INTRODUCTION

In one of the first classes in Navy Bootcamp, the instructor said, “Men one of the most important things you need to know is who is the enemy. This will require diligent and continual study. In one of the first classes in the Police Academy, the instructor said, “Men you need to know who the bad guys are. They are out there and always changing.” In a graduate class on marriage and family counseling, a professor said, “Ladies and gentlemen you need to know the enemies of marriage, the family, and the home.”

       My list of being exposed to challenges to know enemies, foes, and opposition could go on. However, as the name of this lesson states, I want to identify the real enemy of personal, biblical, spiritual, and church leadership.

TRADITIONAL LIST OF LEADERSHIP ENEMIES

Through my years as a student of leadership, both as a leader and follower, as a writer and teacher, etc. I have numerous lists of enemies of leadership. Here are a few:

  1. Not qualified for the leadership assignment.
  2. A lack of defined roles and responsibilities.
  3. Content with status quo.
  4. A failure to focus on details.
  5. Poor communications.
  6. The power is invested in one person.
  7. Inability to make decisions.
  8. Failure to use appropriate conflict management.
  9. A lack of openness and honesty.
  10. Playing the blame game.
  11. Poor performance and evaluation.
  12. Egocentrism among participants.
  13. Playing the blame game.
  14. Continual cancellation of finish date.
  15. The playing of favorites.
  16. Clandestine agendas and procedures.
  17. A sense of not belonging.
  18. Control and delegation issues.
  19. Failure or neglect of proper training.
  20. An imbalance of compensation.
  21. Mistreatment of “lower-level” followers.
  22. A lack of clear job descriptions and how evaluated.
  23. Prejudice toward certain persons or groups.
  24. Anger and lack of temper control.
  25. Moral and ethical issues allowed to go unchecked.

This list could go on and on but I think these 25 will sustain the point that there are enemies, challenges, and distractions to successful leadership. Can you think of 2 more?

 

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     Please keep in mind that these enemies are not confined to what we called the “secular world.” They exist within the Body of Christ and are challenging local congregations must deal with them. This requires special attention, training, and commitment by godly leaders in the church.

THE REAL ENEMY BEHIND ALL ENEMIES

There is ONE SOURCE behind all these enemies of leadership. The one source is SATAN. This is why we must not get bogged down in dealing with the symptoms of his attacks, destruction, and creation of failures. We must go to the source of these symptoms. We must not put Band-Aids on the symptoms and neglect dealing with cancer-causing the disease.

     The enemy of God, creation, and man first appeared in the Garden of Eden. A history we all know if we’ve read the first 3 chapters of Genesis (Why not go and read them now).

 

     Since this is to be a PowerPoint lesson I must not dig deep into volumes of paragraphs to make my point. So I will list some of the major attributes, workings, and influences Satan is having on spiritual, personal, and congregational leadership today. Please study carefully the following Scriptures. They will help you recognize and resist and defeat the enemy of your leadership.

ATTRIBUTES AND WORKS OF THE REAL ENEMY

  1. We must never forget that Satan is our ADVERSARY. The apostle Peter affirmed this (1 Peter 5:8).
  2. He speaks (Genesis 3:1, 2; Luke 4:3).
  3. He knows (Revelation 12:12).
  4. He works (Ephesians 2:2).
  5. He believes and trembles (James 2:19).
  6. He is a disputer (Jude 9).
  7. He has desires (John 8:44).
  8. He makes requests (Luke 22:31).
  9. He is a schemer (2 Corinthians 2:11).
  10. He is conceited (1 Timothy 3:6).
  11. He wills (2 Timothy 2:26).
  12. He has wrath (Revelation 12:12).
  13. He deceives (Revelation 20:2).
  14. He is a thief (Luke 8:12-15).

 

FOR THOUGHT AND DISCUSSION

 

What 3 major truths have you learned from the Powerpoint?

 

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How will you intentionally use this lesson in your leadership?