2. God Speaks by His Ministers

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Matthew 24:12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.

Does that not describe the world we live in today? Not only is it full of sin, transgression and iniquity; but also full of hard-heartedness and self-centeredness and not caring about anybody else but self. This is Christ’s description of today.

I would like to ask you what the cause is. What is it that has caused iniquity to abound and the love of many to wax cold? Preceding this verse Jesus tells us exactly what it is:

Mat 24:11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.

24:12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.

Today, this is such a true revelation. So many minds have interpreted the word of God according to their own understanding that they have gone out and with this law of the mind that says, I have to preach the convictions of my own mind, we have many false prophets. This isn’t just in Christianity. We have many apostate churches today. We have many false religions: Islam, Buddha and Taoism. Atheism is a religion — to believe nothing is a belief. It’s just that you do not believe anything, that is a religion. These various and greatly varied religions and beliefs have caused this earth to abound in iniquity and it is no wonder that the love of many shall wax cold.

Matthew 24:23 Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here [is] Christ, or there; believe [it] not.

24:24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if [it were] possible, they shall deceive the very elect.

24:25 Behold, I have told you before.

24:26 Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, [he is] in the secret chambers; believe [it] not.

There are so many voices out there today. Here is Christ, there is Christ, I am Christ. Man with his varied temperament, with his varied understanding and comprehension of things, being very double – minded is unstable in all his ways and blown about by every wind of doctrine. As man is seeking to satisfy the needs of the soul, he engages in a belief system whereby he might find comfort, hope, re-assurance in not just the future but even in the life here.

I am certain that many of us can testify they are broken cisterns and broken cisterns equals broken hearts and as we saw last night man sets his affections on something of this world and it lets him down, therefore, the love of many waxes cold.

However, Christ stands there and says, “If any man thirsts, let him come unto me.” But the reality is that the world today doesn’t want to drink the Water of life. They want to drink Coca-Cola or they want to drink a cup of coffee or maybe apple juice instead. Have you ever been thirsty and what your needed was a nice glass of water; but there’s some juice and you drink a litre of juice, but does it quench your thirst? It actually doesn’t quench your thirst. In fact, if it’s not water, chances are, it will make you thirstier. This is the sad state of the world — false Christ’s arise but the true Christ is un-sort for by many.

Another Description of the Last Days

2 Timothy 4:3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;

Now note the comma there. Do the teachers have the itching ears? No, they have the itching ears therefore; they heap unto themselves a multitude of teachers. Why? Because they want somebody to tell them what they’re itching ears want to hear.

2 Timothy 4:4 And they shall turn away [their] ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.

Today we have a multitude of false prophets, of false ministries, and these ministries earn a lot of money. They are so successful because they tell the people what they want to hear. They give their ear a good scratch, it takes away the pain doesn’t it?. “We don’t want to hear God’s voice” they say. Was there ever a time in history where men said, “We don’t want to hear God’s voice?” It was at the foot of Mount Sinai.

Exodus 20:18 And all the people saw the thunderings, and the lightnings, and the noise of the trumpet, and the mountain smoking: and when the people saw [it], they removed, and stood afar off.

20:19 And they said unto Moses, Speak thou with us, and we will hear: but let not God speak with us, lest we die.

Often we think it would be nice to hear God’s voice. Would you like to hear God’s voice? Well, what happens when you hear God’s voice? Yes you tremble. In fact, were they right in saying, “If we hear God’s voice, we’re going to die?” It’s an interesting question when we consider our subject for today; discerning God in His ministers; how the voice of the minister we are to receive as the voice of God. We want to spend some time today discovering that when God speaks, be it through His word, ministers, nature, His body, the voice of duty, calamities, providence and the voice of conscience, we will meet with an experience very different from what we would expect.

And that is why there are so many people with itching ears; because they have a taste of that experience, like the Israelites at the foot of Mount Sinai, who said, “That’s enough, we want a man to tell us.” But we are in danger — great danger– if we have this mentality.

We need to be willing to listen to God’s voice no matter how it comes and no matter what it says.

