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Whether Chief Execute Officer (CEO) or an elevated servant, life shows that with leadership comes responsibility, and a testing of character at times. Because leaders are more effective with God’s blessings, and because others look at leaders lives for guidance, leaders have an added responsibility to live with impeccable character towards God and people. That way, whatever happens next, however wonderful or horrible, God will be right to continue to bless the leader wherever and in whatever the leader finds their next mission.

Genesis 39:2-5 (ESV):

2 The Lord was with Joseph, and he became a successful man, and he was in the house of his Egyptian master. 3 His master saw that the Lord was with him and that the Lord caused all that he did to succeed in his hands. 4 So Joseph found favor in his sight and attended him, and he made him overseer of his house and put him in charge of all that he had. 5 From the time that he made him overseer in his house and over all that he had the Lord blessed the Egyptian’s house for Joseph’s sake; the blessing of the Lord was on all that he had, in house and field.

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In a land where we value life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, am thankful God instructs us on the path of life, his perfect law of liberty, and has joys and pleasures available to share with those who continually follow his Word, Character, and Son sincerely.

Psalm 16:11

11 You make known to me the path of life;
in your presence there is fullness of joy;
at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

James 1:25

But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing.

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While God still watches and intervenes, God hides at times so people will show their true character, whether people of faith, love, and hope, who help their neighbors out of concern, or those who oppress, disregarding God’s presence and commandments.

Psalms 10:1

10:1 Why, O Lord, do you stand far away?
Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?

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As the Lord knows our thoughts and motivations better than we know ourselves, the Lord sees a person’s heart and character at its’ core, and judges rightly each persons’ actions, intentions, suitability, and worthiness.

1 Samuel 16:6-7

6 When they came, he looked on Eliab and thought, “Surely the Lord’s anointed is before him.” 7 But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.”

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When your own conduct needs improvement, work on the ‘window dressing’ personality and delve deeper into your inner character and heart, asking God’s help clean it up, so the Word guides your ways abundantly.

Luke 6:45

45 The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.

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Ask God to remediate your mind’s flawed internal programming to add new desires to know and follow Him, his Son, laws, heart, and character.

Jeremiah 31:33-34

33 But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the Lord: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts. And I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 34 And no longer shall each one teach his neighbor and each his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, declares the Lord. For I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.”

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While it is impossible for us to always do what is right, it is impossible for God and his Son Jesus to ever do what is wrong. Why? God’s unchangeable character is beyond reproach, but our changing character needs divine repair.

Hebrews 6:17-18

17 So when God desired to show more convincingly to the heirs of the promise the unchangeable character of his purpose, he guaranteed it with an oath, 18 so that by two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us.

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God the Father’s essential character is reflected exactly by Jesus Christ, with whom the Father is well pleased. How well do you understand Jesus’ character and follow his instruction?

Hebrews 1:3-4

3 He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, 4 having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs.

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