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(These are the notes from the June 2012.  We are learning from the Holy Bible, and John Maxwell’s book, ’21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership’.)

The Law of Navigation

Jesus promised, ‘Lose your life to find it.’

Team can be found between just you and your husband (and kids), (and friends…)

Kingdom leadership is modeled in the person of Jesus Christ.  His body died; but he didn’t.

God hovers over us.  He keeps us close.

Isaiah 31:5 – Like birds hovering overhead, the LORD Almighty will shield Jerusalem; he will shield it and deliver it, he will ‘pass over’ it and will rescue it.


The Holy Spirit reminds us who Jesus was/is.  Jesus was getting ready to leave.  He was not establishing himself; he was establishing others.

Conviction causes eyes to look up.  Condemnation causes eyes to go inward.

When God corrects us, it is good.

Psalm 141:4- Let a righteous man strike me—that is a kindness; let him rebuke me—that is oil on my head.
My head will not refuse it,  for my prayer will still be against the deeds of evildoers.

Philippians 1:6 – And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.

Let God have everything.  Let Him show you what goes against Him.

Hebrews 4:16 – Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

By the Holy Spirit indwelling in you, you can become an influencer.  Otherwise, it won’t last.
The Holy Spirit changes the way we thing, feel, and act.
Psalm 34:2 –  I will glory in the Lord; let the afflicted hear and rejoice.
Lay down every day what you think has to be.
2 Corinthians 5:14 – For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died.
Recap previous months:
  • The Law of the Lid: Purpose to become an influencer
  • The Law of Influence: If you are not influencing, you are not leading.  Seek relationship.
  • The Law of Process: This takes time.  Don’t get discouraged.
Psalm 139:1 – You have searched me, Lord, and you know me.
The Law of Navigation-
John Maxwell’s book shares the story of two men who led expeditions to the South Pole.  One of the men thoroughly planned, the other did not.  One found success.  The other found disaster.
It is normal to hope for an event; some spectacular moment that will change your life.  Occasionally, but rarely, that happens.  Most likely, it’s routine, planning, repetition.  We see our goals realized by the patient planning and execution.  Faithfully follow through.
Be yoked with Jesus.  You cannot do this on your own.  The yoke is easy; the burden light.
Matthew 11:29-30 – Take my yoke upon you and learn from me,  for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.
Go before the Lord and have Him show you, “If the Lord wills…”
James 4:14- Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.
Jeremiah 29:11 – For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper  you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
1 Corinthians 13 Our call to love and influence.  To meaningfully affect and influence the lives of those around you.
Philippians 1:9 – And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight…
Humility is the key to the Law of Navigation.  It’s not arrogant.
Surround yourself with people who are succeeding in life.
Stop and see where God wants you and be the person God wants you to be.
Ask yourself, “where is it that I am heading and who I am taking with me?
We can’t ‘fly by the seat of our pants…’
A leader must plan well.  What would be the temptation that would throw you off course? Relying on yourself.  Jesus was tempted in all things.  How did Jesus defeat temptation?  Prayer and scripture.  Jesus regularly went away to be with the Father.  He was well known for doing this.  This is our example.
How hard is it to lay your day down before Him?
2 Peter 1:5-7 –  For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love.
Take time to learn from past successes and failures.  Weigh the whole situation.  Do not be driven by discouragement or enthusiasm.  Look at the whole picture.  Look at timing.  Look at morale.
Work in team.  Have others show you your blind spot. (on how to be a better influencer.)
Priority is to get your personal life in order.
Ephesians 4:17 –  So I tell you this, and insist on it in the Lord, that you must no longer  live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking.

Romans 12:1 –
 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.
Questions to consider:

1. What are the areas in which others depend upon you to “navigate”, to set a course, to plan? 

2. Of the 4 steps discussed, which do you find most challenging? Which is your area of strength?

1. Drawing from past experiences (failures and successes)

2. Examine conditions before making commitments

3. Listen to what others have to say

4. Be sure your conclusion represents both fact and faith

3. Practical steps

1. What is one failure in your “navigation” in the past that you can examine and learn from?

2.From whom can you gain counsel regarding the “navigation” of your desired area of influence?

