Monday, July 30, 2007

May it not cross your mind that your pastor sits around all day enjoying the ease of life doing chores at home with just a few minutes remaining on Saturday night needed to prepare a sermon (if we could even call it that). We trust that pastors labor weekly over the biblical text to find a sermon. Let it be known to us all that we have an enemy who is very active in endeavoring to discourage and discredit and destroy our ministries. Herein lies the reason why the shepherd must labor over the text for a sermon.

And it is for this very reason that he needs to do so. We know that Satan is the god of this world (2 Cor 4:4) and we also know that, now, the whole world lies in the power of the evil one (1 John 5:19). For these reasons, I believe that pastors are constantly under spiritual attack from Satan and his minions.

I pray that as pastors, we would be sobered by this realization and be reminded to set our hope completely on the Word of God which is completely sufficient for every aspect of life and godliness (2 Tim 3:17).

Hebrews 13:17-18 17 Obey your leaders, and submit to them; for they keep watch over your souls, as those who will give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with grief, for this would be unprofitable for you. 18 Pray for us[Leaders], for we are sure that we have a good conscience, desiring to conduct ourselves honorably in all things.

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