2 Thessalonians 2:10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.

2:11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:

2:12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

The reality is that if you want to believe a certain thing, you will find a church that believes in that certain thing. God will give you what you want. God is love and He wants everybody to be happy. And because He wants you to be happy, if there is something in His word that you’ll never be happy about, God will actually permit you to cast that aside and believe a lie and let you live in that delusion. He will actually do that and that is one of the most amazing things about the love of God. It’s completely profound. But do we want that? Do we want to live a lie? I don’t want to live a lie? I’ve lived a lie in thinking and misunderstanding my self all these years. Out of the heart of the issues of life for the heart is deceitful so everything that I have produced in my life out of my heart is a delusion, it’s fake I don’t want that. I want a reality and so God wants to give us a reality.

In connection to this matter of delusion if we want to live in our own little lie and get our ears scratched God makes a promise.

Isaiah 50:11 Behold, all ye that kindle a fire, that compass [yourselves] about with sparks: walk in the light of your fire, and in the sparks [that] ye have kindled. This shall ye have of mine hand; ye shall lie down in sorrow.

Do you think God wants us to have sorrow? He wants us to be happy and while all men out there may seemingly be happy now, there is a day coming when they’re going to wake up to reality and they’re going to be consumed from the depths of regret, remorse and sorrow.

The Voice of God

When someone talks to you, what are you doing with him or her? Aren’t they calling you to enter into communion? And as we stated last night, God deals with the individual as though there’s no one else. So, when God speaks to us, He wants a relationship. And this is why so many people go from church to church. There is something inside, it’s empty, and they want to fill it. They want a relationship because that’s what is missing. You’ll feel lonely unless it’s filled. Loneliness is a lack of relationship and so as they go from church to church, they go from broken heart to broken heart. There’s one failed relationship after another failed relationship.

I am often brought to great humility of mind to consider how it is that God is just and so full of love so loving towards the sinner. And He stands there and He says, “I love you.” And man doesn’t even pay any attention when God says, “I love you.” And man just goes on in his sorrow, in his misery, in his loneliness and it is sad. One of the things in this world that makes me sad are moths as they fly to the light. Do you ever feel sad as you hear them fluttering and banging against the screen of your window? The poor deluded little creatures. Moths fly from the light reflected from the sun and moon and that light remains constant, it is consistent; it only comes from one direct source. But an incandescent bulb or artificial lighting has light emanating from every single angle. As it’s trying to track its flight path, it moves along trying to keep a particular angle but it has to adjust the angle according to what should be a constant light source; but because it’s constantly coming at them from any angle, they end up spiralling around it and today, the world is spiralling around artificial light. What happens when the light goes off? I feel bad when at night there’s a moth that goes bang, bang, bang and then light goes off. Then I think, no, he can find the real light because the destruction’s gone. So may the Lord help us to switch off these delusions in our lives so we can go and find the real light.

God wants a relationship with us. He wants us to find something that will satisfy. Something that will provide us with what it is we need. Romans 10:14, 15 says that God has to work in a particular manner in order to enter into a relationship with and us so we can enter into one with Him.

Romans 10:14 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?

How can you have relationship with someone that you don’t even know exists? You can’t. We need to be educated about this man who wants to enter into a relationship with us?

Romans 10:15 And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!

In order for God to communicate with us He wants to have a relationship with us. He needs to send somebody to tell me and He has to send somebody to tell me because if He just came and suddenly appeared, I’ll drop dead. So, He can’t just do that. He has to slowly ease me into His presence. Therefore, He needs to have a ministry and that ministry must be human.

Christ took upon Himself humanity, that He might reach humanity. Divinity needed humanity; for it required both the divine and the human to bring salvation to the world. Divinity needed humanity, that humanity might afford a channel of communication between God and man. {DA 296.4}

Man had to see a man in order to receive what God wanted to give him.

There are souls perplexed with doubt, burdened with infirmities, weak in faith, and unable to grasp the Unseen; but a friend whom they can see, coming to them in Christ’s stead, can be a connecting link to fasten their trembling faith upon Christ. {DA 297.2}

Man will only believe in that which he sees, therefore God has to give man something that he can see. So, He sends His ministry to represent Him to the people for that purpose.

