In the very first verse in Philippians we find. It says Paul and Timothy servants of the Lord Jesus Christ. What a statement! here is Paul saying that his spiritual son was to minister alongside him.
There are many ministries today that need a Timothy to come alongside of them. To be a minister or Pastor takes a great deal of time and work. Hence the need for more like Timothy. Up for the challenge? if so study the word of God and see if that is where you are being led. If you get the call, then go for it and pray with your leader to see if you are in agreement. If you are, he will be well pleased.
The terrible events in Manchester and London. Have highlighted the need for prayer. There are so many needs that have come about as a result of these things. People who have lost loved ones who have been suddenly taken out of their lives. Leaving a vacuum that can not be filled and the shock that goes with it. The anger that follows and the thought that where is your God now.
Counsellors do a great job, but when that finishes, there is the thought that where do I go now. Churches were meant to be a place where you could go for guidance and comfort. and of course to find God at the divine appointed time. There is a time that was just right for all of us. We need to recognise that love is the first priority. People that have been through such trauma need love. Not religion and not man made rules.
This is the challenge that is facing the people of God today. how to show the same love and compassion that Jesus showed. The answer is more simple than we think. We need to empty ourselves of self, and let Christ come in. Then they will meet the real Jesus not a man made one. You see Jesus berated the Laodicea church for being lukewarm . With the comment, i will spew you out of my mouth. Translation ( you make me sick)!
That is one area that we do not need to be in. Hence the need for much prayer.
In the start of Revelations we see John being given the message to the seven churches. Each of them is told, that I know your works and then to be told. listen to what the spirit is saying to the church. We would do well to heed that command and do more listening than doing.
We can so easily fall into the trap of being to busy to listen. And if we find that difficult, then spend time with God and read his word. We will then become familiar with the voice of the Holy Spirit. Then we will go the divine way, not mans way. In these end times the Holy Spirit is looking for righteous and obedient churches so God can work in them.
Still do not feel you can does this?, then down on your knees and say. Lord Jesus I turn every aspect of my life over to you. whatever it takes to make me into the person you want me to be. Just do it! I often do this, and it works. Bit by bit line upon precept and I am changing, join me?.
Meekness is a sign of weakness by this world today. We are encouraged to build strength in most areas of our lives. Meekness is a sign of a strong character in the Lord Jesus. When we are meek we can forgive in a way that it becomes second nature to us. When we do this when we would naturally be offended, we are displaying the character of our Lord Jesus.
Mathew 9. verse 18. We see a ruler of the synagogue coming to Jesus and be bowed down to him. That would take some doing, they were very proud and sometimes arrogant. But he had a very real need, one that religion could not do. His daughter had died and he had heard or seen the miracles that Jesus had performed.
So in his meekness he asked Jesus to come and lay hands on her and she would live. When Jesus got to the mans house the funeral songs had already begun. Jesus said to them that the girl had not died she was a sleep. They laughed and derided him and Jesus cast them out of there. Laid hands on the girl and she lived.
This man would have been taken away from his position and thrown out of the synagogue. But he would not have cared, he had seen the power of God at first hand. His daughter was well and he would say to one and all. Come see how some meekness on my part, was a testimony about Jesus.
Sometimes we have to be meek to see and know the power of God. Jesus said in Mathew chapter 11. verses 29-30. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me. For I am gentle and humble in heart and you will find rest for your soul.
30. My yoke is easy and my burden is light.
Wise words about meekness, now if that was good enough for Jesus. it should be the same for us. Notice Jesus said in HEART, that is where it all begins. The mind would lead us astray, but when a matter is settled in the heart. now that is meekness.
When Jesus said learn of me, what scriptures was he referring to?
Galatian’s chapter 5 verses 17-24
17 For the flesh sets its desires against the Spirit and the spirit against the flesh. For they are in opposition to one another, so that you may not do the things you please.
18. But if you are led by the Spirit you are not under the law.
19. Now the deeds of the flesh are evident which are immorality, impurity, sensuality.
20. Idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outburst of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions.
21. Envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these of which I forewarn you. Just as I have forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit the Kingdom of God.
22. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace and patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness.
23. Gentleness, self control, against such things there is no law.
24. Now those who belong to Christ have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires
Jesus was referring to the fruits of the Spirit. Which if you look at them they are his character. These are what he wants to learn us, when you look at them they take some doing. That is why the Holy Spirit is called a comforter.
Sometimes when you know that God is moving you somewhere else and we are more than liking where we are. when he does move us, then we need a comforter to settle us down. How do I know? been there and worn the tee shirt!
A good example of meekness is Moses. He turned his back on all the power and position that he had in Pharos court to become a servant of God. He went back to his roots. He would have invoked the anger of this Egyptian ruler and his own people were not impressed by him either. He went 40 yrs in the wilderness as a herdsman and he learnt meekness while he was there. God was preparing him for what was to come.
Luke 14 verse 27. And whoever does not bear his cross and come after me cannot be my disciple. Now the word cannot is very stern in respect of our carrying our own cross. Do not lose heart, ask the Holy Spirit to lay the cross upon your life.
I have found that when he does that, when we ask him to. It is often said that we must lose self in order to gain Christ. Well this is the way to go, the Holy Spirit will start to show us. What needs to go out of our lives and what of Gods Kingdom needs to come in. This is a lovely walk, a bit scary when we are taken out of our comfort zone. But this comforter will see us through to a point when the world will not understand. How we can have Christ shining through us and still we look the same.
Now that is the part that is used to spread the Gospel. You see most people would be afraid if they saw Jesus in all his majesty. But they will talk with you and I. Brilliant is it not, our God is a game changer and he uses the whosever to share the Gospel. What little old me you say! I thought that at one time. I have pastored churches and I still preach the word and it is a true and blood washed word. No compromise and no popular gospel. If he can use me like that, a real background person. He can do it for you, a step at a time and as I have said, a lovely walk, and scary but you see he takes away the fear.
James chapter 2. verse 14-29.
Reminds us that faith without works are very much like a person that enters a race. Then waits for the starting gun, if it is not heard then they stay at the start. Then they never move and everybody else has gone
We can all do this sometimes when the Lord is moving us out of our comfort zones. You know the one, this is for somebody else!. Well God would not let Elijah alone. Nor would Elisha let Elijah put him off.
I think Elijah knew from his own experience that the life of a prophet could be very hard. but Elisha had heard that voice and he knew he had to do something.
We ask God to use us in mighty way, could be that God is wanting us to smite the waters of the river of abuse that comes against Christians. Food for thought and that includes me. Notice that the command is to smite the waters. To smite is to do it with all of our might. If we want that double portion, then we need to go all the way. There is a river that flows from the throne of grace, so go ahead and smite it!.
When we do that God will never sell us short. He is prepared to use us as much as we want. Just hold on because it is quite a ride!.