4.Have you recognized that your plans and ideas must be submitted to the Lord?

Are you willing to do so now?

Take a moment to list these areas

 


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(A lesson based on the Holy Bible, and John Maxwell’s, ‘21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership‘)

Psalm 141:5 Let a righteous man strike me—that is a kindness; let him rebuke me—that is oil on my head.  My head will not refuse it, for my prayer will still be against the deeds of evildoers.

When you are headed in the wrong direction, you need someone to correct you.

A leader is not someone who has a vision to start something and get people on board.  A leader is someone who lives a life where other people benefit by it.

Strive to be an influencer in a positive way.  Are the other people in your life better in their lives because you are in it?

Philippians 1:9-12 And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God.

John 10:4 When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice.

Live a life of purpose, intention, and loving others.

Recap:

Law of the Lid

Recognize where your “lid”/limit is.  Study and learn how to raise/lift that lid

Psalm 139:23-24 Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.  See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

Law of Influence

Do the people I want to influence actually listen when I talk?

The words of the wise are:

  • Sweet/healing: Proverbs 16:24 Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.
  • Carefully chosen: Proverbs 17: 27-28 The one who has knowledge uses words with restraint, and whoever has understanding is even-tempered. Even fools are thought wise if they keep silent, and discerning if they hold their tongues.

The difference between managing and influencing: Are you accomplishing goals or winning hearts?

The Law of Process

Jesus, I believe you have something better for me and I am going to follow you in it.  Call me, and I will come. (ex. Peter in the boat)

“If you try harder, you can do it” -this is Christian humanism.  It is the Holy Spirit that allows us to accomplish anything.

Psalm 103:14 As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him; for he knows how we are formed, he remembers that we are dust.

Be committed to learn and grow and for God to show you.  Submit yourself to a learning process that won’t quit until you die.  Never stop learning.

Hebrews 4:16 Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

You fall…you get back up.

You wander…you get back on the path.

Teach your kids hope and comfort in Jesus.

1 John 2:12 My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One.  He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.

Commit to not be the same person you were a month ago.

Psalm 34:5 Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame.

Lay down the doubts that it’s never going to be any different.  Be at peace that covering God is at work.

The process will be difficult.  This include our Christian walk.  the Holy Spirit does not tell us this to frighten us, but to calm us. (Father said there’d be days like this…)

Romans 12:1 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.

What matters most is that we be calmed when difficulties come.  Focus on what God is doing in us.

God is more interested in our hearts versus our behavior.

The secret of your success is in your daily agenda.  This shows your priorities, passions, (in)abilities, relationships, disciplines.

Psalm 141

What are the top things you value?

Look at your kids faces.  Talk to them directly.

Jesus does not want an end result.  He wants a relationship with you.

“As was his custom” -Jesus was away with His Father.  As a result, the disciples asked Jesus to teach them to pray (even though they were raised learning to pray.  The saw a difference in Jesus’ prayers.)

Relationship with Jesus will be messy.  Many things will be torn down.  “Don’t be tidying the teacups, when I’m tearing down the roof.”

God does not care about our mess/dust.

It’s an ongoing learning process.

2 Peter 1:5-7 For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control;  and to self-control, perseverance;  and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love.

Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. (CAN ONLY HAPPEN WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT)

Self discipline and perseverance – set a goal each day to improve a little.  (Relationship, finances, health, etc.)

Phase 1: I don’t know what I don’t know

Phase 2: I know that I need to know something

Phase 3: I know what I did not know

Phase 4: I know and grow and it begins to show

Phase 5: I simply go because of what I know

Rest will come, not when things change, but when you know who Jesus is.

