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1/24/14 – “STAY THE COURSE AND FULFILL GOD’S PLAN”

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1 Chr. 28:20 And David said to his son Solomon, “Be strong and of good courage, and do it; do not fear nor be dismayed, for the LORD God—my God—will be with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you, until you have finished all the work for the service of the house of the LORD.

One of the greatest things in life is when you find out what God’s work, His passion, His plan is for your life that He will use to accomplish in and through us what only He can do. The next greatest thing is when you have those moments when you see that plan being fulfilled. The challenge is along the way we may initially find out that what we thought we were to do was not God’s plan at all, or once you do find out what He has in store for your life, you will face those challenging times when you will question yourself even though you know it’s His will because it may not seem as if you are accomplishing what He wants you to do. I want to encourage you to never give up on finding out what that plan is, and when it is confirmed biblically in your life stay the course, never give up.

As I sit here and write this weekly wisdom article I was reflecting on getting to see another one of those moments for a pastor when the very things you have prayed for, worked for, studied and preached happens. When God called me to be a pastor 24 years ago this coming Easter, it certainly was not what I had planned for my life. But from the beginning the passion that the Lord put in me to fulfill His commission to go and make disciples is what drives me. A disciple is more than just someone born again. They develop a true and genuine relationship with God, and they are no longer baby or carnal Christians, but a mature believer. To see those moments as a pastor when people take what the Holy Spirit gave you to preach and teach to them and they apply it to their life and see the results, there is nothing better for a spiritual dad.

I got to see another one of those moments tonight as I watched one of our spiritual daughters stand and preach to our church for the first time and she did awesome. Sharing from the Word what she has learned and applied in her life. Just like other moments I have had watching her husband chase the passion in his heart to now seeing those dreams being fulfilled. Not to mention the children’s teachers who I have watched with such a dedication and love for our children in teaching them the Word and impacting their lives, to leadership God has raised up, men and women of God who have faced adversity and blessed me to see them overcome with God at their side, and there are many more stories I could share.

Our foundation text is king David telling his son Solomon that because it had been revealed to David that it was God’s plan for Solomon to build the temple, and that God would be with him and would never leave him nor forsake him so that he could fulfill God’s plan. David had wanted to build the temple but God revealed to David that was not His plan. We need to make sure first of all that we have God’s plan. There are many plans in a man’s heart, but the Lord’s plan will stand. I have known some who thought they were called to pastor, but as scripture reveals one of the ways God will confirm a call to the five-fold ministry is through a minister who recognizes that calling on your life. Realize I am not writing this to ministers, for God has a plan for every one of us. The Bible tells us that His plans were prepared for us beforehand. We just need to make sure we have God’s plan.

To find God’s plan just place your entire life like a piece of clay in God’s hands and be willing to let Him mold you. As you do then God will begin to give to you what is His desire is for your life. Just remember this means you are willing to let go of anything God says to let go of and willing to take up whatever He says to take up. As David reveals to Solomon there are some key things to be reminded of along the way. A quick key here is to point out that Solomon was receiving from his elder confirmation of God’s plan for his life. David reveals to Solomon you must be strong and of good courage, just do the work, do not fear nor be dismayed for God would be with him.

Again let me apply a part of my walk with God here to share some things about these key points that are necessary to fulfill God’s plan. The first key is you must be strong. The word for strong here refers to strength developed through you being consistent in your walk with God, never letting go of Him. This is a result of coming to God because you want to know Him, not just know Him for what He can do for you. When I gave my life to Christ I did so because I found out I could come to know God. I was blown away by the fact that this was actually something I could do. There are those who don’t ever become very strong as a believer. They tend to be those who come to God for what He can do for them, not because they just want to know Him. If you want to know Him, you will never let go of God.

The second thing David said was to be of good courage. This is defined as being determined, persisting, unwilling to quit. I can’t tell you how many times I have had thoughts of quitting. In pursuing God’s plan I have made mistakes, said things I should not have said, done things I should not have done, but the intent behind everything I have ever done is to help God’s kids become disciples, more than conquerors through Christ who know their God. Realize as you work toward carrying out God’s plans you will make mistakes. You will make some wrong decisions.