…coming to them in Christ’s stead, can be a connecting link to fasten their trembling faith upon Christ. {DA 297.2}

The work of the minister is to put the hand of the one whom they are labouring for into the hand of Jesus. He is to engage them in a relationship with God. That’s what we want, isn’t it?

Now, what we want to know is where do I find such a minister? I don’t want to keep drinking out of broken systems. I don’t want to have my heart broken again and again. I want a real relationship. I want a relationship that’s going to endure through all the vicissitudes of life. So how then can I discern such a minister?

How Do I Discern God in His Minister?

Expect the Unexpected.

Isaiah 55:8 For my thoughts [are] not your thoughts, neither [are] your ways my ways, saith the LORD.

55:9 For [as] the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

In seeking for God’s minister, don’t look for what you’re looking for; you’ll only find them back out there amongst all the delusions, because what you want is not what God has to offer. Not in that sense. God’s ways are not your ways they’re not my ways. His ways of ministry will be different from my expectations. God is not someone who’s going to give my ear a scratch neither are His ministers. They will not tell you what you’re itching to hear. If they’re not going to tell you what you’re itching to hear then what are they going to tell you? The very things that you’re itching not to hear, the very things that you don’t want to hear. That’s the first point when it comes to discerning the minister of God, discerning God in His ministries. He’s going to be very different to your natural expectations. He’s going to tell you something you’d wish you didn’t hear.

One of the first things that he will tell you is written here in Malachi 2:7.

Malachi 2:7 For the priest’s lips should keep knowledge, and they should seek the law at his mouth: for he [is] the messenger of the LORD of hosts.

If the minister does not believe in the law of God, he is not a minister and the first work of the minister is the law and knowledge. This is why he will tell you what you do not want to hear.

Romans 3:20 Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law [is] the knowledge of sin.

The priest’s lips should keep knowledge they should seek the Law at His mouth. What kind of knowledge will you gain from the Law at His mouth? He will gain the knowledge of sin and what will the knowledge of sin do?

Romans 7:9-11 For I was alive without the law once: but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died.

7:10 And the commandment, which [was ordained] to life, I found [to be] unto death.

7:11 For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it slew [me].

What did the Israelites say the voice of God would do to them; it will kill them. At the lips of the priest is knowledge and at his mouth is the law and the law the knowledge of sin and when that knowledge of sin comes, you’re going to die. We think toward God, But you like me, don’t you? Yeah you’re good and you want to kill me?” Now it’s like that, isn’t it? You can listen to a sermon and when it cuts across your path you say, “Ah, are you trying to kill me?” It’s like that, isn’t it? That is what God’s true minister is going to do. You’ll feel like He’s trying to kill you but why, what’s the purpose?

Luke 5:31. And Jesus answering said unto them, They that are whole need not a physician; but they that are sick.

5:32 I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

Why are we always reminding ourselves of this? When the law comes up, we think, “Ugh! That’s it, God won’t have me.” But no, we always have to remind ourselves that He’s calling sinners. So, when the law is revealed to us, be happy. God loves you. He wants a relationship with you. And the reality is unless I meet the law first; I’m not going to appreciate what He has to offer.

How can I call upon Him in whom I don’t believe and how can I believe in someone I’ve never heard of? How shall I hear unless a preacher is sent? But why will I even bother calling upon the name of the Lord in order to be saved if I don’t think I need to be? So, the first thing that God will do through His true ministers is to strangle you to death.

He will show you that you are a sinner. It’s a ministry it’s something that continues. It’s not just that’s it now you’re dead; it’s a process, a relationship, it takes time to build. Acquaint now yourself with God. You can’t know everything overnight. In order to engage in a relationship with someone it takes years and years of experience. But one of the problems is that a lot of ministers have stopped there, and all they do is just cut, cut, cut. Just like the man in the parable of the Good Samaritan, which was left by the way side, “Repent or burn in hell.” the fire and brimstone preacher says, but God doesn’t leave us there.