The courageous risk of believing that things could be different in our life…not because others will be changed, but because we will.

Psalm 143:8-12  Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you.  Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life.  Rescue me from my enemies, Lord, for I hide myself in you.  Teach me to do your will, for you are my God; may your good Spirit lead me on level ground. For your name’s sake, Lord, preserve my life; in your righteousness, bring me out of trouble.  In your unfailing love, silence my enemies; destroy all my foes, for I am your servant.

Psalm 23:1-3 The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake.

It is hard to walk while in fetal position…

A lifetime of choices.  Influence the hearts of the people he has put into your lives.

Philippians 1:4-6 In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.

Isaiah 50:4 The Sovereign Lord has given me a well-instructed tongue, to know the word that sustains the weary. He wakens me morning by morning, wakens my ear to listen like one being instructed.

Romans 5:3 Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.

Homework for next month:

Ask someone who knows you well if they would be willing to help you.  Let them know that you want to grow in the area of leadership and influence and ask them to share an observation of an area in your daily routine that if it were stronger would help you meet these goals.

What are three areas of weakness you recognize?…seek them out…
Psalm 139:23 Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.

Bring them to the Lord to be led in a healthy, strong path.
Psalm 143:10  Teach me to do your will, for you are my God; may your good Spirit lead me on level ground.
Hebrews 4:16  Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

What are three things that you do every day?

What are three things you want to do every day?

It has been said that who you will be in five years depends on the books you read and the five people you spend most of your time with.

What are you presently reading?

What are you willing to commit to begin reading?

Who do you spend time with? Daily, Weekly, Monthly, Yearly

Who are you committed to start spending time with in order to intentionally influence them or be influenced by them?

Set one long term goal; put something into practice every day.

What are three practical ways you can become a learner of how to influence others?

Ask the person how they enjoy being related to, what energizes them what motivates them.  Seek ways to encourage them in these areas.  This will take time, each day.  It will not in one day, but you an build on what you do each day.  (ex. The building of the Secret Garden)

Learn about their “love languages”, learning styles, traits as revealed in personality tests.  (Not for the purpose of analyzing, but in order to understand.  We cannot influence people if we do not understand them.)
Are you committed to making a consistent change of direction in the relationship with those you hope to influence?
In regard to what we have learned tonight, what must you be committed to in order to be an effective influencer/leader? (It begins with the letter ‘P’! :))

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(Reference materials: Holy Bible, John Maxwell’s ’21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership’)

Titus 2:3-5 ‘Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good. Then they can urge the younger women to love their husbands and children,  to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God.’

Proverbs 31:11 ‘Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value.’

The first thing you need to do every morning is lay down your cross.  Lay down your self…plans…everything…

1 Peter 2:19-21 ‘For it is commendable if someone bears up under the pain of unjust suffering because they are conscious of God. But how is it to your credit if you receive a beating for doing wrong and endure it? But if you suffer for doing good and you endure it, this is commendable before God. To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.’

-Be prepared to be a Christian woman.  Do not be ignorant of the world’s schemes.

-Expect mistreatment, hardships.  Expect it so you won’t be shocked.

Recap Law of the Lid
We keep our lid low when we do not listen and obey God’s plans for our life.

Proverbs 14:1 ‘The wise woman builds her house, but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down.’

He made you alive, with Truth inside you, to make wise choices.

John 10:4-5 ‘When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice. But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger’s voice.’

Psalm 34:5 ‘Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame.’

Hebrews 4:16 ‘Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.’

2 Peter 1:12-15 ‘So I will always remind you of these things, even though you know them and are firmly established in the truth you now have.  I think it is right to refresh your memory as long as I live in the tent of this body, because I know that I will soon put it aside, as our Lord Jesus Christ has made clear to me. And I will make every effort to see that after my departure you will always be able to remember these things.’

2 Peter 1:2-8 ‘Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.  His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.  Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.  For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.’

