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The Role of Knowledge and Power in the Field of Fruitful Leadership

 


Leadership is one of the most important truth humankind ignores. We must realize that the development and poverty of nations, organizations, businesses, and families rest on the shoulders of leadership.

Even in the animal kingdom, they build by leadership. This is one reason God commanded humankind in the Word (Holy Scriptures) to imitate the ant's wisdom.

 

Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise:

Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler,

Provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest.

Proverbs 6:6-8 KJV

One important truth you must know in life is that leadership starts with yourself. Until you lead yourself, you can never lead others. You cannot discipline others if you are not disciplined. You cannot lead others if you cannot manage yourself.

Leading yourself means you have the right attitude. You know your priorities. You have emotional intelligence. Morally, you are upright. Your thinking faculty is stable in all circumstances. That is self-leadership.

God created us in His image and likeness. He is omniscient, omnipresent, and omnipotent, yet He created the angelic beings and humankind to help Him manage creation. God is light, yet He created the sun, the moon, and stars for Himself, spiritual beings, and humanity to benefit.

If God created angelic beings to assist Him in His leadership, then humankind must not ignore the essence of wisdom, power, and leadership on the earth realm. 

  • God could save the animals and Noah's family from destruction, yet He commanded Noah to prepare an ark. That is wisdom and leadership. 
  • God could kill the uncircumcised philistine (Goliath) that blasphemed His name and children (Israelites), yet He used a man called David to eliminate Goliath. That is leadership and wisdom. 
  • God could save the Israelites from the deception of the witch (Jezebel), wicked king Ahab, and Baal prophets, yet He used Elijah, Jehu, and the Eunuch’s to dismantle their evil powers. That is leadership and wisdom.
  • God could save humankind from Sin and Satan, yet He sent His Son (Christ Jesus) to save humanity. That is wisdom and leadership. 

God is all-powerful, but He works with laws (wisdom and knowledge).

God will not do for humankind what His law commands. He has given us the mind (wisdom) to think and make critical decisions on earth. God has given us His Word to enable us to know His thoughts.

 

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.

Psalms 119:105 KJV

God will not do what humankind can do. He will not descend from heaven to do something we can do because He works with human vessels. In the book of Jeremiah, we see a profound scripture.

 

The words of Jeremiah the son of Hilkiah, of the priests that were in Anathoth in the land of Benjamin:

To whom the word of the LORD came in the days of Josiah the son of Amon king of Judah, in the thirteenth year of his reign.

It came also in the days of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah king of Judah, unto the end of the eleventh year of Zedekiah the son of Josiah king of Judah, unto the carrying away of Jerusalem captive in the fifth month.

Then the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,

Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.

Then said I, Ah, Lord GOD! behold, I cannot speak: for I am a child.

But the LORD said unto me, Say not, I am a child: for thou shalt go to all that I shall send thee, and whatsoever I command thee thou shalt speak.

Be not afraid of their faces: for I am with thee to deliver thee, saith the LORD.

Then the LORD put forth his hand, and touched my mouth. And the LORD said unto me, Behold, I have put my words in thy mouth.

See, I have this day set thee over the nations and over the kingdoms, to root out, and to pull down, and to destroy, and to throw down, to build, and to plant.

Jeremiah 1:1-10 KJV

In verse ten of Jeremiah chapter one, God declared that He would use Jeremiah to build and destroy kingdoms. This means God works through man (it can be a woman). God decreed that He will root out kingdoms, pull down kingdoms, destroy kingdoms, throw down kingdoms, build kingdoms, and plant kingdoms because He has made Jeremiah the leader of these kingdoms.

Jeremiah became the hand (remote control) of God on earth. Through Jeremiah, God ruled His people. When Joseph interpreted Pharaoh’s dream, Pharaoh knew no man was Spirit-filled, wise, and knowledgeable than Joseph, so he appointed Joseph as a leader in Egypt.

 

And Pharaoh said unto his servants, Can we find such a one as this is, a man in whom the Spirit of God is?

And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, Forasmuch as God hath shewed thee all this, there is none so discreet and wise as thou art:

Thou shalt be over my house, and according unto thy word shall all my people be ruled: only in the throne will I be greater than thou.

And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, See, I have set thee over all the land of Egypt.

