Listening to God for Making Good Decisions – Skills Needed for Servant Leadership

When we talk to people about their views on leadership, many people do understand the best leaders are clear that part of their role and responsibility is to serve. Servant Leadership is taking on new popularity as more people want leaders who are ethical, honest, have integrity and can serve for the betterment of others.

 This is a video which talks about a key skill set needed to be a great servant leader. The video teaches about listening to God and uses off road dirt biking as an example.

God gives us knowledge, wisdom and instruction. Learn to hear from God through holy spirit. Christians should practice proactive thinking vs. reactive thinking for making good decisions under pressure. This takes focus and discipline.

As I continue to grow in my leadership roles, I practice this skill set daily. As an expert Christian public speaker on the subject of Leadership, I share with you insights that will help you too.

 For more information about my public speaking, training, consulting, or leadership work, visit: http://www.debbrasweet.com/speaking-leadership.html

Ride safe and be strong!

Debbra

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Prayer Day for USA An Urgent Call to Prayer for our Nation in Crisis:Turning to God for Help in Saving our Nation

God’s Word First Christian Ministry will be participating in The Response prayer event by holding a National Prayerwe-the-peopleDay for USA Conference Phone Call on Saturday, August 6, 2011.

Open invite to everyone. Listen to the call and pray with us in spirit for God to save the USA.

Click Here to read the full story and get Put your first name and best email into the form on the page http://www.gods-word-first.org/national-prayer-day.html

Then click “Sign up!”to join us in prayer. We will email you the call in phone number along with date, time and other relevant info.

Read more info below for some of the reason why this day is important:

What’s Going On:

The United States of America is in trouble. That much we can all agree on. The finer details are debatable. But it doesn’t matter who’s to blame, Democrats, Republicans (or any other political party), the current President, your local government, The Fed, major corporations, Big Pharma, etc… The main source of the problem comes down to all of us, “We the People”.

The USA was founded on Christian principles. As a nation, the dominant religion has been Christianity (including all forms and denominations). God and His commandments were always at the core of our foundation and the decisions we made. And we as a nation prospered in every way because of it.

 

God’s Word, the church and strong religious beliefs used to be integral to most Americans in their personal lives. As the people in our nation have been slowly drifting away from God, their churches and away from basic Christian values, our nation as a whole has been suffering.

The best way to fix ANY problem is to
treat the cause, not the symptoms.

The problems our nation is facing today are not insurmountable to God. We can fix all our problems, both personal and national, but not by treating the symptoms. The following is a short list of symptoms due to a larger problem we as a nation are facing. Symptoms such as:

  • “the war on drugs”
  • “illegal immigration”
  • unrest in the Middle East
  • a failing economy in recession

All these and more can be solved by faith in God and by all agreeing to hold ourselves and each other accountable to good values.

The main problem we need to solve, the problem
that is at the core of all our symptoms,
is our separation from God.

When we as individuals are close to God then we personally enjoy the benefits of His blessings. When we as individuals are all close to God and come together as a group, as in a nation of people, then we collectively enjoy God’s blessings and protection.

The people in our once great nation have been slowly drifting away from God over the last 100 years. The evidence (symptoms) of this separation can be seen in the eroding of our family units, broken families, soaring divorce rates, increased abortions, increased domestic violence, crime in the streets, governmental corruption, etc.

Works of the Flesh vs. Fruit of the Spirit

As a nation we are in a financial recession heading into a full depression. A full financial collapse is imminent if we stay on the same path of disobedience to God. The people of our nation are suffering increasing instances of severe environmental conditions such as hurricanes, tornadoes, floods and earthquakes. These are all symptoms of a much larger problem looming over us. That problem is separation from God, His blessings and his protection.

Although it’s true that individuals who remain close to God are protected. But we live in a nation among others who are not protected, who are straying from God and His righteous values. This falling away of others affects all of us.

