Steve Lyston, Contributor
More and more worldwide, changes are taking place rapidly and right before our eyes.
Many leaders are stuck in neutral, most are finding it overwhelming and they can't fix it. We are seeing a domino effect, and when they try to fix one area, another issue pops up and they are almost at their wit's end.
Diplomacy is fast becoming inadequate and it's all leaders can do to keep it all together, and even under wraps.
To be quite honest, many of the problems being faced by leaders are the result of poor choices. Are we willing to pay the price to continue this cycle? The only solution that is being executed is that one side is pointing fingers at the other side and vice versa.
In order to be successful leaders, the number one priority must be to please God; He will please the people. Most leaders are using old and familiar political tactics. They are attempting to please party-faithful individuals and other stakeholders in order to guarantee success. But they must understand that only God can guarantee success, or anything else for that matter.
Here's a question. Can a leader be popular in the eyes of man, but unpopular with God? So, for the sake of longevity, they must maintain God's favour, not man's promises. It's not about man's criticism, but about what God says.
Daniel 2:21 reminds us, "And He changes the times and the seasons; He removes kings and raises up kings; He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding." (See also Daniel 4:17, Daniel 5:21.)
no success without god
It does not matter what plans leaders try to implement; there cannot be any success without God's validation.
Most leaders will honour gold, silver and bronze even more than they honour who holds their lives in His hands.
There are many political geniuses, orators and strategists worldwide. But God is the Lord of international politics and He knows all the right moves to make.
A lot is being demanded from leaders regarding foreign policies, economic policies and success, and job creation. But let us get it straight, none of this can be achieved without first seeking God and employing His principles.
The nations will not experience economic turnaround even if we were to bring in foreign investors and remove taxes and tariffs. All that will do is totally remove the competitive edge of the local businesses. The money will be sucked out of the country and our debt ceiling will continue to increase.
raise the standard
For local or global change, all leaders need to come together - both past and present; and work out a plan to chart the nation ahead. The media also has a role to play. They need to lift the standard. They also have to be willing to help to bring healing to the nation. The number one criteria must be the truth.
Many that can help the political process are staying away from it, because they are saying that the media does not care about truth and they are not trustworthy.
A lot of companies, because of the economic situation, are either laying off workers or making them redundant, and these persons can't get their money. Even those who work on a weekly basis can't collect a salary. They must remember that they have families and if this matter is not addressed, then it will bring serious repercussions.
Leaders and security personnel must realise that a leopard never changes its spots. Hence, there is no time for complacency, and all must be vigilant. The enemy is changing his strategy, but he is still an enemy. Furthermore, you must remember that the enemy within is always greater than the enemy without.
It is time for leaders at every level throughout the nations to unite. There needs to be new thinking, new dialogues. It is time for them to evaluate their inner circle, and understand that times and seasons have changed.
Diplomacy is going through the door and public relations strategies out the window, while some are attempting to create a personal legacy. All in all, if we are to truly move ahead, our old habits must surrender to change.
Steve Lyston is a biblical economics consultant and author of several books, including 'End Time Finance' and 'The New Millionaire.'