Like anything in life it takes time to develop yourself in the plan God has for you. The key here is even when those times happen, make a decision before hand that you will never quit. When I have had times I felt like quitting it was because I would question my calling and myself when I made mistakes, but we all make them. Be determined you won’t quit. If you know without a doubt you are walking out what God has planned for you, which we know will ultimately bring glory to Him, don’t think God gave up on you because you made a mistake. Remember what David said to Solomon that until he finished what God had for him to do, He would never leave nor forsake Solomon. Nor will he do so with you!

The next thing David told Solomon was to act. When you have no doubt that you know God’s plan for your life, you have to do something about it if you want to see it come to pass. Faith without works is dead. For some it may be that they need to get some training to learn how to use the gifts God has given them. Going back to school isn’t easy, but as I was reminded by a lady we met the other day if you know it’s God’s plan for you, you can do it. She is a single mom raising two kids who put herself through night school and now has a job that is a great blessing to her. While doing her job she shared some of her testimony with us. I know she is an encouragement to others. For others you may find out like David something you wanted to do was not what he wants you to do. Until you find out God’s plan you can begin to fulfill part of His plan now. Get involved in doing something in and through your church or others where you can begin to have an impact on people’s lives. We must act in obedience to what God has set before us, which will lead us into His ultimate plan.

David then tells Solomon not to fear. As a believer in Christ you do not have a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and self-control. Fear for the believer results in focusing on the natural instead of what God said. This leads to us magnifying the things that we see instead of what God said for us to do. Phillip was told by God to go out into the desert and wait there. Phillip could have looked at things in the natural and allowed his mind to focus on his surrounding circumstances. If he would have then timidity would have set in. This is what the word “fear” is defined as in 2 Timothy 1:7. Timidity makes you question God. Timidity gives place to satan where he begins to plant all kinds of doubting thoughts into your head.

Phillip could have thought to himself he surely wasn’t doing much for God by just sitting out in the desert. If you were to compare him to the other disciples it didn’t look like he was too successful. They were reaching cities for God and here was Phillip just sitting in the desert. But along comes a chariot with an Ethiopian eunuch who worked for Candace the queen of Ethiopia. Phillip leads him to the lord and it is recorded in history that eunuch had a powerful impact in bringing the gospel to Ethiopia. Success is not based on what you see in the natural, it is based on your obedience to your calling.

This leads to the final thing David said; don’t be dismayed, which means to become discouraged. Believers must learn to do like king David did. You must learn to encourage yourself “In The Lord”. This comes back to relationship with God for as David said right after he told Solomon to not be dismayed the Lord our God is with us wherever we go. We get discourage when we begin to drift away from intimacy with God. In His presence there is fullness of joy. Hard for discouragement to set in when you are full of joy. When you feel discouraged you need to quite your mind and draw near to God.

So child of God stay the course, know for sure you have God’s plan, make sure if it involves ministry you have leadership in agreement, but whatever His plan for you don’t ever give up. He is with you wherever you go and He will never leave you nor will He forsake you. He will always be there to help you along life’s way to fulfill what is His plan for your life.

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Pastor Darryl Baker

 
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2/17/14 – “FREED FROM FEAR TO WALK BY FAITH”

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2 Tim. 1:7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.

Fear is one of the most crippling effects in life that can wreak havoc in anyone’s life. When fear sets in you can at times be so overtaken by it that you can feel as if you are helpless and have no way out. I want to share with you a personal experience I had when I was younger that describes how helpless fear can make you feel.

I was with my father years ago and we were in northern Arizona at a mine that he at the time was involved in. We went deep down into this mine that had shafts going all different directions. After getting down into the deeper part of this mine we turned off our flashlights. We stood there for several minutes with no light at all. If you have ever experienced something like this it is certainly an event you will never forget. It was so dark you could not see your hand in front of your face. I had never been in such darkness before.

