Monday, March 20, 2017

Spiritual Leadership

Of all the occupation, a “Leader” lives with the greatest tensions between being a servant and a leader. Jesus poses a dilemma for us when he says, “whosoever will be great among you let him by your minister, and whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant’ (Matthew 20:26-27)
As we look at this dilemma Jesus posses, this indicates that for one to get further or productive, he/she must first give. Or another way for saying this is, to be a leader you must follow.
On one side of the self contradictory statement is our image of a leader, a person with power, having the ability to inspire enthusiasms, interest in others by means of personal influence, and impressive achievement.
The trouble begins when we try to reconcile that image with our thoughts about what a servant should be – ready to submit to others, modest and reserved, not praised and honored. Trying as we might, human efforts to combine these qualities into the role of the servant-leader fail us.

According to E.F. Shumacher, he states that our age is frustration in two conflicting images of leadership. One images is the shining star at the top of the Christmas tree, bright visible and dominant. The other image is the balloon-seller at the country fair, a drab and paltry holder of strings. In human terms, one is a leader, and the other is a servant. Only a cryptic mind can see through the fallacy in both images. The shining star at the top of the Christmas Tree depends upon the nuts in the branches, while the holder of the strings depends on the hot air in the balloons above. Needless to say, the paradox of the servant-leader can be resolves only in the example given to us by Jesus Christ Himself
A case study is Scripture illustrates the Spirit of Jesus as we see servant-leader-Clergy and laity, in action. In the opening chapters of Acts of the Apostle, we read about the miraculous growth of the church after Pentecost. Then it happens, numbers of coverts out run the available food supply internal conflict and the infant church is threatened with early extinction. Acts 6:1-6 records the conflict and the resolution.
Now in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplying, there arose a complaint against the Hebrews by the Hellenists, because their widows were neglected in the daily distribution. Then the twelve summoned the multitude of the disciples and said, “It is not desirable that we should leave the word of God and serve tables. Therefore, brethren, seek out from among you seven men of good reputation, full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business; but we will give ourselves continually to prayer and to the ministry of the word.” And the saying pleased the whole multitude. And they chose Stephen, a man full of Faith and the Holy Spirit, and Philip, Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolas, a proselyte from Antioch, whom they set before the apostles; and when they had prayed, they laid hands on them.
The outline for analyzing the case for servant leadership comes from directly from the text.
To LEAD is to SERVE. For you to be a good leader you must be a good servant. For leaders are true servants
Motivation speaker/author Carl Mathis
Author of  Pursuing Your Purpose.
For more info go to http://www.carlmathisbooks.com

Friday, February 24, 2017

To Achieve Purpose in Life, Do What You Do Best

The great thing about life is that we all have natural talents. We only need to discover what they are and use them to the best of our capabilities. When you give time and energy to your natural talents, you will find that you reap extraordinary rewards.
Rejoicing in our natural talents should be an easy thing to do. But for countless people, it’s emotionally draining, because a lot of people fight their giftedness and natural talents for one reason or another. Perhaps their parents would disapprove of their creative talent to write or create art because they want them to be a prosperous doctor or lawyer. Maybe someone’s talent wouldn’t seem to have the ability to bring the kind of prosperity they aspire to have. At times people are just scared to pursue the purpose that seems to come so easily to them—they think success shouldn’t be easy.
These are all justifications. And all the justifications in the world won’t make natural talent go away. It will be there, a burning desire waiting for us to have faith and move through fear and doubts until we recognize what we should have been doing our whole lives. We have been given a purpose, through our natural talents and gifts for a reason—to use them to the advancement of the world and those who live in it.
Have you ever observed that when you participate in an activity in which you are naturally gifted, you feel invigorated, enthusiastic and positive? That’s an indication that these are the things you should be concentrating on—when you’re nearly buzzing all over, so happy you can barely stand still.
Your aim is to discover what makes you excited and begin to perfect it. Determine your talent in life and prepare. You must improve your natural abilities to perfect them—focus on your strong points, not your weaknesses. Look at the world’s best athletes, for example. They train what they’re naturally good at—and what they enjoy doing—every single day. They stick to what they do best and obtain astonishing rewards because of it.
There are only two phases to a life of purpose -- determine your talent and perfect it. Doing this will allow you to receive the fulfillment and contentment that you were meant to have.


