Mountain Top Life Daily Devotional 2 August 2021 By Dr. D.K Olukoya – Leadership Lessons From Bible Characters (II)
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TOPIC: Leadership Lessons From Bible Characters II (Mountain Of Fire and Miracle Ministries, MFM Devotional 2 August 2021)
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Zephaniah 1-3
FIRE SCRIPTURE: Genesis 12:1-9
1 Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee:
2 And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:
3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.
4 So Abram departed, as the LORD had spoken unto him; and Lot went with him: and Abram was seventy and five years old when he departed out of Haran.
5 And Abram took Sarai his wife, and Lot his brother’s son, and all their substance that they had gathered, and the souls that they had gotten in Haran; and they went forth to go into the land of Canaan; and into the land of Canaan they came.
6 And Abram passed through the land unto the place of Sichem, unto the plain of Moreh. And the Canaanite was then in the land.
7 And the LORD appeared unto Abram, and said, Unto thy seed will I give this land: and there builded he an altar unto the LORD, who appeared unto him.
8 And he removed from thence unto a mountain on the east of Bethel, and pitched his tent, having Bethel on the west, and Hai on the east: and there he builded an altar unto the LORD, and called upon the name of the LORD.
9 And Abram journeyed, going on still toward the south.
MEMORY VERSE: “And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” – Matthew 4:19
Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all. Don’t be afraid to take risks.
PRAISE WORSHIP: Take a worship song as led by the Holy Spirit
PROPHETIC WORD FOR TODAY:
I DECREE THAT THE HAND OF JEHOVAH SHALL PLACE YOU ABOVE ONLY AND NEVER BENEATH, IN THE NAME OF JESUS.
Yesterday, we learnt the first leadership lesson: leaders do what is right even if they are alone. We also used the life of Noah to validate the assertion. You should also stand on God’s side and the side of truth even if you are alone!
Also Read: OPEN HEAVEN 2 AUGUST 2021 – EMMANUEL II
Another leadership lesson that is worth learning is that leaders embrace the unknown and take worthwhile risks. Abraham’s life validates this truth. God approached him in Genesis 12 and told him to go forth from his country and from his relatives and from his father’s house to the land which He would show him. In other words, God instructed Abraham to leave his comfort zone and march onward into uncertainty. Abraham did as he was instructed and his life and destiny were better for it. Great leaders embrace uncertainty and take prayerful and calculated risks because they know that the Promised Land awaits them on the other side.
Embracing the unknown and taking risk are inherent human traits and they play a major part in the lives of leaders. In life, it is often said that if nothing is ventured, nothing would be gained. Faith is the key factor that propels leaders to embrace the unknown and take risks. It was what made Abraham to step out of his comfort zone. Jesus said to His disciples who were fishermen, tax collectors, etc, “Follow me and I will make you fishers of men”. He simply wanted them to leave their comfort zones (occupation and lifestyles), embrace the unknown and take risks. They did and turned out to be great leaders and world changers. David embraced the unknown and took risks in confronting Goliath. His victory marked the beginning of an unending career as an extraordinary king and leader. Elijah also left his comfort zone and took a risk in condemning Baal worship in Israel as well as in challenging and defeating the prophets of Baal on mount Carmel, culminating in restoring the hearts of the Israelites back to God.
Beloved, Abraham, Jesus’ disciples (including Paul of Tarsus whom He converted on his road to Damascus), David and Elijah all became notable leaders because they embraced the unknown and took calculated and prayerful risks. They were men of faith and I encourage you to emulate them.
- Father, give me the grace to always trust You with all my heart, in the name of Jesus.
- Father, give me the grace to embrace the unknown and take calculated risks, in the name of Jesus.
- I overcome fear, anxiety and doubt, by the power in the blood of Jesus, in the name of Jesus.
- Fire of God, consume all the giants occupying my Promised Land, in the name of Jesus.
- Powers hindering my progress and advancement, die, in the name of Jesus.
- I will not labour in vain nor bring forth for trouble, in the name of Jesus.
- Father, make me a positive influence to all in Your Kingdom, in the name of Jesus.
MOUNTAIN TOP LIFE is a daily devotional by Dr. D.K Olukoya (General Overseer, Mountain of Fire and Miracle Ministries, Worldwide)
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