Remember the old game show “Name That Tune.” Well, it’s your turn to play and name this tune.
“I've been a puppet, a pauper, a pirate,
A poet, a pawn and a king.
I've been up and down and over and out
And I know one thing:
Each time I find myself, flat on my face,
I pick myself up and get back in the race.”
If you said “That’s Life” by Frank Sinatra. . .you’d be right and win the Daily Double.
You may have been a pawn. . .a pauper. . .feeling like you down, over and out.
However, I’m here to tell you. . .it’s time for you to take your rightful place as a king.
It’s time for Harold Herring (personalize) to take his rightful place as a king.
Here are seven leadership qualities to becoming. . .not just a king. . .but a rich one.
1. Make a life-changing decision to seek wisdom.
A successful king should understand that ignorance is a choice. Stupidity is a choice. Wisdom is a choice. And yes, you guessed it. The choice is yours.
Proverbs 4:5 says:
“Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth.”
“Get wisdom” doesn’t sound like a suggestion. . .rather, it’s a command.
Not only does your Heavenly Father want you to get wisdom. . .He does not want you to forget it.
The best way to “forget it not” is by reading and confessing what you’ve read. . .over and over. . .until it’s engrafted within you.
The New Living Translation says when you “get wisdom” you “develop good judgment.”
The Contemporary English Version concludes the verse with these words “…and do what I say.”
Look at the last four words of the Contemporary English Version of Proverbs 4:5 which says:
“Be wise and learn good sense; remember my teachings and do what I say.”
“Do what I say.”
Getting wisdom is a process. . .a continual process. . .and it involves confessing the wisdom you get.
The Bible is also very clear what happens as a result of your commitment to get wisdom. You get a future with a reward.
Proverbs 24:14 in the Amplified Bible says:
“So shall you know skillful and godly Wisdom to be thus to your life; if you find it, then shall there be a future and a reward, and your hope and expectation shall not be cut off.”
If you have wisdom. . .you can get wealth but without wisdom you will never get nor keep wealth.
Wealth should never be your greatest strength. . .the source of your ultimate protection.
Wealth and wisdom are your defense so you will not have to live unimportant, unrecognized, unprotected, unappreciated, unwilling, unfruitful and unproductive lives.
2. Knowledge allows you to make wise choices
Proverbs 19:2 in the Amplified Bible says:
“Desire without knowledge is not good, and to be overhasty is to sin and miss the mark.”
We need to establish there is a distinct difference between wisdom, knowledge and understanding.
Exodus 31:3 says:
“And I have filled him with the spirit of God, in wisdom, and in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship.”
The Amplified Bible translation of Exodus 31:3 says:
“And I have filled him with the Spirit of God, in wisdom and ability, in understanding and intelligence, and in knowledge, and in all kinds of craftsmanship.”
One more translation for further clarification. Exodus 31:3 in the New Living Translation says:
“I have filled him with the Spirit of God, giving him great wisdom, ability, and expertise in all kinds of crafts.”
Wisdom gives you ability. Understanding gives you the intelligence to figure things out. Knowledge gives you the expertise to make things happen.
God must really want us to understand the distinctions because there is only one word difference in Exodus 31:3 and Exodus 35:31 which says:
“And he hath filled him with the spirit of God, in wisdom, in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship.”
Get it. . .got it. . .live it.
3. Avoid wrong associations cause you to do stupid, if not, evil things.
You can be wise, successful, wealthy and stupid all at the same time simply because of your associations.
King Solomon had unheard of riches and wisdom.
2 Chronicles 9:22 says:
“And king Solomon passed all the kings of the earth in riches and wisdom.”
Every King was required to write out a copy of the law for themselves and read it on a continual basis so there would be no excuse for their ignorance.
At some point in his life. . .King Solomon either ignored or forgot the prophetic writings of Moses found in Deuteronomy 17:17 in the New Living Translation which says:
“The king must not take many wives for himself, because they will turn his heart away from the Lord. . ..”
The king must not take many wives because they will turn his heart away from the Lord.
Now before I go any further. . .you have to wonder how smart Solomon really was. I mean 700 wives. It would take him two years just to spend one night with each of his wives. . .not to mention time with the concubines. That’s 1,000 women.
With no disrespect intended. . .do you know of a wife who would be happy being with her husband or lover only one night every three years?
1 Kings 11:1 says:
“But king Solomon loved many strange women, together with the daughter of Pharaoh, women of the Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Zidonians, and Hittites.”
Maybe that’s it. . .King Solomon loved strange women whose ideas were far from God.
Nehemiah 13:26 says:
“Did not Solomon king of Israel sin by these things? yet among many nations was there no king like him, who was beloved of his God, and God made him king over all Israel: nevertheless even him did outlandish women cause to sin.”
Even when you mess up. . .God still loves you.
Now here’s some really good news.
1 Corinthians 10:13 in the Message Bible says:
“No test or temptation that comes your way is beyond the course of what others have had to face. All you need to remember is that God will never let you down; he'll never let you be pushed past your limit; he'll always be there to help you come through it.”
4. A good name is better than riches walk in integrity
Proverbs 10:9 says:
“He that walketh uprightly walketh surely: but he that perverteth his ways shall be known.”
Okay, I’m going to share the Message Bible translation simply because I found it funny.
