This message is aimed towards those in leadership. There are mistakes and mishaps that pastors and other leaders are making all over the body of Christ. We are saved by grace true enough, but as Christians their are some things that we should no better than to do after being in the Lord for a time. When in sim, you lead your flock to sin, which puts them out of the will of God. Being in sin can lead your flock to scatter. In the bible, prophet Jeremiah said to pastors Woe to those that scatter their flock. Jeremiah 23:1-4 When the word says woe means great sorrow and distress will come to you. Meaning you will pay for the consequences of your actions. Having sin in your life is not what God called you to. Holiness is what he called you to. This is walking out the will of God. Remember you are a leader and your actions can cause division or bring situations together. The root cause of division most times is sin and the cause for bringing a situation together is the love of God. Keep these things in mind. As a leader you are being watched because the moves you make are important so tread light and get out of sin. Because the wages of sin is death and God comes to gives us eternal life which means you can’t get eternal life not dealing with your hangups and different things that cause you to fail.
The fashions of this world will pass away. Don’t conform yourself to this world. Conforming means to Behave according to socially acceptable conventions or standards. Don’t be held by tradition. Conforming yourself to something outside God will cause you to sin or be out of his will for your life. The word says to be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Roman 12:2. Going through a transformation for God will cause you to do what is good and acceptable. If you decide to sin, you will sin. If you decide to do good, you do good. This is why your mind has to be renewed. Renewing your ming puts you in the will of God. It allows you to show what is acceptable in his sight. As a Christian, one of our goals is to please God and to do his will. Knowing that he has given us everlasting life, if we do him a service of being one of his very own. Being his, does call for us to renew our minds day by day because we will become tempted to do other things. “Other things” are not always what’s correct or good in the sight of God. So we as Christians have to work to be pleasing and what is meant by that is as a servant you want the Lord to love what you do for him and how you reverence him. It’s important that we let God work on our inter-selves because your soul is at stake and the enemy will come in and try to destroy you. This is why everyday should be a new venture with God in renewing your mind bringing those thoughts into captivity to the obedience of Christ. How you can renew your mind is by the following:
1. Getting in the word and let it penetrate in the mind and spirit.
2. Prayer and Fasting: talk to God and let him talk to you.
3. Go to church and fellowship with other Christians, being around those that sin will cause you to sin.
After becoming a servant of God, your end is everlasting life. He has given us a gift of eternal life through Christ. Romans 6:22,23 When you are a servant of God your fruit is holiness. Being holy is the result of much fasting, praying, and walking upright before the lord. Your footsteps will imitate the steps of Jesus. God wants his people to cry holy because that’s all God is. He is pure and righteous. He wants us to produce righteousness in our lives. The word tells us to cleanse ourselves from filthiness of the flesh and spirit to perfect holiness. Put away those things that are of the flesh and that’s bad for the spirit. II Corinthians 7:1 When you do things sometimes those things are spiritually connected and can have an effect on you. Be careful with what you do. Sometimes you have to fight for holiness and to keep it. Fighting for holiness is worth because of the generosity God has shown us by giving us eternal life having Christ die for our sins, and so many other things that God could be doing for you personally.
Receiving the promises of God can be fruitful if you just believe. Understand that its impossible for God to lie. Hebrews 6:18 God will fulfill all his promises that he has made to you. Abraham is an example of receiving the promise of God. God made a promise to Abraham saying blessing I will bless you, multiplying I will multiply you. The word goes on to say that Abraham patiently endured and he obtained the promise. Hebrews 6:14,15 Abraham was a great man of faith. The word says that he did not stagger at the Promise of God through unbelief, he was strong in faith and gave God the glory. In a time, where it looks like God is not going to deliver, give God the glory and have faith. Be fully persuaded that God is able to perform Romans 4:21. Because God is able to perform whatever he promises. If God says he going to heal you, he’s going to heal you. If God says he’s going to give you an increase, he will increase you. The promises of God are made manifest through faith and believing that God can. Go out and receive his promises, you can do it through faith! Associate yourself with others who receive the promises of God and let them influence you. Hebrews 6:12