24 Oct R3 Alliance, WHERE ARE THE AARONS and HURS?, Wednesday, October 24, 2018
Exodus 17: 8-16 NKJV
And so it was, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed; and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed. But Moses’ hands became heavy; so they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it. And Aaron and Hur supported his hands, one on one side, and the other on the other side; and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun. So Joshua defeated Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword.
And Moses built an altar and called its name, The-Lord-Is-My-Banner;
The aforementioned event was given to us by God for a broader purpose. Now all these things happened to them as examples, and they were written for our instruction, upon whom the ends of the world has come. (1 Cor. 10:11) There is no natural explanation for Moses having his hands held up resulting in the prevailing of God’s army against His enemies. We look not to things seen, but to things which are not seen: (2 Cor. 4:18) God is providing revelatory insight into the supernatural components of spiritual leadership and the spiritual warfare of ministry. As those assigned to this point of prophetic-history, upon whom the ends of the ages have come, we find ourselves in the best of times and the worst of times. Here are the results of some recent statistics on pastors and churches:
- A Lifeway survey concluded that 1,500 pastors are leaving the ministry monthly in America.
- 85% of churches in America have plateaued or are in decline.
- In recent decades, an average of 6,000 to 10,000 churches have closed their doors each year while only 1,000 new churches open.
- According to Fuller Institute Research:
- 70% of ministers said they do not have someone they consider a close friend.
- 80% believed pastoral ministries affected their families negatively; 33% said it was a hazard.
- 90% felt inadequately trained to cope with ministry demands and unrealistic expectations.
- 70% say they have a lower esteem now than when they first started out.
This is a short list of challenges facing pastors and ministry leaders. There also is increased depression, suicide, alcohol and drug abuse, pornography, and a variety of other coping mechanisms and escapes from the stress load. All of this, along with elevated levels of criticism due to social media and a culture of bullying those who stand for Biblical values. Likewise, this culture has become a consumer-driven society heaping for themselves teachers who tickle their ears. There is an increased number of pastors, pastor’s wives, and families experiencing serious depression with some resulting in suicide. Many leaders feel alone and ashamed. Alone, because they are not aware of the big picture. Ashamed, because they are supposed to be men and women of faith who do not experience these things. Dr. Mark Rutland recently wrote: There is a cost to everything. Every decision has a price. Ministry should not cost you your family, your sanity, or your health—it should not drive you to sin or destroy your life. The only thing worse than failure is success. The thinner you are stretched on the surface, the more toxic your inner life becomes. You must carve out time for yourself, your marriage and family, and most vital relationships. The most important truth I have learned about staying healthy as a leader is: STAY FREE IN GOD’S HAND! What we grasp most tightly becomes deformed in our hand. (Relaunch)
Too many leaders have experienced loss of identity, isolation in ministry, and the self-sabotage of seeking to fill the internal emptiness with other things. When they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they are not wise. (2 Cor. 10:12 NIV) Most ministry leaders feel inadequate, unable to meet unrealistic expectations, overwhelmed by the volume of demands. Likewise the struggle with envy, jealousy, and self-doubt when they see other churches flourishing while they are treading water just to stay afloat.
Proverbs 15:22 NKJV Without counsel, plans go awry, But in the multitude of counselors they are established. Proverbs 19:21 There are many plans in a man’s heart, nevertheless the LORD’S counsel—that will stand. Here is where we need heavenly wisdom and prophetic understanding: For by waging over you need guidance, and in the multitude of counsel there is safety (Pro. 24:6).
God gives us the word picture of Aaron and Hur holding up Moses arms as an illustration of tangible and intangible support. It exemplifies visible and invisible means to sustain someone in warfare and the overwhelming overloaded nature of today’s ministries. The two men on each side of Moses are representing that which provides a check and balance for every man and woman called to supernatural work in spiritual warfare. One side secures a barrier of accountability; the other insures a border of responsibility. One set of leaders is protecting and the other is providing help. Nowhere in Scripture are we instructed to trust in men; however, we are informed that we are designed for relationship. Dr. Gary Smalley calls it the DNA OF RELATIONSHIPS: 1. You were made for relationships. 2. You were made with the capacity to choose. 3. You were made to take responsibility for yourself. You were made for three levels of relationships: A relationship with God, a relationship with others, and a relationship with yourself. (The DNA of RELATIONSHIPS) In these we observe that the Scripture refers to as: a three-cord strand: Two are better than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken. (Eccl. 4:9-10 NLT)
What is painfully evident here is that ministry leaders must have a support system to delegate overload and defend from incoming fiery darts. Proverbs 18:1 NKJV A man who isolates himself seeks his own desire; he rages against all wise judgment. We need Aaron’s and Hur’s around us because of the battles we face and the time we live. To be sure, the devil, who prowls about like a roaring lion seeking someone to devour, knows where the greatest return is to his schemes and devices. Strike the shepherd and the sheep will be scattered (Zech 13:7). Therefore, every pastor and ministry leader are in the cross-hairs of the enemy. Moreover, many ministers are their own worst enemies experiencing self-inflicted wounds.