Genesis 41:38-41 KJV

Many countries are failing because they lack Spirit-filled, wise, god-fearing, and knowledgeable leaders. Pharaoh chose Joseph as a leader because Joseph was god-fearing, discreet, wise, and Spirit-filled.

Many nations, organizations, and businesses are not progressing because they have failed to understand that development rests in the heart and power of humankind. God works through human leadership. He has set humanity as leaders of the world to manage His affairs.

 

And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.

Genesis 1:26-28 KJV

God has delegated the management and development of the earth to humankind. We are supposed to manage the economy, natural resources, businesses, animals, trees, water bodies, and everything on this earth.

It is not the responsibility of God to manage the economy and natural resouces. Although there are times, we need God's intervention. I will write on that point in the latter part of this article because wisdom and power work together.

I want to tackle the issue of wisdom because it is a significant key in leadership. God has established governmental leadership on earth, and He expects us to govern the economy.

 

Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers.

For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.

Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.

For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same:

Romans 13:1-3 KJV

Child of God, never expect God to do something you are supposed to do. Prayer is good, but there are some things God expects us to do! For example, if you plant a seed of maize in fertile soil, it will germinate.

You don’t have to fast and pray for the seed to germinate because God has programmed the earth to multiply the seed you plant in it. Have you ever asked yourself why most developed countries are advancing despite their hatred for God and the church?

It is because they apply wisdom in their government, business and lives. Most undeveloped and developing countries, especially African countries, expect God to do something they are supposed to do.

You will see some people fasting and praying for something God has already provided the solution to. Can I present to you that God is not obligated to perform what He has mandated us to do?

God expects us to manage the affairs of the earth (See Genesis 1:26-28). God has established governmental leaders to manage the economy and businesses on earth (See Romans 13:1-3). Like Jeremiah, God declared He would use Jeremiah to pull down rebellious kingdoms and uplift faithful kingdoms.

It is time undeveloped and developing countries start thinking. It is time Africans and other developing countries apply wisdom in their leadership. Like the ant, He has mastered the principles of management and wisdom; therefore, God commands us to learn from her (See Proverbs 6:6-8).

If God is commanding humankind to imitate the wisdom of ants, what stops us from applying wisdom in our churches, business, and government? Analyze the developed countries, and you will realize that they applied wisdom and knowledge in their leadership.

God created us to think and apply wisdom in every decision we make. God could save the whole world from destruction, yet He became a man (Christ Jesus) to enable Him accomplish the task. Christ Jesus passed through pain, rejection, persecution, and death to enable humankind to receive salvation (See John 1:1-14, 1 Timothy 3:16).

That is wisdom and leadership. God expects us to use our minds in leadership and the journey of life. God could save the Israelites from the Egyptians, yet He used Moses and Aaron to set them free.

The reason why many countries are poor is that the leaders have failed to apply wisdom and knowledge. A country like Singapore had no natural resources. They were in abject poverty. It took the leadership of Lee Kuan Yew to make Singapore a world-class country.

I believe God gave Lee Kuan Yew the wisdom to make important decisions in his time of leadership. It is believed that Lee Kuan Yew advocated and enforced several policies in his time of leadership. He did some of these things to uplift the economy of Singapore to world-class status.

1. Promoting education (strict adherence to proper and technical education within the country). This helped the citizens to adopt his policies.

2. Lee Kuan Yew applied free-market capitalism, which attracted business people and investors into the country.

3. Lee Kuan Yew enforced globalization which opened Singapore to the world.

4. Lee Kuan Yew enforced strict pragmatic ideas (policies).

These four points (globalization, free market capitalism, education, and strict pragmatic polices) were taken from Sunday Adelaja’s book, Problems Your Shortcut to Prominence, with my added emphasis.

It is time for leadership to research how some countries became world-class and enforce their strategies. Leadership in developing countries should humble themselves and search for reasons why they are not progressing and why other countries are progressing.

Discovering the root cause of poverty in the country will help leadership apply the best principle (wisdom and knowledge). Some statisticians have predicted that the population of Ghana is likely to double in the next thirty to fifty years.

Suppose it is true that the population of Ghana and different countries are likely to double in the next thirty to fifty years, what visionary and pragmatic decisions are the leaders and politicians making? We cannot expect God to do what leadership is supposed to do.  As the Holy Scriptures declares,

 

Where there is no vision, the people perish…

Proverbs 29:18 KJV

Wisdom and knowledge play an important leadership role. I believe in prayers because it works. We must also realize that prayer work with laws. God will not and cannot do what He programmed humankind to do.

