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Brutiful Laws of Leadership

Friday

July 13, 2012

Fri, Jul 13

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So the wall was completed on the twenty-fifth of Elul, in fifty-two days. When all our enemies heard about this, all the surrounding nations were afraid and lost their self-confidence, because they realized that this work had been done with the help of our God. Nehemiah 6˸15-16

Think

Anyone who leads will be attacked by negative people at some point. To put it another way, when you’re doing great, people will hate.

Nehemiah faced this reality when he was building the wall; we face it today when we are making a difference for God. But Nehemiah didn’t allow negativity, gossip or slander to distract him from his purpose. Instead, he stayed on the wall and continued to follow God’s plan for his life.

Are you facing negativity? Are you being attacked? Don’t get off the wall. Instead, pray, stay above the fray, and complete the task God has for you.

Pray

Thank Him for giving you purpose in the face of any attack. Ask Him for the strength and courage to carry out the purpose He has for your life.

Act

Read Nehemiah 7 to see how his leadership, direction and reliance on God’s hand helped bring back to Jerusalem so many from the exiled nation of Israel. Remember that God wants to use your leadership to have the same kind of impact in the lives around you!

Thursday

July 12, 2012

Thu, Jul 12

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But when Sanballat the Horonite, Tobiah the Ammonite official and Geshem the Arab heard about it, they mocked and ridiculed us … I answered them by saying, “The God of heaven will give us success. We his servants will start rebuilding...” Nehemiah 2˸19-20

Think

What did ‘they’ influence you to do that you would not have done if ‘they’ hadn’t been around?

We all have people in our lives who influence us—positively and negatively. The question is, which group gets the bulk of our attention?

Nehemiah didn’t waste time on the wrong ‘they’. Instead, he stayed on the wall and remained positive about getting the work done that God had prepared for him.

As you go through today, don’t focus on the wrong ‘they’. Instead, spend your time with the right ‘they’ and discover just where God can take you!

Pray

Ask God to open your eyes to the right ‘they’ in your life. And pray for the strength to turn away from the wrong ‘they’ in order to stay on point for what God has in store for your life.

Act

To determine who in your life is a good influence and who is a poor influence, think about the people in your life and ask yourself, “What did ‘they’ influence me to do that I would not have done if ‘they’ hadn’t been around?”

Wednesday

July 11, 2012

Wed, Jul 11

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After I looked things over, I stood up and said to the nobles, the officials and the rest of the people, “Don’t be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight for your brothers, your sons and your daughters, your wives and your homes.” Nehemiah 4˸14

Think

One of the important aspects of leadership is delegation. As leaders, we need to trust others around us to help carry out certain tasks and responsibilities. But delegation doesn’t mean out-of-sight, out-of-mind. Delegation requires something else—investigation.

Nehemiah understood the need to investigate the things he had delegated to others. He followed up to make sure others were following through.

As a leader, don’t simply hand off responsibility and forget about it. Make sure you follow up and investigate what you hand off to others. Because delegation without investigation is an abomination of the leadership responsibility God has given to you. But with investigation, God can take your leadership to new levels!

Pray

Thank God, again, for your leadership capacity. Ask Him to help you see those things that you need to delegate to others around you, and then to have the discernment on when and where to investigate.

Act

Read all of Nehemiah 4 to see how investigating helped Nehemiah and the Israelites literally reach new heights on the wall they were tasked with building.

Tuesday

July 10, 2012

Tue, Jul 10

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“O Lord, let your ear be attentive to the prayer of this your servant and to the prayer of your servants who delight in revering your name. Give your servant success today by granting him favor in the presence of this man.” Nehemiah 1˸11

Think

Leadership is “brutiful” – there is a brutal side to it, and there is a beautiful side to it. To be a great leader requires constant work, maximum effort and selfless dedication to the vision God has given you.

Nehemiah knew what it took to lead. He understood that leaders take people where they need to go, not just where they want to go. He realized that, while leadership is not easy, it is worth the effort to follow through on God’s plans.

What area has God placed you in for your leadership? Are you putting in maximum effort and energy to lead those around you to where God wants to take them?

Pray

Start today by thanking God for the leadership responsibilities He has given to you. Ask Him for the ability to lead effectively for His purposes.

Act

Look at the list of Nehemiah’s leadership qualities you wrote out yesterday. Today, make a list of your own leadership qualities. Next to each, write one way you can utilize that quality over the next 24 hours.

Monday

July 9, 2012

Mon, Jul 09

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Hanani, one of my brothers, came from Judah with some other men, and I questioned them about the Jewish remnant that had survived the exile, and also about Jerusalem. Nehemiah 1˸2

Think

We are all leaders. No matter if you run a household or a Fortune 500 company, you have influence on someone else; and influence is leadership. When you are acting as a leader many times you expect to be asked questions. But Nehemiah shows us that it actually can be the other way around.

Leaders, great leaders, ask questions. Nehemiah asked questions. And we should be questioners as well. As leaders, we are often just one or two questions away from a breakthrough. When we ask the right people the right questions and get the right answers, we can find that God takes our leadership to a level otherwise not possible.

Pray

Ask God for discernment in situations in which you lead. And ask Him to help you ask the right people the right questions.

Act

What leadership qualities do you possess or should you possess for your realm of life? Read the rest of Nehemiah 1 and write down a list of two or three leadership skills he demonstrated.