As we pray today, we are seeking to support our pastors and ministry leaders to return to the fundamentals of the faith. Who am I? What is my purpose? Where am I headed? Our prayers and impartations to our brethren must be: You are not alone! You need not be ashamed or overwhelmed! You need a multitude of counsel to be established! You need some necessary changes to assist your turnarounds, transitions and transformation! Here we embrace the charge of Hebrews 10:24 Let us consider how to stir up and provoke one another to love and good works.
Today we will pray into Five Multitudes of Counsel and Intercessions to support our ministers to prevail on purpose:
- Pastors/Leaders Need: SABBATH and SIMPLICITY
- Pastors/Leaders Need: SANCTUARY and SUSTENANCE
- Pastors/Leaders Need: WHOLENESS and HOLINESS
- Pastors/Leaders Need: ARMOR BEARERS and INTERCESSORS
- Pastors/Leaders Need: RENEWED VISION and REFINER’S FIRE
Finally, after further review of our lead story. Remember that Jehovah-Nissi is the banner the Lord raises around our Aaron’s and Hur’s. They are “spiritual-spotters” placed there to lift loads we cannot bear and to push us beyond ourselves to the possibilities of our potential in Christ. Booker T. Washington wrote: Success is not as much measured by the position one has reached in life, but by the obstacles which one has overcome to get where he is.
P.S. We have provided a bibliography at the end of the guide that can be used as study helps or further research.
- PASTORS/LEADERS NEED: SABBATH and SIMPLICITY
Matthew 11:28-30 NLT
Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”
2 Corinthians 11:3 NASB
But I am afraid that, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds will be led astray from
THE SIMPLICITY AND PURITY OF DEVOTION TO CHRIST.
General Direction: To Pastors/Leaders to learn the lessons of entering into the rest of faith, to learn holy contentment in Christ; and how to learn of Christ by taking up His yoke; to avoid being overwhelmed and overloaded and find the place of simplicity of devotion to Christ in personal health wellness, family and ministry effectiveness.
- 15 For thus says the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel: “In returning and rest you shall be saved; In quietness and confidence shall be your strength.” But you would not, –Is. 30:15 NKJV
- 31 But those who wait on the Lord Shall renew their strength;They shall mount up with wings like eagles,They shall run and not be weary,They shall walk and not faint. –Is. 40:31 NKJV
- 5 My soul, wait silently for God alone,For my [a]expectation is from Him. 6 He only is my rock and my salvation; He is my defense; I shall not be [b]moved. 7 In God is my salvation and my glory; The rock of my strength, And my refuge, is in God. 8 Trust in Him at all times, you people; Pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us. Selah –Ps. 62:5-8 NKJV
- 19 This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the Presence behind the veil, 20 where the forerunner has entered for us, even Jesus, having become High Priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek. –Heb. 9:19-20 NKJV
- 2 For indeed the gospel was preached to us as well as to them; but the word which they heard did not profit them, [a]not being mixed with faith in those who heard it. 3 For we who have believed do enter that rest, as He has said: “So I swore in My wrath, ‘They shall not enter My rest,’ ” although the works were finished from the foundation of the world. 9 There remains therefore a rest for the people of God. 10 For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His. 11 Let us therefore be diligent to enter that rest, lest anyone fall according to the same example of disobedience. –Heb. 4:2-3, 9-11 NKJV
- 14 And He said, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” –Ex. 33:14 NKJV
- 7 Return to your rest, O my soul,For the Lord has dealt bountifully with you. –Ps. 116:7 NKJV
- 19 But Peter and John answered and said to them, “Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you more than to God, you judge. –Ac. 4:19 NKJV
- 11 Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: 12 I know how to [a]be abased, and I know how to [b]abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. 13 I can do all things through [c]Christ who strengthens me. 19 And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. –Phil. 4:11-13, 19 NKJV
- 2 Surely I have calmed and quieted my soul,Like a weaned child with his mother;Like a weaned child is my soul within me. –Ps. 131:2 NKJV
- 3 and said, “Assuredly, I say to you,unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. –Mt. 18:3 NKJV
- 25 At that time Jesus answered and said, “I thank You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and prudent and have revealed them to babes. –Mt. 11:25 NKJV
- 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. –Mt. 6:33 NKJV
- 27 And He said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the 28 Therefore the Son of Man is also Lord of the Sabbath.” –Mk. 2:27-28 NKJV
- Hear my cry, O God;Attend to my prayer.2 From the end of the earth I will cry to You,When my heart is overwhelmed;Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.3 For You have been a shelter for me,A strong tower from the enemy.4 I will abide in Your [b]tabernacle forever; I will trust in the shelter of Your wings. Selah –Ps. 61:1-4 NKJV
- For Pastors/Leaders to understand the purpose of Sabbath—that Sabbath was made for the man, not the man for the Sabbath.