The Old Testament is full of examples of where God’s people strayed from Him and then reaped the consequences of their actions: Famine, pestilence, drought, poverty, wars, invasion and slavery. Our nation is on the brink of disaster. We are seeing some of these very same things happening to us right now, and it’s only going to get worse unless “We the People” repent and turn our hearts back to God TODAY.

“We the People” Must Turn to God as our Founding Forefathers Once Did”

Click here to read more of the why you should pray with us on Aug 6th- why to spread the invite with others you know- and how to join in prayer Aug. 6th.

May you be humble and bold. May you be peaceful and blessed.

Thank you for spreading this invite so God can perform a mighty miracle in our day and time!

Debbra

www.GodsWordFirst.org

Integrity- My Word of the Year

I am not sure why this personal habit of mine developed- but it’s pretty cool. (I seem to recall starting this activity about 5 years ago.)

Each year, right within the first day or two of January, I either develop a “Word of the Year” , a “Quote of the year” or a  focused platform to live by  for the year.

Last year, I kicked off 2010 with the focus  on “The Big Fat Juicy”.  It was about going for the biggest, fattest, juiciest goals of my life.

Before that, the 2009 quote of the year was “Destiny is not a matter of chance, it’s a matter of choice”.

I recall prior to that, one of my very first personal quotes and focused sayings for a year was: “If you don’t like it…Change It!”  ( In fact, I believe this was the original personal saying of the year.)

That particular year, I had no idea I was actually starting a new trend or habit.  I recall being a bit sassy and frustrated about another person’s grumpy attitude towards something.  I mumbled to myself in my head “If you don’t like it… change it!” That was it.  In that moment of declaring that in my head, I felt a personal change.  In fact- I realized the wisdom and freedom with that statement. I decided to adopt that and really make it my own personal reminder that ” If I don’t like something… change it!”    I was giving myself permission to not be stuck in a hole. I was giving myself permission to be happy. I was telling myself that things don’t always have to be ‘just so.’ I have the power to change things.

That year- I often remembered and reminded myself of that sentence. Each time, freedom, encouragement and a step towards better results followed. I was hooked! I loved my personal quote!

Much to my surprise- at the beginning of the next year, without much forethought or planning, my next personal quote to be passionate about appeared. Then again, the following year.  Personal quote doesn’t really describe the power of this concept.  It’s more like a theme to live, work and play by.   It’s part of the equation that is involved in the goal planning  I do.

So this year- yesterday to be exact, upon rising early and being inspired to write with passion about our conversations with business prospects – it was very clear what my word of the year is : Integrity.

Here’s to integrity in all I do!  I will strive to be my best and walk as honestly and circumspectly as I can. If you ever see or hear me walking (or talking) out of alignment from integrity- I give you permission to put me back in check.

May your day be blessed,

Debbra

Faith, Hope and Believing

I have a personal pet peeve when it comes to hearing the Word of God misstated and misinterpreted. As a believer of God, we are to “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of truth” as we are instructed in 2 Timothy 2:15.

One area where I hear much misunderstanding, misinterpretation and lack of clarity about God’s word is when people use the words: Faith, Hope and Believing.

Anytime we speak God’s word it is of the utmost importance that we are not dis-empowering what God has given us!

The lack of clear understanding of the words faith, hope and believing in an individual’s life leads to many opportunities for the adversary to come in and do harm and havoc to ones life.

When times get tough and challenging, five senses men often speak the words “You’ve got to have faith”. I’ve heard many, many Christians use this phrase too. Generally, when it is spoken, it is being used as a blanket of consolation – a type of ‘half hearted spiritual comfort’ in words – to encourage or remind the listener to ‘hang on, be strong, and things will/may work out’. The personal problem that I have when I hear that statement is this: God, in his Word- never tells us to have faith!

The English word ‘faithfulness’ is translated out of the old testament only twice. Once, it is used for the Hebrew word “Emun” in Deut. 32:20. Emun refers to steadiness. The other use of the English word ‘faithfulness’ is in Habbakuk 2:4. It is the word: emunah and it is better translated: stability.

