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Reasons to Leap from Natural to Supernatural Leadership

Here are the key differences with three compelling reasons to take the leap into supernatural leadership and build a Kingdom business.

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Too Much Natural Leadership?

Natural adj: formulated by human reason alone rather than revelation; occurring in conformity with the ordinary course of nature; not marvellous or supernatural; operating in the physical world as opposed to the spiritual world

Supernatural adj: unable to be explained by explained by laws of nature; of or relating to an order or existence beyond the visible, observable universe & especially of or relating to God

 

It is so easy – even tempting – to lead from the natural man. We live in a natural body, work in a natural work surrounded by millions of others who only attempt to leverage and grow their natural skills. So, we fall prey to succumbing to the trap of natural leadership – just like so many others.

You may be leaning too much on your natural leadership if you currently struggle with:

  • what to do next
  • how to get there—wherever “there” is
  • slugging through the status quo of doing the same things over and over
  • desiring different, better results but never seeming to breakthrough
  • which leadership guru/expert to follow
  • solving the same problems over and over
  • motivating yourself or your team
  • fear of losing your business, home, or lifestyle

If any of these describe you, then I suggest it is time for you take the leap into supernatural leadership.

3 Supernatural Reasons to Take the Leap

Here are three big reasons to take the leap.

#1: From Education to Revelation

“But as it is written: ‘Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.’ But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God.” 1 Corinthians 2:9-10

Natural leadership focuses on the wisdom of man. From secular business books, magazines, and endless conferences and blogs, it is easy to over-educate our natural heads with worldly “wisdom.”

Supernatural leadership focuses not upon any person’s persuasive words and spiritual-sounding insights, but on the infallible, perfect wisdom of God.

#2: From Miss-led to Spirit-led

“For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are the sons of God.” Romans 8:14

As I detail in my book OUA, believers in business can be easily miss-led. From being head-led, expert-led, opportunity-led, money-led and more, natural leaders (like I was for decades) are easily misled by the latest and greatest stuff.

Supernatural leaders purpose in their hearts to only and always be led by the Holy Spirit who will never mislead you. He will always guide you into all truth and help you position yourself and your business for — yes — supernatural growth and impact.

#4: Human powered to God powered

“I can of Myself do nothing.” John 5:30

“Then Jesus said to them, “When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am He, and that I do nothing of Myself; but as My Father taught Me, I speak these things.” John 8:28

“And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.” 1 Corinthians 2:4-5

Even Jesus could not operate as a natural leader. Think about that for a minute! Jesus gave up his heavenly throne and power (Philippians 2:5-8) to operate as a flesh man supernaturally led and employed by the Holy Spirit.

Jesus walked as human who gave God permission to supercharge his natural gifts & to release more supernatural leadership gifts. So can you. Imagine the potential impact!

Get Ready to Take the Leap

Let’s revisit the natural leadership list from above. If you were to take the leap into supernatural leadership, would God through His Spirit tell you how to:

  • know what to do next?
  • get “there” and exactly where “there” is?
  • breakthrough your status quo?
  • achieve different, better results?
  • follow the one perfect leadership guru/expert (Jesus)?
  • solve every problem once and for all?
  • motivate yourself & your team?
  • overcome your fear of losing your business, home, or lifestyle?

Of course, He would – and so much more!

As we take this journey together, my focus will be to guide and equip you on how to take the leap into a God-directed, Jesus-gifted, Holy Spirit-empowered supernatural future for yourself and your business.

Who’s ready to take the leap?

SERVANT LEADERSHIP

Servants, Not Kings

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Entrepreneur, Josh Linkner wrote a column for Forbes under the title: “Great Startup CEO’s Are Servants, Not Kings.” Over the course of his investing career, he said the duds in his portfolios had been led by grandiose personalities who talked big and acted like kings. The companies that performed best, he said, were led by servants—men and women who kept their heads down, their hands to the work, and who laboured for the best interests of their employers and investors.1

Servant leadership originated with Christ. While ministering on earth He provided a clear example of how to treat others. He came to serve rather than to be served.

For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.
Mark 10:45

It’s the little things—returning the shopping cart to its rack, smiling at the clerk behind the counter, picking up the phone to discuss a disagreement rather than sending an email, emptying the dishwasher, letting the other person have the last word, suppressing an exclamation of complaint—that make a difference.

Start filling your day with servant actions, and you’ll fill your life with blessings.

Being teachable and open to new ideas, with a bright outlook toward the future, will make you a servant leader.
Josh Linkner

ADDRESSING SPIRITUAL WARFARE IN BUSINESS

Alex Cook of Wealth with Purpose and WezHone of Business Greenhouse tackle this important issue in this Christian Wealth video.

It’s high on the enemy’s agenda to break our businesses. The enemy knows how to take this down, and the destructive results (in our lives) when he keeps it down. We need to battle in faith and in prayer. We need to uphold our businesses against the enemy’s work. Take dominion over (full authority) over our businesses.

