Insight To His Sight: Recognizing God’s Purpose For You
Chapter: Ministers of Christ (Pages 95-98)
What is a pastor? A pastor is a shepherd who tends his flock. The flock being those to whom a pastor ministers unto. A pastor is intended to be a spiritual guide of a particular church. A pastor is an overseer and is responsible for watching over and tending to the members in accordance to the truth of the Bible. A pastor of the church is to be an individual who teaches according to the word and does not use the word to gain an advantage over anyone or to accomplish any work that involves an agenda. A pastor teaches directly from the word and in direct correlation with the full context of scripture. A pastor must be sure that he uses his spiritual gifts in order to direct people to God through Jesus Christ. By reading the word, we are able to get the exact message that God intends for us to receive.
Now, being aware of people who give sermons out of their own self ambition and self indulgences is ever apparent in our world today. There are many who have abused their spiritual gifts and use them in order to manipulate those who may not know any different. It is more common today than we have ever seen. Recall the letters to the Seven churches in Revelation…God sees all and knows all. God cannot be fooled and nothing is hidden from His eyes. Different denominations are also to be brought into the spotlight.
When we go to church, do we go to the church that best suits us in our lives, or do we go to hear the truth of the word? Do we go to learn about the word of God? Or do we go for other reasons that justify our actions? Do we serve others because we think that simply by serving others we are going to be saved? Or do we serve others by using the wisdom and knowledge that has been given to us through the Holy Spirit?
Are we truly attempting to know God and serve Him by studying His word? Are we serving from the heart or serving for our own self reward? Being fully alive and awake in Christ allows us to know whether our actions are genuine or whether they are of our own self-interest. Being genuine is the key to fulfilling God’s desire, for he is absolutely just and honest in all that He does. He only desires that we attempt to be of the same mind and act in ways pleasing in His sight.
“And He gave some apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ; until we all attain the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ. As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves, and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming; but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him, who is the head, even Christ, from whom the whole body, being fitted and held together by that which every joint supplies, according to the proper working of
each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love.”
“Give ear, O heavens, and let me speak; And let the earth hear the words of my mouth. Let my teaching drop as the rain, my speech distill as the dew, as the droplets on the fresh grass and as the showers on the herb. For I proclaim the name of the Lord; Ascribe greatness to our God! The Rock! His work is perfect, for all His ways are just; A God of faithfulness and without injustice, righteous and upright is He. They have acted corruptly toward Him, they are not His children, because of their defect; But are a perverse and crooked generation…For the Lord’s portion is His people; Jacob is the allotment of His inheritance. He found him in a desert land, and in the howling waste of a wilderness; He encircled him, He cared for him, He guarded him as the pupil of His eye. Like an eagle that stirs up its nest, that hovers over its young, He spreads His wings and caught them, He carried them on His pinions. The Lord alone guided him, and there was no foreign god with him… They made Him jealous with strange gods. With abominations they provoked Him to anger. They sacrificed to demons who were not God, to gods whom they have not known, new gods who came lately, whom your fathers did not dread. You neglected the Rock who begot you, and forgot the God who gave you birth.”
Deuteronomy 32:1–5, 9–12, 16–18 97
Insight To His Sight: Recognizing God’s Purpose For You
Chapter: Deceit and Truth (Pages 99-102)
One of my main goals today is to grasp the full context of the Bible. We cannot just read a few books, but we need to really study the entire word in order to gain full understanding of the Bible and Christianity.
In much of my life, I have been subjected to only a few books of the Bible. I just did not take the time to really read the books that are not discussed as openly as they should be. For example, if we only read the gospels, how can we understand the Old Testament writings? We must first read the Old Testament in order to have full comprehension of the gospels and the entire New Testament. Many people choose to believe that by attending church, they are saved, and that is all that Christianity requires, but I do not believe this to be true.