Within minutes my mind began to panic. All of a sudden I had lost all sense of direction and became totally disorientated. I understand how a pilot in a plane without proper instruments could get caught in a bad storm with no visual line of sight and how they could become so disorientated that they could be upside down and not even know it. I began to think about what would happen if our flashlights did not work. How would we get out of this mineshaft with no sense of direction at all? It was a fearful feeling to say the least. It was an awesome feeling to turn those flashlights back on and even better as we made our way out to eventually see the light coming from above as we finally made our way back to the surface.

Fear is designed by the enemy to do the same thing to a believer. It causes them to become totally disorientated where they lose all sense of direction. Thoughts begin to flood the mind that make things even worse as you begin to think about what may or may not happen in any given situation. Fear enables satan to do his work in our lives. What is that work? He only has two primary weapons, deception and seduction. Fear opens the door for satan to begin to lead us into one or the other, primarily deception. He will begin to flood your thoughts with all kinds of defeat, destruction, depression, etc. But today I have some good news for all you believers who have received Christ into your hearts. You do not have to ever allow fear in your life, and as a matter of fact once born again that fear is not in the real you.

In our foundation text this week I want you to look closely at the first part of this verse of scripture. God has not given you a spirit of fear. Why is this so important? Because when we allow fear in our life we are cutting off from within our spirit man the power of God that is available to us, and the ability to maintain complete control of self, which includes your thoughts. God has given us a spirit of power, love, and self-control. So if we have not been given a spirit of fear then why do believers often battle with fear? There are several reasons why, which I am going to cover this week. When we are not in fear we are in faith, which is how every believer is to be living on this planet. We are to walk by faith and not by sight. Faith empowers God to work in your life; fear emboldens the enemy to do his work.

First and foremost when this verse says God has not given “US” a spirit of fear what exactly is He referring to? You are a spirit, you have a soul, and you live in a body. You are not a soul you have a soul. You are not a body you live in a body. You are a spirit being that will never cease to exist. Every spirit birthed will live forever. Some will live eternally separated from God their creator in a place called the lake of fire. The rest will live eternally in the presence of God. Before you were born again you had a spirit of fear because of the fallen nature of Adam. That is why Paul writing to Timothy inspired by the Holy Spirit states that you, the spirit man inside, no longer have any fear.

The more we relate from our soul with what we see on the outside, the more we allow fear to enter our soul, which is made up of our mind, will and emotions. But the more we begin to develop our spirit man, the real you on the inside, to where he dominates our life and that is what our soul is looking to, then fear cannot enter the soul. Within our spirit is power, love, and the ability to maintain control of your entire being. So the first thing we must get revelation of is the fact that when you say or even think that you are afraid, the real you is not afraid. Your spirit man has no fear in him. We get in fear when we don’t see ourselves as a spirit but instead relate to the old fleshly nature.

Paul goes on to state that we have a spirit of power. The word power here is dunamis in the Greek and it is defined as: inherent power, power residing in a thing by virtue of its nature, or which a person or thing exerts and puts forth, power for performing miracles, moral power and excellence. You have in your spirit the same miracle working power that Jesus used. It is no different. When satan gets us in fear he blockades that power from coming forth out of our spirit into our soul and into our body. When we are in fear we have no ability to release that power through us. Fear is like turning off the power switch to God within. That power resides right now in every born again believer.

Jesus said in John 14:12 the very works He did we can do also, if we believe in Him. When we are in faith we believe in all He has done, but when we get in fear we stop our faith from releasing our God-given ability to do the works Jesus did. Those works include raising the dead, healing the sick, casting out demons for we have freely received the same ability within us and we are to freely give what we have freely received. We did not earn this power. It became a part of who we now are when we were born again. When we put our faith in Christ, repented of our sin, and made Him the Lord of our life that old you died. The new you came alive, filled with the dunamis power of God. Most believers don’t even realize that they have such power. Others don’t believe it’s true, but it is right there in 2 Timothy 1:7. I not only believe in this power I have seen it work in and through my life. When it does it always brings glory to God, because it is His power working through us.