HOW TO HEAR GOD’S PLAN FOR YOUR BUSINESS

The KEY WORD in this presentation is POSITIONING.

  1. Am I positioned correctly, to be able to hear from God.
  2. Do I take the time to be still to hear from Him.
  3. Have I fixed my eyes on the vision He has given me.
  4. Did I write down (use a journal) the details (formulate a plan) which came from Him.
  5. Did I implement the plan.

https://youtu.be/S2MuQtJVzCk

 

Unleashing Your Unfair Advantage Into the Business World

Believers in business have an unfair competitive advantage that few recognise and even fewer leverage.

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I see it every day. Faithful Christian business leaders work incredibly long, hard hours yet fail to unleash their unfair advantage with its unlimited potential to create, design, build, innovate, sell, engage, redefine and dominate their market space for God’s glory.

Sadly, this unfair advantage is readily available. What are we missing? What are we not recognising?

Our Misguided Thinking

To unleash our advantage, we must first recognise two glaring truths. First, Satan leads the world of business. As soon as you leave the anointed, safe confines of your church, you enter enemy territory (John 12:31; Eph. 2:1-5, 6:12). The enemy bombards everyone in business, saved and unsaved, with the same thoughts, ideas, best practices, trends and misguided wisdom. In his vicious, winner-take-all corporate environment, he seeks to steal, kill and destroy anyone or any business he can (John 10:10)—especially those led by Christians (1 Pet. 5:8).

Second, within this enemy environment, it is incredibly easy for us to be misled—just like our unsaved competitors. Here are seven primary ways any believer in business can be misled:

  1. Head-led leaders crave reports, research, spreadsheets and critical thinking to make decisions.
  2. Money-led leaders allow everything financial (cash flow, profit margin, Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortisation) to drive decisions.
  3. Opportunity-led leaders jump at every open door as a sign. “This must be from the Lord,” they say. They fix their sights on the next big break, strategic alliance and every unexpected offering as a “divine appointment.”
  4. Pressure-led leaders claim to work better in emergency or crisis situations. They delay decisions until the very last second, often with fear and uncertainty.
  5. Feeling-led leaders constantly assess their emotions before making a move. Statements like “It just does not feel right” or “This feels really good” reflect their decision-making criteria.
  6. Innovation-led leaders are enamoured with the latest technology platform, upgrade, software, website design, marketing technique or any other “cool” idea.
  7. Expert-led leaders quickly embrace the latest management fad or idea gleaned from a conference speaker, industry magazine or business book.Their teams are often inundated with implementing new and hot but oft-irrelevant ideas.

These are the primary ways 95 percent or more of unsaved business leaders are led—by anything other than the Spirit of God.

Our Unfair Advantage

The frightening reality is that the vast majority of born-again, Spirit-filled business leaders are led just as the unsaved are. It is incredibly easy for us to get drawn into being led by these same methods. And when we do, we have no distinct competitive advantage as we battle within enemy territory only with our feelings and flesh.

Here is the good news: All believers have an oft-untapped, unlimited, all-powerful, unfair advantage in business and in life—one we can fully leverage to maximise eternal kingdom impact.

“For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are the sons of God. … The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirits that we are the children of God” (Rom. 8:14, 16).

Believers in business who are led by the Spirit of God have within  them the One who can:

  • Direct your path (Prov. 3:4-5).
  • Help you and lives within you forever (John 14:16).
  • Guide you in all truth (John 14:17, 16:13a).
  • Teach you all things (John 14:26a).
  • Bring to your remembrance all things He said to you (John 14:26b).
  • Tell you things to come (John 16:13).
  • Reveal to you the deep things of God (1 Cor. 2:10).
  • Freely give you all things (1 Cor. 2:12).
  • Offer you the mind of Christ (1 Cor. 2:16).

The greatest business decision you will ever make is to purpose in your heart to always and only be led by the Holy Spirit. So how can you make this big shift—from being a world-led business leader to a Spirit-led business leader?

Here are six keys to unleashing the power of Holy Spirit in your business:

1) Practice.

“His mother said to the servants, ‘Whatever He says to you, do it'” (John 2:5).

It takes practice to excel in anything, from sports to parenting to business. Start small by asking the Holy Spirit “should I” questions such as:

  • “Should I meet with this person or that person?”
  • “Should I attend this meeting?”
  • “Should I call this customer now? If not now, when?”
  • “Should I go to lunch here or there? What should I order—this or that?

As you do, you begin to fine-tune your inner witness to recognise His voice, His promptings, His desires.

2) Check before you act.

“Then Jesus answered and said to them, ‘Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner” (John 5:19).

Jesus checked everything He was about to do with the Father. He never let the pressure of the situation dictate His response. The best example is the pressure-packed example of the adulterous woman. In John 8:3-9, in the middle of preaching to the temple crowd, religious leaders interrupt His sermon, march down the aisle with a scantily clad woman caught in the act of adultery—a setup for sure. With stones in their hands, they demanded Jesus answer a question with two bad options: kill her, which destroys His message of love and salvation, or let her go, disobeying the law.