- For Pastors/Leaders to comprehend entering to rest by faith and our labors of love out of being restored, refreshed, and renewed, not burn out, broken down or weary to fainting.
- For Pastors/Leaders to learn the importance of holy contentment and never be driven by ambition, competition, or men’s approval and praise, but led by the Spirit as sons and daughters for the Father’s pleasure and purpose.
- For Pastors/Leaders to take on Christ’s yoke of Sonship in serving not yoke of slavery in serving bondage to fear and shame.
- For Pastors/Leaders to embrace the simplicity of devotion to Christ and harness the power of focus, first love, first works; and that the key to consecration and consecration elimination of necessary things and unnecessary.
- PASTORS/LEADERS NEED: SANCTUARY and SUSTENANCE
Psalm 91:1-2 KJV
He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.
Jeremiah 2:13 NKJV
“For My people have committed two evils:
They have forsaken Me, the fountain of living waters,
And hewn themselves cisterns—broken cisterns that can hold no water.
Matthew 4:4; 6:11 NKJV
Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.
Give us this day our daily bread.
General Direction: For Pastors/Leaders to know their boundaries and build in margins around them to create healthy sanctuary and proper spiritual, soul, and body sustenance for their health, wealth, and well-being; to discover healthy productive ways to decompress, and find divine diversions for refreshing, renewal, and recharging.
- 7 How precious is Your lovingkindness, O God!Therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of Your wings.8 They are abundantly satisfied with the fullness of Your house,And You give them drink from the river of Your pleasures.9 For with You is the fountain of life;In Your light we see light. –Ps. 36:7-9 NKJV
- The Lord is my light and my salvation;Whom shall I fear?The Lord is the strength of my life;Of whom shall I be afraid?2 When the wicked came against me To eat[a] up my flesh, My enemies and foes, They stumbled and fell.—Ps. 27:1-2 NKJV
- 17 The Lord your God in your midst,The Mighty One, will save;He will rejoice over you with gladness,He will quiet you with His love,He will rejoice over you with singing.” –Zeph, 3:17 NKJV
- 15 I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one. 18 As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world.19 And for their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they also may be sanctified by the truth.20 “I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who [a]will believe in Me through their word; 21 that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. –Jn. 17:15, 18-21 NKJV
- 4 Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. 7 If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you[a] will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. –Jn. 15:4, 7 NKJV
- 42 Now when it was day, He departed and went into a deserted place. And the crowd sought Him and came to Him, and tried to keep Him from leaving them; –Lk. 4:42 NKJV
- 13 And He went up on the mountain and called to Him those He Himself wanted. And they came to Him. 14 Then He appointed twelve, [a]that they might be with Him and that He might send them out to preach, –Mk. 3:13-14 NKJV
- 22 Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not. 23 They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness. 24 “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “Therefore I hope in Him!” 25 The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, To the soul who seeks Him. 26 It is good that one should hope and wait quietly For the salvation of the Lord. –Lam. 3:22-26 NKJV
- 7 The Lord is good, A stronghold in the day of trouble; And He knows those who trust in Him.– 1:7 NKJV
- The Lord is my shepherd;I shall not [a]want. 2 He makes me to lie down in [b]green pastures; He leads me beside the [c]still waters. –Ps. 23:1-2 NKJV
- 7 You are my hiding place;You shall preserve me from trouble;You shall surround me with songs of deliverance. Selah –Ps. 32:7 NKJV
- 10 Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth! 11 The Lord of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah –Ps. 46:10-11 NKJV
- 10 The name of the Lord is a strong tower;The righteous run to it and are [a]safe. –Pro. 18:10 NKJV
- 13 For everyone who partakes only of milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a babe. 14 But solid food belongs to those who are [a]of full age, that is, those who by reason of [b]use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil. –Heb. 5:13-14 NKJV
- 16 Your words were found, and I ate them,And Your word was to me the joy and rejoicing of my heart;For I am called by Your name,O Lord God of hosts. –Jer. 15:16 NKJV
- 12 I have not departed from the commandment of His lips;I have treasured the words of His mouth More than my [a]necessary food. –Job. 23:12 NKJV
- 103 How sweet are Your words to my taste,Sweeter than honey to my mouth! –Ps. 119:1-3 NKJV
- 2 as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow [a]thereby, –1 Pet. 2:2 NKJV
- For Pastors/Leaders to know their boundaries and where to build in margins to avoid overload, overwhelm, and burnout.
