The ministry is much like a roller coaster ride. It is simultaneously exhilarating and terrifying. Learn how to stay faithful and focused during the ups and downs of God’s work.
Ministry life has plenty of ups and downs with twists and turns. It is exciting until things start to get complicated, and you say to yourself, “What was I thinking?!”
In October 2019, I decided to take my three children to Six Flags New England in Agawam, MA. I realized that with the busyness of ministry and the complications with my wife’s health, we hadn’t done anything special with the children during the summer.
Six Flags had a big sale where I could get season tickets for next year (and unlimited access this year) for the price of a one day visit. It seemed like a no-brainer, so I bought the tickets and set a date.
When we drove up to the park, the first thing we could see was the steel backbones of roller coasters rising into the sky. The kids were excited and wanted to ride them first.
I must confess that I don’t really like roller coasters.
Have you ever said something like, “I don’t know how much more of this I can take?” You are not alone. Here’s what the Bible says…
1 Corinthians 10:13
“There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.”
Everybody has bad days. It’s an expected part of life.
What if those bad days start to pile up? How do you respond when your load gets heavier week by week as trials keep coming with no end in sight?
Or what if you have an unthinkable tragedy invade your life. You thought you were ready for anything… but not this!
Both of those scenarios are a reality. Don’t think it won’t happen to you.
How you respond when you feel overwhelmed and wonder if you can go on will determine your longevity in God’s will. So many people jump out of the frying pan into the fire when things get tough. Their situation goes from bad to worse because they make foolish decisions under pressure.
Jesus is the Saviour and the Destroyer. He won the victory so you can defeat temptation.
1 John 3:8 “He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.”
This powerful verse reminds us that believers are not followers of the devil. We are born of God. The Son of God came to destroy the works of the Devil. Are you part of the world Jesus came to destroy or part of the Kingdom He is building?
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Innocence is precious. Protect it from the corruption of sin.
Romans 16:19 “For your obedience is come abroad unto all men. I am glad therefore on your behalf: but yet I would have you wise unto that which is good, and simple concerning evil.”
Most people have a general idea of the definition of innocence. As I looked up the word in Webster’s 1828 dictionary, I was surprised to see that every definition was based on the word freedom.
Innocence is freedom. What a powerful truth!
An innocent child is free from the cares of this life. An innocent man is free from crime and guilt. An innocent Christian is free from the knowledge and experience of sin.
Sin is destructive by nature. It destroys all it touches. It imprisons those who indulge in it.
Eve was innocent until she ate of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Satan told her the tree would make her wise. However, God didn’t name it the tree of wisdom. God called it the tree of knowledge. Not all knowledge is good.
At the moment Eve ate of the tree, she was no longer free. She learned (more…)
There are no little sins. Sin is destructive by nature.
Ezekiel 18:4 “Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die.”
People attempt to categorize sin. Some sins are considered acceptable and others unacceptable. Some sins are considered especially wicked with others not so much.
Most people admit they shouldn’t commit the “big” sins, but feel that dabbling in other sin is ok. “After all, white lies, small indulgences, and occasional allowances can’t be too bad,” they say. They reason (wrongly) that if sin doesn’t hurt anyone that it must be ok.
Every sin hurts somebody. There are no victimless sins. Sin condemns.
Sin is the reason that Hell exists. The first sin of Lucifer was pride. Five times he declared, “I will” against the will of God. He found out that God was in control when He was cast out of Heaven and condemned to eternal damnation.
We must see sin as God (more…)