You must understand that when you got born again you are the breath of God. In Genesis God breathed into man’s physical body the breath of life, his spirit and soul. In John 20:22 Jesus after being raised from the dead breathed on His disciples and said to receive the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit not only entered those disciples, the Holy Spirit, the breath of God, created within them a brand new spirit, a spirit of power, love, and self-control. We are told in 2 Corinthians 5:17 that all who are in Christ are a new creation. That word means something that never existed before. Your born again spirit is literally the breath of God Himself.

1 John 4:18 No fear exists where his love is. Rather, perfect love gets rid of fear, because fear involves punishment.

When you got born again Romans 5:5 says the love of God, who He is for God is love, was poured out into your heart, your spirit man. You like God don’t have love you are love. You are a spirit not of fear but love. Where His loves is no fear exists. So another powerful key to walking in faith and free from fear is to walk in the love of God. This is why Jesus tells us the commandments we are now to walk in is to love the Lord our God, and love our neighbor as ourselves. When we get out of love we open the door for fear to enter our souls, (mind, will, and emotions). But when we walk in the light of God’s love for us and we exercise that love toward one another we eliminate fear from our lives. We slam the door to satan and we open the door for that dunamis power within us to work in our lives and through our lives.

Gal. 5:6 …the only thing that matters is faith working through love.

Faith works through love. Romans 12:3 tells us we were given a measure of faith. The opposite of faith is fear. If we walk in love our faith can now work through us for faith works through love. Both us knowing the love God has for us, and we obeying Jesus’ command to love our neighbor. Romans 13:10 tells us love does no harm to a neighbor. Isn’t it obvious why satan works so hard to get us out of walking in the love of God? It gives opportunity for him to get our souls filled with fear. Walking in love does not mean we condone wrong living, but we don’t condemn people for it either. Ephesians 4:15 tells us to speak the truth in love. If you love someone you will tell them the truth. Again not condemning them to damnation, but not condoning the behavior.

When we walk in the love God has for us, and we exercise the love we now have and have become, faith can now be released. The power of God within you can go to work through that faith. Jesus Christ in making us brand new within freed us from fear to live a life of faith. Faith that brings God’s supernatural power alive in and through us to live victorious, and to help others be set free. If you are a child of God you have not been given a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and self-control. Walk in love and you won’t lose control of your senses, and you will keep the door closed to fear.

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Pastor Darryl Baker

 
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2/10/14 – “GIVE THE WORD FIRST PLACE”

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Prov. 4:20 My son, pay attention to my words. Open your ears to what I say.
Prov. 4:21 Do not lose sight of these things. Keep them deep within your heart
Prov. 4:22 because they are life to those who find them and they heal the whole body.

Image you go to turn on your computer and as you do the computer goes crazy, flashing things across the screen that you have never seen before. It looks like a bunch of gibberish to you. You have no idea how to address the problem. You happen to know of a computer expert who has years of training and even years of experience in solving computer issues, but you choose to go to your friends who are well meaning and want to help, but they unfortunately are not computer experts but try and help anyway. After several attempts with multiple friends your computer is now not even turning on. The problem has gone from bad to worse but you continue to try and fix the problem on your own.

What if you actually chose to go to the computer expert and he looks at your computer, diagnosis the problem and tells you exactly what you have to do to fix it, but you walk away and continue to try and fix it yourself. Sounds pretty crazy right. Well think about this as it relates to God for a moment. God knows all things and God knows how to fix anything that is broken in our lives. He has given us an instruction manual filled with the answers we need to fix our lives, but yet many instead of picking up their Bible go to their friends for advice who many don’t know what the Word says, or some even go to the Word and see what scripture tells them in how to live a successful life, but they chose to ignore what scripture says and continue to try and fix their problems on their own.

One of the most important decisions we can make as a follower of Christ is to give God’s Word first place in our lives. God’s Word is the instruction manual for life that will not only give you answers to life’s challenges, but it will also help you to develop your relationship with the Lord who will always cause you to triumph if we will get to know Him and learn how His kingdom works. To give the Word first place requires two things. One: We must make the Word of God a priority in our life. Two: We must make the Word final authority in our life.

