MFM Daily Devotional 4 December 2023
TOPIC: Essential Ingredients for Effective Leadership (I)
FIRE SCRIPTURE: Acts 9:3-18
3 And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven:
4 And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?
5 And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.
6 And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do.
7 And the men which journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a voice, but seeing no man.
8 And Saul arose from the earth; and when his eyes were opened, he saw no man: but they led him by the hand, and brought him into Damascus.
9 And he was three days without sight, and neither did eat nor drink.
10 And there was a certain disciple at Damascus, named Ananias; and to him said the Lord in a vision, Ananias. And he said, Behold, I am here, Lord.
11 And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the street which is called Straight, and enquire in the house of Judas for one called Saul, of Tarsus: for, behold, he prayeth,
12 And hath seen in a vision a man named Ananias coming in, and putting his hand on him, that he might receive his sight.
13 Then Ananias answered, Lord, I have heard by many of this man, how much evil he hath done to thy saints at Jerusalem:
14 And here he hath authority from the chief priests to bind all that call on thy name.
15 But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel:
16 For I will shew him how great things he must suffer for my name’s sake.
17 And Ananias went his way, and entered into the house; and putting his hands on him said, Brother Saul, the Lord, even Jesus, that appeared unto thee in the way as thou camest, hath sent me, that thou mightest receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy Ghost.
18 And immediately there fell from his eyes as it had been scales: and he received sight forthwith, and arose, and was baptized.
Where there is no vision the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.
MOTIVATIONAL QUOTES: Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.
PROPHETIC WORD FOR TODAY: Receive the power to translate your dreams to reality, in the name of Jesus.
PRAISE AND WORSHIP: Take praise and worship songs led by the Holy Spirit.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Hosea 12 – 13; Hebrews 1 – 2
MFM Daily Devotional 4 December 2023 MESSAGE
Leadership is not about position, privilege or power. It is serving others from a place of selflessness and sacrifice. It is also pointing others to God. The first essential ingredient for effective leadership is vision. When there is no vision (revelation or word from God), people will live their lives carelessly and unlawfully.
Though God has a plan for everyone, failure to know that plan will result in living a life without purpose. However, if you give a man or woman a reason for living or a sense of destiny, his or her life will be transformed.
Some Bible characters that executed their God-given visions succeeded greatly and are good examples for us today. Joseph received the vision for his life in two dreams. The visions he received at the age of seventeen made it clear that he was going to become a ruler among men (Genesis 37). Moses was given a vision for his life at the burning bush.
Abraham was given a vision for his life by God showing him two important pictures. First, God showed him the sand upon the sea shore. Second, He showed him the stars in the heavens and declared that his offspring would be as plentiful as the sand and the stars. Similarly, in the New Testament, Paul was given a clear-cut vision by the Lord in Acts 9:15. Each of these Bible characters became leaders and heroes because they used the visions God gave them as their lives” compasses.
In the words of Apostle Paul to King Agrippa, he did not disobey the heavenly vision (Acts 26:19). Beloved, you need vision to become a leader, succeed in leadership and fulfil your purpose in life. Someone defined a leader as a person who knows the way and shows the way.
It is important for every leader to have complete clarity about his vision and be able to communicate it in a simple way to members of his team. As a leader, Moses got a clear vision from God about his role to lead the children of Israel out of captivity in Egypt. He communicated the vision very well to the Israelit
1. Father, make me a leader with a God-given vision in the name of Jesus.
2. Father, deliver me from purposeless living in the name of Jesus.
3. My God-given vision shall not be lost or derailed, in the name of Jesus.
4. Spirit assigned to distract and hinder my divine vision, die, in the name of Jesus.
5. O God, if I am running contrary to Your vision for my life, deliver me now, in the name of Jesus.
6. Powers that stole my divine dreams and visions, return them to me now and die, in the name of Jesus.
7. Holy Spirit, my Helper, propel my vision to fulfilment, in the name of Jesus.