I pray that you are all in great spirits and in great health and I thank God for each of you.
I come up with these catchie titles from the Lord. I could be doing dishes or having a conversation with someone and something will catch my attention for a title to catch your attention. I keep my devotional book with me all the time so I can be ready to write.
Well today is going to be an easy day. I was thinking about the title God gave me and He always challenges me to make it for spiritual edification. Since we've all seen the Wizard of Oz, I want you to put on that spiritual cap and go along with me for a minute.
Assuming that you are Dorothy and you are trying to find Jesus Christ. You have already defeated a demon and now a bigger one is attempting to destroy your soul. An angel comes to you and tells you that you have to follow a certain path to get to the person (minister) that will give you the directions to Christ. You have run into a lot of obstacles along the way, but you keep your course. You run into three friends and tell them you are going to find Jesus Christ, they have decided follow you. You get to this person, (minister) that is supposed to show you the way to the Jesus Christ only to find out that they have no idea how to get you there. They have been putting up a front for the people (congregation) and have only been taking their money and leading them nowhere. Now you and your friends are discouraged because you thought this person had all the answers only to find out that they are worst off than you are. Here's the end of the story: Now you are crying because you had so much faith, followed the right path and did everything that you where supposed to do and feel like you have no way to Jesus Christ. An Angel comes and tells you that "you always had the power to get to the Lord by yourself."
God wants you to know two important things: (1) no matter what someones title in the church is He is God, not them. He is the One and only One that you should be following. If the minister/pastor is not doing what he is supposed to be doing as far as feeding God's flock, then you have an obligation to yourself to study and follow the right path to Christ. (2) You have the power to get to Jesus Christ yourself. It does not take a minister/pastor to get you there. Although never we are to gather together and fellowship with one another, it is your responsibility to study the Word of God. I don't care how great you think your pastor is, he can only be a guide to you. You have to pray and read and according to the bible "study to show thyself approved." (1 John 2:27) But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him. The anointing that John is speaking about is the Holy Spirit. Your pastor is not going to be standing with you when you are called home by the Lord. LET US PRAY!
Heavenly Father, I thank and praise You for Your grace and mercy towards me. Lord, I pray that Your Holy Spirit abide in me as I study Your Word to shew myself worthy. Lord, I thank you that you have given yourself freely that I may come boldly to the thrown of grace. Lord, teach me all that I will need to learn of you more and more daily, in Jesus name, Amen.
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