Luke 16:9 Here’s the lesson: Use your worldly resources to benefit others and make friends. Then, when your possessions are gone, they will welcome you to an eternal home.
Sometimes you hear comments that people are moving away from the churches they grew up in because of the new charismatic churches that are mushrooming everywhere you go. One thing we must understand is that every Pastor called of God, has people that God want him or her to minister to.
If you are called and doing what God called you for, you won’t be worried about the number of people in your church. Rather have 10 people who are truly born again than thousands that are just churchgoers.
1 Samuel 16:12 So he sent and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, with bright eyes, and good-looking. And the LORD said, “Arise, anoint him; for this is the one!”
God chooses His servants because of the purpose He want to achieve.
1 Corinthians 12:28 Here are some of the parts God has appointed for the church: first are apostles, second are prophets, third are teachers, then those who do miracles, those who have the gift of healing, those who can help others, those who have the gift of leadership, those who speak in unknown languages.
Why is the prophetic hated if it’s the one gift we must desire to have. 1 Corinthians 14:1 Pursue love, and desire spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy. Prophets speaks the oracles of God, the deep things and the devil don’t want people to come out from the cage that he has boxed them in. That one thing that is in the forefront of fighting his kingdom is full of controversies for a reason.
Those who are called focus on their calling.
1 Corinthians 12:7-10 A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other. To one person the Spirit gives the ability to give wise advice; to another the same Spirit gives a message of special knowledge. The same Spirit gives great faith to another, and to someone else the one Spirit gives the gift of healing. He gives one person the power to perform miracles, and another the ability to prophesy. He gives someone else the ability to discern whether a message is from the Spirit of God or from another spirit. Still another person is given the ability to speak in unknown languages, while another is given the ability to interpret what is being said.
2 Corinthians 12:12 When I was with you, I certainly gave you proof that I am an apostle. For I patiently did many signs and wonders and miracles among you.
God is looking for one after His heart. What we do might not be congruent to our belief. We can be busy with church activities but not be present in the heart. 1 Samuel 16:7 NLT
But the LORD said to Samuel, "Don't judge by his appearance or height, for I have rejected him. The LORD doesn't see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart."
The people God chose in the past would not have qualified if it was our decision. Great man in the Bible that we look up to, committed mistakes that seems difficult to forgive yet God saw it fit to use them mightily. Sometimes there are people who discuss man and woman of God, qualifies those they think are doing the right thing and glorify them. There are those who because we don't agree with their style of preaching are discredited. Romans 8:30 And having chosen them, he called them to come to him. And having called them, he gave them right standing with himself. And having given them right standing, he gave them his glory.
Acts 17:26 From one man he created all the nations throughout the whole earth. He decided beforehand when they should rise and fall, and he determined their boundaries.
There are good things that we do but are they godly? David thought building a temple for God was a good thing but God already chose who will build it and He reminded David who made him. Sometimes we try so hard to be perfect while God is working in us to perfect us and this makes Christianity hard because we use a lot of effort. 2 Samuel 7:8-9 “Now go and say to my servant David, ‘This is what the LORD of Heaven’s Armies has declared: I took you from tending sheep in the pasture and selected you to be the leader of my people Israel. I have been with you wherever you have gone, and I have destroyed all your enemies before your eyes. Now I will make your name as famous as anyone who has ever lived on the earth!
Be depended on God for your decisions, make him your reliable source. All of us, are able to hear God, we just choose what we want to hear because what He says sometimes is not appealing to us.
Proverbs 20:24 The LORD directs our steps, so why try to understand everything along the way?