- For Pastors/Leaders to understand the sanctuary of God in their personal life as son/servants.
- For Pastors/Leaders to develop soul care, quiet places, solitude and silence to wait on the Lord and hear His voice.
- For Pastors/Leaders to learn to release stress, unload burdens, and discover productive, healthy ways to decompress and refresh.
- For Pastors/Leaders to learn to drink from the well of living water for themselves and daily consume the bread of life for their soul’s health and well-being.
- For Pastors/Leaders to learn the Jesus Model of sanctuary and sustenance in the Father.
- For Pastors/Leaders to avoid the approval and praise of men and dwell in the secret place of the Father’s approval and pleasure.
- PASTORS/LEADERS NEED: WHOLENESS and HOLINESS
WHOLENESS and HOLINESS
1 Thessalonians 5:23-24 Tree of Life Version
Now may the God of shalom Himself make you completely holy; and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept complete,
blameless at the coming of our Lord Yeshua the Messiah. Faithful is the One who calls you—and He will make it happen!
HEALTH and WELLNESS
3 John 2 NKJV
Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.
General Direction: For Pastors/Leaders to beware of their spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical state and when they need counsel, deliverance, healing, and recovery for themselves; to understand the challenges facing churches and leaders and “how to” overcome and thrive; to develop armor bearers and intercessors for wholeness, holiness, and well-being.
- 16 Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? –1 Cor. 3:16 NKJV
- 19 Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?–1 Cor. 6:19 NKJV
- I beseech[a] you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your [b]reasonable service. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.—Rom. 12:1-2 NKJV
- How blessed is God! And what a blessing he is! He’s the Father of our Master, Jesus Christ, and takes us to the high places of blessing in him. Long before he laid down earth’s foundations, he had us in mind, had settled on us as the focus of his love, to be made whole and holy by his love. –Eph. 1:3-4 The MSG
- 20 My son, give attention to my words;Incline your ear to my sayings.21 Do not let them depart from your eyes;Keep them in the midst of your heart;22 For they are life to those who find them,And health to all their flesh.23 Keep your heart with all diligence,For out of it spring the issues of life. –Pro. 4:20-23 NKJV
- 17 For I will restore health to you And heal you of your wounds,’ says the Lord,‘Because they called you an outcast saying:“This is Zion;No one seeks her.” ’ –Jer. 30:17 NKJV
- Bless the Lord, O my soul;And all that is within me, bless His holy name!2 Bless the Lord, O my soul,And forget not all His benefits:3 Who forgives all your iniquities,Who heals all your diseases,4 Who redeems your life from destruction,Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies,5 Who satisfies your mouth with good things,So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. –Ps. 103:1-5 NKJV
- 5 But He was wounded[a] for our transgressions, He was [b]bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes[c] we are healed. –Is. 53:5 NKJV
- 37 He also brought them out with silver and gold,And there was none feeble among His tribes. –Ps. 105:37 NKJV
- …train yourself to be godly.8 For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come. 12 Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.—1 Tim .4:7b-8, 12 NIV
- 24 Now to Him who is able to keep [a]you from stumbling, And to present you faultless Before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy, 25 To [b]God our Savior, [c]Who alone is wise, Be glory and majesty, Dominion and [d]power, Both now and forever. –Jude 24-25 NKJV
- 20 Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, –Eph. 3:20 NKJV
- 7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. –2 Tim. 1:7 NKJV
- 24 And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, –Heb. 10:24 NKJV
- For Pastors/Leaders to seek help if they are dealing with depression and symptoms of burnout.