God speaks to us by seeking Him through His word. Most people have become lazy and choose not to read the Bible. By doing this, we are subjecting ourselves to manipulation. We are opening the door for deceit to walk in. By not studying, we have no idea of what is true and what is not. If we look at the world today, we can see where Christians have been manipulated by what they do not know or understand. If we look at Islam, much of the teachings are centered around deceit and defeating the Bible at all cost. This is the reality.
With wisdom comes discernment, truth, and understanding. By taking the incentive to study the Bible, we are able to see through the deceit and shut down all attempts of Satan to deceive us. However, if we continue to be lazy and not motivated then we will not recognize the difference between deceit and truth. By being aware of Islam and studying the Bible, we can see the significant difference. It is the difference between night and day. The awareness given through the Bible is of God, and to be aware of the ever-present evil in the world is a dire necessity today.
Reading the books of the Bible that you never hear about is a must. The full context is essential. I love to hear people talk about the New Testament, but what really intrigues me is studying the Old Testament and learning new knowledge of what even some of the most minor prophets such as Nehemiah, Ezra, and Malachi wrote during their time. These are just a few. By studying these, we are awakened to new gems of truth that are somewhat hidden to most in the Bible.
Ignoring the Bible leaves us in the dark. If we do not read and study the word, how can we know when we are being manipulated. The bottom line is that in our world today is that we simply cannot. The Bible is the guide to life and the answer to all questions that arise.
“Ask and it will be given to you, seek and ye shall find…”
“And I said, “I beseech Thee, O Lord God of heaven, who preserves the covenant and loving kindness to those who love Him and keep His commandments, let Thine ear now be attentive and Thine eyes open to hear the prayer of Thy servant which I am praying before Thee now, day and night, on behalf of the sons of Israel Thy servants, confessing the sins of Israel which we have sinned against Thee; I and my father’s house have sinned. We have acted very corruptly against Thee and have not kept Thy commandments, nor the statutes, nor the ordinances which Thou didst command Thy servant Moses. Remember the word which Thou didst command Thy servant Moses, saying, ‘If you are unfaithful I will scatter you among the peoples; but if you return to Me and keep My commandments and do them, though those of you who have been scattered were in the most remote part of the heavens, I will gather them from there and will bring them to the place where I have chosen My name to Dwell.”
“Now in the second year of their coming to the house of God at Jerusalem in the second month, Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel and Jeshua the son of Jozadak and the rest of their brothers the priests and the Levites, and all who came from the captivity to Jerusalem, began the work and appointed the Levites from twenty years and older to oversee the work of the house of the Lord. Then Jeshua with his sons and brothers stood united with Kadmiel and his sons, the sons of Judah and the sons of Henadad with their sons and brothers the Levites, to oversee the workmen in the temple of God. Now when the builders had laid the foundation of the Lord, the priests stood in their apparel with trumpets, and the Levites, the sons of Asaph, with cymbals, to praise the Lord according to the directions of King David of Israel. And they sang, praising and giving thanks to the Lord, saying, “For He is good, for His loving kindness is upon Israel forever. And all the people shouted with a great shout when they praised the Lord because the foundation of the house of the Lord was laid. Yet many of the priests and Levites and heads of fathers households, the old men who had seen the first temple, wept with a loud voice when the foundation of this house was laid before their eyes, while many shouted aloud for joy; so that the people could not distinguish the sound of the shout of joy from the sound of the weeping of the people, for the people shouted with a loud shout, and the sound was heard far away.”
“Remember the law of Moses My servant, even the statutes and ordinances which I commanded him in Horeb for all Israel. Behold, I am going to send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and terrible day of the Lord. And he will restore the hearts of the fathers to their children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the land with a curse.”
“And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons (Human Measurements Are Not God’s Means of Measuring…for example: “a calendar year”…) which the Father hath put in his own power. But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth…”
2 Corinthians 6:16 “And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the Temple of the Living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people…”
“And I heard a Great Voice out of Heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God…”