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Repost: Against God’s Anointed

Against God’s Anointed

Bill Brinkworth

The Bible View, Volume: 279, November 25, 2010

www.OpenThouMineEyes.com

God uses men and woman for His different purposes. God has delegated many of the needs of His people to different ministries He knows are paramount. One such need that God knows is important is to have a shepherd of a local assembly of believers. That man is called a “pastor” or “preacher”.

Maybe because of jealousy that they are not called to the position of pastoring; maybe knowing they are not scripturally qualified for such a role of leadership; perhaps because they do not agree with how he is performing his ministry, or just having the belief they can do a better job than their pastor, many talk against and about their preacher. What a dangerous mistake they make when they do so.

All throughout the Bible there are examples of how God dealt with those that rose up and spoke against God’s man such as:

  • When Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses, Miriam was plagued with leprosy (Num. 12:9-10).
  • When the people of Israel spoke against God and Moses (Num. 21:5-6), God sent fiery serpents to chastise them for their sin.
  • When Korah and over 250 others spoke against Moses and Aaron (Num. 16:2-3), God allowed the earth to swallow Korah and the others up.
  • When children mocked God’s man, Elisha (II Kings 2:22-23), God allowed two she bears to destroy 42 of the mockers.
  • History tells us that Pontius Pilate, who ordered Jesus’ death, died by suicide.
  • Judas turned against Jesus, and became so miserable about what he had done against Jesus that he killed himself (Mat. 27:5).
  • The thief that perished on the cross with Christ, spoke against Jesus, and did not get saved and go to heaven.

David would not go against King Saul, even though the King did wrong several times against him. David’s heart was, “The LORD forbid that I should stretch forth mine hand against the LORD’S anointed: …” I Samuel 26:11. David knew it was wrong to oppose God’s man. However, today there are many that have not the fear or respect to restrain themselves from talking against or doing ill against the leader God has placed over the local church.

The pastor of any church certainly is not perfect. No one will agree with everything anyone does, let alone the many decisions the local shepherd has to make. He probably would not agree with all we do, either. However, he is the leader of the local church that God has for this time and should be obeyed, respected, and encouraged. Unless when scriptural error is involved, God takes him home, or God relocates him, he is to stay the church leader.

Belittling and questioning his ministries does much damage:

  • Murmuring against God’s man is sin, and sin can only do harm to one’s life. One will not be all he can be with any sin in his life.
  • Murmuring about another’s work for Christ will put one in a position of judging (Mat. 7:1), and that is the Holy Spirit’s job, in most situations, not ours.
  • Complaining about the pastor, or any other church leader or facet of the church, is only going to spread discontent among others. It will sow seeds of discord, and in most cases, will only hinder, not build, the ministry (Proverbs 6:16-19). Division among members will result, when the leader is opposed.
  • Speaking against the pastor, or other God-appointed leader, could hinder the Holy Spirit of God from working in one’s life or could bring the wrath of God on the violators.
  • Speaking ill against God’s man will not encourage the pastor in doing all he can do. It discourages most pastors, and the body of Christ will surely suffer.
  • When we talk about or question what the pastor is doing (or other church leaders, for that matter) we are negating his authority to the listeners. If it is our children that hear us roast the preacher after a sermon, it may not be long until the children lose respect for his ministry, and do not heed the biblical advice that is delivered from the pulpit or classroom. One day the parent may wonder why the children are not following what was taught in church from the Bible. They would never suspect their own bad-mouthing of the preacher in their home had taught them that if the parents do not respect the pastor, then they do not have to.
  • Murmuring against the man of God will hinder the effect any ministry has on the neighboring community, if any disunity among church members is heard of by them.

Aaron and Hur knew a principle about helping the man of God that would encourage and help any pastor today. They noticed when Moses’ arms were up while directing a battle, that Israel had the victory over the enemy. When the leader was tired and had not the strength to lift up his arms, the battle was in the favor of the enemy. Aaron and Hur made sure their leader’s arms were held high, so that they would get the victory. They physically held up their leader’s arms.

If more people would realize that honoring God’s man is honoring God and His work, and would encourage and help their pastor, more spiritual battles would be won; and more pastors would be encouraged. Lift up your leader’s arms, do not force them down!

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Pray for Revival!

Charles Finney said:
“Revival is a renewed conviction of sin and repentance, followed by an intense desire to live in obedience to God. It is giving up one’s will to God in deep humility.”

