Christian Leadership – 10 Godly Character Traits to Overcome Negative Traits
Godly Character Traits Empower Christian Leaders
Christian leadership should set
the standard for godly character.
Not only that, Christian leaders
should be actively developing
godly character in the lives of others
within their sphere of influence.
It is no surprise that the world today is challenging, and changing, the spiritual values of young and old people alike. Morals are being shaken, and wickedness is growing more and more perverse. The Bible clearly warns that many negative character traits will increase in the last days.
“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, truce-breakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, high-minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.”
— 2 Timothy 3:1-5
The following list of negative character traits gives insight into the spirit of our times, and how that spirit is being expressed in our own behavior, thinking, and lifestyle. It gives us some things to reflect on, like a mirror to judge our own behavior with. The list also includes positive, godly character traits used to overcome the negative.
10 Godly Character Traits Overcome Negative Character Traits:
1. Genuine vs Hypocritical
A hypocritical lifestyle is almost the norm as we see people having a form of godliness and going through the religious motions, yet without a genuinely changed life. Hypocrisy is all around us and lies are being spoken to teach false doctrines.
In these perilous times, we should have a healthy fear of the perverse days we are living, and live as genuine believers with renewed minds; trusting God daily. We are not to be conformed to this world, but transformed by the renewing of our minds. (Romans 12:2) A genuine relationship and walk with the Lord is required.
2. Love vs Selfishness
Selfishness and a self-centered, willful pursuit of sin is a common behavior as people become lovers of self. (2 Timothy 3:2) Society has a twisted value system and perspective on life. People have become lovers of pleasure more than of God.
God is love and those who do not love, do not know God. (1 John 4:8) We are to love God and love people.
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind; and, love your neighbor as yourself.”
— Luke 10:27 NIV
3. Honor vs Disrespect
Disrespect and disobedience to parents, and authority, is a regular part of the spirit of today; rebellion and lawlessness.
However, God tells us to obey and honor our parents. And He even promises that it will be well with us if we do. (Ephesians 6:2-3) We are to be submissive to authority and honor all people, and when we do what is right we find favor with God. (1 Peter 2:13-20)
4. Generosity vs Covetous
Covetousness is ruling the hearts of many. They want things that belong to others and they have a wrong value system. They find themselves not only fond of money, but in love with money.
On the contrary, God tells us the generous will prosper and that if we sow generously, we’ll reap generously.
“A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed.”
— Proverbs 11:25 NIV
5. Humility vs Pride
Proud, haughty people, that think they are above others, are filling society. They have an ungodly pride and boast and brag of themselves. But pride comes before the fall.
When we humble ourselves before the Lord, he lifts us up. (James 4:10) Any boasting we do should be in the Lord. (Psalm 34:2)
“God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”
— James 4:6
6. Purity vs Perversion
Perversions of all kinds are rampant today. Anything that is good and natural is being perverted. People seem to have lost their natural, God-given, healthy affection and replaced it with all that is twisted, unnatural, unholy, immoral and perverse; only to satisfy their own desires.
The Bible says in Matthew 5:8, “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.” We are also to pursue peace and holiness with everyone, without which no one will see the Lord. (Hebrews 12:14)
7. Encouragers vs Despisers
Despisers are in full force; belittling and treating shamefully the righteous actions of those who are doing good. They scoff, mock and ridicule them.
Our words and actions should not be discouraging, but encouraging. God teaches us over and over to encourage and strengthen one another. And we are told to do so even more so in these end times. (Hebrews 10:25)
8. Loyalty vs Traitors
Traitors, truce-breakers, and betrayers lack any sense of loyalty to the commitments of friendship. They are untrue to their promises and can’t be trusted to keep their word. They are liars and false accusers.
Loyalty on the other hand is a mark of true friendship. Proverbs 18:24 tells us there is a friend that sticks closer than a brother. Loyalty, truth, and honesty are godly characters that lead to success. Those who can be trusted with a little can be trusted with much. (Luke 16:10)
9. Gratitude vs Entitlement
An entitlement attitude has taken over and in turn people feel they are owed everything. And on top of that, unthankfulness is sadly ruling the hearts and lives of many. These people ungratefully and unthankfully take advantage of others. And the thing is, this combination of entitlement and unthankfulness is a guaranteed formula for failure.