-Be sure you are seeking out, and responding to, Godly counsel.

-Dedicate yourself to learning, growing, knowing , more.

-Jesus sent the Holy Spirit, the ‘Wonderful Counselor’ to be with us.  Work hard.  Seek the Holy Spirit.  He will be there for you.

-Encourage each other.

-God will give you the desires of you heart and He will equip you.

Romans 7:17 – 8:1 ‘As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me.  For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out.  For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.  So I find this law at work: Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me.  For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; but I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me. What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!  So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s law, but in my sinful nature a slave to the law of sin.  Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.’

Psalm 139:1 ‘You have searched me, LORD, and you know me.’

Romans 12:1-2 ‘Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.’

-What is my plan for my personal growth? Lay our plans before Him.

-What are some things you want to see different in your life in a year?

-Be intentional about being different in a year.

-The same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead courses through you.

-Your personal growth will be exponential when you serve others.

Galatians 6:9 ‘Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.’

-Our first pursuit should not be a more ordered life, better relationships, etc.  Our first pursuit should be Jesus Himself!

Proverbs 3:5-7 Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes;  fear the LORD and shun evil.

Proverbs 15:22 ‘Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed.’

Isaiah 40:11 ‘He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young.’
-Plans to ponder on during these lessons are not what we want to do, but who we want to become.
Example:
NO- “I am going to read my Bible everyday”
YES- “I want to be a woman who loves to be in the Word everyday”
-How do you want to be remembered?
-Write these plans out and daily check the list.
-Recognize that some of your goals will require help from others.
-Team needs to be your husband first.
The Law of Influence
To be a woman of God is to be a woman of influence.
-Jesus was the friend of sinners.
-Bless each other’s lives in friendship.  Build relationship.
Proverbs 4:4 Then he taught me, and he said to me, “Take hold of my words with all your heart; keep my commands, and you will live.”
Proverbs 16:24 ‘Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.’ (Use healing words)
Proverbs 4:20-22 ‘My son, pay attention to what I say; turn your ear to my words. Do not let them out of your sight,
keep them within your heart; for they are life to those who find them and health to one’s whole body.’
-Choose words carefully.  Keep to the bottom line.
Proverbs 16:21 ‘The wise in heart are called discerning, and gracious words promote instruction.’
1 Cor 11:1 ‘Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.’
-Do the people I want to influence actually listen when I talk?  are their lives affected?
-Don’t be afraid of Jesus searching your heart.
-Are you managing or influencing?
-Leadership is neither management nor position.
-Anyone who thinks he’s a leader and no one is following, he is merely taking a walk.
John 6:67-68 “You do not want to leave too, do you?” Jesus asked the Twelve.  Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and to know that you are the Holy One of God.”
-Be a person of character.  Do what you say you will do.
-Can you think of someone who has a position of leadership, but they are not really influencing?  By whom are they being influenced?  Who is making a difference in their loves?
-Selah: means ‘rest’.  Once a week, rest and ponder deep thoughts and questions.
-In your area of life, think of someone what you can say influences a specific area.  Where, when they speak, something happens.
-What are the areas of influence that you have?  There should be at least three…
Think of the people around you…
On a scale of 1-10, how influential are you in that person’s life?
What can you do to be more influential?
Philippians 1:9  ‘And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight…’
Psalm 37:3 ‘Trust in the LORD and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.’
The Law of Process

-It’s not going to happen in a day.

-Commit to learning.  John Maxwell reads one book a month, listens to one CD a week, and attends one conference a year.
-Process begins with the vulnerable fact that we might not know something.  Say to yourself, “I am going to learn how to do something.’
Galatians 6:8-10 ‘Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.’
-Pray: ‘Lord, would you show me some specific seeds to sow’?
-Write down 3 practical things you can sow into someone’s life.
Philippians 1:9  (again) ‘And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight…’
How do you enjoy spending time with people?
What energizes you?
-Leaders don’t “get things done”.  They invest in the lives of others.
-To become a leader is difficult.  But…
James 1:2-4 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
Romans 5:3-6 Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.  You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly.
 

