MORNINGTIME 2298

by Benjamin Munsell on January 12, 2017
MORNINGTIME 2298
 
That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and THAT WHICH IS BORN OF THE SPIRIT IS SPIRIT. Marvel not that I said unto thee, YE MUST BE BORN AGAIN. John 3:6-7. It really is this simple, and it really is this hard, to offer Life to your church. A Pastor who  spends time on his face before the Lord had already Humbled himself by rejecting the ideas of His Self, and is desperately wanting to hear and obey the leading of the Holy Spirit. He knows that WHATEVER the Holy Spirit tells him to do will be nothing but LIFE for the church, and that LIFE is what some in a lost and dying world are looking for. Again, he understands that only Christ and His Life will satisfy. Again, the bottom line is, this Pastor will do anything and everything the Holy Spirit asks of him. On the other hand, a Pastor who only gives token prayer time in his prayer closet so he can say he has a prayer closet, only wants the recognition of HAVING a prayer closet, (it makes him look good to the unsuspecting), but will not use the RESPONSIBILITY of the Prayer Closet. He knows that if he did, the Lord would require of him things he isn't willing to do, BECAUSE HE HAD HIS OWN AGENDA AND THE LORD DOESN'T FIT INTO IT. This pastor is really just an hireling whose first agenda is his own. He only gives token credit to the Lord, to look good. The problem with this is, the sheep see right through him, and the goats don't care. So the life of Self in the church is, EVERY MAN FOR HIS SELF. The goats gladly follow because the preaching ministers to their flesh and requires NOTHING of them of the Spirit. The sheep go away hungry for ANYTHING from the Lord. They do pray for the pastor, but know they will starve if they stay. Sheep WANT to be led by The Sheppard, but wander off when no Food is provided. They don't  recognize the voice of an hireling. And EVERYBODY loses as the church slowly declines, the Lord eventually writes ICHABOD over the front door, AND THE PASTOR NEVER SEES IT. Choose LIFE, and, Be Blessed.
 
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