- For Pastors/Leaders to develop a well-rounded awareness of their overall health and well-being as God’s temple.
- For Pastors/Leaders to seek counseling and deliverance from alcohol, drugs, pornography, or any other escapes or self-medications.
- For Pastors/Leaders to have a developed discernment as to the challenges of churches, ministries, and leaders today and how to process things correctly and overcome obstacles and overload.
- For Pastors/Leaders to discover and develop armor-bearers and intercessors to support them and hold them accountable for their wholeness, holiness, and well-being as God’s sons and daughters.
- For Pastors/Leaders to know when to day “Yes” and when to say “No”.
- PASTORS/LEADERS NEED: ARMOR BEARERS and INTERCESSORS
1 Samuel 16:21 KJV
And David came to Saul, and stood before him: and he loved him greatly; and he became his ARMOR BEARER.
1 Samuel 12:23 NKJV
Moreover, as for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the Lord IN CEASING TO PRAY FOR YOU;
but I will teach you the good and the right way.
General Direction: For Pastors/Leaders to develop a comprehensive awareness of the need for armor-bearers and intercessors and that in the multitude of counsel there is safety; that to be established they need wise counsel and avoid isolation; to understand the spiritual warfare in ministry, marriages, and families and how to overcome, conquer, and succeed in God’s eyes.
- 24 And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works,–Heb. 10:24 NKJV
- 25 Therefore He is also able to save [a]to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them. –Heb. 7:25 NKJV
- 31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? 33 Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. 34 Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us. –Rom . 8:31-34 NKJV
- 26 Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession [a]for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. 27 Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God. –Rom. 8:26-27 NKJV
- 10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the [a]wiles of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of [b]the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; 18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints— –Eph. 6:10-18 NKJV
- 13 Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends. –Jn. 15:13 NKJV
- 34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.35 By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” 15 For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you.–Jn. 13:34-35, 15 NKJV
- 34 Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.35 For whoever wants to save their life[a] will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it.36 What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? –Mk. 8:34-36 NIV
- 42 Jesus called them together and said, “You know that those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them.43 Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, 44 and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. 45 For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” –Mk. 10:42-45 NIV
- 9 For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives,[a]10 so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, 11 being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience,12 and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you[b] to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light. –Col. 1:9-12 NIV
- 9 And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight,10 so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ,11 filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God. –Phil. 1:9-11 NIV
- 8 And above all things have fervent love for one another, for “love will cover a multitude of sins.”9 Be hospitable to one another without grumbling. 10 As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.–1 Pet. 4:8-10 NKJV
- 21 in whom the whole building, being fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, 22 in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.–Eph.2:21-22 NKJV
- 5 you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. –1 Pet. 2:5 NKJV
- 9 Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good. 10 Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another; 11 not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord;–Rom. 12:9-11 NKJV
- 8 Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law. –Rom. 13:8 NKJV
- 6 Then Jonathan said to the young man who bore his armor, “Come, let us go over to the garrison of these uncircumcised; it may be that the Lord will work for us. For nothing restrains the Lord from saving by many or by few.” 7 So his armor bearer said to him, “Do all that is in your heart. Go then; here I am with you, according to your heart.” –1 Sam. 14:6-7 NKJV
- A man who isolates himself seeks his own desire;He rages against all [a]wise judgment. –Pro. 18:1 NKJV
- 18 And the Lord God said, “It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him.” –Gen. 2:18 NKJV
- 9 Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed.10 If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. 12 A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken. –Eccl. 4:9-10, 12 NLT
- 5 Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water,But a man of understanding will draw it out. 18 Plans are established by counsel;By wise counsel wage war. –Pro. 20:5, 18 NKJV
- 18 Plans are established by counsel;By wise counsel wage war. –Pro. 18:24 NKJV
- 17 As iron sharpens iron,So a man sharpens the countenance of his friend. –Pro. 27:17 NKJV
- For Pastors/Leaders to realize that danger of isolation and lack of healthy vital relationships for themselves and their family and ministry.