Deuteronomy 32:36
For the LORD shall judge his people, and repent himself for his servants, when he seeth that [their] power is gone, and [there is] none shut up, or left.

32:37 And he shall say, Where [are] their gods, [their] rock in whom they trusted,

32:38 Which did eat the fat of their sacrifices, [and] drank the wine of their drink offerings? let them rise up and help you, [and] be your protection.

32:39 See now that I, [even] I, [am] he, and [there is] no god with me: I kill, and I make alive; I wound, and I heal: neither [is there any] that can deliver out of my hand.

This is God’s work. He will kill but then He will make alive. He will wound but then He will heal and God’s ministers will have the skill in their ministry to do just that whilst the law will be applied, there will be healing.

God’s Messengers

Isaiah 8:20 To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, [it is] because [there is] no light in them.

The kills and the testimony; what is the testimony?

Matthew 5:17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.

Matthew 7:12 Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.

Matthew 22:40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

Acts 24:14 But this I confess unto thee, that after the way which they call heresy, so worship I the God of my fathers, believing all things which are written in the law and in the prophets:

If they speak not according to the law and the prophets there is no light in them.

Revelation 19:10 And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See [thou do it] not: I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.

The testimony is the testimony of Jesus and that testimony of Jesus is the prophets. In the prophets, we find Christ’s testimony. And what is the testimony? It’s a relation of experience that’s what a testimony is. And so, the minister of God will have the law and will be able to relate the experience of Jesus Christ. What is the experience of Jesus Christ? It’s healing isn’t it? But a lot of people don’t wait for that part of the story. The law enters, they discover themselves, they’re all torn up and shattered, and they walk away before the balm can be applied.

Hosea 6:1 Come, and let us return unto the LORD: for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up.

6:2 After two days will he revive us: in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight.

There’s a period of time there, isn’t there? God doesn’t heal immediately. A lot of people will come under the third angel’s message and feel one edge of the sword then think, “Nah this is too uncomfortable” and walk out. They don’t wait for the sword to cut all the way through and completely heal everything as it comes back out through. It takes time and so one of the problems is that many people will walk away from a ministry because the ministry hurts they don’t wait for the minister to apply the balm when God tells him to apply the balm.

Kill and make alive; Jesus was killed He wasn’t made alive immediately was He? He had to wait. So, we will often have to wait in pain all cut up and bruised and mashed we have to wait like that, until God’s minister applies that healing testimony. He will understand the prophets.

The Testimony of Jesus and the Prophets

Isaiah 53:4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.

53:5 But he [was] wounded for our transgressions, [he was] bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace [was] upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

We get in trouble for doing something wrong. We have to be chastised because we’ve done something wrong. And unless you smack a child, in some instances, they’re never going to learn. So sometimes, God has to give us a smack and sometimes He has to use His ministers to give us a smack.

But here is beautiful healing; to the law which will kill and the testimony, which will bind up and heal. The revelation that Jesus Himself suffered under the law that He himself was smitten of God, bruised, chastised, and with His stripes, we are healed.

We have to wait for the minister to apply the balm. Just because the minister cuts, don’t throw him out, just wait. The minister also has to wait on God to tell him when to do it. Often we want something done immediately but no, the minister has to wait. Sometimes you might want the minister to give Bible studies to someone. Maybe you’ve made an acquaintance and this person seems to be on fire. And yes you think if a minister could just get in there and give him some studies you could just fan the flame and get something really good going. Then you speak with minister and he says, “I haven’t caught up with them yet.” Then you think what kind of a ministry is this but the minister is waiting for God to tell them now is the time to begin the studies. Every single time that I have seen this take place the time has been to the T – absolutely perfect. God’s ways aren’t our ways. There are many other prophecies

Psalm 22:1 My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?

22 But I [am] a worm, and no man;.

I’ve been slain by the Law too. You see in Psalm 69 as the word of God cuts in you see yourself completely exposed and you see your life in the consequences piling up around you, you just want to cry and cry and there’s Jesus in Psalm 69. He cried and cried until He had no more tears to cry. This understanding is so healing.