Gratitude is the attitude of success. It is the grateful and thankful people, that keep their hearts turned toward God, they are the ones who rise to the top. As Christians, we have the ultimate reason to be grateful: for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken. Therefore we should give God acceptable worship with reverence and awe. (Hebrews 12:28)
“Giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
— Ephesians 5:20 ESV
10. Faith vs Deceit
Deceived and wondering: Are you one that is giving heed to seducing spirits and being led astray from the truth? Take a strong, reflective look at yourself to make sure you haven’t become headstrong in some areas. Is your mind darkened, your thinking reckless, and possibly your pride blinding you? Is your inner conscience seared – is your inner sense of right and wrong fading? Are you losing your sensitivity to the inner promptings of the Holy Spirit through continued sin? Are you backsliding and rejecting God’s plan for your life and experiencing a departure from the faith?
Make basic biblical foundational teachings part of your everyday study and meditation. Renew your mind and grow your faith. Keep your trust in God daily and live by faith!
“Without faith it is impossible to please God.”
— Hebrews 11:6
“The just shall live by faith.”
— Romans 1:17
No doubt about it: Character development comes from discipline and it takes time and dedication; and it needs to be continually cultivated throughout our lives. We must examine ourselves and refuse to let the these negative character traits into our lives. Christian leaders must allow change from the Lord in every area, so that they can minister to others and be a positive example of Christian leadership.
May you be a Christian Leader that abounds with godly character and growing prosperity!
Soar higher in Him,
P.S. This article was inspired after reading notes I took from a leadership meeting about character development. We discussed some negative character traits mentioned in Frank Damazio’s book “The Making of a Leader.” (I have not yet read the book, but it was highly recommended.)
Spirituality: Stop Destructive Gossip and Live at a Higher Spiritual Level!
Use Words to Encourage and Stop the Gossip
one’s spirit quickly.
Gossip is negative, mean spirited,
It is an addictive, bad habit for the gossiper.
Gossip will pull the gossiper, and those
around him or her, down to the lowest spiritual level.
If all that isn’t bad enough, God considers gossip a serious sin in the same league as murder, God hating, and other wickedness. (Romans 1:28-32) Gossipers are not in right fellowship with God.
“A gossip betrays a confidence; so avoid a man who talks too much.”
— Proverbs 20:19 NIV
Harmless Good Fun Or Destructive Gossip?
I’m sure you will agree that gossip is something we should not take lightly. What is truly unfortunate, is the fact that most Christians do not consider gossip a sin or wrong! At most, they consider it an insignificant bad habit.
Gossip is a key factor hindering growing prosperity in many people’s lives. And unfortunately, it is rarely recognized. Almost instantly, without thinking twice, gossipers will let rumors, bad-mouthing, confidential information, and idle, malicious talk fly out of their mouths.
If only they knew the damage they are causing! The Bible tells us that a Christian who’s mouth is out of control, deceives his own heart and his religion is worthless. (James 1:26)
Let’s face it: Gossip is not harmless, good fun. It carries a negative tone of abuse that is often demeaning, critical, judgmental, harmful, and hurtful. This is why God has much to say about it and warns us of it’s destructiveness.
Dealing With Gossip
Everywhere from family, work, school to church settings, gossip has become a common destructive factor. It is clearly evident that busybodies are everywhere these days. But the question to ask ourselves is: “Am I guilty of gossip?”
Gossip is often disguised as concern for others or as asking for prayer. However, whenever there is talk about others in an unfavorable way, there is gossip.
Keep in mind: Gossip is a sin that separates us from God and hinders our prosperity. God does not bless sin. Gossipers often deal with unexplainable troubles and rarely get their prayers answered. (Psalm 66:18, John 9:31)
“He who guards his lips guards his life, but he who speaks rashly will come to ruin.”
