THE WHOLEHEARTED LEADER PILLAR 4: Holiness of Character Joy is an Anchor “. . . even though you do not see Him now, you believe in Him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy. (1 Peter 1:8) The Bible says the kingdom of God is righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit (Romans 14:17). If joy is one-third of the kingdom, we ought to be the happiest people on the planet! That’s why I’d like to highlight joy as the ninth characteristic of growing in the character of Christ. When we’re wholehearted, what do we release? [...]
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THE WHOLEHEARTED LEADER PILLAR 4: Holiness of Character The Unoffended Life “One who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, And one who rules his spirit, than one who captures a city.” (Proverbs 16:32 NASB) Our next characteristic in developing holiness of character is self-control. When you look at the list of the fruit of the Spirit, this one is last, but it certainly is not the least in importance! Self-control is super-important. You do have the ability to control yourself. And the minute you think you don’t – you’re in trouble! When are we likely to [...]
THE WHOLEHEARTED LEADER PILLAR 4: Holiness of Character When Things Don’t Go the Way We Want Patience! Now, this is a fruit of the Spirit, and you cannot get rid of this one! Patience is all about longsuffering, and this can be tough! Patience is a virtue. So, how do we grow in the quality or characteristic of patience? You might not like the answer! How do we grow in patience? You’ve got to go through some suffering! And you have to persevere through it. Be careful about asking the Lord to teach patience. Patience is learned through those [...]
THE WHOLEHEARTED LEADER PILLAR 4: Holiness of Character Growing in Loyalty “One who pursues righteousness and loyalty finds life, righteousness, and honor.” Proverbs 21:21 (NASB) God is the God of Covenant. He is faithful. Loyalty is something that characterizes God, and it should characterize us if we are walking in holiness of character. So, our next characteristic of the wholehearted leader is loyalty. How have you grown in loyalty? Are you a loyal friend? Are you someone who sticks closer than a brother (Proverbs 18:24)? How do we define loyalty? What do you think of when you hear the [...]
THE WHOLEHEARTED LEADER PILLAR 4: Holiness of Character Compassion in Action God is love, and He is full of mercy and compassion. While we are developing into wholehearted leaders, a characteristic we want to see within us is compassion. We want to see compassion in action. Compassion goes hand in hand with generosity. “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put [...]
THE WHOLEHEARTED LEADER PILLAR 4: Holiness of Character Are You a Giver? Are you more excited about giving or receiving? Let’s talk about the second trait in holiness of character – generosity. When you grow in holiness of character, you grow in being a giver to other people. Most of us think of money and material things when we think of generosity but giving also has to do with the condition of our hearts. God wants us to give love, even to the undeserving, to give mercy, even when wronged. God desires us to grow in generosity in every aspect of [...]
THE WHOLEHEARTED LEADER PILLAR 4: Holiness of Character Humble, yet Confident In this fourth pillar – holiness of character – I want to cover the mindset of the fruit of the Spirit. I use the word “mindset” because I will be using the words and the language that God gave me for the kind of character that He wants to develop, but I think they all embrace the fruit of the Spirit. So, the first one is humility. Humility is a huge character goal – a huge character piece that we want to be able to develop in Jesus. Therefore, [...]
THE WHOLEHEARTED LEADER PILLAR 4: Holiness of Character The Soil of Adversity In this fourth pillar of becoming a wholehearted leader, I want to share what it means to walk out holiness of character. Paul said that "suffering produces perseverance, perseverance produces character, and character produces hope" (Romans 5:3-4). We must learn to grow the fruit of the Spirit in the soil of adversity. We must learn to see ourselves as the righteousness of God and to live by faith to become like Christ, so that we display His character. How do we become holy? God made us holy [...]
THE WHOLEHEARTED LEADER PILLAR 3: WHOLENESS OF HEART Why Do I Need Heart Checks? An important element of moving forward in the journey toward wholeness of heart is “checking in” with each of the core parts of our hearts. Are they in a relationship with God? Are they working in cohesion with each other? What conflicts need to be resolved so they are no longer separated from each other and from a loving relationship with Jesus? What needs to be unpacked to get a whole heart? To have a whole heart, we must unpack the trauma and the pain. We [...]
THE WHOLEHEARTED LEADER PILLAR 3: WHOLENESS OF HEART What Happens When I’m Wholehearted? Where is your heart today? Are the parts of your heart working in harmony with each other and with Jesus? I want you to get alone with the Lord and discover whether you are living from a place of wholeheartedness. Using the HeartSync model, allow God to lead and guide you to the deep places of your heart, entering into an Immanuel Moment, where you tap into a memory of intensely experiencing His presence and His joy. In your Immanuel Moment, when you’re in a really good [...]