Single piece of lego

A single piece of lego is nothing if it remains alone, but when all the lego pieces are joined together, that’s the only time you will be able to create something beautiful out of it. We are like lego pieces, we are not meant to be alone, we are created to build a relationship. We are family

I ♥ my cell.
I ♥ my cell leader Gel Beare
I ♥ my church (The reason why I keep coming every sunday, because it’s a home) – Christ’s International Fellowship, Makati
I ♥ my Pastor Isagani Kingking Maria Theresa Kingking

I♥ the Worship team! (Wow! God is doing amazing things in this team!)

6 Characteristics Of Spiritual Leaders

As believers, we recognize the value of imitating Jesus and His leadership style. But if we really think about it, it’s strange that we try to emulate a leader who never developed an organization, regularly encouraged people to stop following Him, and ultimately saw His death as the pinnacle of His accomplishments.

What kind of perspective must a leader have to place high value on these kinds of strategies? Jesus was not a manager. His primary role was to function as a spiritual leader.

Not all leaders in religious organizations are spiritual leaders. This is not a criticism as much as a distinction. Distinguishing spiritual leadership from other forms of leadership can free people from unrealistic expectations of some leaders.

At the same time, making this distinction can help identify who the spiritual leaders in your organization are. Here are six characteristics that identify most spiritual leaders:

  1. They lead others into their own encounters with God. One of the most effective things about Jesus’ lifestyle was that He didn’t switch into another mode to introduce His disciples to the reality of God.Whether standing in the synagogue or picking wheat along the path, interacting with the Father was so natural that others around Him could not help but do the same. Whether a spiritual leader is training a new employee or working through a difficult conflict resolution, his followers will discover their own connection to God more deeply in the process.
  2. They lead others to discover their own purpose and identity. Spiritual leadership is characterized by great generosity. A spiritual leader genuinely wants others to fully discover who they were made to be.Workplace issues and strategic development become tools to help followers discover their own identity and overcome obstacles standing in their way. People functioning in an area of their created identity and strength will always be more productive than those who are simply trying to fill a position or role.
  3. They lead others into transformation—not just production. When the goal is spiritual growth and health, production will always be a natural outcome. People function at their peak when they function out of identity.Helping your followers discover that their own transformation can happen on the job will engender loyalty and a high level of morale. Spiritual leadership fosters passion in those who follow. Passion is the ingredient that moves people and organizations from production to transformational impact.
  4. They impact their atmosphere. While we may not stop a tempest with our words, spiritual leaders recognize that they can change the “temperature” of a room, interaction, or relationship.Changing the atmosphere is like casting vision, only it is immediate. When there is tension, fear, or apathy, a spiritual leader can transform the immediate power of these storms and restore vision, vitality and hope. A spiritual leader can fill a room with love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness and gentleness, even while speaking hard things.
  5. They help people see old things in new ways. Many people are stuck not in their circumstances, but in their perspectives and paradigms. The word “repent” means “to think differently, or to think in a different way.” Jesus called people to look again at old realities through new eyes. Changing ways of thinking always precedes meaningful change.
  6. They gain a following because of who they are—not because of a position they hold. Spiritual leaders can be found in secular organizations, in the same way managers and organizational leaders can be found in religious ones.Spiritual leaders influence more than they direct, and they inspire more than they instruct. They intuitively recognize that they are serving something—and Someone—larger than themselves and their own objectives.

     

    source: http://michaelhyatt.com/characteristics-of-spiritual-leaders.html

Called to be People of Influence

Daniel 1

Our influence is lived out more than spoken. Our actions speak louder than our words.

1) V.8 Daniel was a young Jew held captive in Babylon, forces to accept the contaminated customs of a society that didn’t know the God of Israel. Despite this, he determined in his heart not to contaminate himself with that which, at that time, seemed like the only way to go forward. It is the same today, we are in danger of living in the moulds they want to impose on us, but we young people we also have the ability to judge for ourselves, to choose our outcome and to follow our own convictions.

Daniel sets an example of what to do at crucial moments in our lives, as it’s in exactly those situations that we have to make decisions that will probably shape our future.

We often think that the situations we find ourselves in, are a consequence of social, economic or family difficulties that we have had to face and because of that our dreams and goals have been shattered. But this is not the case.

Always remember that your future depends solely on the way you decide to face the circumstances God himself has allowed you to experience.

It is at times where we don’t fully understand what’s going on that our convictions as Christians are tested the most; it is much easier to follow the crowd than to take a stand against the pressures of sin.

Daniel, while in a lonely place, made a firm and possibly dangerous decision, but it was a decision that would surely mark his destiny in a definitive way.

Don’t get tired of fighting, of standing firm in your beliefs that you one day decided to embrace, because without a doubt the moment will come when you will receive the reward from our just God who you have decided to please. Psalm 126:6: ‘He who goes to and fro weeping, carrying his bag of seed, Shall indeed come again with a shout of joy, bringing his sheaves with him’

2) V.12 Your position of leadership should bring you to a realization that many people will look to you as an example and that most of their principles and what they do will be affected by what they see in you.

At first this book talks about how Daniel personally determined something in his heart, but later we find it is not just him who makes the decision to not contaminate himself by eating the king’s food but that his closest friends are motivated to do the same. Remember: We are light in the darkness. Matt 5:14: ‘You are the light of the world ‘, and your decisions not only affect your future but have the power to mark the future of a whole generation.

3) Vs 21. And Daniel remained there until the first year of King Cyrus. This verse covers more than 70 years of history (until the year that Cyrus captured Babylon). When we make the right decision at crucial times in our lives, we can be certain that our legacy will not only extend to our generation but that it will last and impact the coming generations.

The call of God on your life is not only to receive blessing, but also to influence those are around you now, what I mean by that is our call goes beyond religion, it is about a relationship with God, so we must live according to our convictions, no matter the pressures or the circumstances we may experience.

Remember, leadership is influence.

By: Richard Santiago