Note: What an odd message for Pastors to minister. Don't people know what Pastors are supposed to be like? Don't people know what Pastors are supposed to do? In fact the great falling away has begun. My dear friend Robin, issued a solemn warning by the Spirit of God in confirmation of this unfortunate truth:
"I was then again taken up by the spirit of the Lord and I began to fly deeper into this establishment and into different ministries. I was shown how many were fast asleep unaware of what God was saying, their were many who even appeared to be dead. I was then shown another ministry who thought they were hearing very clearly from the Lord and abiding in His perfect will but then a Holy Fire came that consumed the entire ministry and they were devastated they could not understand how this could have happened. But and this is so Huge, this is a warning! For the Lord spared many lives from death but if they did not head this call, this clarion call their lives would no longer be spared. No longer is the Lord going to allow His shepherds to be caught up in the game of numbers and high figures of money. No longer is the Lord going to allow His shepherds to lead His sheep astray.
I saw a horseman riding upon a great, dark brown horse and in his hand was a letter, a divine invitation to heed the Lord's call. It was sealed with the blood of the Lamb. Upon the opening of this seal was ushered in a warning of Divine Judgment that is beginning in the House of the Lord!"
WHY CHURCH? WHY PASTORS? WHERE ARE YOU JESUS?
For years I believed that the great falling away mentioned in (2Thessalonians 2:3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first...) had to do with individual saints backsliding. God revealed to me that whole churches were falling away from the foundational works and truths of His Spirit as well as their fervent love for Him, leaving saints with no example of how God operates in their personal lives = great falling away.
THE ROLE AND RESPONSIBILITY OF THE PASTOR
Note: The following verses were written by the Apostle Paul.
1 Thessalonians 2
3For our appeal [in preaching] does not [originate] from delusion or error or impure purpose or motive, nor in fraud or deceit.
Note: The motive of the Pastor must be pure. A Pastor should never deceive or try to get their way through deceptive means.
4But just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the glad tidings (the Gospel), so we speak not to please men but to please God, Who tests our hearts [expecting them to be approved].
Note: Pastors are those who have been approved by God. This approval should be witnessed or confirmed through another. Pastors should not speak to please men but to please God.
5For as you well know, we never resorted either to words of flattery or to any cloak to conceal greedy motives or pretexts for gain, [as] God is our witness.
6Nor did we seek to extract praise and honor and glory from men, either from you or from anyone else, though we might have asserted our authority [stood on our dignity and claimed honor] as apostles (special missionaries) of Christ (the Messiah).
Note: Pastors should not flatter others because of their station in life or their abilities to extract funds from them or to increase membership. A Pastor should not seek the praise of men. "Do this for me because I am..." This does not mean that one does not bless the Pastor, but the blessing should be free will as each member desires.
7But we behaved gently when we were among you, like a devoted mother nursing and cherishing her own children.
Note: God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit are gentle and devoted to our success. We are cherished as a gift. A Pastor, male or female should show forth these attributes and love the flock gently as a good mother.
8So, being thus tenderly and affectionately desirous of you, we continued to share with you not only God's good news (the Gospel) but also our own lives as well, for you had become so very dear to us.
Note: Pastors should be tender and affectionate, desiring the best for EACH member. Pastors should not only share the Gospel, but should share their own lives. This means that the Pastor's life is an open book, full of experiences that reveal the powerful working of God in their lives.
9For you recall our hard toil and struggles, brethren. We worked night and day [and plied our trade] in order not to be a burden to any of you [for our support] while we proclaimed the glad tidings (the Gospel) of God to you.
Note: What?! Apostles working?! Oh my! The Word of God speaks that deacons and other set persons are placed in the ministry to ease the daily burden, so that Pastors may study and hear from God. Full time ministry is the goal of most Pastors, but if it is a burden to the people of God, Pastors should work.
10You are witnesses, [yes] and God [also], how unworldly and upright and blameless was our behavior toward you believers [who adhered to and trusted in and relied on our Lord Jesus Christ].
Note: Pastors should live BLAMELESS lives. Our character should be upright and unworldly. This behavior should be witnessed and evidenced by the congregation. Moses was called the most humble man that ever lived. Yet he did not walk into his full destiny, why? He misrepresented God. God told him to strike the rock ONCE. Moses struck the rock twice. He was angry and frustrated with the people. He suffered loss as a result. Forty years of work. Forty years of supernatural interventions. Moses sat face to face and ATE with God Himself, but.he could only peer into the promised land.
11For you know how, as a father [dealing with] his children, we used to exhort each of you personally, stimulating and encouraging and charging you
12To live lives worthy of God, Who calls you into His own kingdom and the glorious blessedness [into which true believers will enter after Christ's return].
Note: God is the PERFECT Father. Pastors should regard the members as their children. A Pastor should personally stimulate, encourage and charge the members to live lives worthy of God.
13And we also [especially] thank God continually for this, that when you received the message of God [which you heard] from us, you welcomed it not as the word of [mere] men, but as it truly is, the Word of God, which is effectually at work in you who believe [exercising its superhuman power in those who adhere to and trust in and rely on it].
Note: There is no greater joy to the heart of a called Pastor than to see their children walking in the light of God's Word. It is the Word of God within the believer that exercises its superhuman power in those who adhere to and trust in and rely on it. I sense this relationship with our members. I feel as if they are my children. I find myself calling them my babies. I used to shy away from these feelings because I thought that they seemed too possessive. I realize now that this is exactly who they are to me. Although they will grow into maturity and walk into their own callings, I will always look upon them which great affection and deep love.
Our work is cut out for us! We as Pastors receive this Word for ourselves. We purpose in our hearts to live the Word that we teach and preach. Pray for us that we remain pure and that we are not tempted and lured away by the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life. Although we have been ministering for over 21 years, we put no confidence in the flesh. We would love to have you visit our services! www.AT-HIS-FEET.com or ATHIFEET4ME@AOL.COM
God bless you!