— Proverbs 13:3 NIV
Tips to Deal With Gossip:
- AWARENESS. We all have tendency to gossip from time to time. To overcome this tendency and have a more spirit-filled, gossip-free life requires awareness when it happens.
- PRAYER. It doesn’t matter if you are struggling with a gossip addiction or if you are a victim of gossip, turning to God in prayer is a must. As a gossiper, repent and ask for forgiveness and pray that God help you take control of your words and make them words of encouragement. As a victim, pray that God bless the other person and help them become free as He helps you maintain a forgiving, loving heart.
- AVOID. Stay out of other people’s business and avoid association with those who gossip. Refuse to engage in gossip.
- CHOOSE. Decide to speak words of encouragement, hope, and love. Steer conversations in a positive direction. Choose to be silent if only destructive words of gossip are on your lips.
- LOVE. Walk in love and address gossipers directly and privately in attempting to resolve your issues with them. If confronted for gossiping, be humble and in love be willing to work out your issues.
Believe me: Gossip can spread quickly like a deadly infection. Do not be ignorant of the destruction it carries. You can put a stop to the negative spirit of gossip and choose to walk in love and a higher spiritual level in life.
May your mouth always speak words of encouragement and may your life be full of growing prosperity!
Be blessed to be a blessing!
Soar higher in Him,
Powerful Meditation – Can Christian Meditation Bring Revelation of Eternal Mysteries?
Biblical Meditation for Revelation of Eternal Mysteries
of discovering truths
found in God’s Word.
Every believer should have a
heart to want to meditate the
Word of God daily;
since this is how
biblical truths are revealed.
God’s Word is packed full of eternal mysteries just waiting for the diligent, faithful believer to discover. And just as discoveries in the natural world, benefit society, so do spiritual discoveries found in the living Word of God.
Consider the natural law of electricity, which has always been. Once discovered, the world was forever changed. Now consider God’s spiritual laws revealed in His Word. They have the greatest power for transformation in all areas of our lives.
An Invisible Reservoir of Abundance
“It’s almost as if there is an invisible reservoir of abundance in the universe that can be tapped if you will just obey certain spiritual laws.”
— Norman Vincent Peale
Believers who meditate the spiritual truths of God’s Word are sometimes compared to scientists in the natural realm. Why? Because in a very real sense, it involves the study and experimentation of God’s laws; which then result in discovery. And this discovery is God’s revelation to us. What people tend to call discovery is really the revelation of God.
Spiritual wonders and revelation await us when we begin to meditate on the laws of God. If we will meditate day and night on the Lord and on His Word, we will be the ones bringing the latest revelations to the world.
It first takes meditation on the information acquired from the Word of God, in order to receive revelation. Information alone will not bring revelation. Revelation knowledge comes from meditation in the Word of God and is revealed by the Holy Spirit.
God is a spirit and His truths are revealed through our spirit.
Ephesians 1:17 shows Paul praying to God, and asking that He would give unto us the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him. This is not just information, but revelation knowledge revealed by the Holy Spirit.
Christian meditation, on biblical truths, opens the door to life transforming power; by allowing the Holy Spirit to reveal revelation knowledge.
It gets even better. When believers mix their faith with the revelation knowledge of God’s Word, they soon manifest the blessings and promises of God in their life.
Are you ready to do what it takes to allow life transforming revelation knowledge to come into your life?
Why not get started today making Christian meditation on the Word of God a daily habit?
God bless you always,
Spiritual Growth – Striving To Love With The God Kind Of Love
Develop Great Spiritual Growth With
the God Kind of Love Flowing In Your Life!
that goes beyond words.
There are of course, many kinds of love,
but living a life that strives to love with
the God kind of love,
develops great spiritual growth within us.
Many Kinds of Love
From the time we are born, we begin to experience the love between parents and children. Then there is the love shared between family members, friends, and neighbors. There is also love shared between sweethearts and lovers.
These are just a handful of the many kinds of love, but the most important to mention, is the love shared between God and each one of us as human beings.
