Archive | March 2015

Leadership Lessons Daily: Day 84

Scripture Passage: Numbers 16:1-34
Bad Leaders Trouble Their Homes
Korah, Dathan and Abiram were all heads of their families. In other words, they were leaders. When they rose up against Moses, the leader of the entire congregation, their actions had consequences which, unfortunately, affected the members of their households. The earth opened her mouth and swallowed them up with their houses and all that pertained to them. Their wives and children were punished for their rebellion.
The lesson here is this; when a leader sins, he does not suffer alone. All connected to him suffer with him. A good leader understands this and makes right choices. A bad leader is consumed with what he wants and fails to see the connection between his actions and the wellbeing of his household. Therefore, he ends up troubling his household.
Prayer: Father, help me to make decisions that bless my household.

Leadership Lessons Daily: Day 83

Scripture Passage: Numbers 16:1-28
The Leader Must Know the Origin of His Authority
Korah, Dathan and Abiram challenged Moses, saying, “We are all holy, so why do you lift yourself above us?” (Paraphrased) They wanted to know who made Moses their leader and Moses told them, because he knew.
The lesson here is this; every leader is under authority and this is where his own authority lies. No one emerges leader without a backing of some kind. When a leader is challenged, he must be able to identify his backing. A leader who does not know the origin of his authority may crumble when challenged. Jesus knew who sent Him. David when running from Absalom trusted that God who made him king would bring him to Jerusalem again. Moses said, to Korah and company, “hereby ye shall know that the Lord hath sent me.” However, the first time Moses’ authority was challenged, he had no answer, so he fled Egypt. Who sent you? Do you know?
Prayer: Father, help me to know the origin of my authority as a leader.

Leadership Lessons Daily: Day 82

Scripture Passage: Numbers 16:1-3
The Leader’s Authority Will Be Challenged
When Korah, Dathan and Abiram said to Moses and Aaron, “ye take too much upon you…..wherefore then lift ye up yourselves above the congregation of the Lord?” They were challenging Moses’ authority as leader. This is very similar to when one said to a younger Moses in Egypt, “Who made thee a prince and a judge over us?”
The lesson here is this; every leader will have his authority challenged by those he leads. Moses’ authority was challenged by Korah and company. Jesus, the greatest leader had His authority challenged frequently by the religious leaders of His day. David had his authority as king challenged by his own son, Absalom. You won’t be any different; your authority will be challenged.
Prayer: Father, give me the wisdom to handle those who challenge my authority as a leader.

Leadership Lessons Daily: Day 81

Scripture Passage: Numbers 16:1-3
No One Rebels Alone
When Korah, Dathan and Abiram, rose up against Moses in rebellion, the Bible says, “and they rose up before Moses, with certain of the children of Israel, two hundred and fifty princes of the assembly, famous in the congregation, men of renown: and they gathered themselves together against Moses.” These were no mean men; they were the dignitaries in the congregation.
The lesson here is this; no one rebels alone. Rebels always require supporters and rebels always have supporters. Surprisingly, those who support rebellion are usually those close to the leader, or those at the top of the food chain. Therefore, rebellion has nothing to do with position but everything to do with character.
Prayer: Father, help me to be a leader and not a rebel.

Leadership Lessons Daily: Day 80

Scripture Passage: Numbers 16:1-3
Rebels Want the Perks that Come with Leading
Three men, namely, Korah, Dathan and Abiram, took men and rose up against Moses in rebellion. They said, “Ye take too much upon you, seeing all the congregation are holy, everyone of them, and the Lord is among them: wherefore then lift ye up yourselves above the congregation of the Lord?” These men were in Egypt under oppression but never confronted Pharaoh, neither did they accuse Moses as he daily stood before Pharaoh demanding the release of Israel from Egypt. At that point they were happy to have Moses lead them.
The lesson here is this; rebels do not want the challenges that come with leading, just the perks. They look at the leader and all they see are the privileges he enjoys; they fail to see the responsibility he shoulders and if they do, they want none of it. This is why Korah, Dathan and Abiram never rose up against Moses in Egypt. This is why no rebel will make an effective leader.
Prayer: Father, remove rebellion far from me.

Leadership Lessons Daily: Day 79

Scripture Passage: Numbers 14:1-4
Leaders Take People Forward or Backward
Following the negative report given by ten of the twelve spies Moses sent to survey the land of Canaan, the children of Israel decided to return to Egypt. They said, “Let us make a captain, and let us return into Egypt.” One leader had brought them out of bondage and now they required another leader to take them back into bondage.
The lesson here is this; in whichever way people decide to go (forward or backward) they will need and they will seek a leader. In whichever direction people decide to go, there is a leader to take them there. Leaders never leave people where they meet them, they move them forward or backward. What kind of leader are you and in which direction are you moving your team or organisation?
Prayer: Father, help me to be a leader that takes people forward.

Leadership Lessons Daily: Day 78

Scripture Passage: Matthew 20:20-22
Those Who Seek to Share the Leader’s Glory Must Partake of the Leader’s Story
The mother of James and John, sons of Zebedee, once paid Jesus a surprise visit. She had a request to make. She said, “Grant that these my two sons may sit, the one on thy right hand, and the other on the left, in thy kingdom.” Jesus said to her; “Ye know not what ye ask. Are ye able to drink of the cup that I shall drink of, and to be baptised with the baptism that I am baptised with?” While she spoke of partaking of His glory, He spoke of partaking of His story. In other words, loyalty.
The lesson here is this; those who seek to share the leader’s glory, must be ready to be partakers of the leader’s story. If you can’t handle the story, you can’t partake of the glory. Wise leaders first promote those who stayed with them through their trials.
Prayer: Father, help me to identify and reward those who stay loyal to my vision.