Wisdom: Be Encouraged and Press In

Many across the Body of Christ are sharing words of encouragement in the face of hard times.  Patricia Kings word Jan. 3rd about 'Remembering the Promises' was spot on.  I am particularly encouraged as the message the Sunday before was 'The Plan, The Promise, and the Power'.  Christians around the globe are being encouraged to have hope among the hopeless, faith among the faithless, to have strength among the weak and shine light into the darkness. The gates of hell will not prevail as we press in.

As pastors focused on developing a new church, we continue to pray for the Lord's direction and wisdom.  Each new phase, new season, and literally New Year we watch and listen with increase efforts.   While serving the church we want to be 'on our game' so we know that our time with the Lord is very important and time in His word is paramount to gaining wisdom.   Many times for any pastor, the game changes so often, so fast, and many times unexpectedly that we can only hold ground and press forward s best as you can.  As many people have become busy with illness, hardship, or general demands of life, the work we believe we were sent here to accomplish gets affected.  Wisdom is critical.

My comment yesterday morning about personally not feeling that I read enough, or study enough spoke to this truth.   Like the Apostle Paul who ultimately called himself the 'chiefest of sinners' - as time goes by, you become more and more aware of what you need to understand most.  For Paul, he initially saw himself as a Jew among Jews - the best of the best - then to see himself later differently as the 'least of the least'.    For me personally, it is an awareness of my own lack and the the need for wisdom to serve well.   For one to have wisdom they must have a keen eye on the Lord's actions and know the Lord's word clearly.  The ability to convey vision clearly, communicate clearly, see clearly - is wrapped in three simple truths that 'unless the Lord builds the house, they that labor labor in vain' and 'the steps of the righteous (those in good relationship with the Lord) are ordered by the Lord' and 'From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.'  Wisdom is so key for all of these.  The loads can get heavy in a small church, any church for that matter as people come and go - leaving tasks behind - but wisdom is key as things change.

Joshua 1:8-9 (The Plan) speaks of this need for Word sourced Wisdom - 'follow the Law and have great success'.  This is more than an academic knowledge, this is deeper - it is relational - it is the discipline of a God-person's life - for all of us.

As a young church, we are small - we press forward, we hold ground, we are pressed back.  People come looking  - with needs and expectations - and because we are small we do not have everything they need - nor all that we ultimately desire to have running.  And worse yet, as people come and engage, new things are started - if they then leave, it leaves a new thing done half has well and is heavier on those that remain to carry it.  Wisdom is critical. 

There is a tipping point however, that point where demand/desire meets energy/resources - and all move to a new level rather than sliding back to the previous level.  Picture one swinging on a rope to reach the other side (goal) - with every kick they get closer. Ultimately, they reach the next place but they never reach it if they give up. And the worst end is to work so long with no ultimate success, tired and defeated, not enough energy to go back or proceed ahead that they just dangle on the rope and ultimately let go and fall.  Horrible indeed.

For a church, there are key things - preaching/teaching (training), worship (God focused), administration (stewardship) , children's ministry (nurturing/training), outreach/evangelism (fishing).  When all of these are established - growth happens - if we struggle in any - the tipping point or momentum has not been achieved.  Wisdom is critical.

 

Prayer Request:

1. That all those at Harvest, that call this home, will have an understanding of what to adjust in order to find a consistent place for wisdom to be gained.  (That ordered life where demands do not press out the personal disciplines so necessary for the responsibilities we have)

2. Going into the New Year (2015/5775) pray in general for our fellowship and for spiritual health. Press back the gates of hell.

3. Pray for those who have become weary to regain their strength and that what the devil has stolen from them be returned.  (see here)

4. Wisdom to overcome confusion.

 

Resources:

When the Thief Steals, he must give back sevenfold - read here

1 Chron. 16:11:  Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually!

Romans 4:16:  For this reason it is by faith, in order that it may be in accordance with grace, so that the promise will be guaranteed to all the descendants, not only to those who are of the Law, but also to those who are of the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all,

Hebrews 10:36: For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what is promised.

Galatians 6:9: And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.

...more scriptures

Blessings to all,

Bill