KINGDOM LEADERSHIP PART 5
- : the power or opportunity to do something before others do
- : the energy and desire that is needed to do something without being prompted by others
- : an act or strategy intended to resolve a difficulty or improve a situation; a fresh approach to something
NOTE: You can’t get ahead of anyone else as a leader without initiative.
Proverbs 6:6-11 KJV
 Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise:  Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler,  Provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest.  How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard? when wilt thou arise out of thy sleep?  Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep:  So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth, and thy want as an armed man.
-Don’t wait for direction. When you see there’s a need, move on it!
-Take the initiative to do what you know needs to be done without waiting to be told.
-It’s easier to redirect motion than to push someone to move.
-Don’t sit around with complacent men (Psalms 1:1-3).
-Those who are responsible take initiative.
Proverbs 22:29 KJV
 Seest thou a man diligent in his business? he shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean (of darkness, obscure, unclear) men.
Luke 17:10 KJV
 So likewise ye, when ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants: we have done that which was our duty to do.
Doing only what was commanded was called “unprofitable.”
EXAMPLES OF INITIATIVE:
A. David defeating Goliath.
1 Samuel 17:29 KJV
 And David said, What have I now done? Is there not a cause?
B. Ester going before the king.
Esther 4:14 KJV
 For if thou altogether holdest thy peace at this time, then shall there enlargement and deliverance arise to the Jews from another place; but thou and thy father’s house shall be destroyed: and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?
C. Rebekkah watering the camels.
Genesis 24:14 KJV
 And let it come to pass, that the damsel to whom I shall say, Let down thy pitcher, I pray thee, that I may drink; and she shall say, Drink, and I will give thy camels drink also: let the same be she that thou hast appointed for thy servant Isaac; and thereby shall I know that thou hast shewed kindness unto my master.
D. Naomi’s return to her home land. Ruth’s initiative in Boaz’s field (Ruth).
E. Joshua & Caleb’s faith in conquering the Promise Land (Numbers 13-14).
Numbers 14:6-8 KJV
 And Joshua the son of Nun, and Caleb the son of Jephunneh, which were of them that searched the land, rent their clothes:  And they spake unto all the company of the children of Israel, saying, The land, which we passed through to search it, is an exceeding good land.  If the Lord delight in us, then he will bring us into this land, and give it us; a land which floweth with milk and honey.
With Israel ready to return to Egypt with the news of the “giants” in the land and Moses and Aaron on their faces before God, these men declared the Word of faith!
F. Nehemiah rebuilding the wall.
Nehemiah 1 – He repented for generational and national sins and reminded God of His promise and asked for the task to prosper.