Monday, April 11, 2016

How To Get Results From Prayer

Prevailing in prayer and getting results has been a strong concern for many people throughout generations, and still, in today’s society the struggle continues. Hebrews 4:16 instructs us to “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need”. Among Christians, even the most seasoned ministers must face this challenge.

The fact is, when we pray we want to get results.                                                                                   If results were not attainable, why bother to pray?

Prayer consists of two connections that come together; after the two come in contact with each other, they become one.  For example: Let’s say two people are having a conversation and there is a disagreement, until the two come together in agreement the conversation will never move from point A to point B.

 

God created Prayer as a channel for humans to communicate with Him via relationship. This is why He again instructs us in (Luke 18:1) “that men ought always to pray, and not to faint” He continually wants a relationship with us. The only way to build a long lasting relationship is through time. So then, the only way to have a long lasting and effective relationship with God is with time spent in prayer.

 

If you have a good relationship with someone you can communicate with them about anything? How important is it to have a good relationship with God?

 

How do we pray to a Holy God when we are so unjust? God would have to go against His own principles, and lower His standards and to be like us, unjust. But, of course that cannot happen. He says in (1 Peter 1:16) Be holy, for I am holy” God desires to answer all of our prayers but it must be on His terms.


Here is God’s blueprint for receiving results out of prayer; follow the instructions, and without a doubt, the results you want will come:

1: Be a genuine child of God by accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and savior.

 

(John 1:12) ”But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name” (Romans 10:9) promises, “If you confess with your mouth Jesus asLord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will besaved.”

 

2: Read and study God’s word.

 

You cannot expect to just pray without knowing the promises of God. If so, your prayer will not be as effective and you will not have a desired result. (John 15:7) If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you”

 

 

3: Prayer is to God the Father only and not to anyone else. Not even to Jesus.

John 16:23) ”And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you” (John 2:5)  His mother/Mary saith unto the servants, Whatsoever He/Jesus saith unto you, do it”

 


4: Thank God in advance because it’s already done.

This is all done through faith. (Hebrews 11:6) But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him” (Philippians 4:6) Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

 

             If your everyday activities are so                      consuming that you can’t find time to                implement these steps, you’re too                      busy with the wrong things. Do this                  and you shall reap the reward of your                labor.


 

 

Author of “Pursuing Your Purpose

To get more insight, visit www.carlmathisbooks.com.

Saturday, February 27, 2016

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KNOW WHEN TO TAKE A BREAK:
Pursuing purpose is like taking a trip on a rocky road toward the top of a mountain. An uphill climb, whether on a rocky road or a smooth one, is not easy. Who said pursuing purpose would be easy? Yes, it’s difficult; life is difficult. However, reaching the top is not the problem. I came to realize you could reach the top with no problem at all if you do so your way. But if you do that, could you enjoy what you’ve accomplished and hold on to it? Would you have enough strength to glory in the fruits of your labor? However, if you don’t take the easy route (doing it your way), you will discover that there will be times along your climb toward the top when you’ll have to rest; and you will discover the consequences if you press forward when you’re fatigued mentally, emotionally, and physically.
  
 

Life has a way of taking a toll on the body; everyday concerns and a habit of worrying can become 

thorns in your flesh. Thus, it is imperative that you recognize when it’s time to take a break. If you 


want to be effective in your work, you must know when to step back and take a moment to relax and 


recuperate. “And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the 

seventh day from all his work which he had made” (Genesis 2:2, KJV).


Motivational Speaker Carl Mathis, author of "Pursuing Your Purpose - How To Discover God's Revelation For Your Life". Learn how to develop your life through Biblical Scriptures at http://www.carlmathisbooks.com

Friday, February 5, 2016

Mind Power Training: How to Discover Your Divine Purpose

When we feel misaligned, without passion or rhythm, we’re not being guided by our spirit. Many people are influenced by the needs of others, the paycheck that supports them and the demands that dominate them. On this path we eventually live like slaves to a man-made system. We chase the goals of others instead of pursuing our own dreams. We deaden our despair with the next purchase, pill or ill-gotten gains. We do what we think we should instead of living beyond what logic alone can dictate.

