Use Every Tool You Have

Abraham said to the oldest servant of his house . . . “Go to my country and to my family, and take a wife for my son Isaac.” Genesis 24:2, 4

Delegation is the most powerful tool leaders have. Delegation increases individual productivity according to the number of people to whom leaders can delegate. It increases the productivity of their department or organization. Leaders who can’t or won’t delegate create a bottleneck to productivity.  So why do some leaders fail to delegate effectively?
1. Insecurity
2. Lack of confidence in others
3. Lack of ability to train others
4. Personal enjoyment of the task
5. Habit
6. Inability to find someone else to do it
7. Lack of time
8. An “I do it best” mind-set

If you recognize yourself in any of the issues above, you probably aren’t doing enough delegating. Here are some other indicators that you need to delegate: When deadlines are missed often; crises become frequent; someone else could do the job; or those under your leadership need another world to conquer.

Developing the Leaders Around You

To-Be List

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Most of us live our lives in a noisy, fast-forward fog. We watch the evening news while making dinner and helping the kids with their homework. We call the plumber on the way to the dry cleaners with our favorite worship album playing in the background.

Since getting my Blackberry a few months ago, I’ve noticed that I often have one ear attuned to a possible ba-bing, alerting me to a new text message—even when I’m working, watching a favorite TV show, or talking with a friend.

With so much busyness and noise in our lives, is it any wonder that when we finally slow down enough to have a heart-to-heart with a family member—or with God—that our minds are still racing?

Get some tips on how to set aside the busy schedule of your hectic life and BE STILL via To-Be List | Today’s Christian Woman Editors’ Blog | Conversations with the women behind Today’s Christian Woman magazine.

The Leader and Stress

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. Psalm 23:1

Have you discovered the differences between problems and facts? Problems are things we can do something about; we can solve problems. Facts are things we can do nothing about; therefore we do well not to worry about them. We should apply energy only to those things we can change. When we do, we can feel peace and act with poise, because we no longer beat our heads against an unbreakable wall.

Psalm 23 reminds us of what God alone can control and what we can control. It distinguishes between problems and facts. It defines God as . . .
Our possession
Our provision
Our peace
Our pardon
Our partner
Our preparation
Our praise
Our paradise

From: The Maxwell Leadership Bible

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David and Jonathan make a covenant of friendship together in which book of the Bible?

1) 1 Samuel, 2) 2 Samuel, 3) 1 Kings, 4) 1 Chronicles

Which of these books of the Bible contains the 10 commandments?
1) Ecclesiastes,  2) Leviticus,  3) Genesis  4) Exodus

Who is the author of the book of Romans?
1) John 2) Peter 3) Paul 4) James

In which book of the Bible do we read: “I am my beloved’s, and my beloved is mine:..”?
1) Psalms 2) Hebrews 3) Song of Solomon 4) Galatians

What New Testament book discusses the difference between the old and the new covenants?
1) Acts 2) Romans 3) Hebrews 4) Jude

What is the theme in the book of Amos?
1) grace 2) love 3) justice 4) forgiveness

Where is this verse found? ” Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him: the just shall live by his faith.”
1) Jude  2) Isaiah  3) Philemon  4) Habakkuk

In which book of the Bible is this verse found?: “the eyes of the LORD,…run to and fro through the whole earth.”
1) Esther  2) Zechariah  3) Ruth  4) Job

By law, if an Israelite touched the carcase of a dead insect, he became unclean until …?
1) a priest cleansed him  2) the seventh day of the week  3) the evening  4) he cleaned himself

By law, if you were an Israelite and an unclean dead animal fell onto something that was clean, what did God require you to do?
1) nothing was to be done  2) it became unclean and had to be washed in water  3) it was to be burned  4) it was unclean until a priest could bless it

Answered Prayer

Jothany Balckwood could not be said better:

You need to be able to go to your Father yourself and speak on your own behalf. There’s a time for the saints to cover you in prayer, but we have to also have a personal relationship with God.

There is a time in our lives when we have to claim our own healing and blessings for ourselves. Very often we become lazy and often ask others to pray for us, but recently I have come to relaise that God wants us to believe in Him for ourselves; He wants us to claim our vistory and take back all that the devil has taken from us, ourselves.  He wants us to come to Him and know in our hearts that he is God and Him alone will sustain us.

Read Balckwood’s article

Food for the Soul by Rochelle Buchwald – READ YOUR BIBLE EVERYDAY

If there is one verse that constantly stays with me, it is 1 Corinthians 8:7  “faith comes by hearing the Word.” This is the faith that “delivers and saves” accoding to Luke 18:42. I read the Bible everday becuase I  really want to receive  that mountain-moving  faith that God speaks about in his Word, I want the fire of God to be in my bones. I want to know God’s promises for me and how to inherit the many many many fruits of the spirit (Galatians 5:22).

