Effective leadership establishes a reassuring and motivating “presence.”
People often sense when a competent leader walks into the room simply by their strength of presence. Some of the aura comes from their position of authority. But on the other hand, position alone doesn’t always don “leadership presence.”
Sometimes presence may come from demanding respect out of fear. But honorable presence that brings long-term increase comes from earned respect, the collective impact of many decisions—large and small—wise decisions that bring godly vision, purpose, life flow, creativity, peace, and ultimately guide people into the presence of the Lord.
This is Jesus’ leadership presence.
Every decision He made on earth, whether delightful or painful, brought long-term increase in vision, purpose, productivity, life flow, creativity and peace.
Every decision came from fellowship in His Father’s presence.
Every decision directed people toward His the Father.
As Christ followers, we have the source of godly presence living as God’s Spirit within us, the source of wise decisions, full of life and increase as sons in the Father’s household.
What exists in the presence of the Lord?
- Times of refreshing (Acts 3:19). Weary? Burdened? Find refreshing in the Lord’s presence.
- Mountains melting like wax (Ps 97:5). Have mountains that need melting? Go to the presence of the Lord for delegated spiritual authority.
- Instruction (Ex 24:15-18). Seeking wisdom? Our omniscient God is the essence of wisdom (I Co 1:24, 30;
- Correction and restoration (Lev 9:5; Num 14:13-25; Is 63:9)
- Celebration (Dt 12:7-12; Ps 95:2)
- Victory in battle (Jos 6:8)
- Confirmation of faith-filled work (II Ch 5:14; 7:2-3)
- Fullness of joy! (Ps 16:11)
- Forgiveness (Heb 9:24-26)
- Steadfast Hope (Heb 6:19)
- Humble authority (Heb 7:26; Rev 12:10)
- His presence is our Way, our Truth, our Life (John 14:6).
When we spend time in Christ—as Christ is in the Father and their Spirit in us—through listening prayer, meditation and reflection in His word and transparent fellowship with each other—as we allow His will to become our’s, as we do and say what we see the Father do and say, more and more His presence becomes our presence. All that is in Him extends to us and then from us into our spheres of influence.
The true source of leadership “presence”—authority, vision, purpose, increase, wisdom, creativity, and life flow is our Creator God. He invites us to partake of Him, in His presence.
Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, To the house of the God of Jacob; He will teach us His ways, And we shall walk in His paths.– Isaiah 2:3, NKJV
Matthew 11:28-30; John 5:30; 8:28; 14:9; 17:20-24
“…as in the days of Noah,” Jesus said in answer to His disciples’ inquiry about the signs of His coming.
“For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark…”
And Jesus next words bring painful sorrow to our hearts, as they do to His: “…and people didn’t realize what was going to happen until the Flood came and swept them all away… (Matt 24:39, NLT)
Noah preached for 100 years. He “warned of things not yet seen” (Heb 11:7). He built the ark for 100 years. God reached out to the people in mercy and yearning—Divine Patience, Peter calls it (I Pet 3:20)—for 100 years. Not a drop of rain or an inch of flood waters to confirm his belief, but Noah kept building and preaching what he had never seen before.
But the people didn’t realize what was going to happen until the Flood came and took them all away.
“He’s ridiculous,” the people thought of Noah. Building a garish, boxy ship-thing on land? Believing in a God who could—or would—destroy the earth? Ridiculous!
Noah built and preached for 100 years, but they didn’t realize what was going to happen…
Believing in an omnipotent God who can create the world with the power of His spoken word—in six days? Ridiculous!
Believing in a loving God who must serve the just consequences of evil acts? Who could—or would—destroy the heavens and earth, and re-create them? Ridiculous!
Believing in a God who humbled Himself in the flesh of a man, died and resurrected? Ridiculous!
Still waiting for this God’s 2000-year-old promise that He will come again? Ridiculous!
But we keep building, and we keep preaching what we have never seen before, because WE KNOW HIM, “the Amen, the Faithful, and True Witness, the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the end… Who is and Who was and Who is to come, the Almighty!”
Build the vision, leaders in the household of God, the vision the Eternal One planted in your heart, in the sphere where He placed you. And preach by living your life like you believe what you have never seen before.
Genesis 5:29 – 7:6; Isaiah 65:17; 66:22; Matthew 24:37-39; I Peter 3:18-22; II Peter 2:4-10; 3:13; Hebrews 11:6; Revelation 1:8; 3:14; 19:11; 20:9: 21:1. Unless otherwise noted, all scripture quotes are from NKJV.
– Patricia Tillman, inspired by Keith Yoder and Don Riker’s MP3: As in the Days of Noah
If people can’t see what God is doing, they stumble all over themselves;
But when they attend to what he reveals, they are most blessed.
– Proverbs 29:18 (The Message)
Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint;
But happy is he who keeps the law.
-Proverbs 29:18 (NKJV)
Where there is no vision, the people perish:
but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.
– Proverbs 29:18 (KJV)
ScripPic by Teaching the Word Ministries, 2015
Also see: 2 Necessary Elements of Clear Vision
“Where there is no vision the people perish…” [KJV], or,
“Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint… [NKJV].”
The Hebrew word for “vision” refers to divine revelation, or prophetic foresight.
In other words, without prophetic vision or divine revelation, the people will perish or cast off restraint. In New Testament terms, it means we need Holy Spirit-revealed foresight or a Spirit-inspired “picture” of what God wants for the organization.
And so we have the first element of clear vision:
- Spirit-inspired revelation—prophetic foresight of what God desires for our specific group
What’s the other side of the leadership vision dichotomy? That comes by reading the second, but less-quoted part of Proverbs 29:18:
“…but happy is he who keeps the law” [NKJV].
Yes, it uses the word “law.” This, of course refers to the written word of God. To keep us grounded in the Spirit’s truth, (instead of our own, human desires and intentions), the “entirety” of the written word of God needs to confirm the prophetic revelation (Psalm 119:160).
And so, the second element of clear vision:
……2. Confirmation from God’s written word
If we try to use only the written word without revelation from the Holy Spirit, we fall into legalism.
If we try to use Spirit-revelation without confirmation from God’s word, we fall into chaos and deception.
For clear vision, seek both the face-to-face revelation of the Holy Spirit, and grounded study and inspiration from God’s written word.
Psalm 119; Zechariah 4:6; Acts 4:31; 10:44; 16:6; I Cor 12:1-11; Ephesians 1:13; 6:17; I Thessalonians 1:5
– Patricia Tillman, from Implementing Your Vision, MP3 by Keith Yoder