God is a loving Father, yet many people die every minute because of hunger, sickness, and poverty. Is God wicked to ignore the weak and vulnerable? Never! God works with laws and principles (wisdom and knowledge). You can read my series of articles, How God Judges Cases and other articles (Understanding the systems label) for more profound revelations.

Until we apply wisdom in our leadership and daily lives, we remain in the dark. I heard a minister of the gospel said, “Africa is not cursed.” I believe that statement because most African countries and leaders have failed to apply wisdom and knowledge in their leadership.

We have depended on God for a long time. On the other hand, God expects us to use our minds. God expects us to think and apply wisdom! God is saying, my people (leaders) are perishing because they lack knowledge (See Hosea 4:6).

God says that China, Singapore, the USA, the UK, and other advanced countries are growing in infrastructures, businesses, finance, personal lives, and GDP because they apply wisdom and knowledge.

Do African leaders and other developing countries have a vision? Are we always relying on God for help? God is sad because Africa and some poor countries have failed to apply wisdom and knowledge in leadership.

All we know is power. Dear leader, power is good, but it has limitations. We don’t only develop a nation with power. Wisdom and knowledge is an essential principle for a nation’s development.

Politics in most undeveloped and developing countries is all about power. The opposition party will never allow its opponent to rise because it has become a competition. Instead of these leaders realizing that it is not power needed to develop the nation but wisdom, knowledge, and unity, they will forever walk in darkness.

African leaders and ungodly leaders must repent for a turnaround. The Holy Scriptures declare that leadership with no vision enters a realm of destruction.

 

Where there is no vision, the people perish…

Proverbs 29:18 KJV

Governmental leadership needs a national plan (agenda). With one vision, the leadership becomes focused and programmed for development. It is time politicians and leaders stop the unnecessary conflicts (propagandas) and set up systems to govern the economy. The system will serve as a performance checkup. Jesus the Christ said,

 

…Can the blind lead the blind? shall they not both fall into the ditch?

Luke 6:39 KJV

Leaders with no vision, plans, wisdom, strong systems, and moral integrity can never grow countries, businesses, and organizations. Christ Jesus has several attributes. He is the source of power and wisdom. Failure to use wisdom limits the power.

 

…Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.

1 Corinthians 1:24 KJV

Wisdom has a role to play in leadership, whiles power has a role to play in leadership. God loves humankind, but He does not interfere in some aspects of our lives. We have our free will. God did not create us to behave like robots.

This is one reason we will stand before the judgment seat of Christ Jesus and give an account (See 2 Corinthians 5:10, Matthew 25:31-46, Hebrews 9:27) on the judgment day. God has given us the mind to think.

He expects us to apply wisdom in our journey of life. Have you realize that some animals constantly think. Analyze domestic animals and watch wildlife, and you would observe that animals apply wisdom in life. Domestic animals like dogs monitor the traffic on the road before crossing to the other side.

When you are hungry or tasty, do you pray to God to feed you from heaven? God created your hands, legs, teeth, eyes, head, stomach, and every organ of your body for a purpose. When you are hungry or tasty, either you buy food and prepare it yourself to quench your hunger.

You don’t expect God to feed you when you have the strength to work. You cannot expect God to develop the nation when He has set up leadership to grow the economy. Jesus Christ knew His disciples would need divine power for the ministerial work, so He commanded them to wait in the upper room for the baptism of the Holy Spirit.

God always provides the necessary things (wisdom and resources) we need to embark on the assignment (nation and church growth). He has given many African countries the natural resources, wealth, and leaders to grow the nation. It is time for leadership to utilize these resources to build their economy.

  • We cannot pray to God to build the economy with the availability of natural resources. It is our responsibility to use these resources to develop the nation.
  • We cannot pray to God to develop our nation because He has given us His Word as a guide. It is our responsibilities to study the Holy Scriptures and apply the principles.
  • We cannot pray to God to develop our nation because He has given us brains (wisdom) to think.
  • We cannot pray to God to develop our nation because He has delegated the management of the earth to us (See Genesis 1:26-28).

In the book of Matthew, we see a profound Word.

 

For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods.

And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey.

Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents.

And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two.

But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord's money.

After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them.

And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more.

His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.

He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them.

His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.

Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed:

And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine.

His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed:

Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury.

Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents.

For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath.

And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Matthew 25:14-30 KJV

God has given us leadership abilities (talents). He has given us the resources (wisdom) to make things happen on earth. God expects us to work and grow the business, economy, organization. You may think God is responsible for your failure.

It is our responsibility to change the world with the talent God has invested in us. That is our dominion mandate. Leaders who failed to use the resource to build the economy, business, and organization will face the wrath of God on judgment day.  

God created us in His image and likeness, so whatever God can do, we can also do. God knew the light would help humankind, so He created the sun, moon, and stars to operate in the day and night.

God knew that we would need chairs, tables and other furniture’s, so He created trees. Any godly invention came from the inspiration of God. God worked through inventors, scientists, researchers, and various leaders to build businesses and economies.

God knew the birds of the air would step on electric lines, so he made them immune to electricity. God knew humankind will need air so He created trees to produce it. He knew women would take care of children, so He gave them a strong heart.

God knew men would work to provide for the family, so he made us strong. That is the wisdom and leadership of God. God knew we would need food, so He programmed fishes to reproduce in water bodies and food to grow in the soil.

Every organ in the body plays an important role in life. That is the wisdom and leadership of God. God knows every country needs excellent roads, light, infrastructures, jobs, businesses, money, and other important accessories, so He has given us wisdom, natural resources, wise people, and other assets to make them happen.

God will not descend from heaven to build better roads, schools, businesses, and other earthly treasures for humanity because He has given us the resource and wisdom to build them. It is time we stop worrying God and His angels for things He has already provided.

 

…thou shalt remember the LORD thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth…

Deuteronomy 8:18 KJV

God has given us the power, strength, wisdom, knowledge to prosper (build our economy and lives). You cannot pray to God to develop the business and nation when He has given you the necessary resources. Christ Jesus said we are the light and salt of this world.

 

Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.

Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.

Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

Matthew 5:13-16 KJV

Christ Jesus expects us to shine (lead) in this world. In my article and book, Why Christians Must Occupy Every Leadership Position, I explained why every Spirit-filled Christian believer must take leadership positions in the government, business, and various organizations.

If Spirit-filled Christians and morally upright leaders take leadership positions with the mindset that whatever happens to the economy, family, church, and business is their responsibility, Africa and other developing countries will advance.

We have depended on God for a long time; meanwhile, God expects us to build (with our mind and resources). We have failed to apply wisdom in various leadership centres because all we know is the prayer and divine power.

How can a country with little or no fear for God develop its country and help religious countries? I mean countries that reverence God, yet most irreligious countries (leaders) support the religious government (countries)?

Isn’t that an insult to God Almighty for unbelievers to support believers? Many religious countries depend on other countries because the religious and developing countries (leaders) have failed to apply wisdom in leadership. The religious countries have failed to apply an aspect of Christ Jesus.

 

…Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.

1 Corinthians 1:24 KJV

The religious country has imitated one side of Christ's nature (power) and forsaken wisdom. If the economy, business, and organization will grow, we must prioritize wisdom in leadership. On the other side, power counts because the Holy Scriptures command Christian believers to pray for leadership.

 

I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;

For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.

For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;

Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.

1 Timothy 3:1-4 KJV

This is where the power and intervention of Christ Jesus and the church come in because, without fasting and prayers, the forces of darkness will dominate the leadership leading to bad decisions.

 

Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.

Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;

And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;

Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.

And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

Ephesians 6:10-18 KJV

Although the evil spirits and wicked people can speak to leadership and us, they cannot force us to enforce their decisions. The god of this world has blinded some people and leadership, and it takes prayer of the Spirit-filled Christian believer to cause a change in the spiritual realm.

Prayer is good, but it will not work until we take responsibility (application of wisdom and knowledge). You can read my series of books for more profound revelations.

Spiritual Keys for Life

The Book of Secret Wisdom

The Fourteen Divine Principles of Connecting with the Seed of God

How to Make Perfect Decisions

The Supernatural Wisdom Keys

Wisdom Keys

The Top Eighteen Errors People Make in Life

The Top Eleven Errors People Make in Life

Why Christians Must Occupy Every Leadership Position

Take Responsibility!




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