The Word Faith, according to God, is the Greek work Pistis. Faith – pistis, is never used in the Old Testament. It is only used in the New Testament. Pistis means: Conviction of the truth of anything, belief.

There is relevance here to our understanding of the power in the word Faith, and how by not rightly dividing the Word, we can quickly and easily negate the power God has given us.

In the Gospels we see the life of Jesus set forth before us for our learning; his actions, his thoughts, his wisdom and his walk as the only begotten son of God. When we look closely at his life, we see that everything he did, he went to God first. Through direct communication with God, he received instruction, direction, God’s wisdom and divine understanding. Each step he took, every situation in which he made the choice to uphold the scriptures and fulfill them, he proved God and God’s word. He had to believe in God, believe whole heartedly what the scriptures said about him and he could not have one ounce of doubt about it.

When it came time for him to lay down his life, we see the ultimate example of the believing of Jesus. Before the final hours, during his prayer at Gethsemane (see Matthew 26:36) he prayed fervently to God, asking if there was any other way to fulfill God’s word. Jesus knew the pain and suffering he was about to go through. We see his human emotion in its fullness when the gospels tell us he prayed so hard about this that he sweated blood! The only way for him to fulfill the scriptures and become the Christ was to continue on in his believing in what he knew. He knew his reason, his purpose and he knew that God, under every circumstance and situation was right there with him. He knew he would not be forsaken and he knew his life was not in vain.

He also knew that by fulfilling the scriptures and allowing him self to die for our sins, it would mean the betterment of us all. In this one instance we see the faith (conviction in believing) of Jesus magnified. As you research and understand the sheer brutality and horrific conditions under which he allowed him self to be crucified- all the while he held onto the knowing of the coming of fulfillment of scriptures- you begin to see the power and steadfastness of his belief in The Word of God. He retained his trust in God and the understanding that God’s word, God’s will was coming to pass. Jesus’ walk, his life- his believing –this, is the declaration of what it means to have the faith of Christ!!

The day you became born again by proclaiming Romans 10:9 & 10 you received the gift of Holy Spirit. In that one moment, you operated believing (translated faith) and you received the permanence of this gift. With that gift came a power and a privilege that most people misunderstand. There are 9 manifestations of the Spirit and each person who has ever proclaimed that Jesus is the only son of God, he died for us and rose again from the dead and is now Lord, seated at the right hand of God, has all 9 and has the ability to fully operate them as they will!

One of those manifestations is “Faith”. Through believing we receive the Holy Spirit.

Once we receive Holy Spirit, we have received all the ‘faith’ we will ever need… we receive the Faith of Christ! We, each and every one of us who are born again, have the ability, in complete fullness to have steadfast, unwavering trust and confidence in the Power of believing God and his Word- at the level Christ did! That knowledge is wherein our understanding and conviction needs to be!

When you come to acknowledge and take operational ownership of the power in the gift you already have you begin to understand why God never tell us to ‘have faith’. We already have all the faith- ‘pistis’ we need! It’s the faith of Christ. Ephesians 2:8 verifies this: “For by grace are ye saved through faith (our believing that Christ is Lord- it is the faith of Christ that is in gift of God’s Holy Spirit that every man receives when claiming Romans 10:9 & 10); and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of (from) God.”

The English word hope has been translated from 17 different Hebrew and Aramaic words in the bible. Without study, it is very easy to have erred in our understanding.

Often we hear people casually use the word ‘hope’ in day to day language. It is used without much conviction in thought and is often referring to a passive idea. Many people walk around today without intention and the ability to truly have a crystal clear vision of an outcome they desire. Instead they speak of ‘hoping’ for something to happen. Five senses man’s use of this word usually brings with it little to no results.

Biblically, the word hope, when we look at the variety of words it actually represents, it can be seen that the main uses are related to: confidence, refuge, expectation, to cause to lean or trust. (These are not all the definitions – I encourage you to study this area on your own). What we do see though is biblically, the word Hope does not denote passivity. It still has active believing and thought behind the meanings of the words.