Putting the God Kind of Love in Action
Jesus teaches us to model the love between people, based on the way God loves us; God loves the righteous and the unrighteous alike. The entire essence of the law can be wrapped up in the commandments to love our neighbors and love our God.
“You have heard that it was said, You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy. But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be children of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the righteous and on the unrighteous.”
— Matthew 5:43-45
Loving our spouse, family, friends, and others who love us is a no brainer. But it’s an altogether thing to love an enemy that hates us and who may have it as a goal to destroy us.
When Christ tells us to love, do good, bless, and pray for our enemies, He is telling us to take action. In fact, the God kind of love isn’t about warm, fuzzy feelings; it is about taking action.
How Do We Take Actions of Love?
Well what we don’t do, is wait for emotions of love, because they may never come. Rather we start with actions of love, and the emotions of love may follow later.
How do we do it? Start with the things Jesus taught us (Luke 6:27-28):
Do Good –
Search for a way to do something good for your worst enemy. Maybe send a card with a gift certificate to a restaurant and wish him or her a great day. Keep in mind: We are not trying to cause shame, we are striving to love with the God kind of love that loved us even in our evil condition.
Our goal is to speak and think blessings about our enemies even when they speak untrue, mean, and nasty things about us. When around others, try to actively speak well about your enemies instead of complaining about unjust treatment received from them.
Actively pray and intercede for your enemies. Why not ask God to help heal their hearts and turn them toward His light and truth? Pray that God show them mercy and bless them. Again, keep in mind the abundant mercy and blessings God had shown to us while we were yet sinners.
Self-love seeks something in return and the sooner the better. Not so with the God kind of love; it seeks no repayment.
The truth is: Jesus is out to change you and me into an army of servants that love and care for people (even our enemies) just as He does. He wants to see spiritual growth in our lives.
Make no mistake about it: Once we start to take actions of love, spiritual growth begins to develop. Selfless love is not easy to do, but powerful when put into action. And it allows God to continue to transform us more and more into His image, so our actions will reflect His work and His presence in our hearts.
May the God kind of love abound in your heart and your life be continually blessed with growing prosperity!
Be blessed to be a blessing!
God bless you always,
Tithing – The Secret Prosperous Ingredient in the Wealth and Abundance Recipe!
The Power of Tithing to Tap Into the Source of All Supply!
God is the Source of all supply.
How do we tap into this supply?
We can tap into the abundant Source of all supply
through our giving of tithes.
This takes faith and action, just like prayer takes spiritual and natural steps to connect with God to request His help.
Who Do You Trust as Your Financial Source?
Tithing is a natural activity with a spiritual foundation. It requires faith and action. Believe that God is your source and supply and have faith that He will take care of you financially.
The tithe is our first fruits; the first ten percent of our increase. (Proverbs 3:9) And God tells us to bring all the tithes into the storehouse, which is His house. He even tells us to test Him in this and see if He does not poor out a blessing greater than we can receive. (Malachi 3:10)
Tithing is a step of trust and obedience that God will take care of your finances.
It’s Not About the Money, It’s About Your Heart
It has been said that there are over 2,000 scriptures in the Bible on money. That is a lot to say about money. But get this: The tithe is not ultimately about your money – it’s about your heart. God doesn’t want your money, he wants your heart.
“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
— Luke 12:34
Our money is a reflection of who we love. And we can, on purpose, choose where our heart will be by choosing where our money goes. The tithe is about our attitude and honoring God!
Give the Best, Receive the Best
As previously stated, and worth repeating: God is the source of all supply. It’s important that we stop looking at people as our source, and look to God.
“The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof.”
— Psalm 24:1
Tithing is partnering with God and I’m sure you’ll agree there is no better partner to have than God. A sweet deal for sure.
God is the biggest giver and first gave to us freely and in abundance. All that we have came from God, and He wants us to be blessed coming in and going out. The giving of our tithes keeps us tapped into His flow of abundant provision.
