Skills: Problem Solving — The Bible Inspired Leader.

Read Nehemiah 6:1-14.

One way in which individuals prove their leadership is by using their problem solving skills. Nehemiah certainly demonstrated his capability in that way. While the walls of Jerusalem were rapidly taking shape, Nehemiah’s enemies tried o sidetrack him from the project with a number of different strategies


First, they tried to lure him out of Jerusalem by repeatedly inviting him to a summit vv.1-4, but Nehemiah rejected their invitations and focused his attention on the job at hand


Next, the accused Nehemiah of leading a revolt against King Artaxerxes-A potentially devastating lie vv.5-9. Nehemiah addressed this problem by confronting his enemies head-on. He exposed their kids and prayed for strength v.9


Finally, Nehemiah’s enemies tried to intimidate him into violating the law of God by urging him to seek refuge in the temple vv.10-14. Nehemiah realized that their ultimate motive was to discredit him as a godly leader. But he solved the problem by obeying God and seeking his strength. As a leader you’ll face problems. They can’t be avoided. But if you follow Nehemiah’s model and are careful to: retain your focus, confront any false accusations against you immediately and with integrity and, pray to God for strength and wisdom, you’ll find , as Nehemiah did, that God is eager to help

Who are the Sanballats, Tobiahs and Geshems in your life?

No matter how powerful the opposition may seem, God is an invincible ally, How much more effective to ask God, the one who sees and knows all, for help than to try to formulate a solution of your own


Problem Solving and Who God Is


The greatest example of problem solving can be found right here in the pages of the Bible. God took the ultimate problem –the chaos and destruction wrought by human sin– and transformed it into the beauty of holiness. In this best of all stories,God made it possible for those who were previously his enemies to become his beloved children. Turn to Romans1:1-3:31 to learn about God’s marvelous solution to the thorniest problem ever known

For You To Memorize: 1 Corinthians 1:30-31:

. It is because of God That you are one in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God- that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. Therefore , as it is written, “let him who boasts boast in the LORD.”

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