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WHAT I’VE LEARNED IN KINGDOM WORK

10 Aug

HAVING JUST CELEBRATED FORTY-FIVE YEARS AS A CHRISTIAN RECENTLY, I THOUGHT I WOULD LIKE TO SHARE WITH MY READERS SOME INTERESTING FACTS THAT I’VE PICKED UP ALONG MY JOURNEY. FIRST OF ALL AS A CHILD OF GOD AND A CHRISTIAN ONE OF MY MAIN CONCERNS AS A NEW BELIEVER WAS TO GROW IN MY NEW FAITH. WHEN I WAS YOUNG I WAS LIKE A LITTLE SPONGE, I JUST COULDN’T GET ENOUGH KNOWLEDGE , I REMEMBER WHEN THE PREACHERS WERE TEACHING US THE WORD OF GOD I WOULD LITERALLY SIT ON THE EDGE OF MY PEW TAKING IT ALL IN, I WAS HUNGRY I JUST COULDN’T GET ENOUGH. WELL, ALL THESE YEARS LATER NOW THAT I’M AN OLDER MAN, I’M ABLE TO LOOK BACK AT ALL THOSE “PRECIOUS MOMENTS IN TIME”  AND JUST THANK THE LORD FOR MY TENDER HEART TOWARDS THE TRUTH OF SCRIPTURE . I AM SO GRATEFUL FOR THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO HAVE INFLUENCED MY LIFE, TIME WOULD NOT PERMIT ME TO NAME ALL OF THOSE WONDERFUL GODLY PEOPLE WHO I HAVE AN AFFECTIONATE  LOVE FOR, THEIR LOVE, FRIENDSHIP, WISE COUNSEL, AND THEIR EXAMPLE WILL LONG LIVE IN MY MEMORY UNTIL GOD CALLS ME HOME. THE FAMILY OF GOD HAS BEEN A KEY IN MY PERSONAL GROWTH, MY LOVE OF SCRIPTURE, THEIR PRAYERS HAVE ENCOURAGED ME , THEIR UNDERSTANDING AT TIMES HAS BEEN A BLESSING, OUR WONDERFUL FELLOWSHIP ALL THESE YEARS, AND THEIR FORGIVENESS WHEN IT WAS NEEDED. TO BE QUITE HONEST, I DON’T KNOW WHERE I WOULD BE IF IT WERE NOT FOR THE FAMILY OF GOD. SO, HERE WE GO FOLKS  MY TOP TEN THINGS THAT I’VE LEARNED ALONG THE WAY: 1.PRAY-COMMUNICATION IS THE KEY HERE, JUST TALK TO GOD LIKE A FRIEND, PRAYER IS ASKING, SHARE YOUR HEART  2. STUDY– KNOWLEDGE , LEARNING,  KNOWING,  BEING AND DOING “STUDY TO SHOW YOURSELF APPROVED TO GOD….  3. BE DISCIPLINED— “DAILY SPIRITUAL HABITS”  SET PRIORITIES  GE T RID OF ALL THE NEGATIVE “BAD” HABITS  4. ACT RESPONSIBLY—SPIRITUAL MATURITY, MAKE WISE CHOICES,  GROW IN YOUR FAITH, BE CONSISTENT  5. BE A WITNESS—SHARE YOUR STORY, SHARE YOUR CONVERSION, SHARE YOUR CONFESSION  6. BE A WORSHIPER—- WORSHIP THE LORD IN SPIRIT AND IN TRUTH, PRACTICE THE PRESENCE OF THE LORD IN YOUR LIFE, BE IN THE ASSEMBLY, BE INVOLVED, BE A PARTICIPATE  7. HAVE A MENTOR—AS A YOUNG PREACHER YOU NEED THE WISDOM OF AN OLDER MAN WHO CAN GUIDE YOU AND HELP YOU TO AVOID THE PITFALLS THAT THE YOUNG OFTEN MAKE  8. DEVELOP RELATIONSHIPS— WITH FAMILY  WITH CHURCH FAMILY  WITH FRIENDS AND ACQUAINTANCES , “IT’S VERY TRUE THAT NO MAN IS AN ISLAND” PROV. 27:17 “AS IRON SHARPENS IRON….  