Romans 16:17 – Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offenses contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.
Over the years, the Pastoral Ministry has been infiltrated by people with various values and purposes. This has greatly aroused strife and divisions in the body of Christ and made it more difficult to identify the right kind of Pastors.
There are different kinds of Pastors, as revealed to us in the Scriptures. There are false Pastors, the likes of Simon in Acts 8:9, who practiced magic and bewitched people. There are fake Pastors; those who fake preachings and miracles, and those whose gods are their bellies, as seen in 1 Kings 22:22 and Philippians 3:18-19. There are also flimsy Pastors; genuine Pastors who bear the form of godliness but deny the power thereof (2 Timothy 3:5), either because they are fearful, uninformed, or offended. And finally, there are fiery Pastors; those who do not compromise but depend absolutely on God, in the fulfillment of their assignment.
So, while we should not neglect the Ministry of a Pastor as the world would do, we should be able to separate and select the right kind of Pastors that we can connect to, in order to enjoy the benefits that God has in store for us in the Pastoral Ministry. Hallelujah!
Prophecy 1: Receive wisdom to know the right kind of pastors in Jesus’ name.
Prophecy 2: As you step out today, may your life be a standard to others in Jesus’ name.
W: Meditate on the kind of pastors in today’s devotion and let it consciously guide you.
X: I decree and I declare that I am full of the fullness of God!
STUDY YOUR BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: ZECHARIAH 3 & 4, MATTHEW 22, PSALMS 88
77% of its population is unreached with the Gospel of Christ with Islam as the major religion. An infant Somali Church is emerging amid great tribulation. Somali Christians are despised and heavily persecuted, even martyred, but are also growing in faith and in vision.
Y: We are praying for lasting peace in this nation.
Startup Prayer: Dear Father, I pray that this understanding about pastors will rest even upon the church in Jesus’ name.