David is an encouragement to us in that he prepared with all his might to give. Giving is an act of worship and thanks to the God who provides for us. And think about it: As children of God we have the Holy Spirit living in us and He is not stingy. Our giving is a sign of the Holy Spirit at work in our lives.
Remember: A man’s harvest in life depends entirely on what he sows. God loves a cheerful giver because it shows our heart is right when we give. And as we tithe and give generously, God shows up on the scene and does things money can’t do. He shows us the secrets to unlock wealth and abundance.
May God multiply your faithful giving of tithes and offerings and shower your life with growing prosperity!
Be blessed to be a blessing –
P.S. “The Path to Wealth” by TS Linscott is now available as an affordable soft cover book.
How Does Christian Meditation Compare to Other Forms of Meditation?
Traditional Forms of Meditation vs. Christian Meditation
It is the Word of God that saves, delivers, instructs, and
empowers, believers to live a successful life.
There are some key differences between
traditional forms of meditation and Christian meditation:
Meditation on the Living Word of God
The Bible is the foundation and source of life for every Christian believer. The truths of the scriptures are the object of their meditation. Meditating on God’s Word manifests success. The Word of God is full of living power. (Hebrews 4:12) God’s Words are spirit and they are life. (John 6:63) It is through His words that God spoke creation into existence.
“In the beginning was the Word, the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”
— John 1:1
Christian believers focus their meditation on God Most High.
In traditional meditation, the focus is on self. The object of focus may be referred to as the “higher self” or spiritual self. A physical item, such as an idol may be used as a representative object to focus on. Or a word or sound may be the object of focus while practicing traditional meditation.
Meditation Power with the Word of God
Meditation, for the Christian believer, is practiced so that their hearts and minds can be filled with biblical truths. It is a way to renew their minds and be transformed into the image of Christ. It helps them become more like Christ daily.
The Christian meditator fills their thoughts with the promises of God, and the ways of God, by meditating on His Word. Revelation of His truths connects and draws them closer into fellowship with the living God. Then, action taken on revealed biblical truths, manifests success and prosperity in their lives.
The traditional meditator seeks to empty their thoughts by focusing on a simple mantra until they have cleared their consciousness of all thought as much as possible. The goal is to achieve peace and relaxation.
Reaching and tapping into one’s higher self may result in a greater conscious level of peace, awareness, and relaxation. Yet even at the peak of one’s highest level, they are nothing without God.
“In Him we live, and move, and have our being.”
— Acts 17:28
It is God, the creator of the heavens and earth, who is the source of all; the beginning and the end. The Word of the Lord endures forever. It is in Him that we live and move and have our being. It is with God that all things are possible and it is with God that nothing is impossible.
Now that you know this: Why not open the Word of God and meditate on His promises and allow them to manifest in your life?
God bless you always,
P.S. Image credits go to Sias van Schalkwyk
Spiritual Power – How Can Operating in the Spiritual Realm Bring Prosperity on Earth?
Find Out How You Can Increase Your Spiritual Powers
willing to learn how to use it and improve it.
Just like we can increase the power…
of our minds and bodies to improve our life,
we can increase our spiritual powers –
to manifest abundant prosperity in all areas of life.
Spirit, Soul, and Body
We are three-part beings; spirit, soul (mind), and body. It is normal for people to go to school, study, and take classes throughout life to improve their minds and intellect. It is also a common practice for people to learn how to strengthen and condition their bodies for improved physical strength. These are all good things that improve our overall quality of life and ability to have growing prosperity.
But what about the spirit part of our being? How easy is it to ignore that part of us that we cannot see, touch, or feel?
The thing is; even though the spiritual realm is invisible it still affects our physical world. The condition of our spirit can be strengthen and improved, just like our mind and body, and it also directly affects the quality of our life.
So if you have been neglecting this part of yourself, today is a good day to reconsider the power of the human spirit.
What part of you doesn’t grow old? Your inward man, your spirit; it is renewed day by day and never ages.
“Though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.”
