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Read: Fire of God (Page 6)
Isaiah 33:14-16…Who among us shall dwell with the devouring fire? who among us shall dwell with everlasting burnings? (15) He that walketh righteously, and speaketh uprightly; he that despiseth the gain of oppressions, that shaketh his hands from holding of bribes, that stoppeth his ears from hearing of blood, and shutteth his eyes from seeing evil; (16) He shall dwell on high: his place of defence shall be the munitions of rocks: bread shall be given him; his waters shall be sure.
Although the development teachings we post on our blog are Bible-based, the concept of development-by-purification is universal. It applies across all areas of life. The process of development is a process of purification. It is purification of our motives, our thinking, our character, and our very lives.
We will lead like we live. If we live our lives with ulterior motives; always trying to get something for ourselves, then rest assured we will end up leading that way as well. We have to because it’s all we know.
But, if we have a purified character that wants to make a positive difference, then our leadership and development will show that as well. We can only be what we currently are. The idea is to work on who we currently are through development until we start to become what and who we want to be. Will you take up the challenge of development-by-purification?
Assignment: Be ready to discuss (comment below) of when you came to the understanding that there was something lacking in your character and how it was affecting your development. What did you do to correct it? How has it made a more positive impact in the way you lead and influence others?