Book Notes for A Leader in the Making by Joyce Meyer
I’ve read this book, now, five times and it blows me each and every time I’m on a journey to becoming a developed leader, in each area of my life. I wanted to do something different and just give you my notes on this book instead of a “review”……I believe the notes will help you way more than my review would ever describe of this book worthiness and timeless ways it’s applicable to your life, no matter what stage you’re in. These notes are strictly from the book! I mean highlighted and scribbled in my journal so I pray that will bless you also as they have ministered to me.
Potential: existing in possibility, not in act. Potential cannot manifest without form. Like concrete, it must have something to be poured into, something to give it shape and make it useful. What is the form into which potential is poured?
Decisions: To develop potential properly, we must have a plan and pray over that plan, we must have a purpose and we must be doing something.
Development: An unfolding; the discovering of something secret or withhold from the knowledge of others; disclosure; full exhibition.
You can be pitiful or you can be powerful, but you can’t be both.
God is an equal opportunity employer. Everyone has an equal opportunity to be blessed and used by Him.
Be patient with yourself. Keep pressing on and believe that you are changing every day. Don’t be satisfied with being anything less than all you can be.
Whatever you are called to do, do it with excellence.
Self-discipline is the most important quality in any life.
God must change us to use us.
In all that things we need to use wisdom.
Take a stand against our enemy satan and be determined to press on toward the high calling of God in Jesus Christ, always abounding in His service, knowing that your labor is not in vain (Philippians 3:14 and 1 Corinthians 15:58).
Ecclesiastes 5:3 says, For a dream comes with much business and painful effort.
I have a gift of communication both verbally and in writing. So I am taking that gift and developing it for God’s service. I am doing what God put in my heart.
Straighten up. Don’t go by how you feel. You may feel like giving up, but I want to see some stability in you. (Paul said this to Timothy, when he wanted to give up).
If we ever want to see a release of our potential, we must display stability.
The successful leader is capable of guiding, leading and nurturing their household with godly wisdom, love and understanding.
Hard times change us. They develop our character. They mature us. They force us to look to God instead of ourselves, to people or to things.
Pray for my character to be developed, daily.
We don’t have to be perfect to minister, but we can’t give somebody something we don’t have.
God is asking for our: entire life, entire personality, character, body, mind and emotions.
Matthew 7:7-8 says, Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.
Philippians 4:6 says, Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition (define requests), with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God.
“If you are not thankful for what you already have why should I give you more to complain about?” – God
Prayer: Examine me, Lord. If there is anything in me that is not right, shine Your light on it. Help me to see it and get rid of it. In Jesus name, Amen.
God provided a ram in the bush for Abraham to sacrifice instead of his son Issac (see Genesis 22:7-14).
Test come in hard times, not in good times because not everything God asks us to do is going to be easy. That is why He tests us to see if we are ready and able before He promotes us to a higher level of responsibility.
Tests bring out what is in us. It is in times of trial that we become best acquainted with ourselves and what we are capable of doing.
Scriptures on being tested: James 1:12, Psalm 26:2, 1 Peter 1:6,7, 1 Peter 4:12-13, 1 Timothy 3:10 and Job 23:10
List of tests a person must pass before God promotes them to leadership: (1) trust test (2) security in God test (3) rejection test (4) Judas-kiss test (5) forgiveness test (6) loving-the-unlovely test (7) the time test (8) misunderstanding test (9) servant test (10) discouragement test (11) Frustration test (12) self-will test (13) wilderness test (14) loneliness test (15) faithfulness test
Requirements for a leader (1 Timothy 3:2-7): Leaders must be above reproach, circumspect, temperate, self-controlled, sensible, well behaved, dignified. They must lead an orderly life and be hospitable, gentle and considerate, not quarrelsome but forbearing and peaceable. They must keep their own home in order before they can hope to keep order in the church. They must not be a new convert because of the danger of falling into pride. And finally, they must have a good reputation.
We teach more by our actions, by our choices, than we ever do by our words.