Why don’t we see revival in our day?

1. Lack of interest

We are not interested in making the changes in our own lives that would allow us to see changes around us.

“we are not living the abundant christian life because we are not willing to
repent (turn from our sin), replace, (get the world out and godliness in),
rekindle- (get in the word and allow it to change us.)
Solution : Matthew 9:18

2. We don’t have right relationships

Pro 17:20 He that hath a froward heart findeth no good:

We are critical of everyone around us….including the preacher.

People are angry,

jealous,

pessimistic,

self centered,

self-willed,

touchy,

easily offended,

grudge holding,

and unforgiving. ( this is a short list of our problems)

Solution:

Get out of your SELF and get more of Christ! Be filled with the spirit! and show His fruit ( Galatians 5)

3. We are full of Pride

this could have been listed above, but really needs attention alone.

Soren Kierkegaard a theologian,  philosopher and religious author, had this to say: 

“Do you not know that there comes a midnight hour when every one has to throw off his mask? Do you believe that life will always let itself be mocked? Do you think you can slip away a little before midnight in order to avoid this? Or are you not terrified by it? I have seen men in real life who so long deceived others that at last their true nature could not reveal itself;… In every man there is something which to a certain degree prevents him from becoming perfectly transparent to himself; and this may be the case in so high a degree, he may be so inexplicably woven into relationships of life which extend far beyond himself that he almost cannot reveal himself. But he who cannot reveal himself cannot love, and he who cannot love is the most unhappy man of all.”

Solution:  

Psalm 51:17
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.

Humble yourself in the sight of God and realize that you are a wicked sinner in need of the leading and guidance of the Lord Jesus.

4. Unthankfulness

 

2 Timothy 3
1This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
2For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
3Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,
4Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
5Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

We want, want, want, but never thank the Lord fully for all we have. Never satisfied!

This is not pleasing to the Lord.

Solution:

List all you have to be thankful for. Praise the Lord for all things, even adversity and trial. Include lack of fulfilled desires. Be thankful.

 

Psalm 92:1
IT IS A GOOD THING TO GIVE THANKS UNTO THE LORD, AND TO SING PRAISES UNTO THY NAME, O MOST HIGH:
Psalm 18:49
Therefore will I give thanks unto thee, O LORD, among the heathen, and sing praises unto thy name.

 

5. We lack faith

 

we insult God with our unbelief…
have any of us moved a mountain recently? Jesus says that if we have the faith as a mustard seed, we can say to the mountain…be thou moved! 

Solution: ASK believing.

James 4:2
Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not. 

Are you asking God for faith?

Do you want to see revival? What are you doing about it?

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Ladies Conference 2012

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A Message for the New Year!

What does a mobster have to do with my relationship to God????

John Gotti was famously known for not being able to get “nailed” for his crimes to the point he was nicknamed “Teflon Don“.

This was Pastor Giardino’s first and very powerful sermon of 2012.

God want’s to get a grip on us and us on him however we are like teflon, a Non-Stick surface.

Title of this sermon message is: “STICK TO IT”

You really need to hear this for yourself. There is no way to put this recap in a way that reflects what God had delivered to us through our pastor.

Pastor divided the message into three parts.

(1) Menace, The Sting

(2) Man’s Mending, The Stick

(3) Meaning, The Stir

(1)Starting with Eze. 37:16-19 We become aware of the sting of death. (Which sticks to us)

Jesus was “Nailed” stuck to the cross. That is “Sticking To It”. God stuck to it.

(2)Pastor crossed meanings of “stick” to announce this message. God wants to make us one. Like two sticks into one, in the hand of God. Eze 37:16-17

Then pastor turned to use snow flakes as an example of how single snow flakes that fall and disappear but putting many snowflakes together, they begin to bond and become one, as in snow, and it takes a lot to move it.

UNITY!

This is just to show a bit of what the message was. It is a MUST HEAR.

(3) The MEANING of the message, “THE STIR”

Ezra 9:7-9. God gave a “nail”. Something to fix to. God stirs us up. The bones of the dead began to shake and make noise. God was strirring in the midst and New Life came to dead bones. Dead because of (the sting), brought to unity, (The Stick) and finally brought to life with a great stirring.

This sermon as well as many more are available through GLBBC.com. God Bless all.

Happy New Year!