He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully. He shall receive the blessing from the Lord, and righteousness from the God of his salvation.  Psalm 24: 4-5

The sinners in Zion are afraid; fearfulness hath surprised the hypocrites. Who among us shall dwell with the devouring fire? who among us shall dwell with everlasting burnings?

He that walketh righteously, and speaketh uprightly; he that despiseth the gain of oppressions, that shaketh his hands from holding of bribes, that stoppeth his ears from hearing of blood, and shutteth his eyes from seeing evil;

He shall dwell on high: his place of defense shall be the munitions of rocks: bread shall be given him; his waters shall be sure. Isaiah 33: 14-16.


Who can stand under the purification process of God?  Who can remain unchanged through the fire of God?  That’s the question Isaiah asks and then answers.  He lays out a list of traits for the kind of people who can stand in a crisis.  Ponder his description.


  • Integrity: The leader’s life and words match, verse 15.
  • Justice: The leaders reject dishonest gain, verse 15.
  • Convictions: The leader’s values won’t allow him to accept bribes, verse 15.
  • Positive focus: The leader refuses to dwell on destructive issues, verse 15.
  • Pure: The leader disciplines his or her mind to remain clean and pure, verse 15.
  • Secure: The leader is firm, stable in his identity and source of strength, verse 16.


Characteristics like these earn the trust of others.  When leaders possess them, they feel secure enough to develop others, rather than destroy them.  Remember, only secure leaders empower others.

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