I will praise You Lord x4. If nobody will praise Your Name, I will praise You Lord x2. Blessed be the Name of the Lord, He is Worthy to be praise and adore, Lord I lift my holy hand in one accord, singing blessed be thy Name x3 of the Lord.
Thank You Father for another end of the week Lord, we are grateful to Your Holy Name, blessed be Thy Name in the Highest and peace to men of goodwill. Yes! Peace not as the world give but the peace of the Lord is gift unto His children (Ezek 34:25).
Beloved of the Father, are you at Peace with yourself, neighbor, and God? Do you that the peace of the Lord passeth all understanding? Do you also know that the ‘Peace of the Lord’ shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly (Rom 16:20).
Is so important we constantly remind ourselves who we are in Christ Jesus. We must believe no lie of the enemy, thereby giving room to fears and torments in our life.
What is the opposite of ‘peace’? ‘Fear’. Fear goes with torments. Therefore anyone living in fear has his or her lives full with all manners of torments. Physical, Psychological, Emotional, Spiritual, name it. Such a state is devastating. There is no pretense to it, if you are gifted in the ministry of ‘help’ you will see it written all over its victim.
Beloved, fear goes with torments. We must confront our fears with ‘Living Word’ of God, which has been empowered to cast down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ. Not forgetting that the weapon of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds (2 Cor 10:5; 4)
So must make a conscious effort to read the Word of God in readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled. You will not go far without God’s Word. You need it every minute even to keeping the breath in your nostrils I tell you.
You know what arouse your fear, take a decision to deal with it and you will be free.
Our message today is in two folds. The first one is for the minister who are losing heart and have grown weary in their ministry. While the next one helps us to manage our fears through the trials and temptation we have gone through. It will indeed blessed your soul and you will be better equip to face the battle ahead of you.
We will also provide some bible passages to help you get rid of fear in your mind and your head and you feel to add more to it depending on your circumstances in life. Praise God.
Come along with me as we discover how trials makes us the best candidate for God’s blessings:
“Knowing that tribulation worketh patience.” Rom. 5:3
This is a promise in essence if not in form. We have need of patience, and here we see the way of getting it. It is only by enduring that we learn to endure, even as by swimming men learn to swim. You could not learn that art on dry land, nor learn patience without trouble. Is it not worth while to suffer tribulation for the sake of gaining that beautiful equanimity of mind which quietly acquiesces in all the will of God?
Yet our text sets forth a singular fact, which is not according to nature, but is supernatural. Tribulation in and of itself worketh petulance, unbelief, and rebellion. It is only by the sacred alchemy of grace that it is made to work in us patience. We do not thresh the wheat to lay the dust: yet the flail of tribulation does this upon God’s floor. We do not toss a man about in order to give him rest, and yet so the Lord dealeth with His children. Truly this is not the manner of man, but greatly redounds to the glory of our all-wise God.
Oh, for grace to let my trials bless me! Why should I wish to stay their gracious operation? Lord, I ask thee to remove my affliction, but I beseech thee ten times more to remove my impatience. Precious Lord Jesus, with thy cross engrave the image of thy patience on my heart.
Is someone praying along with me? are wishing that the Lord gives you patience to go through your test and be elevated to His glory at the end? That is my resolved. It may not be easy but is my strength but by the strength of the Holy Spirit.
The next message is to chosen to help every minister of the gospel to work to the glory of God not considering the response of those you minister to, early in the week we consider how prophet Samuel handled it and in addition the next message is meant to help you as a minister to function without bitterness or revenge as is often the case (Prov 20:22):
Recently I visited with an old friend and fellow-soldier in the faith. Years ago we had dared to believe God could and would use us to do the “impossible” for His glory. And He did! But in my recent visit with him, the old fire was gone. The “can do” spirit had dried up into a morose preoccupation with past disappointments. I was reminded of the fact that more people quit ministering to others over bitterness than problems with immorality.
This morning in my devotions – with that recent visit on my mind – I discovered seven reasons the Scriptures give as to why people grow weary and lose heart – all stemming from the little Greek word, egkakeo. Basically the word describes a person who no longer is living life in step with the Spirit. Rather, he has grown selfish and self-contained, exhibiting little concern for others. Here are the seven reasons :
- A failure to maintain a vital life of prayer — “Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up.” (Luke 18:1)
- A failure to keep in mind the privilege of our divine calling to minister — “Therefore, since through God‘s mercy we have this ministry, we do not lose heart.” (2 Corinthians 4:1)
- A failure to keep in mind the fact that we will share in Christ’s triumphant resurrection — “We know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus from the dead will also raise us with Jesus and present us with you in his presence… Therefore we do not lose heart… ” (2 Corinthians 4:14, 16a)
- A failure to keep in mind the immediate task of promoting believers’ spiritual welfare and the glory of God — “All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God. Therefore we do not lose heart… ” (2 Corinthians 4:15, 16a)
- A failure to take the long view in reaping the fruit of our efforts — “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” (Galatians 6:9)
- A failure to trust that God has a larger purpose when fellow believers suffer — “I ask you, therefore, not to be discouraged because of my sufferings for you, which are your glory.” (Ephesians 3:13)
- A failure to press on in righteous living, even when you don’t feel like it — “And as for you, brothers, never tire of doing what is right.” (2 Thessalonians 3:13)
So, let me ask you: Do you still have that spring in your step? Do you still look forward to getting up in the morning and getting at it for God? Or has the dry rot of self-centeredness set in?
No, you are better than that! As His children, let’s once again take ourselves by the nap of the neck and determine to “stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” (1 Corinthians 15:58) (Adapted from FOTM)
Yes! Your labour must be rewarded both here and eternity. The following are some bible verses to handle your fears and grow boldly for the Lord. Do a little exercise this weekend. It’s a long one, so grab your bible and read through:-
Col 3:16; Rom 8:26; Heb 12:1-2; Eph 6:10; Rom 1:17; Jn 6:35; 63; Zech 8:1; Phil 4:6; Matt 24:13; Jer 29:11; Isa 54:10; Isa 41:17; 1Pet 1:16; 3Jn 2; Lk 9:23; Rev 3:11.
God bless as you obey. See you again next week to the glory of God Amen!
Remain blessed in the Lord.