Tuesday, April 11, 2006

A Word of Encouragement to our Pastors

Dear Pastor,
What a joy to send this message of encouragement to you as you serve the Lord in the place where He has placed you. You have listened intently to Him and have followed His leadership and guidance to His place of service. You go to His throne daily for His plan of action in ministering to those under your care. You are a shepherd of the sheep that belong to Him. Is this a picture of your life today? Do you hear God’s voice and do you obey? We live in a world of “It’s all about me”! It is sad to see folks only concerned about themselves and very unconcerned about the world around them. Many people came to the forefront when Katrina hit New Orleans. We have heard story after story of the Good Samaritans who came to help and continue to help daily. Yet where you are is also in great need. The people under your care are hurting, lost, grieving and dying without Jesus. They walk about aimlessly going through the motions of this world system and do not know the Savior of the world. What is your part in the big picture dear pastor? Here is a word for you.

“I will lift up my eyes to the hills—from whence comes my help? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. He will not allow your foot to be moved, He who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, He who keeps Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord is your keeper, the Lord is your shade at your right hand. The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord shall preserve you from all evil; He shall preserve your soul. The Lord shall preserve your going out and your coming in from this time forth, and even forevermore.” Psalm 121

What an awesome word from The Word! Pastor, Father has placed you either in a church body or a ministry. He has a plan for you and He wants you to seek Him with your whole heart and not to lean on your own understanding. He wants you to acknowledge Him as the God of the Universe and the Great I AM. By doing this you tell Him that you want to do things His Way not your way. You have many people looking to you for guidance and even sometimes deliverance. Well we know that only our Father can deliver but you can give the tools by which they approach the Father for that deliverance. Give them the true Word of God Pastor! Give them the only answer to every situation they will face in life, Jesus! Speak only what the Holy Spirit gives you and that Word will not return empty and unfruitful. We have seen some pastors speaking words of death to their flock leading them into lies and deception. We have heard of others explaining away by human standards the miracles of the Word. Oh how sad that these trusted servants of the Lord have chosen to walk in disobedience. Their judgment will be great it says in the Word. Be wise dear pastor in the things of the Lord and never stray from the Word and its truth.

On this awesome and wonderful Resurrection Day let your voice ring clear from the pulpit! Jesus is Alive! Jesus is Alive! He lives and reigns forever! One day soon He will return for His children. Those who have given their hearts and lives to Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord will meet Jesus in the air and we will forever be with Him. What is your part in this marvelous plan of God? Be faithful to the call Father has placed on your life! Feed the sheep!

God bless and keep you dear pastor! We commit daily to pray for you as you seek the Lord for His plans for you and those you serve. You have much value to the Kingdom of God. Let us be about our Father’s business!

Charley & Karen