine does to me. You may take the same route to get there; as a person, business owner, leader, parent or teenager, or however you have learned to frame your identity — or you may seek another route. The Internet has made it possible for us to bridge geophysical, even biopsychosocial, divides and share in one another’s thinking and best practices. We can celebrate (or condemn) achievements and circumstances that we pass on our road to Emmaus or the corner office. We can also leverage our resources, be them as they may, to gain a larger platform (I would have said bully pulpit but I find it a repulsive oxymoron) armed with six degrees of separation and the bandwidth of an amped up megaphone. The Internet brings nearly every man’s ear within hearing and the numbers are compounding upwards at a staggering rate just like the bricks of the Tower of Babel.

So the question after-all, as David knew, is not really can you hear me now. Or even do you care about me or what I’m doing now. The three-in-one bonus round answer is but of course. Rather, it seems to me that the question for kings and everyday folks alike is: What’s coming out of my mouth? If I am truly the prophet over my own life, am I issuing a powerful, bold, life-affirming prophetic decree? My answer is yes, everyday. How about you?

Ready, Set … Go!

After a few years hiatus from the Internet, what a pleasure it is to once again contribute to the social community. Chalonda James of Chalonda Reports emailed me last week: “What a difference a year makes!” Indeed, how true. Her life has enlarged considerably as she increases her “deposit value” in those with whom she connects. We are deeply excited by the manifestation of her happiness and prosperity. It must be going around, though, because we are likewise abundantly blessed. How about you?

Palmist Yolanda Adams sings: “Whilst Thou art blessing O’ Lord …”. I stopped there because that’s the significant part. God is a blesser (Hebrews 11:6 reads: “a rewarder”) of those who seek Him diligently.

How awesome to live this “fasted life” where He provides for all your need: wisdom, discernment, comfort, joy, peace … especially now while there is so much tribulation in the world.

It’s not by chance that Words & More has returned online with a fresh new face: BRAND | Sovereign. It is certainly for such a time as this.

Thanks for stopping by (leave a comment if you wish) and be richly blessed.

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