As we see here in Proverbs 4 we are to pay attention to the Word of God. To pay attention to God’s Word we must make it a priority for us to spend time in the Word. You cannot pay attention to something you don’t know. Notice in verse 22 we are told that the Word is filled with life (the life of God), and healing for every part of our body. God’s Word is filled with insight, wisdom, and revelation of what Christ has done for us, who we now are in Him, and what we now have because of what Christ has done for us. To begin developing our understanding of these things the Word must become a priority in our everyday lives. The Word of God is given by inspiration of God, meaning it is God breathed. God’s Word is God speaking to us.

John 1:1 IN THE beginning [before all time] was the Word (Christ), and the Word was with God, and the Word was God Himself.

God and His Word are one. The Word is Jesus Christ made manifest who walked among men. You cannot separate God and His Word. His very DNA is in the Word of God. The written Word of God is given to reveal the living Word of God. Something very important to remember, we don’t spend time in the Word as a “religious duty” or a “religious exercise”. If you never read the Word of God it would not change how much He loves you. But if you truly love Him and you desire to grow your relationship with Him, getting to know Him intimately, you are going to make the Word of God a priority in your life.

When you understand that spending time in the Word is spending time with the Savior who loves you, then you realize that every time you open the Word of God and listen with your heart, He will speak to you. You cannot come to fully know God apart from God’s Word. It is no different than developing a relationship with someone here on earth. If you love them and want to develop a close relationship with them, you are going to make time to spend with them. Other things you used to do will become less important to you. You will adjust your life to focus time and attention with that person. So it is with the Lord. I love the following quote from the great apostle Smith Wigglesworth: “I understand God by His Word. I cannot understand God by impressions or feelings; I cannot get to know God by sentiments. If I am going to know God, I am going to know Him by His Word.”

Num. 23:19 God is not like people. He tells no lies. He is not like humans. He doesn’t change his mind. When he says something, he does it. When he makes a promise, he keeps it.

So if we are going to give the Word first place in our life we must first make it a priority in our lives. Secondly, we must make the Word of God the final authority in our life. As simple as that sounds many do not do so. Like my example of coming to the computer expert and finding out what he knows and yet not doing what he tells you to do, people far to often do this with God’s Word. They will hear what is said in a message preached, or read scripture that clearly states how they should be living their lives and yet choose to not act upon the Word of God. Why would we do so when God clearly knows what is best for us and is simply trying to help us to walk in all that He desires for our life? There are different reasons for doing so, but when we make the decision to accept the Word of God as final authority in our life our excuses should be done away with.

Look at this verse here in Numbers 23. God is not like people for God never tells a lie. He is not like us a human because He never changes His mind. When God says something, He does exactly what He says. When God makes a promise, He always keeps His promise. This being true why would any believer look to God’s Word and then choose not to do what God’s Word says? Whatever God’s Word says that we are to do, we can do. God would never ask us to do something that He would not give us the ability to do. Whatever God’s Word says we should do to reap the benefit of what He has done for us we should never question it, we should just humbly respond in willful obedience knowing it is for our benefit and the best thing we could do.

John 15:7 If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.

God has given us many promises in His Word, but what often is overlooked is the part we play in receiving that promise. All throughout scripture we are told if we will do this, God will do that. For example in the above verse Jesus Himself said that if we abide in Him, and His Words abide in us, then we can ask what we desire and it shall be done for us. What a promise. The condition is we must abide in Him (the Word), and His Word must abide in us, come alive in us through meditating on His Word, as we do so we will only have His desires rise in our hearts. As we ask for those desires it shall be done for us.

Everything God’s Word tells us to do is for our benefit. To ever think that God doesn’t have our best interest in mind is to not understand the glorious God we serve who desires to do us good and not harm. All good gifts come from our Father above in whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. But if we want to walk in what the Father has for us we must give His Word first place in our life. We must stop reasoning out in our minds what we think, and just simply accept God’s Word for what it says and do what it says. If God’s Word says it, then believe what it says and settle it forever in your heart. Accept what His Word says you should do by willfully, humbly, submitting to His Word. Accept what His Word says about you by confessing what the Word says and not what your circumstances say.