An angry mob, an anxious crowd, a scared and embarrassed woman—the crowd knew someone was going to die, either the woman, Jesus or both. Now that was pressure!

So what did Jesus do? Answer immediately? Ask them clarifying questions? Worry, fret or show anxiety? No, He slowed down, knelt to write in the dirt, blocked out these distractions, ignored their repetitive requests for an answer and checked in His spirit for what to do. His response was nothing short of a revelation from heaven.

As you practice, you lay the foundation to check in your spirit for the Holy Spirit’s direction, oftentimes a revelation from the Father on your next step.

3) Seek a witness.

“It seems good to me also” (Luke 1:3a).

“For it seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us” (Acts 15:28a).

Strong’s Concordance defines the word “witness” as “to jointly testify; corroborate by concurrent evidence; bear joint witness.” There are two levels of witness. First, it can be singular—your spirit bearing with the Holy Spirit inside you. That was Luke’s witness to write his letter.

Second, the witness can be with another believer, where the Holy Spirit  in you bears witness with Himself living in the other person. This is what occurred at the Jerusalem Council in Acts 15, where it seemed good to the Holy Spirit and all the preachers together.

Seeking a co-witness to corroborate your witness is fine. Ultimately, however, as the leader, the decision is yours and yours alone.

4) Quench not the Spirit.

“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Do not quench the Spirit” (1 Thess. 5:16-19).

Let’s all agree that there is a way to quench the Spirit. I’ve done it plenty of times and so have you. We do it by ignoring Him (Mark 8:18), smothering Him (Luke 10:40) or grieving Him (Eph. 4:30). So how does this look in your business? Consider these situations, when:

  • The facts say one thing, but the Spirit says another.
  • The experts say one thing, but the Spirit says another.
  • You decide to move forward come hell or high water.
  • You stubbornly cling to the belief that failure is not an option.
  • You refuse to seek a co-witness.
  • You allow a longtime customer’s rudeness and profanity to insult your employees.
  • You turn your head as your top salesman cheats on his wife.

When you sense the move of the Spirit in your business, allow Him to flow. Don’t quench His move to guide, direct and improve all you do.

5) Don’t be moved.

“But none of these things move me” (Acts 20:24a).

You have practiced, checked in your spirit, perhaps gotten a strong co-witness and have purposed not to quench the Spirit, whatever He tells you to do. Now is the time the enemy will do everything in his power to fill you with doubt, uncertainty and fear—anything to keep you from fully implementing the Spirit’s witness.

He will pull out his full artillery and viciously attack you when:

  • All the numbers do not seem to add up.
  • The majority opinion is against you.
  • Competitors flee as you enter.
  • Common sense says it’s a dumb move.
  • Everyone is saying, “Don’t do it.”
  • Success looks bleak at best.

Yet remember, your ultimate unfair advantage is guiding you. He has already confirmed to you that this decision is of the Lord. This is the time you must stand firm in His decision.

Even with foreknowledge of suffering and imminent death, Paul refused to be moved from his call, his destiny.

6) Pray bold prayers.

“Now, Lord, look on their threats and grant that Your servants may speak Your word with great boldness” (Acts 4:29).

In the first recorded prayer of the new church, after threats from the establishment, the saints did not step back and fade away. Rather, they prayed for more boldness, not less. When they did, their house was shaken, they were all filled with Holy Spirit, and they spoke with boldness. Their prayers were answered!

Most believers in business today continue to pray sincere but puny prayers such as:

  • “God, bring us some new business this month.”
  • “Help us solve this difficult customer problem.”
  • “May we make payroll this month and pay all our bills.”

Now is the time for the believer in business to step it up. Today is the day for you to pray these types of prayers:

  • “Sun, stand still” (Judg. 10:12).
  • “Give me that mountain” (Josh. 14:12).
  • “Oh, that You would bless me indeed” (1 Chr. 4:10).
  • “Prosper us in all things” (3 John 2).

Our Unfair Advantage in Action

So how do you get started? Remember:

  • God does not lead you through your holy mind.
  • Money is merely a tool—not the goal—of your Christ-centered business.
  • Not every opportunity is a part of your assignment from the Lord.
  • The enemy forces your decisions through fear. The Lord prompts your decisions through the witness of the Holy Spirit.
  • Your emotions are real and powerful but should not lead you.
  • Distractions are a tool of the enemy to override the Spirit’s still, small voice.
  • Whatever leads your leader leads you.
  • Integrate the six keys to unleash the power of the Holy Spirit into your daily leadership.

We have the ultimate unfair advantage living within us. My prayer is for every believer to purpose in his heart to always and only #Be Led.


Dr. Jim Harris is an international speaker, adviser and coach to executives, entrepreneurs and pastoral teams. He is author of 14 award-winning books, including his latest, Our Unfair Advantage: How to Unleash the Power of the Holy Spirit in Your Business. Sign up for his weekly blog at drjimharris.com.