Living as a christian means trials and temptations and the Bible as my life guide definitely shows me how to deal with every situation I encounter.

Praise be to God for His goodness!

Rochelle Buchwald tells about the struggle of getting time to read the Bible. Can anyone identify with this? She offers the following steps to help us open the door to God on a daily basis:

Choose a time and place where you won’t be interrupted.

Being in the same place each time will help focus your mind on God.

Select a book of the Bible and begin by reading one verse or short passage at a time.

The point of lectio divina is to read slowly and explore each word in the text.

Let your reading lead you into prayer as it triggers concerns, regrets or desires.

This will help you encounter the living God through His Word.

Write a prayer.

Use the format of a liturgical prayer to write out a response to your reading. Here’s a sample based on the passage in Matthew 14:13-21, where Jesus feeds the 5,000:

Gracious Provider, (address to God)

You fed the multitudes from five small loaves and two fish. (theme from text)

Teach me to have faith in Your power.

(petition)

And to learn to expect great results from small resources. (develop the petition)

Through Your infinite richness, Amen. (conclusion)

via RADIANT | Life from the Inside Out.

StreamingFaith.com – News: Americans Pick Obama As Personal Hero; Jesus Comes Second

President Barack Obama’s popularity overwhelms that of Jesus Christ, Martin Luther King, and Mother Teresa, according to a new poll that shows Obama as the person Americans named as their hero.

Read more via StreamingFaith.com – News: Americans Pick Obama As Personal Hero; Jesus Comes Second.

I truly do not think that these results are valid taking into consideration that only 2,634 persons took part in the poll. The results hold no ground in my opinon. How do we know how many of these respondents were Aetheists or just saw the name Barrack Obama and did not just click it for so?

Power of Praise

Today’s devotional on Streaming Faith is about the Power of Faith. I just felt like sharing this devotional with my readers.

It is always good to praise God. Many times you might be preventing your own delivrance and healing.  To recieve mine I had to let go of shame, worrying and bothering about what others will think when I raise my hand and just press into God for He is good.

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Dr. Frederick K.C. Price

The sacrifice of praise is the sacrifice God wants our “holy priesthood” to offer! How do we do that? With our mouths, by making a joyful noise to the Lord, speaking forth His praises, telling forth and extolling God’s goodness.

First Peter 2:1 says:

Therefore, laying aside all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all evil speaking,

You cannot praise the Lord and speak evil at the same time. Jesus said you cannot get sweet water and bitter water out of the same fountain. You cannot have evil speaking and praise for the Lord coming out of your mouth at the same time.

The Apostle Paul said that there is nothing unclean of itself (Romans 14:14). He was speaking about ceremonial uncleanness in reference to the Jew. Under the Old Covenant, there were certain animals that were classified as clean and unclean. Unclean animals were never to be used in sacrifices to Jehovah God. It was not that the animals were dirty, it was just a distinction that God made between certain animals. But Paul said there is nothing unclean of itself, except to that man who thinks it is unclean. All things are made by God and they are to be received with thanksgiving. Let’s go back to First Peter, and cover some other things concerning who we are in Christ Jesus.

First Peter 2:6-9:

6 Therefore it is also contained in the Scripture, “Behold, I lay in Zion a chief cornerstone, elect, precious, and he who believes on Him will by no means be put to shame.”

7 Therefore, to you who believe, He is precious; but to those who are disobedient, “The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone,”

8 and “A stone of stumbling and a rock of offense.” They stumble, being disobedient to the word, to which they also were appointed.

9 But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;

This is why we shout, this is why we clap our hands, because we have been called out of darkness into His light. Many of us, before we were born again, walked in darkness for many years. There wasn’t anything to shout about in the dark. But, praise God, we are in the light now, and there is a whole lot to shout about, because we are getting to see all the things we could not see when we were in the dark.

First Peter 2:10:

Who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy.

There is a two-fold priesthood we are involved in under the New Covenant. First of all, we are a holy priesthood. The holy priesthood offers up spiritual sacrifices and praises. In other words, we extol and tell about the goodness of God. We praise His name, and we give Him honor and glory in verbal ways. Now the royal priesthood, on the other hand, deals with the things concerning God by His Word.

The holy priesthood function is our personal, private extolling and exalting of the Lord. We can also do that publicly, but it is primarily for our personal and private worship. In our royal priesthood function, we extol and present the things of God and the things of Christ through the Word of God–it is the manifestation that comes through the Word.