John 10:11- I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.
Contrary to the opinions and suggestions of the Western world today, there are many indisputable benefits of having a true Pastor. In fact, the Scripture in John 10:11 equates a true Pastor with the good Shepherd who lays down his life for the sheep. What a striking virtue!
From the Scriptures, we see that apart from just being a shepherd over the sheep, a true Pastor also functions as a father to members of the Church – providing leadership, care, and an exemplary lifestyle for them to emulate (1 Corinthians 4:15). He plays the role of a coach – one who trains or instructs the members of the Church. He provides mentorship, spiritual counsel, and support to the members of the Church (Malachi 2:7). And very importantly, he functions as a priest to the Church – one is ordained to intercede or stand before God on behalf of the people; receive oblations, and command the blessing to rest (Ezekiel 44:30).
These are but some benefits of having a true Pastor in one’s life or Church.
Prophecy 1: May the blessings of God overflow in your life today in Jesus’ name.
Prophecy 2: As you step out today, may the grace to stay in the word rest on you in Jesus’ name.
W: Ponder on today’s devotion and refresh your knowledge about the benefit of your Pastor to you.
X: I decree and I declare that my soul will bless the Lord at all times!
STUDY YOUR BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: ZEPHANIAH 3, MATTHEW 19, PSALMS 85
The Solomons have a history of revivals in the churches even up to the 1990s. However, new charismatic networks and churches emerged in another wave of spiritual life. Presently, Evangelical and charismatic believers have grown in number across almost all denominations.
Y: We are praying for a new wave of revival in the churches as it happened in the past.
Startup Prayer: Dear Father, remove from me every wrong mindset about my pastor from today in Jesus’ name.