“Honesty lives confident and carefree, but Shifty is sure to be exposed.”
“Shifty is sure to be exposed.”
Proverbs 22:1 says:
“A GOOD name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold.”
Ecclesiastes 7:1 says:
“A good name is better than precious ointment; and the day of death than the day of one's birth.”
A good name is the result of integrity, character and reputation.
Once a good name is tarnished, it is most difficult to ever restore. Please note that I said difficult to restore . . . not impossible.”
Zephaniah 3:20 in the New Living Translation says:
“On that day I will gather you together and bring you home again. I will give you a good name, a name of distinction, among all the nations of the earth, as I restore your fortunes before their very eyes. I, the Lord, have spoken!”
Let’s look at Proverbs 22:1 in the Message Bible:
“A sterling reputation is better than striking it rich; a gracious spirit is better than money in the bank.”
In a real sense the amount of money that you have in the bank and/or your life is primarily determined today by whether or not you have a good name.
5. Serving Him with humility brings a certain reward.
If you want to know what is required for EVERY believer to achieve riches, honor and the good life read Proverbs 22:4 which says:
“By humility and the fear of the LORD are riches, and honour, and life.”
This is one of those. . . “if you do this” . . . “then you will get that” verses in the Bible. I like this kind of verse because it takes all the guessing and wondering out of it.
The Amplified Bible translation of Proverbs 22:4 says:
“The reward of humility and the reverent and worshipful fear of the Lord is riches and honor and life.”
There’s a reward when we adhere to, obey and enact the things that God tells us to do.
The Contemporary English Version of Proverbs 22:4 says:
“Respect and serve the LORD! Your reward will be wealth, a long life, and honor.”
The scripture is very clear . . .if we live our lives in humility . . . fearing the Lord, then He will give us “. . . wealth [riches], a long life and honor.”
If you look up wealth, riches, a long life and honor in the Strong’s Concordance, the words all mean exactly what you think they mean.
Riches (H6239) means: “wealth, riches.”
Honor (H3519) means: “glory, honour, glorious, abundance, riches.”
Long life (H2416) means: “living, alive, active.”
God says what He means in His Word . . .there is no equivocation. . .there are no footnotes in the small print.
If we want “wealth [riches], a long life and honor” in our lives, then He tells us how to ensure, even guarantee the manifestation.
Live in humility . . .fear Him . . . and you will have riches, honor and a life worth living.
6. Leadership starts with you. It's you setting the example.
Exodus 18:21 in the Message Bible says:
“And then you need to keep a sharp eye out for competent men—men who fear God, men of integrity, men who are incorruptible—and appoint them as leaders over groups organized by the thousand, by the hundred, by fifty, and by ten.”
What kind of leader should you be looking for?
Profiling has become a No-No word because of all the politically correct people. . . .but that’s exactly what it takes in building a leadership team.
Psalm 112 offers an excellent description of the character qualities you want to be looking out for in a leader. Not only that but these characteristics should be duplicable in the members of your leadership team.
A good leader will give favor and blessings to others.
Psalm 112:5 in the King James Version says:
“A good man sheweth favour. . .”
Psalm 112:5 in the Amplified Bible says:
“It is well with the man who deals generously and lends, who conducts his affairs with justice.”
A real leader will not fear any evil or tricks of the enemy.
Psalm 112:7 in the Amplified Bible says:
“He shall not be afraid of evil tidings; his heart is firmly fixed, trusting (leaning on and being confident) in the Lord.”
A leader will be respected in his community.
Genesis 6:9 in the Message Bible says:
“This is the story of Noah: Noah was a good man, a man of integrity in his community. Noah walked with God. Noah had three sons: Shem, Ham, and Japheth.”
A leader will be stand with and before other leaders.
The Amplified Bible translation of Proverbs 22:29 says:
“Do you see a man diligent and skillful in his business? He will stand before kings; he will not stand before obscure men.”
When you develop the right kind of leaders. . .needs are met and everyone’s life is more peaceful.
Exodus 18: 23 in the Message Bible says:
“If you handle the work this way, you'll have the strength to carry out whatever God commands you, and the people in their settings will flourish also."
7. Remove the limits.
One of the dumbest things anybody. . .especially a leader. . .could ever do would be to limit God. . .which also limits them.
Matthew 19:26 says:
“But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.”
Mark 9:23 in the God’s Word Translation:
“Jesus said to him, “As far as possibilities go, everything is possible for the person who believes.”
This scripture just ignites my faith and stirs by spirit to new levels of expectation. . “. . .everything is possible for the person [that’s me!; that’s you!] who believes.”
There is no limitation to our manifestation.
All things are possible . . .anything . . . no matter how illogical to the natural mind . . . can happen in our lives. . .as we exercise our faith and believe.
The scripture also says there is nothing impossible to those who believe.
Luke 1:37 in the Amplified Bible says:
“For with God nothing is ever impossible and no word from God shall be without power or impossible of fulfillment.”
In God, there are no limitations. Through Him, you have no limitations as long as it lines up with His Word.
The thing about scripturally ignorant statements is that they become limitations to the person doing the speaking. . .self-imposed, self-maintaining and self-defeating. It has nothing to do with God.
It is a choice and you have only to change your way of thinking and speaking.
One final thought.
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