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The Law of the Lid and The Law of Influence

(Note from Leigh:  Bev began a new teaching series that includes lessons from the John Maxwell book, ‘The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership.’  She had incorporated it with scripture and Biblical teaching to encourage women to be women of Godly influence and not worldly managers.  Here are the notes from that evening…)

Philippians 1:9 ‘And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight.’

Romans 12: 1,2 ‘Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.’

When the Lord corrects you, you can see and function better. (compare to the chiropractor’s gentle adjustment)

Leader:  To be a leader is to influence someone’s life.

Leader v. Manager

Manager: “This is how the home, husband, children, church, etc. need to be.”  This is what we focus on.

Jesus did not ‘manage’ people.  He invited.  He influenced.

Proverbs 31:11 ‘Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value.’

Is your life one that someone would choose to follow or are they doing it because they have to?

Controlling v. Serving

Do I really want to know the people I am in relationship with?

In everything, always ask, “ God, how does this relate to my life?”

The Law of the Lid

Philippians 4:13 ‘I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.’

Know where your lid is.

If you want to influence those in your life you need to know where your lid is and how to lift it.

Ephesians 3:20-21 ‘Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.’

He is able to do amazing things because of what He is doing in your life.

Locusts eat to the root.  They destroy.  Can’t grow back.  But God can resurrect all relationships.

To raise your lid: Increase your influencing skills

Matthew 11:28-29 ‘Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.’

Ask another: “Do you trust me in your life?”

Do you want a marriage that survives, or do you want a marriage that thrives?

Positional Leader –  Saul – All about campaigns, building kingdoms, no trust in teams, did not listen to Samuel.

Influential Leader – David

Just because you have the position, does not mean that you will have the influence.  You need to have the relationship.

Nagging and bullying is not influencing.

Reference: CD from Family Ministries – A Woman of God: Controller or Servant

Women typically control out of fear.  Lord, show me where I am controlling out of fear.

Positional Leaders – King Ahab and Jezebel: no desire to get to know the people they ruled over.

Jesus intentionally became a servant so he could influence others. (ex. Eat my body; drink my blood. –Disciples may not have understood, but they followed anyway. (where else can I go?)

Are you making things happen out of position or relationship?

What do you want to be said at your funeral: “She knew how to get things done?” or “My life will not be the same without her in it?”

What are the lids that are keeping me from being an influencer? Fear? Impatience? Pride? Disobedience (saying ‘no’ to God?) Jealousy?

What is my next step in raising this lid?

Who are the lid lifters in your life?

Do I lift a lid for anyone else? Husband? Children?

What can I do to help others dream bigger?

What can I do to help others influence others?

Jesus was quiet, humble, unassuming.

What is the desire of your heart?

If the Holy Spirit is within you, what is the desire He has put in you?

I am yoked with the Lord.  Yoke – master oxen/young oxen.  The master leads the young one gently redirects.

The yoke is an instrument of production.  A life of peace and productivity.

Give up your life, and you will save it.  Keep your life, and you will lose it.

Ask your family- Tell me an area in my life that is weak.  Where I am managing more than influencing.

Focus on the person right in front of you.  In the activity, are you ‘with’ them? (fully present and engaged?)

Be a safe person.

The things that delight you, you want your kids to delight in them as well.

John 10:4 ‘When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice. But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger’s voice.’

The Holy Spirit brings us to focus on Jesus.  He does not keep us is a whirlwind of chaos.  Keep eyes in Jesus.  You may not have a position of authority, but everyone is created to influence.

Song of Solomon: If you cannot find your heart’s love; follow the tracks that lead to the sheepfold. (follow others who follow Jesus) (Follow me, as I follow Him. –Paul)

I will follow you. You smell like Jesus.

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