PASTORS, TEACHERS & CHURCH LEADERS
PASTORS AND CHURCH LEADERS: This is for YOU !
So you have your bible school degree, doing everything just right, towed the line to get this, did the dance and got your degree. But HOW you handle what you know, is what we are watching to see and want to know.
The Sword of The Spirit is just this: "...of The Spirit,"
The Word of God is "a spiritual sword" intended to be handled for magnifying "The Spirit of law" and for "training in righteousness" as you, pastors, are instructed by God for it's handling (2Tim. 3:16).
What we want to know is, and what we are watching with the very watchful Eye of God is, HOW do you handle His Priceless Possessions such as His Word and His Gifts given you to serve Him in a right way (i.e, the gift of administration, teaching, Divine Knowledge etc.), and this by The Spirit, not by law which has teaching purposes only, pointing to Christ ? Your "gift of intimidation" is NOT one of the Gifts of God you so readily employ when confronted with your mis-handling, but I am happy to say not all of you are like this. Some of you do have the very Heart of God and this seen with your correct handling of His Possessions. Some of you genuinely care, take great care to know how to handle what you've been given, HOW to win Favor with God in this way, and a "cotton candy" kind of gospel is as much of a stench to you as it is to God.
Do not think you can escape The Watchful Eye of God as shepherds of His Flock, His Church. You cannot escape.
1Tim. 1:8 "The law is good IF it is handled properly. It was not made for the righteous but....."
Pastors, Teachers and Leaders: Find out HOW to "train in righteousness." Have you even as much as thought about this? Have you not yet understood that "training in righteousness" is not optional but mandatory? Have YOU ever thought how that much-needed-militant-training that most of your flocks lack - a training in righteousness which is The righteousness of Christ and not a self-serving righteousness of self-works, could and would change from the weak in your churches to among the strong (Rom. 14, the weak and the strong)? Or, does the very thought of growing your churches to a place of practical and spiritual strength threaten you? Does it threaten you for the thought of spiritual strength among your numbers in a way that might find you as not needed any longer and your paycheck on the line?
I don't know what's going through your heads. I only know that The Watchful Eye of God has you in His Fish Bowl of life. That's all I know. And I also know if you want to win His Favor you'd better wake-up and figure out HOW to handle HIS Gifts & HIS Possessions. He has entrusted to you for proper care and handling of these that the flock might grow and as ALL operate in the capacity of their unique and individual part.
Isn't it time to wake-up and know that all your hard work, sweat and blood put out, time, monies and energies away from your families for your degrees, needs Divine Wisdom in it's handling?
HOW DO YOU HANDLE WHAT YOU KNOW? WE WANT TO KNOW.