God is always speaking to us. Giving us clues, insight and direction about the reason why we’re here. It can be difficult to hear His still small voice because of the many things that can distract us, but with intentional effort and a few minutes of quiet time each day, we can be still and know God’s purpose for our life. When we know God, and we hear God, our talents start to feel energized. We awaken with excitement and expectation. We are downloaded with divine ideas and next steps. We hear the answers to our burning life questions like:-Why I am here?

-What should I do next?

-How can I make my life more fulfilling?

-What makes me happy?

Without times of stillness, there will be feelings of disconnect, despair and foreboding that result from living outside our divine purpose much like a light bulb without a lamp. But when we cultivate listening to our spirit and ultimately follow it to realize our purpose, it is the feeling of fitting in, like a piece in a puzzle. It feels peaceful. From it comes the innate satisfaction of giving the gifts that you and you alone can contribute to the world.

Being spirit driven is fundamental in finding your direction—both big and small. Whatever you do with your life, it should honestly be the outflowing of who you uniquely are. That way, you don’t have to work hard to manufacture it. It’s best when it is organically and artistically an outpouring of your gift, your talent, your perspective.

Motivational Speaker Carl Mathis, author of "Pursuing Your Purpose" (The Series) http://www.carlmathisbooks.com

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Christian Words of Encouragement: Five Ways to Live a Life of Purpose

Christian Words of Encouragement: Five Ways to Live a Life of Purpose: Five Ways to Live a Life of Purpose           Living a life of purpose is never easy. It can be tempting to simply drift through lif...

Five Ways to Live a Life of Purpose

Five Ways to Live a Life of Purpose

          Living a life of purpose is never easy. It can be tempting to simply drift through life and allow whatever happens to take you wherever it please—in short, to simply go with the flow of life. Yet as people this cheats us from fulfilling ourselves and developing our full potential. It is important we live our life filled with purpose

1. Actively choose!

          Living a life of purpose means really choosing to live life to the best it can be. You choose to commit to a purpose—whatever purpose it may be—through thick or thin, because you realize that this purpose has value. For Christians, people have eternal purpose and value—we are made for something far more, and far beyond us and bigger than us in scope. Therefore, if we really wish to pursue this, to be part of something amazing with the rest of the world, we need to actively choose to participate and go for it.

2. Understand our purpose

          It is not easy, but of course understanding your purpose will help you live out your life with more purpose! Going through workshops, seminars, prayer, and reflection can help you understand further your purpose. Read Scripture, talk to others, find your niche in the world!

3. Pray, pray, pray!

          Prayer is a necessary aspect of understanding one’s purpose. It is easier to understand why and how to do our purpose when we understand also Who gave that purpose to us. God wants what we want—he wants us to be fulfilled people, a free people, a happy people, a good people. When we understand the God who gives us eternal value and purpose, we can also understand then why we have to do our purpose and how we fit into the greater scheme of things, making it easier to live our life with purpose.

4. Form a community or group

          Living out your purpose can be difficult, but with support, things can be a lot easier. Forming a support group or finding a community that also values purpose and living out one’s vocation can help you live your life more purposefully.

5.  Know that pursuing your purpose will entail difficulties

Sometimes it takes awhile, sometimes it will suddenly fall into place in seconds. It is different from person to person, but rest assured that if you continue reflecting on who you are and what you can do in this world, your purpose will become clearer and clearer to you each day. Rest assured that that is part of what it means to live a life of purpose, and we need to continue to soldier on despite some who may be cynical about what we do, or those who actively object and go against what we do. Our purpose is to do the good through our work, and so despite people who may say that we cannot change the world or live a purposeful life, we ought to continue living our lives with purpose.


Written by Carl Mathis, author of “Pursuing Your Purpose – How To Discover God’s Revelation For Your Life” For more from car got to carlmathisbooks.com