Blog Posts by Courtney McBath

Do what you can do—let God do the rest!

As a leader I have watched miracles of answered prayer for our children, reconciliation in relationships, change in hearts, and provision for our needs. Sometimes I’m tempted to say thank you and then wait for more, but I realize that my Friend expects me to lead and lead well.  Some days I can imagine my Friend saying: “Listen, I’ll keep doing My part, but I need you to make sure you handle your part. I’ll lead you out of the prison and take you into the city. I’ll change your heart. I’ll change the hearts of others toward you. I’ll do the things you can’t possibly do. But you must make the adjustments you can make.” So we must fill our hearts with wisdom so we can show others how to do their part!

Just as limitations and prison experiences teach us obedience, so do prison breaks. In something as risky as breaking away from those guards, we don’t want to be the ones leading without a commitment to lead well. We won't...

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[Video] Leaders Give!

facebook live video Feb 22, 2021
 

To set ourselves up for prosperity, we need to be able to release what we have! In your leadership, focus on giving—not receiving. Be intentional to pour into the lives of those you lead—what can you add to their life? Leaders are called to give!

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Are you ready for the next phase of your Next Level leadership journey??

blessing journey next level Feb 16, 2021

If you are a parent—or really, anyone, because we’ve all been children—you’ve probably said or heard things like, “If you want to do this, you’re going to have to be more responsible. If you want a car, you have to prove you can be responsible with it. If you want those sneakers, you must show me you can take care of your possessions.”

The truth is that we really don’t know what’s best for us all the time. We may pray, “God, I want this right now.” And God may release it to us just to let us experience what a blessing given prematurely feels like. On the other hand, if He sees we’re not ready, He may withhold it. Anyone who’s lived for just a little while knows to thank God for withholding what we cannot handle—that withholding is an act of love. If God steps into your situation and performs a miracle, often, in order for the miracle to fulfill what it was sent to do, you must respond. The miracle...

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[Video] Broken Expectations

facebook live video Feb 15, 2021
 

Disappointment can be measured as the difference between expectation and reality. To prevent disappointment, you must learn to manage your expectations! If you can’t manage your expectations effectively, you will continue to be disappointed in the results!

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Don’t Stop Believing!

God is efficient. He gets maximum work out of our limitations, and then He moves us on: the prison sentence is over. When God finishes using your limitations, your release will come. Even the fact that God has you reading this is an indication that your change is at hand.

We’re not having this conversation just to keep you satisfied with the past, to keep you living in the past, or to cause you to limit your understanding of life to the past. We’re having this conversation because the past was critical and necessary to bring you to today so that God could bring you out of limitations.

When we believe God, we can walk with Him, learn to love Him, let down our guard with Him, and depend on Him—we can become intimate with One whom we expect to come through. The problem is we give up on God too easily. Expectancies are a place of trust, and trust is the basis of friendship. To protect our hearts from frustration in difficult times, we often lower our expectations of...

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[Video] Leaders Help Others Thrive

Uncategorized Feb 08, 2021
 

Leaders of today have a self-centered focus, they don’t want to aid in the growth and development of others! God wants us to collaborate with those around us—don’t be afraid of utilizing your leadership to help others thrive!

 

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Do you ever feel trapped in life?

control limitation trapped Feb 02, 2021

Is it often difficult to believe your prison could have a good purpose? Do you look at the squads of guards around you and become convinced that an enemy is controlling what happens to you? It can seem that permission has been given to oppress and destroy you.

David wrote in the Psalms, “The earth is the Lord’s, and all it contains, the world, and those who live in it” (Psalm 24:1, NASB). If the earth and all it contains belong to God, then the prison, too, must be under His authority. God is ultimately in control of your life.

No matter what life brings your way, nothing can hide you from God’s life and love. Maybe you believe yourself so broken down, damaged, and hemmed-in that God can’t get to you. Perhaps you feel trapped emotionally and out of God’s reach. I want to encourage you: there is no place, no prison, no emotional dungeon that is hidden from the Lord.

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[Video] Staying Strong in Your Limitations

facebook live video Feb 01, 2021
 

You may be in a tight place right now, but recognize that there’s change taking place in your life! When we approach our limitations with the right mindset, we can stay strong and even grow in our limitations! Apply the strategies discussed and step forward in leadership effectiveness!

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Moving Forward

forget relationships season Jan 26, 2021

When we find ourselves in a limited place as leaders, with everyone looking up to you, we can get stuck dwelling on the past. When we feel trapped, static, or caught in a waiting posture, all kinds of thoughts can seep into our minds. We may start longing to go back to some relationship or season of life that God ended. We may spend hours meditating on the circumstances that landed us in our limitations. Before we know it, our hearts are filled with hurt, frustration, anger, sorrow, blame, condemnation, fear, or all of the above.

Paul wrote, “One thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:13-14, NASB). Forget what lies behind. Paul had to “forget” so he could “press on.” As long as you are holding on to what’s behind you, you are hindered in reaching forward.

As one of the first African American kids to...

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[Video] Investing in Your Leadership Journey

facebook live video Jan 25, 2021
 

If you’re not investing in your leadership journey, you’re cheating yourself and inhibiting your potential growth. Take the time and effort required to invest in your leadership journey—strive to live and lead at the next level!

 

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