Lamentations 1:12 [Is it] nothing to you, all ye that pass by? behold, and see if there be any sorrow like unto my sorrow, which is done unto me, wherewith the LORD hath afflicted [me] in the day of his fierce anger.

This is a revelation that Jesus Christ Himself had to make with things that were contrary to His nature. He Himself had to listen to a voice that His sinful flesh didn’t want to hear and it hurt it really hurt.

As the minister of God takes of Jesus and shows it to you, you say, ‘wow I’m not alone.’ In your suffering have, you ever discovered somebody else suffering the same thing and felt you’ll not suffer anymore right? Suddenly it’s a feeling of wow we’re in it together and you’re happy about it. This is the reality of Jesus Christ.

In Colossians chapter 1 apostle Paul speaks of his own personal ministry.

Colossians 1:25 Whereof I am made a minister, according to the dispensation of God which is given to me for you, to fulfil the word of God;

1:26 [Even] the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints:

1:27 To whom God would make known what [is] the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:

1:28 Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus:

1:29 Whereunto I also labour, striving according to his working, which worketh in me mightily.

While there is the preaching of Christ in you, the Hope of glory, there is a warning of sin because if He doesn’t do that you’re not going to appreciate Christ in you. You’re not going to appreciate the hope of glory. Apostle Paul lifts up the standard. He lifts it so high but at the same time, he applies that balm. Yes, you can see your sinfulness but Christ is in you. He’s partaking with you in your experience. And therefore, you have hope. You’re going to have comfort.

Speaking of the last days and the work of the minister

As the time comes for it to be given with greatest power, the Lord will work through humble instruments, leading the minds of those who consecrate themselves to His service. The laborers will be qualified rather by the unction of His Spirit than by the training of literary institutions. Men of faith and prayer will be constrained to go forth with holy zeal, declaring the words which God gives them. The sins of Babylon will be laid open. {GC 606.2}

The action of the Holy Spirit will lay open the sins of Babylon. The Holy Spirit qualifies this minister of God not an institution. What is the unction of the Spirit?

Jesus was a minister with the unction of the Holy Spirit and we read that Christ will send them in His stead. So here, we have the ministry of Christ.

John 5:19 Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise.

5:20 For the Father loveth the Son, and sheweth him all things that himself doeth: and he will shew him greater works than these, that ye may marvel.

Christ laid His own self down. He permitted Himself to be killed and there He looked to the Father for direction as He saw the Father ministering to sinners so it was that He imitated Him, and ministered to sinners.

John 16:12 I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now.

16:13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, [that] shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.

16:14 He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew [it] unto you.

16:15 All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall shew [it] unto you.

The true minister of God, under the unction of the Spirit, will be watching Jesus. The Holy Spirit will take of the things of Jesus and show them to him. If the minister does something unexpected, it’s because God’s ways aren’t our ways.

As His representatives among men, Christ does not choose angels who have never fallen, but human beings, men of like passions with those they seek to save. Christ took upon Himself humanity, that He might reach humanity. Divinity needed humanity; for it required both the divine and the human to bring salvation to the world. Divinity needed humanity, that humanity might afford a channel of communication between God and man. {DA 296.4}

“We have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the exceeding greatness of the power may be of God, and not from ourselves.” 2 Corinthians 4:7, R. V. This is why the preaching of the gospel was committed to erring men rather than to the angels. It is manifest that the power which works through the weakness of humanity is the power of God; and thus we are encouraged to believe that the power which can help others as weak as ourselves can help us. And those who are themselves “compassed with infirmity” should be able to “have compassion on the ignorant, and on them that are out of the way.” Hebrews 5:2. Having been in peril themselves, they are acquainted with the dangers and difficulties of the way, and for this reason are called to reach out for others in like peril. There are souls perplexed with doubt, burdened with infirmities, weak in faith, and unable to grasp the Unseen; but a friend whom they can see, coming to them in Christ’s stead, can be a connecting link to fasten their trembling faith upon Christ. {DA 297.2}

