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How Ministers feel sometimes (The question and answer committees)

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It’s not that I don’t appreciate your help, and it’s not that I am snobby, or too spiritual, okay? It’s just that I am sitting here with a real big problem (that I don’t know how to solve) and am already battling in the spirit (With God’s help, of course) to fight off fear, worries, concerns, insecurities, and a myraid of other things. The last thing I need right now, is more stuff to worry about! 

One thing ministers do not often talk about (and likely battle alone, or with the help of a few mature commrades) is what I’ll call the “questions and suggestions” trial- that seems to happen every time they ask for prayer. 

Example: “Let’s pray for healing for_______” We pray. Person #1 approaches me and tells me how Aunt Hazel solved the very same problem. “Thank you,” I say. Person #2 tells me “Well you know they are backslid and haven’t been to church in awhile.” (I take note of it and smile). Person #3 tells me what healing video I should be watching (to help my faith) Person #4 Tells me about 3 others that need prayer for healing, Person #5 asks me if they have been to the doctor.

“Well, no I say, they don’t have insurance!” This leads to a big long conversation about help that is out there, which leads to me explaining why this person can’t get that particular help…….soon My mind is so clogged I forgot what the Lord just said to me about believing for their healing……..

Questions and suggestions and, not a single one of them asked GOD before they spoke ….. 

  Nope, they just said the first thing that popped into their brain. (Like Peter). 

So now I start to just ignore it all (and pray, and look to be so spiritual I am no earthly good!) It’s not lack of appreciation, but sometimes, we just don’t have time for it.

There are as many experiences as there are people (almost) and while some can be categorized, boxed up, and filed under “Help with______,” I have noticed the more possible answers I find (for any problem) the more stressed and confused I get! 

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When the Lord is your Husband and he is First #1 (Exodus 20:3)

Jesus said to him,‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind ” Luke 10:27
Exodus 20:3 “Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
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Is God really first in your life? The first one you run to? The first one you listen to?
God had a lot to say in the Old Testemant about “other lovers” which meant: Others that people beleived in Over Himself. God said something pretty stern in Isaiah 57:13:
“When you cry out, Let your collectionof idols deliver you. But the wind will carry them all away, A breath will take them. But he who puts his trust in Me shall possess the land, And shall inherit My holy mountain.” “Thou Shalt have no other gods before me……..” What does it mean? 
God wants to be like our husband. #1, Uno. Forsaking all others (because of him, and his importance to us). Thus we have the passage in John 1:12 (I like the KJV) as it says “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name”
 He’s our Shepherd. He’s our husband as well, and he doesn’t take kindly to us trusting in others more than we trust in him. Convicting? Yes, it certainly is.
He’s not “on our case” he is trying to help us. He wants us to be able to resist the devil, and cast down the accuser (of the brethren) but cannot do it unless we do it GOD”S WAY. He set things up that way! (and he’s not going to change it because it makes you uncomfortable, either). 
“repent” (means) to turn away from all others you have trusted in, besides Him. When we come through the fire, it means all that we have trusted in (that is not of him) has been consumed. He’s a consuming fire, and wants to burn up the (fleshly) ways we have BECAUSE there is no other way to become (his sons) who are like him in how he thinks, how he walks, how he talks, and what HE believes in.
We can’t defeat the devil when we are unsurrendered to God (James 4:7) And submission does not mean “Okay Father I guess you want me sick, poor or defeated” It means I submit Father, to handling my entire life YOUR way!” My entire life “I give to you Father” (My husband, my friend) for you are worthy to be trusted with it all! 
Now “If there is any way in me” that seems unrighteous to you Father Deal with me!! correct me! chastize me!” (amen) I give my heart soul mind and body to you Father in Jesus’ name (amen)!
Now …..Now you are ready to resist (the enemy of your souls) however God says to do it! Worship! Praise! Rebuke the devil! anoint someone! Maybe God will have you say to a total unbeliever “God is healing me!!!” (in the face of their unbelief) There are no formula’s…...(only Jesus)
“Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.”   Luke 10:19 
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How the BRAIN (mind of Christ) edifies the body……….(this is important!)

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I want to talk today about how the brain (the mind of Christ) edifies the Body (his people). So if you are grafted in (part of the Body of Christ)…..Whatever part you are, feet, hands, ears, eyes……When your toe gets stepped on what happens in the natural? 

OUCH! (your brain is instantly notified) You want to make it stop (right now!). If you see a train coming, the brain says “MOVE” and so on, and so forth. 

Likewise (this is so simple) So when the bible says the body edifies itself in love, or we should not say “we have no need of you” (to the foot, the hands, etc) We should all have the mind of Christ (the brains, of this operation!). 

When one suffers, we all suffer! (we are a body!). Now think on this for a minute, the eye sees what’s coming (Notifies the brain) and the renewed mind of Christ prays! 

The ear hears (speaks to the rest) and again (with the mind of Christ involved!) as it edifies! The Mind of Christ will never say “Panic!” “You’re doomed!” “In trouble?” Yes maybe (Pray!!) …..but anyway that’s my little message today, which the Lord put on my heart to share with you! I want you to remember, every part (of your body) Is important to you therefore, every part is important to the Lord as well!

Now if a foreign object gets in (to your body) what happens? It irritates! Causes infection! Has to be removed! (and we pray about this as well.) 

Father please help us remember…..Wrong thinking leads to big mistakes! so God is after us to learn! Grow! and to get more insight from Him (about what we should do next!) Just doing my part…..as part of the Body…………My love to you all! (just a reminder!) In Jesus’ name! 

 

Laura Grace, Author Grace to Grow, Grace to Soar, Grace to the rescue…….