Day 6 The godly dad understands biblical leadership.
Today, I want to cover what we call in our Manhood Journey Bible studies, The "3 P's of Leadership":
1. Power (what it is and how to use it)
2. Proverbs (how to use this Book of the Bible to make wise decisions)
These three things are the building blocks of leadership. I think true influence may never take place if we're not careful how we handle power, the Bible and prayer.
The First "P" of Leadership: Power
The world tends to define power as telling others what to do, being in a position of authority or trying to get people to do what you want.
What does the Bible say about power? Power can come from our words and by gaining wisdom.
Words are power > Godly dads understand the power of words. Proverbs 18:21 says, “The tongue has the power of life and death.” You have an effect on your family with words of love, hate, tearing down or building up. Just try saying the right thing with the wrong tone in your house and demonstrate the importance of words.
Wisdom is power > Ecclesiastes 7:19 says, “Wisdom makes one wise person more powerful than ten rulers in a city.” Basically, wisdom can give you more power than a king.
The Second "P" of Leadership: Proverbs
The Book of Proverbs is one of the most practical books in the Bible on how to apply God’s wisdom in our lives. Proverbs 27:17 says, “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.”
This isn't a painless experience, gentlemen. Iron sharpens iron through friction. There's a scraping away of metal. There's heat involved. There's banging the metal into a blade.
Dads can sharpen each other by challenging one another, holding each other accountable and pointing out sin.
The Third "P" of Leadership: Prayer
In addition to reading the Bible, prayer is a major way to stay in tune with God about decisions as a leader. Jesus taught us how to pray. I know this because Matthew 6:9-13 says, “This, then, is how you should pray...":
Here’s the cliff notes version of the above passage:
1. Worship – Tell God how great He is. Thank God for who He is and what He’s done for you.
2. Intercession – Interceding for others simply means asking God to exercise His power in the lives of other people.
3. Petition – Since God is our Father, He is our provider. He cares about all our needs, whatever they might be.
4. Repentance – Ask for forgiveness for your sins by admitting them and purposing in your heart (and with God’s help) not to continue committing them.
5. Guidance – Ask God to guide our steps and decisions going forward.