9. YOU MUST LOVE PEOPLE— I SOON REALIZED AS A YOUNG PREACHER AND AS A CHRISTIAN THAT WE WERE IN THE “PEOPLE BUSINESS” MY ENTIRE LIFE HAS BEEN WRAPPED UP IN PEOPLE, THEIR TRIALS, THEIR HEARTACHES, PAIN, ADVERSITY, DISAPPOINTMENTS, THOSE OFTEN PAINFUL SURPRISES. I’M A PEOPLE PERSON, ALWAYS HAVE BEEN AND ALWAYS WILL BE. I ALSO LEARNED THAT IT’S NOT ABOUT ME, THAT WOULD BE PROBABLY THE MOST DIFFICULT AREA OF MINISTRY FOR A LOT OF PREACHERS. AND I MUST CONFESS THAT I HAVE STRUGGLED IN THIS AREA OF MY LIFE. AFTER ALL WE’RE ALWAYS HEARING ABOUT OUR COMFORT ZONE AND YOU KNOW WHAT, THEIR ABSOLUTELY RIGHT!! MANY OF US BY NATURE ARE VERY SELFISH INDIVIDUALS . LISTEN TO ME, YOU CAN’T BE SELFISH IN THE MINISTRY AND DESIRE TO SERVE PEOPLE IT WILL NOT WORK!!! IF THE LORD JESUS HAS TAUGHT US ANYTHING HE SHARED HOW IF YOU WANT TO BECOME GREAT IN THE KINGDOM YOU MUST BECOME A SERVANT OF ALL!! THE KINGDOM WORK  IS ALL ABOUT SERVING PEOPLE AND HELPING THEM TO FIND THEIR WAY BACK TO GOD, SO THAT THEY CAN GO TO HEAVEN FOR ALL ETERNITY. 10. BE AN EXAMPLE—ONE OF THE MOST SAD AND PATHETIC CONDITIONS OF CHRISTIANITY TODAY, THE WORLD LAUGHS, MOCKS, RIDICULES, CHIDES, CONDEMNS BELIEVERS FOR THEIR “HYPOCRISY” IF I’VE HEARD IT ONCE I’VE HEARD IT A THOUSAND TIMES, ” THEIR’S JUST TO MANY HYPOCRITES DOWN THERE AT THAT CHURCH”  TIME WOULD NOT PERMIT ME TO PARK HERE AND GO ON AND ON AND ON ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF CHRISTIAN PEOPLE BEING REAL,GENUINE, HONEST,KIND, LOVING, FORGIVING AND LIST COULD GO ON AND ON!! FOLKS, THIS IS A SERIOUS ISSUE BECAUSE PEOPLE ARE DYING EVERYDAY AND CHRISTIANS ARE DEVOURING ONE ANOTHER, BACKBITING,GOSSIPING AND SLANDERING ONE ANOTHER AND ALL THE WHILE, UNBELIEVERS ARE “WATCHING, LISTENING TO OUR EVERY MOVE WE MAKE. IF I COULD APPEAL TO YOUR SENSE OF OUGHTNESS, YOUR  SENSE OF URGENCY AND TO YOUR LOVE  FOR ALL THE LOST IN THIS WORLD: I BEG, I PLEAD, I ASK IN THE  PRECIOUS NAME OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST “BE YE RECONCILED TO GOD” UNDERSTAND THAT “GOD’S REPUTATION IS AT STAKE IN YOUR LIFE” INDIVIDUALS MAY SPEND AN ETERNITY IN HELL FIRE BECAUSE YOU CHOSE NOT TO WALK WITH THE LORD AND BE THAT “SALT AND LIGHT”  TO BE THAT INSTRUMENT OF”INFLUENCE” THAT JESUS TALKED ABOUT. SO MY DEAR FRIEND, “ARE YOU BEING A GOOD EXAMPLE” TO THOSE AROUND YOU, I PRAY THAT YOU ARE DEAR LOVED ONE!! IN CLOSING, I WOULD LIKE TO SHARE WITH YOU THREE MORE KEY WORDS THAT I THINK WILL HELP YOU TO KEEP ALL OF THIS IN PERSPECTIVE:  PRACTICE   PARTICIPATE   PERSEVERE!!! SO, UNTIL NEXT TIME MY FRIENDS,  GODSPEED!!!

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