Characteristics of Mighty Men of Valour
1. Passion for God
They were all men of God, who were completely sold out to God. They believed so much in the promises of God for their nation Israel and demonstrated it. Their faith in God was unquestionable. Let us look at what the Bible says about Gideon in Judges 6:13. And Gideon said unto him, Oh my Lord, if the LORD be with us, why then is all this befallen us? and where be all his miracles which our fathers told us of, saying, Did not the LORD bring us up from Egypt? But now the LORD hath forsaken us, and delivered us into the hands of the Midianites.
2. Moral Purity
David cried out to God for purity. Psalm 51:9-12.
Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities. Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.
He was desperate to become a better man living by God’s standards. He had a contrite heart. Men of valour are quick to own up to their weaknesses.
3. Vision and Purpose
Moses was a man of vision. He wanted freedom from slavery in Egypt for his people. And it came to pass in those days, when Moses was grown, that he went out unto his brethren, and looked on their burdens: and he spied an Egyptian smiting an Hebrew, one of his brethren. And he looked this way and that way, and when he saw that there was no man, he slew the Egyptian, and hid him in the sand. And when he went out the second day, behold, two men of the Hebrews strove together: and he said to him that did the wrong, Wherefore smitest thou thy fellow? Exodus 2:11-13
A very important area in the life of a leader is the role of vision in whatever endeavour he has been called into. There are many ideas of what makes an individual a true visionary leader.
What makes someone a visionary leader in any endeavour is the ability to see where the ministry/organization should be someday in the future, and what to do to get the ministry/organization to that goal. The vision must be a God-given vision.
For example, the ministry/organization is the Lord’s; He has only allowed the leader to be a steward of it. Vision must be something that becomes clear over a period of time through prayer, and the reading of God’s Word. The vision also flows out of what God’s mission is for the ministry/organization.
4. Strong Conviction
When these mighty men of valour believe in anything they never waver even through storms and challenges they continue to press on. Moses is a very good example. He believed that one day; the Israelites would see the Promised Land. He led the Israelites with the sense of conviction till he died.
5. Admits Failure
David, who later became the King of Israel, listened to Abigail because he wished to please God when she tactfully showed him that taking vengeance on her husband, Nabal would result in bloodguilt. 1 Sam 25:9-35. He was grateful that God used Abigail to keep him from making a grave mistake
Some of the keys to success in the marketplace is to admit when something is not working and quickly find alternatives
We shall continue with Strategic Skills of Top Christian Leaders in our next edition