Most high school syllabi reveal to students three types of leadership styles. The autocratic, democratic and laissez-faire leadership styles are the most prominent categories of leadership. The autocratic style is dictatorial, democratic leadership gives the decision making power directly to its people or indirectly through representatives. The laissez-faire leadership is hands-off with occasional checks from the leader. Which type of these does God subscribe to? In order to make an informed judgment on what God’s type of leadership may be, we would analyze biblical texts that embody God’s leadership.Read More
It is easy to think that just because we are Christians who regularly attend church services and live morally upright lives, we aren’t supposed to go through trials. The truth, however, is that trials and challenging times are part of life and God does not promise that we would not go through them. We can rest assured that in as much as our current situations may be hard to cope in, God has given us the strength, will, and courage to fight through them. God is with us in all our endeavors therefore be encouraged today. I would share with you a few things that are sure to encourage you in perilous times.
You Have A Comforter
Joh 14:16 KJV And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever
The very idea of having a comforter suggests the likelihood of encountering situations that are likely to fight your faith, make you uncomfortable and unhappy. In times where your life may seem to be in its darkest moments always keep in mind that there someone who would comfort you when you allow Him. That person is the third person of the trinity: “The Holy Spirit”. He is our loving and caring guide through the storms of life. He is not a myth, He truly exists and we would experience inexplicable joy in our most perilous times when he is near.
Trials Are For Promotion
Mat 13:21 BBE But having no root in himself, he goes on for a time; and when trouble comes or pain, BECAUSE OF THE WORD he quickly becomes full of doubts.
Sometimes God allows us to face challenges in life because He wants to test us for an imminent promotion. In Matthew 13:21, you can notice that trials come to us because of the word of God have heard. This is comparable to how a teacher would organise am exam for his students based on what has been taught. You could be in a situation where your ability to forgive is being tested because you have been reading books and Bible texts about forgiveness lately and He wants you to perfect that ability. Just as a school exam is meant to promote you to the next academic level, trials are spiritual exams that would develop in you a virtue.
Trials End In Hope
Rom 5:3-4 KJV And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope:
We’re built up in patience and perseverance the more we go through adversity. A bodybuilder goes to the gym and puts his body through excruciating pain in order to build stamina and endurance. The more he is exposed to pain, the more his body and mind are able to adapt to the discomfort. In time, the bodybuilder would build immunity and numbness for certain kinds of pain. This is similar to what tribulations do to us. They build in us experience and patience that only leads us to hope. What kind of hope?
2Co 4:17 KJV For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;
In our darkest moments, we need to remember that what we go through is temporal; it won’t last forever. Afflictions are easier to go through when your eye is on the prize. As Christians, we need to understand that the earth and everything in it, would come to an end one day. When our hope is based on the treasure that awaits us in eternity, we would realize that what we’re facing is nothing.
Sportsmen partake in rigorous training exercises with their end goal being the trophy on the line. This helps them focus on the greater goal instead of being discouraged by whatever discomfort their training brings. We ought to focus on our eternal treasure in order to fight and win the good fight of faith.
Trials and tribulations are a part of life. What sets us apart as Christians is that we walk out of them victoriously. Believe that you have a God who would never forsake you. He has equipped you to succeed even in the toughest times.