Friday, December 18, 2015

Intuitive Leadership and Wisdom

UV 1617/10000 Intuitive Leadership and Wisdom
In the day of prosperity be joyful, but in the day of adversity consider: God also hath set the one over against the other, to the end that man should find nothing after him
Ecclesiastes 7 v 14
When times are good, enjoy. When times are bad, endure. Our lives are like the alternating squares of black and white on a checker board. When we are on the white or symbolically good times, we got to prepare for the black. When we are on the black, we need to live in hope of the white. Joseph’s dream of seven years of prosperity and plenty followed by seven years of famine and scarcity set the course of policy in ancient Egypt so that they stored enough grain during the years of plenty.
The role of intuition for effective leadership is a less researched subject. Genius is one per cent intuition and 99 per cent tuition. We need to factor in the gut instinct, the urging and prompting of the Holy Spirit, even the dreams and signs we see and experience for we are spiritual beings and quite unlike the animals who only exist to eat, drink and sleep. We should be able to interpret the signs and signals we receive. We cannot know the future in its entirety but we can find pointers and divine guidance. Once we read the signs and signals correctly, we can learn from the experience and knowledge of others about how to use the special or rare insight that we have discovered intuitively.
During times of prosperity and peace, we should be thankful and rejoice in the Lord. But we should know that it will soon end and that we should build up the strength and reserves we need to endure during the times of hardship and scarcity. Since even our fortunes are so fickle, we should consider and realize that only the Lord is consistent, faithful and dependable. We should ask ourselves during the good times, “What is it the Lord wants me to do?” and during the bad times, “ What is it that the Lord wants me to learn.” The deep etches of our character are more etched by the chisel of pain of adversity than by oodles of pleasure of plenty. The only other effective teacher of character other than pain of adversity is the eternal Word along with prayer and prophetic ministry. As we live by every word that has proceeded from the Word of God, we will receive intuitive wisdom. The way God has set up everything our lives end up in a zero sum game where at the end we gain and loose nothing: the only prize we can win for eternity is the crown of eternal life.
Prateep V Philip

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