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Recognizing Great Leaders

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If you are one of those who love the news networks you can agree that most of what we see and hear is very little good and plenty of the bad and the ugly. Negativity and the worst of human traits are portrayed daily. The world needs its examples of leaders such as John C. Maxwell, Martin Luther King Jr., Zig Ziglar, Billy Graham and Ronald Reagan. What makes these examples stand out and recognized as world class leaders? I want to address three things that I think makes individuals appear as giants in the crowd. The leader examples I mentioned are some of my favorite, but do not constitute an all-inclusive list.

As John C. Maxwell says, “Leadership is influence.” Everyone influences either in a negative or positive way. More positive ways are what the world needs. Positive ways of influence offers peace, and unity, thus promoting growth individually and socially. I also believe there are some commonalities among these leaders to make them great. They follow certain principles while maintaining an attitude that strengthens their audience of followers.

I will list the three things and support each of them with quotes from these leaders. If you study these three things and the quotes, you will be able to recognize great leaders all around you.

They Possess Positive Attitudes

Positive attitudes will produce positive influence and positive influence will promote positive change. We constantly need change to adapt to an ever changing society. The best way to change is through personal growth. Read these quotes that speak of attitude from each of the five leaders. Those with a positive attitude and sees life as a good song always hear the music. If there is none they make the music!

John Maxwell – People may hear your words, but they feel your attitude.

Martin Luther King Jr. – Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend.

Zig Ziglar – Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude.

Billy Graham – When wealth is lost, nothing is lost; when health is lost, something is lost; when character is lost, all is lost.

Ronald Reagan – Life is one grand, sweet song, so start the music.

They Follow Common Principles

There are certain principles that everyone must follow when the same results are expected. For example, when you desire better communication, listening as well as talking must be part of the conversation. Another is that physical exercise promotes good health. There are different ways to achieve results from these examples; however, the principle is the same. A good character is a must for a great leader. These quotes from each of the five leaders speak of principles to follow that will produce good character qualities.

John Maxwell – As a leader, the first person I need to lead is me. The first person that I should try to change is me.

Martin Luther King Jr. – Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.

Zig Ziglar – Honesty and integrity are absolutely essential for success in life – all areas of life. The really good news is that anyone can develop both honesty and integrity.

Billy Graham – God has given us two hands – one to receive with and the other to give with. We are not cisterns made for hoarding; we are channels made for sharing.

Ronald Reagan – We can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone.

They Have the Ability to Maintain Great Followings

I have heard it said that the hardest thing to do is lead one’s self much less lead others. The best place to start is with self. However, do not think you can lead others well if you are not investing in leading yourself. To build and maintain a following takes skill that has been defined and refined through personal application. This in no way constitutes that you forget others. The best way to help others is to gain and maintain self-discipline. This process establishes and equips the best leader for them, which could be you. These quotes from the five leaders suggest what a leader must do to speak volumes to their followers.

John Maxwell – A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.

Martin Luther King Jr. – A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.

Zig Ziglar – When you encourage others, you in the process are encouraged because you’re making a commitment and difference in that person’s life. Encouragement really does make a difference.

Billy Graham – Racial prejudice, anti-Semitism, or hatred of anyone with different beliefs has no place in the human mind or heart.

Ronald Reagan – If we love our country, we should also love our countrymen.

In a world that daily advertises catastrophe, chaos and division we need examples that will cause us to hold our heads high and wade through the world’s trouble.

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Some Basics of Prayer & Fasting

“But when you fast, perfume your head and wash your face, So that your fasting may not be noticed by men but by your Father, Who sees in secret; and your Father, Who sees in secret, will reward you in the open.” Matthew 6:17-18 (AMP)


What is fasting? This is a question I have been asked many times. It is a legitimate question, because this is a subject that is not widely taught in the churches much less practiced. You will read about fasting in the Bible, hear about it in your doctor’s office, and you may hear about it through nutritional and health programs. The dictionary definition of the word fast (fasting) is to abstain entirely from or limit food, to eat only sparingly or of certain types of food, or a period of self-denial. As we have briefly discussed different types of fasts, let’s move on to discuss the meaning of a biblical fast.


Body, Soul and People


What makes a biblical fast different from any other fast? It is not only a voluntary abstinence from food, but while practicing it, praying to God (the Creator of Heaven and earth), seeking Him during the fast, and following biblical guidelines are vital parts of the fast. As Christians, the practice of fasting is not necessary to ensure our salvation. But, we all live in a body, have a soul (mind, will and emotions), and live around people. These areas have the potential of creating circumstances that are hard to manage. At times, it is even difficult to understand why we are facing a particular battle. Biblical fasting helps you gain strength to work through these issues and to receive help from God. In the Bible, fasting was practiced when the people of God faced hardships, faced the enemy, started an assignment from God, and so many other examples. These biblical patriarchs dealt with the same issues of having a body, having a soul, and living around people as we do today.


Specific Details


In 2 Chronicles chapter twenty, Jehoshaphat the king of Judah, had a great army to come against him to war (V.1, 2). He feared, proclaimed a fast throughout Judah, and they all came together to seek the Lord (v. 3, 4). Then the Lord spoke to Jehoshaphat and all Judah through a Levite prophet and said that the battle was not theirs, but His (v. 15). Then God gave him specific details on what he must do (verses 16, 17). The next day king Jehoshaphat appointed singers to go before the army and the enemy was smitten by their own hands (verses 21-24). It took three days for the spoils of riches and precious jewels to be carried off from the dead bodies of the armies (verse 25). On the fourth day they met in a valley to bless the Lord (verse 26). What a miraculous act of deliverance and accumulation of wealth because of fasting, praying and seeking God.


A Daniel Kind of Character


My studies of the Word of God have revealed certain truths. The spiritual discipline of fasting itself is more important than naming specific biblical examples of fasting and using them only for certain needs. For example, using a twenty-one-day fast and naming it a ‘Daniel Fast’ may not necessarily bring you understanding of a vision as it did Daniel in chapter 10. However, it will assist you in developing the Daniel kind of character that will prepare you to receive from God as did Daniel and many other biblical patriarchs when they fasted.


I have taught on this subject and referenced it in my preaching and teaching on many occasions. Many people have asked questions that lead me to believe they do not have an understanding of fasting. I do not fast because my name is Daniel. However, I do fast as did Daniel and others in the Word of God. I realize that it is a discipline and that I must set my mind to practicing it with the help of the Holy Spirit. A very important part of a discipline working for you is to know what you must do. According to the scripture we find that food is always involved in fasting. Therefore, whether you sacrifice activities and physical pleasures or not, the abstinence of food should always be included in your fasting. The decision whether you fast a meal, certain types of food, or all food for the entire fasting period remains between you and the Holy Spirit.


The Holy Spirit understands your physical inabilities and health issues, medication requirements and intense schedules. He will lead you to what you must do as you are developing this voluntary discipline for your life.


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