Believing is the active engagement of the power of our mind. It is an active engagement in the Believing of Christ! It is an active engagement of confidence, trust, remaining steadfast and to be fully persuaded in our convictions of the truth of God’s word and His Will. When you do a word study on the English translation of ‘believe or believing’, again you will see that there are five key words used – one of which is variations of the main word pistis.

Believing is the catalyst behind the magnificence of God’s Word. Faith is the inherent power that we all have. To step forward with action and ownership of the gift we have received takes an unfaltering conviction in our believing in God and the truth of His Word.

The next time you hear someone tell you to ‘just have faith’… remember- you already have all the faith you will ever need. You have the Faith of Christ! It’s simply time to step forth and take action in your believing and increase the depth of your conviction on God’s word to see miracles and amazing things comes to pass in your life.

Your sister in Christ,
Debbra Sweet

Why God First?

Many people say they live a Godly life- but they still deal with daily struggles, frustration, pain, drama and conflict. They work through emotions of sadness, anger, bitterness and resentment.  Inside, these same people yearn for a life filled with joy, peace, abundance, fulfillment, happiness, prosperity.

The Bible says those are all available AND God WANTS us to have them! God wants us to be super conquerers. In fact, the Bible states that we are Already Super Conquerers!

If the Bible says what it means, and means what it says, and God wants us to have this happy abundant life, why is it that so many people still suffer from personal pain?

The beginning of that answer is here: It is important to understand WHY we need to put God FIRST in ALL things. It is important to learn HOW to do that.  Then, most of all, we need to take ACTION and DO that!

If you are ready to learn about this subject, here’s a GREAT video that will get you going in the right direction. It’s simple, yet powerful.

May you receive many blessings for taking the action to learn about putting God First!

Debbra Sweet

P.S.  Make a commitment to yourself and get quiet when you listen to this.  You’ll be glad you did.

Why God’s Word First Video

Dare to be Dino!

One of the things I have done since I was very young  is people watching.  I ponder over how people act, what they think, why they think it, what motivates them to do what they do, and I wonder about what they feel deep down inside.

Are they truly happy? What makes some people have great big, amazing dreams while others are content being a couch potato? How is it that some people reach for the stars and get them while others reach for their next excuse as to why they did not nor cannot ever be successful.

Our world  has been transitioned by technology, filling the minds with instant access to more negative thoughts and input than we ever used to have.  This input, unfortunately is based upon the abuse and disrespect, hardships and drama people have (and create)  for themselves and others.  So, it is a treat to find individuals who truly are visionary and still grasp the ability to be  genuine through and through.  These individuals bring with them usually a keen sense of opportunity and simple joy. It’s joy that comes from within first- and it is that joy they share and spread to those much in need.

One such person, that I am fortunate to see daily, is my son, Quinn.  I share with you his heart, his attitude and his vision for the future.  Quinn truly lives in a color filled world.  It’s bright, it’s fun, everything he does is about creating an environment or space that allows the senses to be filled with time to play. Time to revel in the simplicity life has. Time to feel pure happiness.

There are days (moments and minutes) where his desire for fun is so intense that he forgets or does not recognize the need for order and discipline in thought. (We are working on that though! LO!)  I do not want to ever oppress or repress his wonderful imagination and sense of pure love for others and life.  It is so refreshing to see.  When days are long, trying and tiresome, his relentless desire to play and have fun is good to be around. .. and here’s why:

As adults, we forget that we are to have balance in our lives.  God made us to put HIM first, not our job, not our desire for things. We put God first, then all the rest should fall in line.  God made the perfect plan- but many people are unaware of this.  One of the things that God shares in His word is that we can recognize joy by being able to sing with a happy heart even in the darkest of hours.  For most people, that inner strength and ability to rebound from difficulty is unheard of.  God says it’s available.  Quinn reminds me daily that it’s possible.