James 1:25 But if you keep looking steadily into God’s perfect law—the law that sets you free—and if you do what it says and don’t forget what you heard, then God will bless you for doing it.

Notice again here in James that he reveals whoever will look steadily into God’s perfect law, they are making His Word a priority in their life, and as they do what it says, they are not a hearer only of the Word but a doer and this one will be blessed by God for doing so. But there is the condition “if” we do these things, if we don’t then we are going to miss out on the blessings God has for us. Many don’t realize those blessings are much more than material things, and refer more to how blessed we will be as we grow spiritually.

Child of God your heavenly Father knows how to help you. He knows what is best for your life, but if you don’t give the Word first place in your life you are going to miss out on much of what He has for you. Stop reasoning out why you don’t have to do what the Word asks you to do. God’s Word says to forgive so forgive. The Word tells you to be a part of a local body of believers so find your pastor and get hooked up with that body. God’s Word is the instruction manual for life. If you use it the way God intended you will find that life, and see in manifest in and through you.

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2/3/14 – “HOW TO RELATE TO YOUR PASTOR”

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Eph. 4:8 Therefore He says: “When He ascended on high, He led captivity captive, And gave gifts to men.”
Eph. 4:11 And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, …

One of the greatest gifts that Jesus gives us to grow us up and help us become the man or woman of God He called us to be is the gift of a pastor. Here in Ephesians Paul is telling us about the gifts that Jesus gave to the body of Christ as He ascended into heaven. They are what we call the five-fold ministry gifts. Of those five gifts the one that is called to speak into your life each and every week is the gift of a pastor. What many believers don’t know is that you don’t need to find a church to attend; you need to find the shepherd, the gift of a pastor that Jesus gave you.

To deny the need for a pastor is to reject one of the most valuable gifts Jesus gave to the body of Christ. I hear many Christians who say they don’t need to go to church, but in fact by making such a statement you are going against what God has provided for you. Every believer who sits at home each and every Sunday thinking they don’t need a shepherd, they are rejecting a gift that Jesus provided for their life. Once you find the pastor not the church that Jesus has for you, you must then realize satan will do everything he can to tear you away from that gift. Why? Because that pastor has a gift on their life that Jesus imparted to them to speak into your life and help you become a powerful believer in Christ.

For anyone who thinks that finding a shepherd and being a part of a local body is not important, they have chosen to live life on their terms and reject something that God provided for us all to be a part of. This week I want to share with you from my pastor Dr. Mark T. Barclay’s book seven powerful truths about how to relate to your pastor. You can buy a copy here: “How To Relate To Your Pastor”. Learning to do so will help you get all God has out of this gift for your life.

1. RECEIVE YOUR PASTOR AS A GIFT FROM GOD

As I have already been sharing with you not recognizing your pastor as a gift, but only looking to him as just another believer means you won’t receive what he has to add to your life. No pastor is any better than any other believer. We are all created the same, but we do not all have the same gifts and callings. When Jesus came to His own hometown He could only heal a few sick people because they did not respect the gift that God has sent to them. When we don’t recognize our pastor as a gift from God, we to are not fully receiving all of what we should, and it is that much easier for the devil to pull you away from this gift from God. But if you recognize who your pastor is and you then receive them as a gift from Jesus, you won’t allow the devil to take this gift away from you by leading you away. If you want to be blessed by the Lord, you must receive your pastor as a gift from God.

2. GET TO KNOW YOUR PASTOR
1 Th. 5:12 And we urge you, brethren, to recognize those who labor among you, and are over you in the Lord and admonish you, …

The second key in relating to your pastor is to get to know them. The word “recognize” here is actually translated to get to know. In getting to know your pastor you are simply learning from their example. Paul himself said imitate me as I imitate Christ. You don’t have to spend personal time with your pastor to do this. You can do so by listening carefully as they teach in how they apply God’s Word to their life for they are to set an example for you. You can get to know them by attending special meetings they do, not just regular services. One of the best opportunities in getting to know your pastor is staying up with these other opportunities to come and learn and glean from them. Your pastor should live what he preaches and as you get to know him it will help you to follow Christ.

