Suffering: Your Future Credentials

Your personal experience in pain and suffering will be your credentials that grant you access to many hearts who are struggling greatly.

Let’s not underestimate the future value of today’s experiences of pain and suffering that we endure. The comfort we receive from God through it all will be transferable to others!

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort,

Who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.

For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ.”

📖 2 Corinthians‬ ‭1:3-5‬

See you at the altar of prayer. And may we never forget what it was like to suffer in the past, so that we may empathize deeply with those who suffer currently.

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Receiving Scraps from Ravens?

A Daily Leadership Essentials Quote
from Veritas Leadership Journal at HeartPathJournal.net
by David J. Hall

“Sometimes His miracles are not in the form that we think they should be. We might think we need money for the next step, but He may provide a different resource. We might think that He will open big doors to big places, but instead He may lead us into a desert. We might think we need gift certificates to a grocery store, but He may instead command Ravens to bring us scraps of food.”

( djh / from the article: “At an Impasse?” )

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A Daily Appearance Before God

A Daily Leadership Essentials Quote
from Veritas Leadership Journal at HeartPathJournal.net

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Human nature being what it is, if we stand before our boss everyday to verify the quality of our work and the progress we are making in personal and professional development, then we become much more focused and motivated in our daily job and life performance.

“Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.”

( ‭‭2 Timothy‬ ‭2:15‬ )

The Apostle Paul encouraged his protege, Timothy, to regularly present himself to God for review. This wasn’t because God was otherwise unaware of Timothy’s life and ministry, but because the voluntary frequent (daily perhaps) accountability with God would have a powerful daily effect upon Timothy’s anointed professionalism, his character development, and his truthful and wise handling of the scriptures in his teaching and in his leadership.

( djh / “A Daily Appearance Before God” )

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Peace in the Here and Now

A Daily Leadership Essentials Quote

from Veritas Leadership Journal at HeartPathJournal.net

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Are you presently unable to minister in your usual forum due to health or circumstances that are beyond your control? While I encourage you to pray for God’s help in the area of your troubles, I also encourage you to be at peace with where He has you.

He never ‘wastes’ the lives nor the deaths of His servants. Ask the Lord to define for you the mission that He has for you within the arena which you are currently ‘stuck.’

( djh / “Expendables for Christ” )

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The Mary vs. Martha Mindset

A Daily Leadership Essentials Quote

from Veritas Leadership Journal at HeartPathJournal.net
by David J. Hall

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The difference between Mary & Martha during Jesus’ visit (see Luke 10 & Matthew 7):

🔹Martha was serving Jesus, but Mary was encountering Jesus.

🔹Martha was doing good things, but Mary was doing the PRIMARY thing.

🔹Martha was being hospitable to Jesus in her home, Mary was being hospitable to Jesus in her heart.

🔹Martha was concerned about what her guests might think of her less-than-perfect hospitality, Mary was concerned with what Jesus wanted to do in her own life.

🔹Martha recognized the special influence Jesus had in their social gathering, Mary recognized the special influence Jesus was having in her own heart and soul.

🔹Martha was good at seeing people’s needs and recruiting others to jump-in, Mary was good at seeing the PRIMARY need and personally drawing near to Jesus for fulfillment.

( djh / “Beyond Cultural Christianity” )

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When Our Crown Becomes Thorns

A Daily Leadership Essentials Quote

from Veritas Leadership Journal at HeartPathJournal.net

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The Crown for Leadership which becomes a Crown of Thorns should not be a surprise, it is not a strange thing. Jesus warns us that if people hated Him, they would hate us too. So, in the words of Peter, it was ‘to this you were called’ (1 Peter 2:20-23)

How did Jesus find the strength to endure and to keep depression at bay while people hated Him? ‘He entrusted Himself to Him who judges justly’ (v.23). He did this through praying alone often, very often!

( djh / “To This You Were Called” )

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Excellence in Our Service Unto God

Defining Excellence:

“the quality of being outstanding or extremely good.”

We serve the King and the Creator of all Space and Time. He designed and created the functioning laws of matter, gravity, magnetism, and light. He designed and created the highly complex and intricately interwoven human body, both male and female. He breathed into us His breath of eternal life, and gave to us the ability and desire to procreate and fill His creation with human beings that are created in both His image (as Creator-God) and in our image (as Procreator-Parents).

When did it become acceptable to serve God with sloppiness of heart or mind? When did it become permissible to give Him offerings or sacrifices that are not from the best that we can offer? When did He say that His grace covers our cheapened valuation of Him as our King, and that we shouldn’t give it any thought or consideration?

Well, it hasn’t become acceptable. We are to give God the very best that our bodies, minds, hearts, and souls can produce. He is our God, our King, our Savior; He is our Heavenly Father, our Heavenly Brother, our Royal Friend.

God spoke to Malachi (within the context of the Old Testament sacrificial system) about the excellence in service, sacrifice, and offerings that a great King has due to Him. This applies to us today just as much as we consider its truth and application in our New Testament context:

“… ‘When you bring injured, lame or diseased animals and offer them as sacrifices, should I accept them from your hands?’ says the Lord.

