Pastors, Master the Art of Prayer

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

The soul-winner must be a master of the art of prayer. You cannot bring souls to God if you go not to God yourself. You must get your battle-ax, and your weapons of war, from the armoury of sacred communication with Christ. If you are much alone with Jesus, you will catch His Spirit; you will be fired with the flame that burned in His breast, and consumed His life.”

( Charles Spurgeon / from “The Soul Winner” )

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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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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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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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Get Dirty in Service!

There are days and seasons when it is a leader’s time and prerogative to get dirty in their service. The Israelites who were returning from captivity had their ancient city of Jerusalem sitting in shambles, and every able-bodied person (including leaders) was needed to rebuild the city for purposes of religious worship, security, and for functioning once again as a community.

“The Fountain Gate was repaired by Shallun… ruler of the district of Mizpah. He rebuilt it, roofing it over and putting its doors and bolts and bars in place.

He also repaired the wall of the Pool of Siloam, by the King’s Garden, as far as the steps going down from the City of David.

Beyond him, Nehemiah… ruler of a half-district… made repairs up to a point opposite the tombs of David, as far as the artificial pool and the House of the Heroes.”

~ Nehemiah 3:15-16

While we [as Pastors] should not be busy doing things on a day-to-day basis that are at the expense of prayer and preaching (see Acts 6:1-7), there are times that the most needful of things is to get down and dirty! Our service should be based upon what the Kingdom of God (the Church) needs the most, and not based upon our pride of position. Jesus Himself set the tone and example for leaders getting dirty in service:

“When He had finished washing their feet, He put on His clothes and returned to His place. ‘Do you understand what I have done for you?’ He asked them. ‘… Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you… ‘”

~ John‬ ‭13:12-17‬

Different personality types with different giftings will gravitate to certain kinds of service, whether it is a physical, cerebral, empathetic, administrative, or other form of service. Let’s be sure we are serving in ways that are most needful that day, and not just in forms of service that are always personally satisfying.

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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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The Whispers & Roars of a Pastor

“A king’s rage is like the roar of a lion, but his favor is like dew on the grass.”

~ Proverbs 19:12

Pastors, as leaders our words, our expressions, and the tones with which we communicate, they are felt by those whom we serve with extra sensitivity.

A rebuke softly spoken is still felt and heard as “the roar of a lion,” and a compliment spoken in passing is experienced like a beautiful morning sunrise that is filled with the aroma of the dew on the grass.

As leaders, we must wield our words with absolute caution, as they are our scalpels for surgery, and not axes for the beheadings of the people around us.

Our passion may fuel our emotions to the point of wanting to “with righteous indignation” drop a 500 pound smart-bomb on a person or group, but the above Proverb reminds us of the power we as leaders have to kill… or to refresh.

Pastor, what is a 10% output to you is felt as a 90% force for good or evil by the people with whom we communicate.

Let us walk gently [among the people whom we serve] unto life and godliness.

See you at the altar of Pastoral character development.