Posts Tagged ‘willingness’

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For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.” (Isaiah‬ ‭43‬:‭19‬ NLT)

Not many things are tougher than a boot camp drill sergeant. Essentially, they are breaking down your civilian attitude and building you into a soldier. That doesn’t come easy, at least in the U.S military. The personal will of the individual must go so that commands for the greater good can be followed, regardless of the cost. They see what the cadet often cannot.

God is the same way. He knows what is best for you, what leads to better living and more blessing, even though it has a price. The whole of God’s will hinges upon our ability to let our own will turn into faithful obedience. If not, we always fail.

Oswald Chambers once said, “When we think seriously about what it will cost others if we obey the call of Jesus, we tell God He doesn’t know what our obedience will mean. Keep to the point—He does know. Shut out every other thought and keep yourself before God in this one thing only—my utmost for His.” With God in control, your new year could be your best! You are loved!

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Abraham was confidently looking forward to a city with eternal foundations, a city designed and built by God.” (Hebrews‬ ‭11‬:‭10‬ NLT)

In the Old Testament, Abraham did an unheard of thing that became an incredible testimony by leaving home to follow God in a blind fashion: “Abraham obeyed God…He went without knowing where he was going” (Hebrews‬ ‭11‬:‭8‬). We don’t know what his mental process was to step out like that, but we simply know that he did. And by his obedience, life as we know it changed forever.

The hardest part of living the Christ Life is living by faith. Believing for things that AREN’T there, trusting that it WILL get accomplished, and even praying to a God that you’ve NEVER seen is really quite difficult! But without faith, we miss God’s approval. It’s not that God is cruel and hopes we stumble, but knows that if we learn to trust Him completely, life works out in a more desirable fashion!

While Abraham journeyed this life in faith, his greatest faith was for something beyond this life; he believed for his heavenly home. The faith to overcome this life is simply preparation to embrace the life that is to come! Live faithfully! But always aim for the prize of the greatest faith, to see God face to face! You are loved today and forever!

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When (my calling to minister) happened, I did not rush out to consult with any human being.” (Galatians‬ ‭1‬:‭16‬ NLT)

When God called me to the ministry at 15, I told my Youth Pastor and he began training me for ministry. Some things in ministry simply require a teacher. But as I have progressed in ministry, what I’ve needed is less people telling me how to grow my church and more time letting God show me the heart of a true spiritual shepherd.

Everyone in the Christ Life is called to do ministry. While I do serve as a mentor to those beginning to develop their ministry role, the Holy Spirit is the true teacher. When we rely more on men with agendas, egos, and simple flaws, we shouldn’t be surprised when we wind up with the same problems. There must also be a dependency upon hearing God as He corrects and instructs you, leading you away from bad habits into God-inspired ones.

As you come to Church today, come ready to let God lead you into a deeper place of committed service. Listen to your pastors and teachers, they are called and equipped to help you. But let your final word of guidance be the Holy Spirit reaffirming His truths. You are destined for good works that build God’s people! Do it in His love today!

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Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, watching over them—not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not pursuing dishonest gain, but eager to serve; not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock.” (1 Peter‬ ‭5‬:‭2-3‬ NIV)

As I sit with my coffee typing this morning, my mind reflects on ALL kinds of stuff that I’ve encountered in 25+ years of ministry; some good, some not so much. Births, deaths, special events and sudden crises combined into years of preparation and study, all because my wife and I were willing to lead and serve God’s people, whenever and how ever necessary.

Spiritual leadership is more than pastoring though. It belongs to parents and church members also. When God gives you people that are watching and learning from your life, even without your knowledge, you become a discipler. It requires of us then to live a life worth following, just because we are willing.

As you come to church today, be ready to be led into God’s amazing presence and teaching by your leaders! If you have followers, even in your home, lead with distinction. Be willing to shepherd, even if the sheep get ornery! For those that get it, it’s always worth it! You are loved!