“For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power…” (2 Timothy 1:7)
A leading believer is not an individual who has any passive characteristics in his life. Never the victim in mind, he is a man who realizes who he is in Christ and has a firm grasp upon what he is to do both spiritually and practically in his life. When you became a child of God, you gained the winning edge the moment you surrendered to Christ. Between now and eternity, we are to live out what God has placed powerfully within us. Taking the proverbial bull by the horns, we are to take positive steps forward in our spiritual journey of leading others.
During the Civil War, General Grant was approached by Chief of Staff, McPherson to report a day of heavy losses. “General, we have lost half of our artillery and one third of our men. Our lines are broken and we are pushed back to the river! What shall we do, now?” General Grant responded without hesitation, “Do? Reform the lines and attack at daybreak! Won’t they be surprised!”
God wants to teach us to take negative situations in hand and screen them through a personal, positive perspective of spiritual power. It is our inheritance as believers. Leaders are to embody that style! Even the negative things that happen in your life are God’s building blocks for character development. They are not diving boards into the pools of despair, but rather springboards into greater opportunities for us to see God work and for others to witness the power of God actively operating in our lives.