In the last days, God will use people who have made a lot of mistakes. As they have recognized it, come themselves under that law, being slain by it and then having to wait and wait, and as they have laid hold of the revelation of Jesus Christ they have been healed, they have been qualified to minister as God’s minister. When a minister is trying to give counsel on a particular issue, we may be tempted to look at his life and think he is no better. For example we may think, “You wanted to tell me how to work with my children but look at yours.” We face these issues within ourselves when the minister wants to counsel us. But he’s trying to counsel us from his own experience. He’s made mistakes. He’s reaped the consequences and often he’s still reaping the consequences but he’s repented and he has learned from that experience.

Absalom rebelled against his father and tried to take the kingdom.

The shameful crime of Amnon, the first-born, was permitted by David to pass unpunished and unrebuked. The law pronounced death upon the adulterer, and the unnatural crime of Amnon made him doubly guilty. But David, self-condemned for his own sin, failed to bring the offender to justice. {PP 727.2}

He had been qualified to deal with that very problem. But because he was under the self-condemnation, he was afraid that people are going to turn around and say ‘Look at what you did. You’re no better than me.’ But in God’s eyes, it was the very reason why he should have rebuked the sin. He had made his own personal experience. He had crashed and burnt. God wanted him to help others not to do the same thing, but he was afraid that he’s going to turn on me and say look what you’ve done.

This happens in the churches today, doesn’t it? It happens in so many of God’s ministries where the minister wants to counsel considering his own self, remembering his own self, where he himself has fallen in time past. He sees them right there on the edge of the precipice and he says don’t, don’t go any further you’re going to fall off. Then they turn around and say what are you talking to me for? You fell off. There’s no sense in it, isn’t there? If someone’s made a mistake and learned from it. Welcome their counsel, don’t reject the counsel.

Peter

Peter was man with like passion as us. He made a big mistake but what did Jesus say to him in the full knowledge of his mistake?

Luke 22:31 And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired [to have] you, that he may sift [you] as wheat:

22:32 But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.

When you have made your own experience in the wounding and the healing exercise, use that knowledge to strengthen and to encourage others.

There are some lessons that will never be learned except through failure. Peter was a better man after his fall…. {CTr 276.7}

Jesus said, “when you are converted strength in your brethren, now after this terrible sin which cut at the heart of Christ more than anything else be repented of that.

John 21:15 So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, [son] of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs.

21:16 He saith to him again the second time, Simon, [son] of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep.

21:17 He saith unto him the third time, Simon, [son] of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep.

Then Christ established him as a minister because now he could feed the sheep. He had come to realize the frailness of his own humanity, and now he could have compassion on the ignorant and them that are out of the way.

God’s ways are so contrary to our ways, aren’t they? We like to discern one fault in one mouthpiece for God and say, “Well that’s it. You’re out. I’m not going to listen to you.” But in doing that, we are throwing that out. God knows that humanity needs humanity. God knows that sinners need people who’ve dealt with the same thing in order to help them. In order to help them put a hand in the hand of Jesus Christ. And God wants that relationship with us. He wants to show us how much He loves the sinner and He will often do that by showing us how much He has loved the minister and the minister has made a precious experience.

If we will listen to God, however it comes, then what do we have on this earth to complain about? I’m a sinner, I’ve sinned, the minister has sinned so has everybody else sitting in the church and each one of us is receiving an experience with Jesus Christ. We are to benefit each one from that. I wanted to share that appreciation with us because often we find a discerning God in His minister because we discern the faults in the minister.

It is my prayer that God will help us all. Just look to Jesus and you just receive His word from any of these avenues whatsoever and to appreciate the experience of Jesus in another person’s life especially our ministry because God has put it there for a purpose. May we value ourselves because it’s a privilege and God could just get that out and take it away, just like that, if we don’t appreciate it. May God help us to appreciate it. This is my prayer, Amen.

Posted on September 3, 2012, in Hearing Gods Voice Camp Woody. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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