- For Pastors/Leaders to raise their awareness and watchfulness of spiritual warfare in ministry, marriage, family, and health.
- For Pastors/Leaders to surround themselves with armor-bearers and intercessors to hold up their hands in battle.
- For Pastors/Leaders to daily put on the whole armor of God and discern when they are wrestling with spiritual forces or warring against the sinful members of the flesh and carnal men.
- For Pastors/Leaders to know that it is not good that man should be alone and that we were created for relationship with God, ourselves, and with others.
- For Pastors/Leaders to realize a cord of three-strands is not easily broken.
- For Pastors/Leaders to comprehend the essentialness of safety in the multitude of counsel and the Spirit of Counsel and Might.
- PASTORS/LEADERS NEED: RENEWED VISION and REFINER’S FIRE
Proverbs 29:18 Amplified/NET
Where there is no vision [no redemptive revelation of God] (no prophetic understanding), the people perish…
Malachi 3:2b-3 NKJV
For He is like a refiner’s fire…He will sit as a refiner and a purifier to the Sons of Levi.
And purge them as gold and silver that that they may offer the LORD an offering of righteousness.
General Direction: For Pastors/Leaders to possess a revealed vision of God’s redemption with a prophetic understanding of who they are in Christ and His purpose and calling for them; for them to allow the fire of God to purge and purify their hearts and understand that Jesus was successful because He went about doing good, healing all who were oppressed of the devil because the Father was with Him and anointed Him with Holy Spirit and power.
- 6 So he answered and said to me: “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ Says the Lord of hosts. –Zech. 4:6 NKJV
- 34 For He whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for God does not give the Spirit by measure. –Jn. 3:34 NKJV
- 63 It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life. –Jn. 6:63 NKJV
- 6 In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been [a]grieved by various trials, 7 that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ, –1 Pet. 1:6-7 NKJV
- 2 For if the word spoken through angels proved steadfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just [a]reward, 3 how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation, which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed to us by those who heard Him,4 God also bearing witness both with signs and wonders, with various miracles, and gifts[b] of the Holy Spirit, according to His own will? –Heb. 2:2-4 NKJV
- 11 I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit [a]and fire. –Mt. 3:11 NKJV
- 20 I have found My servant David;With My holy oil I have anointed him,21 With whom My hand shall be established;Also My arm shall strengthen him. –Ps. 89:20-21 NKJV
- 5 So I said:“Woe is me, for I am [a]undone! Because I am a man of unclean lips, And I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; For my eyes have seen the King, The Lord of hosts.” 6 Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a live coal which he had taken with the tongs from the altar. 7 And he touched my mouth with it, and said: “Behold, this has touched your lips; Your iniquity is taken away, And your sin [b]purged.” –Is. 6:5-7 NKJV
- 49 Behold, I send the Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry in the city[a]of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high.”–Lk. 24:49 NKJV
- 6 Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands. –2 Tim. 1:6 NKJV
- 9 (for the fruit of the [a]Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth), 10 finding out what is acceptable to the Lord. 15 See then that you walk [a]circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, 16 redeeming the time, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is. 18 And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit, –Eph. 5:9-10, 15-18 NKJV
- For Pastors/Leaders to receive a new vision of who God is and of themselves made in His image and created for His purpose in earth and eternity.
- For Pastors/Leaders to possess a prophetic understanding of their times and seasons at this point of history and their geographical assignment.
- For Pastors/Leaders to realize the need for refiner’s fire and the Baptism of the Holy Spirit and fire to fulfill their calling and purpose.
- For Pastors/Leaders to understand the insight into Moses and the burning bush, the bush represents the man and the ministry calling; as long as the bush burns with supernatural flames it is not extinguishing but bears an everlasting flame.
- For Pastors/Leaders to understand that its not by their power or might, nor will, skill, or earthy wisdom that they will succeed in ministry but by God’s Spirit and Word.
- For Pastors/Leaders to watch carefully their lives and teachings, and to keep themselves pure in heart, clean of hands, and have not bound to idols or sins and to hate hypocrisy and love sincerity.
The Heart of A Great Pastor, London
Pastor Disaster, John Opalewski
Relaunch, Dr. Mark Rutland
Pastor’s At Risk, (Vol. 1 & 2), London
Overcoming Overload, Steve and Mary Farrar
God’s Armor Bearer, Terry Nance
Failing Forward, John Maxwell