3. ESTEEM HIM HIGHLY IN LOVE
1 Th. 5:13 We ask you to love them and think very highly of them because of the work they are doing.

To esteem your pastor highly does not mean to worship him nor put him on a pedestal, but to honor them for the work they do. Their work is you. They work to help you grow with God, learn how to walk in the light of God’s kingdom, and learn how to become a part of God’s work on earth. When you no longer esteem them highly you will not honor this gift Christ has given you. If you love your pastor then you will show the same unconditional love toward him that God has shown you. When you honor God’s gifts given to you it is always going to be to your benefit.

4. PRAY FOR YOUR PASTOR
2 Th. 3:1 Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may run swiftly and be glorified, just as it is with you,
2 Th. 3:2 and that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men; for not all have faith.

Why should we pray for our pastors, so that the Word of the Lord my run swiftly and therefore have not only a greater impact on our lives, but on the lives of others as well. When a pastor has a church family that knows how to pray effectively and they are praying for their pastor, they are going to have a much more powerful impact on their church family and the world. Pray they are delivered from unreasonable and wicked men who don’t have faith. They will only be a pawn of the enemy to hinder the work your pastor does. Every pastor knows it takes the whole body of Christ to accomplish what God has called us to do and walk in the victory He has for us. That is why your pastor prays for you and so should we pray for our pastors.

5. CONTRIBUTE TO HIS SUPPORT
Gal. 6:6 Let him who receives instruction in the Word [of God] share all good things with his teacher [contributing to his support].

For years the devil has done everything he can to try and keep ministers poor. There are unfortunately those who have used the ministry as a means of personal gain, which Paul warned us about, but that does not mean we should just take from our pastor’s and do nothing to provide for them. It is a sad statistic today that only 2.8 percent of Christians tithe. Going to church and being blessed by what God has given your pastor to help you be a disciple of Christ and not honoring God’s Word by giving to the work he does would be like going to your grocery store, loading up your cart, but not expecting to pay for anything. Not contributing to your pastor’s support is hurting you more than it hurts him. As you give Jesus said it would then be given to you. You reap what you sow. You sow only to your flesh you reap corruption, but when you sow to your spiritual development you reap life.

6. FOLLOW YOUR PASTOR
Heb. 6:12 that you do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.

Your pastor is an example of faith and patience, which is how we obtain God’s promises. How often do you see your pastor missing church? When there are corporate prayer times at church follow his example go and pray with him. A pastor who is walking in obedience to God does not do these things because he has to, but because he has learned what faith and patience are all about. We are to walk by faith not by our carnal fleshly desires, and following our pastor will help us to do so.

7. OBEY YOUR PASTOR’S TEACHINGS
1 Cor. 11:2  I am so glad, dear friends, that you always keep me in your thoughts and you are following the Christian teaching I passed on to you.

As your pastor teaches the Word of God you should apply what you are being taught because as they hear from God and preach the Word, you are going to be blessed. James tells us that those who are not just hearers of the Word but doers, they will be blessed in what they do. You should not just come to church as a religious duty to think you “paid your dues” for the week. You should come with a heart to know God better and apply everything you are learning. Church is not a place to just hear sermons it is a place to connect with God, grow as a disciple of Christ as you apply what you are taught, and become a part of the work God is doing in the earth.

When you learn how to relate properly to your pastor you are going to grow in God and see God work in your life. Without a shepherd scripture teaches you will in fact remain a baby Christian, immature, and tossed about by every wind of doctrine. Having a shepherd is not watching your favorite preacher on T.V., but being connected with that gift Christ has given you. Saying you don’t need a pastor is telling Jesus you don’t want this very valuable gift God has given to you. In John 10 we are told how to find our pastor. We will know when we hear his voice. Our spirit will bear witness with us when we find that gift Jesus has for our life. Through that gift the Lord will help us to grow, mature, and become a disciple of Christ.

See You Again Next Week For More “Weekly Wisdom”

May God’s Best Be Yours!

Pastor Darryl Baker

 
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