God wants us to be happy, to be fulfilled, to feel love, pure love.. which leads to joy. When was the last time YOU felt joy?

Joy doesn’t always come from play. That is unique to Quinn and unique to others. For me, I feel joy when I see others grow.    When I see them become more fulfilled and achieve their dreams and goals, I feel joy.

Part of how we can achieve joy in our life is to have vision – clear vision of what we want.  Not what we have or are living now… but clarity in the vision of what can be, what is available to us, and then take the steps necessary to achieve that vision.

In Quinn’s world, he practices what God’s Word says. He takes no thought for tomorrow- he casts his cares upon God. Quinn does not get hung up on the physical things like most people in the world. (Sometimes we have to work on some of the attention to details.. like matching clothes when we go in public,  not playing or dancing with glee down the grocery store isle when other people are just a foot away.)   But for the most part, he walks the way God teaches us.

Quinn has told me that it doesn’t bother him if his clothes don’t match. He’s wearing what he knows is comfortable and he is thankful for his clothes.  Do clothes really make the man? Nope. Can I argue with this?  I can try.. but I’ll lose to him.  He’s happy, warm, safe and filled with joy.

Does it really matter that he always wants to express his joy in public? Nope. I only need to encourage him to be watchful so he does not accidentally trip or hurt some one.  We are so accustomed to NOT seeing joy or happiness that people are actually taken by surprise to see a person filled with that pure love and true emotion.

I have asked Quinn what he wants to be when he grows up. He knows. He’s rock solid on this one- and it does not matter what you tell him- his vision is set.  He wants to be a Quadrillionaire!!  (He’s 8 right now.. but already steadfast in that goal.)  He romanced the idea of being an archeologist, a chiropractor, an artist,  a scientist.  He will tell you matter -of -factly that he’s an artist and he’s very good at his Monet art. (He is.)  However, his mind is set.  His vision is in stone. He wants to be a Quadrillionaire.  (I expect that some day he will.)

Here’s the final thought on this- Quinn is a great example of what it takes for us, as adults- to Dare to Be Dino!  What does that mean?  Quinn LOVES dinosaurs.  It’s a passion of his. At a time when most kids usually outgrow their interest in dinos, his lives on. We have dino shirts, pillows, toys, discovery games, board games, blankets, books and many other things about dinos.  For his eigth birthday, I made him a 3-D Dinosaur cake.  It filled him to overfilling joy!!  He told me he wanted chocolate mint cake… and that is what he got. (Ok- so he got chocolate cake with mint M&M’s and mint chocolate ice cream.)

Quinn and his Dino Cake

The point here is this- no matter what your passion, your circumstances, your surroundings, no matter what your friends, family or coworkers think… where do YOU find joy? What is it that you can wrap your vision around and hold onto that would allow you to be DINO?  What is it that will motivate you to play? What is it that will fulfill you so in the darkest times, you can find it in your heart to sing with joy?

I wrap up today by sharing this:  find your passion, dare to be bold about it no matter what others around you say.  SEE it in your mind clearly as if you already have it- then take action on it. Do not worry about the how, just simply do.

During your journey, keep the vision.  God’s word says:

Proverbs 29:18
“Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.”

You need to have vision of happiness, joy, fulfillment and a way to see your path for the future.  Let your heart lead your passion with joy and let yourself dance in the isles of the supermarket along the way!

Debbra

http://www.DebbraSweet.com

Just a moment to give praise where praise is due!

God is AWESOME!  What an amazing day working by revelation.  Love it. HE does not make trials and tribulations easy to always weather the storm, but when you are patient, keep your eyes focused on HIM with complete TRUST- then you can see what is from HIM and take action on it.  It’s our choice to get out of our own way of being a victim. HE provides the path, it’s up to us to choose to take action on it!  🙂

It feels great to know I have been making choices and taking action on opportunities HE lined up- and the best part is I get to help others all along the way.

Have an awesome day,

Debbra

http://www.GodsWordFirst.org