Every Leader Must Recognize His Weaknesses and Seek The Strength Of The Holy Spirit.
Leadership Principles from the Book Of Acts
16 that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man,
Ephesians 3:16 (NKJV)
8 But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
Acts 1:8 (NKJV)
Daily Reading Plan
Ephesians 3:16 (NLT) — 16 I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit.
Ephesians 3:16 (MSG) — 16 I ask him to strengthen you by his Spirit—not a brute strength but a glorious inner strength
Development of the Leadership Principle:
How many of us in leadership have weaknesses? I believe if we are sincere with ourselves we can confess that we have many weaknesses!
We cannot deny our weaknesses, defend them, excuse them or hide them, we need to confront them! A weakness is whatever limitation you have or inherited and you don’t have the power to change it.
God many times chooses someone with weaknesses to lead and do ministry…
1 Corinthians 1:25-27 (NKJV) —25 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men. 26 For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called.27 But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty;
Weaknesses come in many different forms…
Physical, emotional, intellectual, and overall spiritual defects and imperfections. Uncontrollable situations in leadership that weaken and affect us directly in our ability to lead.
The Bible shows us example after example of leaders who suffered great losses because of their weaknesses. We can observe how weaknesses can destroy a calling and the influence in leadership.
We can have capacity, charisma, and abilities, but if we don’t deal with our internal weaknesses then we will never be effective and fruitful leaders.
Something that leadership always exposes to us or brings to light are our weaknesses, sooner or later they will become visible to the rest! Maybe it will take some time, but we can’t hide the internal weaknesses.
Even though we are called to ministry, it is obvious that we are not perfect. On occasions flaws in our character, or in our person are very visible as we serve in leadership. People will sometimes see our weaknesses and as a result our influence will diminish in their lives.
We are vessels of clay, being formed by the power of God…
2 Corinthians 4:7-9 (NKJV) —7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us. 8 We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; 9 persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed—
Sometimes we want to do good, we all desire to be outstanding leaders, but at the end of the day we don’t have the character or spiritual capacity to accomplish the work of God.
This reminds me of what Romans 7:18-19 tells us, “For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells; for to will is present with me, but how to perform what is good I do not find. 19 For the good that I will to do, I do not do; but the evil I will not to do, that I practice.” If we see ourselves we discover many things that don’t please God.
On occasion as leaders, the desire to do good is in us, but we don’t have the capacity to do it! It would be frustrating and unfortunate to live a life without hope of overcoming our weaknesses.
It is for this reason that the Holy Spirit dwells in us, to help us with the weaknesses we have in our lives! Through the power and the intercession of the Spirit our weaknesses become strengthened…
Romans 8:26-27 (NKJV) — 26 Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us[a] with groanings which cannot be uttered. 27 Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.
There is hope today, it is possible to overcome our weaknesses with the help of the Holy Spirit. It is in our reach to strengthen our inner man and get rid of the things that hold us back and limit us.
Everything begins with strengthening the inner man, the internal strength of the Holy Spirit! When one allows the Holy Spirit to do his internal work in us our weaknesses become strengths through his grace…
2 Corinthians 12:9 (NKJV) — 9 And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
Spiritual leadership, requires a spiritual work of the Holy Spirit in our lives! It is impossible to be a leader in the house of the Lord, without the strength of the Spirit. Every day we must be renewed and transformed by the work of the Holy Spirit.
In 2 Corinthians 4:16 it tells us, “Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day.”
Every day we must let the Holy spirit strengthen our weaknesses, only then will we be strong! God desires to use our weaknesses for his glory…
The first disciples were transformed through the power of the Holy Spirit. The Book of Acts gives us testimony of the lives that were radically transformed.
We see a complete transformation of the disciples of Jesus, from fearful men to men filled with power and boldness. Even though they had weaknesses, the power of the Holy Spirit gave them strength to overcome their weaknesses!
Today we need the help of the Holy Spirit in leadership only then will we be effective in our calling and ministry. The weaknesses today can be made strengths through the work of the Holy Spirit.
What must we do to strengthen our weaknesses through the internal work of the Holy Spirit…
Understand that if you don’t face and deal with your weaknesses you will suffer great consequences and losses (guilt, condemnation, loss of influence, etc.)
It will be necessary to stop pretending that everything is under control by being honest with yourself.
Instead of living in denial or giving excuses, take time to examine your life and identify your weaknesses.
It is important to abandon the desire to impress people, and be transparent with those that can help you deal with your weak areas.
Be humble to recognize that you are surrounded by weaknesses and need help from the Holy Spirit.
Allow your weaknesses to draw you closer to the Lord and as a result you will depend more on the Holy Spirit.
Seek someone, a mentor who you can be accountable and open with to receive guidance and correction.
Foundational Scriptures of the Principle:
2 Corinthians 12:9(NKJV) — 9 And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
2 Corinthians 12:10 (NKJV) — 10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
Hebrews 4:15 (NKJV) — 15 For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.
Luke 11:1 (NKJV) — 11 Now it came to pass, as He was praying in a certain place, when He ceased, that one of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.”
Matthew 20:22 (NKJV) — 22 But Jesus answered and said, “You do not know what you ask. Are you able to drink the cup that I am about to drink, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?” They said to Him, “We are able.”
John 12:27-28 (NKJV) —27 “Now My soul is troubled, and what shall I say? ‘Father, save Me from this hour’? But for this purpose I came to this hour. 28 Father, glorify Your name.” Then a voice came from heaven, saying, “I have both glorified it and will glorify it again.”
Romans 8:15 (NKJV) — 15 For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.”
Ephesians 6:18 (NKJV) — 18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints—
Jude 20 (NKJV) —20 But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit,
Luke 22:44 (NKJV) — 44 And being in agony, He prayed more earnestly. Then His sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground.
2 Corinthians 12:4 (NKJV) —4 how he was caught up into Paradise and heard inexpressible words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter.
1 John 5:14-15 (NKJV) — 14 Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 15 And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.
1 Thessalonians 1:5 (NKJV) —5 For our gospel did not come to you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Spirit and in much assurance, as you know what kind of men we were among you for your sake.
2 Corinthians 4:16 (NKJV) —16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day.
Ephesians 6:10 (NKJV) — 10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.
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