If you are a student of the Bible, by now you have been taught by a select group of men and women. It is quite obvious that no two ministers are alike, their personalities set them apart. If we let ourselves be offended by a particular behavior we could miss out on a very important revelation we need. Dr. Lester Sumrall loved God’s people but he appeared to have no grace for Christians who played games with God’s Word.
1 Corinthians 2:4 There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.
This Scripture has a two-fold application, it is referring to the gifts of the Spirit and the five-fold ministry gifts. I have had a room full of pastors in our church and they all ministered. None of them bore any resemblance to one another, they all had the same gift but God used their unique personalities. I asked the Lord one day why He called such a vast array of ministers. His response: I knew you would find a couple you would listen to. It is common to be drawn to some speakers and to be repulsed by others. Just because you cannot connect with a particular minister, it does not mean God did not call them and anoint them!
Colossians 4:9 Onesimus, a faithful and beloved brother, who is one of you. He will make known to you all things that are done here.
The Apostle Paul was known and accepted in the church, now he is recommending Onesimus to the people. This man was not widely known but Paul had complete confidence in him. I am very careful about recommending a minister to another church because my own integrity is on the line. Association is not evidence or proof of integrity. I once had a couple come from Kenneth Copeland’s church and they were flakey as can be. Not every member of a church is spiritually healthy, God has not yet completed His work in them. I have had pastor friends call me and warn me of a particular sheep headed my way. I have called pastors and alerted them to a potential problem child headed their way. We accomplish two things, we help the person and we shut the door to the devil. It’s a joy to pastor sheep, but we cannot pastor goats or wolves.
1 Thessalonians 5:12 We beseech you, brothers, to know them which labor among you, and are over you in the Lord, and warn you.
I think that often times we are too quick to trust some ministers! Just because a person is charismatic, has a large following or drops the names of notable preachers, it does not make them legitimate. Jesus instructed us in one of His sermons, you will know them by their fruit. It takes time to correctly identify the fruit of a tree, when we rush into something, that’s when we get into trouble. Years ago some young novice boys were in my church and they were trying to convince me to connect with a new “voice” in the town. My response:
I would rather go slow and risk missing a move of the Spirit than to throw caution to the wind and be deceived.
They were deceived.
March 29, 2020
I am not afraid to give, I am not afraid to cross the Jordan.
My faith is in the promises, God is not a man that He should lie.
My prosperity is on the other side, God will help me get across.
Nothing can oppose me, because God is on my side.
GOD’S EXPECTED END
2 Chronicles 7:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
GOD’S WILL IS TO HEAL: Matt 9 Jesus traveled healing every sickness and disease.
Matt 10 Jesus gave his disciples (us) the authority to do the same and sent them (us) Luke 10 Jesus sent out 72 others to do the same.
Mark 16 Jesus said signs would follow: “Lay hands on sick they will recover”!
John 14:12 Those who believe would do greater works!
PRAYING FOR THOSE WHO ARE SICK
PRAYING FOR PROTECTION OVER THOSE WHO ARE NOT
PRAYING IN AGREEMENT FOR MEDICAL BREAKTHROUGH
PRAYING FOR GOD’S EXPECTED END
PRAYING AGAINST FEAR (OUR OWN AND OTHERS) FEAR OF GETTING SICK/ FEAR OF LACK DURING AND AFTER
Romans 4:21 “And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he is able to perform it.”
Jeremiah 33:6 "I will bring health and healing to it; I will heal my people and will let them enjoy abundant peace and security”