‘Cursed is the cheat who has an acceptable male in his flock and vows to give it, but then sacrifices a blemished animal to the Lord.

For I am a great king,’ says the Lord Almighty, ‘and My name is to be feared among the nations.’”

‭( Malachi‬ ‭1:13-14‬ )

Let us give to our God and King the best and greatest of all our excellencies in all things. Let’s ask the Lord today to please show us where we have served Him with excellence, and to show us where we are falling short. He is not interested in our legalistic and rules-based fulfillment of excellence; He longs for, and deeply desires, that we would offer Him excellence simply because we recognize Him as our King, and our heart’s desire is to honor Him as our Great King, the King and Creator of all Space and Time.

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Dungeons & Palaces

A Daily Thought Provoker Quote
from Heart & Path Journal at HeartPathJournal.net
Online Publications of David J. Hall

“In Genesis 41 Joseph was a foreigner, falsely accused and imprisoned. He maintained his integrity and his faithfulness in serving God, and through a miraculous sequence of events he was elevated to be 2nd-in-Command of all of Egypt.

God can do the same with your life!

HOWEVER… what if God (in His infinite wisdom and Divine purpose) does not elevate you at all, purposefully leaving you in captivity so you can minister His love, grace, and mercy to your fellow prisoners?

What if He wants you to serve in a dungeon rather than in a palace?”

( David J. Hall )

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To This You Were Called

Pastor, has your Crown for Leadership become a Crown of Thorns? Were you voted-in by a 98% vote and highly regarded during the first seasons of your ministry, only to recently enter into a very dark time when some people are making things very difficult for you? Has your recognition as a Pastor been transformed into a recognition as an obstacle by some [cruel people] who want to see the ministry head in a different direction?

Jesus knows exactly what that is like. So do the Apostles. So do most others who have been in ministry longer than a few months! It doesn’t take very long for the enemy to stir up trouble for Pastors, but the pastoral ministry is the arena to which we are called:

“… if you suffer for doing good and you endure it, this is commendable before God. To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in His steps. ‘He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in His mouth.’ When they hurled their insults at Him, He did not retaliate; when He suffered, He made no threats. Instead, He entrusted Himself to Him who judges justly.”

~ 1 Peter 2:20-23

If you are suffering because you are doing good, consider that Jesus Himself, the Perfect One, suffered in His ministry too. Our calling which comes from Him is not only to preach, teach, counsel, administrate, and to heal; it is also to demonstrate and model how to endure suffering by God’s provided grace.

The Crown for Leadership which becomes a Crown of Thorns should not be a surprise, it is not a strange thing. Jesus warns us in the gospels that if people hated Him, they would hate us too. So, it was “to this you were called.”

How did Jesus find the strength to endure and to keep depression at bay while people hated Him? “He entrusted Himself to Him who judges justly.” He did this through praying alone often, very often!

And He did these things “that you should follow in His steps.”

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Expendables for Christ

Are you a Pastor, a Missionary, a Leader in the Kingdom of God, or a without-title child of God who serves the missions and purposes of Christ in the dark and wicked battlefield that we call Earth?

We are expendable, my friends. We are Expendables in service to His Majesty, the King of Kings, Jesus Christ. Our lives and our deaths belong to our King, they are for Him to spend as He sees fit.

“For none of us lives for ourselves alone, and none of us dies for ourselves alone. If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord.”

‭‭~ Romans‬ ‭14:7-98

Are you presently unable to minister in your usual forum due to health or circumstances that are beyond your control? While I encourage you to pray for God’s help in the area of your troubles, I also encourage you to be at peace with where He has you. He never “wastes” the lives nor the deaths of His servants. Ask the Lord to define for you the mission that He has for you where you are currently “stuck.”

I know what it is like, to have been a very active minister all of my adult life, but now at the young age of 50 years old, extremely “limited” in how busy and how available I can be. Having been an Evangelist in our state and beyond, and then a Pastor for a wonderful group of people for 9 years, now (for the last decade) I am stuck in bed 18-24 hours each day, enduring a body that is in great pain and very fatigued with exhaustion.

No, please don’t feel sorry for me. At first, being bedridden was a very real trial, not just because of the pain in my body but because of the pain in my heart from a lack of fulfillment in ministry. Today, I am blessed, not because I have been healed (though I certainly anticipate His healing!), but because I have learned the secret of being content with the fiery call of God upon my life for ministry, a fire that is shut up in my bones, while my body is shut up in my home.

The Apostle Paul learned the secret of being content in every situation:

“I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation… I can do all this through Him who gives me strength.”

~ Philippians‬ ‭4:12-13‬

As Expendables for Christ, our lives and our deaths are never wasted. Whatever our situation might be, our King is not wasting our service potential. This is the secret to being content: knowing that wherever we are as we follow Christ, we are still in valuable service to our King.

Our lives (and our deaths) serve Jesus in the natural-realm and in the spirit-realm, on the earth and in the heavens. From our beds of suffering may our heartfelt dedication to intercessory prayer and our trust in our King’s invisible purposes be fear-inducing to the Gates of Hell, and fulfilling to our callings.

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