— 2 Corinthians 4:16
It is vital that you realize the Kingdom of God is inside you and operates through your spirit. As a child of God it was your spirit that was born again of the Spirit of God. You now have the life of God in you, who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us. (Eph. 3:20)
When the Greater One is working inside our spirit it is capable of providing everything we need in this life, whether it be spiritual, physical, or financial. It can produce it, lead us to it, or cause it to come. However, we need to learn how to tap into this power and allow our spirit to operate effectively.
Operating in the Spiritual Realm
Our own spirit knows more than our intellect. It is our spirit, inside us, that is the real us that is in contact with God and knows all about our needs, failures, and strengths.
“For what man knows the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him.”
— 1 Corinthians 2:11
If we learn to tap into the power of our spirit by seeking first the Kingdom of God and studying His Word, we can tap into the wisdom of God and have all things added to us and we will prosper.
God’s system will produce abundance when we are diligent to work the system. It requires getting His Word into our heart and spirit and not just our intellect. Why? Because it is a spiritual operation. We can plant it in our spirit and start it growing by confessing something such as the following daily:
‘I give and it is given unto me. I sow bountifully and reap bountifully. My God supplies all my need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.’
When we begin to operate in the spiritual realm, we empower ourselves with a positive force that wards off negative attacks. This positive, spiritual, faith force works on a higher realm than the physical realm and causes the abundance of God to manifest in our lives even if others are in lack.
Truth is: Knowing how to operate on a higher spiritual realm is worth discovering. When we operate in the realm of the spirit with God, we will find His wisdom and empowerment to bring us growing prosperity on earth.
May you operate on a higher spiritual realm and live a life of growing prosperity!
Be blessed to be a blessing –
Spiritual Power – Tap Into Help from God and let His Spiritual Light Guide You Thru the Storms of Life!
Spiritual Power – Tap Into Help from God and let His Spiritual Light Guide You Thru the Storms of Life!
Why Have You Failed to Turn to God for Help?
available to all of us.
Have you lost trust in people?
Have you been let down by them in the past over and over again?
Are you unable to trust those that you used to reply on for help?
Great! That is actually a good thing. Why? Because now you are able to turn to God for help; the one who has the power to rescue any person who is ready to be rescued.
Do You Turn to God for Help?
Far above any human weakness is God, and the truth of His Word. All problems can be solved with help from God, regardless of how long they have been troubling you. There are no exceptions. The following issues and more can be eliminated: stress, anxiety, shame, depression, sickness, loneliness, confusion, lack, pain, loss, anger, and fear.
Tapping into God’s help shines a powerful, spiritual light on all the dark and difficult problems and makes them disappear.
It is strange, but true, that people often fail to get help from God. Why? Simply because they refuse to see that their condition is far worse than it appears on the surface. People fear facing their situation and admitting they don’t have a solution. So they go ahead and deceive themselves into believing the problem is really no big deal.
Where does this leave God? Completely left out!
Do You Leave God Out of the Equation?
Have the courage to face the storms of life that surround you and admit that you don’t have the answers. Don’t be ashamed or fear that fact. Humble yourself before God, and reach out to Him for help to attract the answer to you. Let God be your personal guide through the storm and take you safely to the other side.
“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”
— Psalm 46:1
Spiritual information from the truth of God’s Word is spiritual power that also helps us in the natural. To be a sincere seeker of God’s help requires eliminating resistance to His spiritual information and wisdom. God gives us His Word to help only, and not hurt.
Spiritual Power, Help from God
There is God, and there is you. Your help is over there with God right now, just waiting for your arrival.
- Reach out by faith and tap into God’s spiritual power.
- Dig into His Word and find guidance.
- Cry out to Him in prayer and wait patiently for His answer.
- Meditate on His Word and allow His revelation knowledge to manifest in your life.
Are you feeling helpless and hopeless today? Then put your trust in God. He is the helper to the helpless and ruler over all. You don’t have to solve your problems, you just have to acknowledge them and turn them over to the Lord. The Almighty God is your ever present help in time of need.
May you tap into the help of God and His spiritual power and live a life of growing prosperity!
God bless you always-
Soar higher in Him,