Nehemiah represented the building anointing of the apostle in his time. Tobias and Sanballat are still at work today trying with everything they can to distract and destroy the work of the Lord with foolishness and nonsense. Every apostle who is unsure of their call needs to study that book. Nehemiah built as Ezra the prophet prophesied. Even in the OT, you see the apostle/prophet foundation for building. He did the work and those WHOSE HEARTS THE LORD TOUCHED worked alongside him. He didn’t manipulate them, he didn’t prophesy to them, and he didn’t control them. God gave his building partners the heart and mind to work and to give to his work because He was reBUILDING THE TEMPLE. Not his, but the Lord’s. It was all to God’s glory.
When we learn to chase the word instead of chasing the glory, the glory cloud will actually surround us because there is enough water in our river bellies to attract God’s presence. Nowadays, folk are hung on up on an experience and left off from studying the Holy scriptures and the rivers …run…..dry…..
Buckle up because we are going for bumpy ride…..
Many of ‘us’ were pimps and hustlers in the world before the Lord saved us. This is why we can recognize it when we see it in the church. Game recognizes game so when someone brings something ‘familiar’ in your atmosphere, you know what time it really is beyond what they try to tell you. I am going to be as discreet as I can because I don’t want anyone to get offended BEFORE you finish this message because there is a lot of this going on in the Body of Christ and it’s time to pin the tail on the donkey.
When you are guest speaker in someone’s church, that is who you are, a guest. You are not the pastor, overseer, Bishop, or whatever is the flavor of the day. You were brought in by the church to bring a word of edification, exhortation, or whatever. the spiritual need is. Your role as a guest is to deliver the word, receive your offering for your labor in the word, and go back to your respective place. You don’t build a congregation off of the backs of someone else’s labor in ministry. You don’t call the members of the guest church, you don’t inbox them for favors for your ministry, and you don’t undermine your host pastors. Not only is that distasteful and disrespectful, it clearly shows that you lack integrity as a guest speaker.
Here is where the root of the problem is. Apostles never build on another man’s foundation. They don’t build networks of spiritual sons and daughters by pulling the naive ones away with sugary laced prophecy and using them to enlarge their ‘gate’. That is not fruit of apostolic ministry. Apostles are pioneers, trench diggers who build with their own tools. Apostles are tent makers. In other words, they build their own houses with their own hands, not using the hands of someone else and claiming credit as their own.
Integrity is lacking in a lot of leaders these days as they go about wiping their mouths as if no one can notice that they are fleecing the sheep. Game recognizes game. A hustler knows a fellow hustler. If you need your bills paid, get a job but don’t hustle the church. If you need spiritual sons and daughters, be a spiritual parent and the Lord will send them to you. You don’t have to chase what belongs to you. As I shared in class last night, Elijah never chased Elisha and Jesus never chased His apostles so where does this ‘call me and check in with me’ mess comes from? I have never ever had to chase anyone who was truly called to be my son or daughter in the faith. I never had to co-sign anyone’s mess to get them to join my ‘harem’ and I never fraternize with folk who run down their former leader. I never spoke at anyone’s church as a guest speaker and held private meetings with their people. I never asked them for money, to join my ministry, or to even buy my book. That is NOT integrity in ministry as a leader, that is what a church hustler does.
For these reasons, among many more, there are many who will never again darken the pulpit of the church the Lord gave me and my husband the oversight of because we have found them to be hustlers. And it is my sincerest prayer, that millions of leaders around the globe begin opening their eyes to who they allow to speak into the lives of their people. As a leader, I am just as responsible for allowing a person to fleece my sheep as if I had done it myself. Ain’t nobody got time for that. Stand up and be counted as as shepherd after God’s own heart and quit running your game.
You will know when we are in a corporate lukewarm season when you have to preach Jesus to the church. It’s a sad day when you have to convince people of the God whom they claim to serve. There was a time when witnessing took place outside the four walls, but in this hour, we see the need to witness Christ behind the four walls. We have preached everything else but Jesus trying to help people get through their problems and have left Jesus out of the equation. We have made them shout, scream, and run around the church in circles but they have not been delivered. The results of these types of messages are staggeringly despairing. Sirs, we need to see Jesus. Bring Jesus back to the church and not just a ‘little more Jesus’ but the CHURCH needs all of Him.
Pride is the most dangerous weapon of Satan, and worst of all the Adamic “echoes from Eden” that we deal with when “putting off the old man”, as Paul admonished us in Ephesians 4:22-24: “That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.” Those who are young in the Lord are most susceptible this snare of the devil: “not a novice, lest being puffed up with pride he fall into the same condemnation as the devil” (1 Timothy 3:6).
But even those who are spiritually mature sons of God are still open to the temptations of pride. Jesus was just confirmed as that mature son that was well-pleasing to the Father when Satan came to look for pride in His life. The famous Temptation of Jesus found in Matthew 4:1-14 shows that Satan’s arsenal of most powerful weapons included the “sin of pride.” When the enemy came to Jesus, he didn’t know that Jesus was not the same as all men in Adam – he didn’t understand the Mystery of the Incarnation. So he proceeded to probe (tempt) Jesus for those things that result most commonly in our downfall, including Fleshly Appetite, Foolishness and Pride. He saved the most powerful temptation for last when he probed Jesus for any pride that may have been in his heart: “I’ll make you famous if you just worship me” (my paraphrase). Jesus responded with humility to the temptation to pride, saying, “I am a servant of God, I humble myself to Him only” (my paraphrase). Satan left to regroup for another attack, bewildered and mystified by Jesus’ ability to withstand him in spiritual warfare using the Sword of the Spirit.
Satan wants to take out our spiritual sons as well, and he will come to them with the powerful weapon of pride. If they are susceptible to the illusion of their greatness that he attempts to plant in their minds, they will do down and be mired in shame.
“Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.” (Proverbs 16:18)
“When prides comes, then comes shame; But with the humble is wisdom.” (Proverbs11:2)
Pride will cause a person to walk away from the three most important things God wants for us:
Number One is CHARACTER. In order to walk in pride, we have to walk away from humility; it is a choice that one makes to refuse to “humble ourselves under the mighty hand of God.” Humility is the greatest characteristic of a true spiritual leader, apostle, or spiritual father. Paul always identified himself “first” as a servant (humble) of God before stating his ministry gift (Titus 1:1). Humility is a proper estimation of self while pride is an over estimation of self. Jesus, as a servant, had “lowliness of mind” while pride is manifested as “high-mindedness.”
Number Two is COVERING. When pride has taken over, a person will walk away from their spiritual covering, thinking they “know better” than those God has appointed to guide them (Hebrews 13:17). When a person is in pride, they view their spiritual leadership as a “lid” and not a “covering” that gives them protection through accountability. They feel no more need to be accountable, and trust only their own thinking and reasoning, not realizing that they are now open to severe demonic assault by “being uncovered.”
Number Three is CALLING. When pride has run its course it usually result
s in an unfulfilled destiny, a calling that is not fully realized, and satan has done his job by stopping a God-intended purpose from coming to fruition. All ministry leaders have witnessed these sad casualties of battle, and have grieved deeply for their loss.
It is a hard thing to recover from a fall into pride; not many make it back to their Character, Covering and Calling. With God all things are possible, and that is why Paul instructed Timothy on how to serve those who need to recover from the “snare of the devil” (2 Timothy 2:24-26). In this Restoration of Apostolic Ministry we must be ever conscious of the enemy’s plans to take people out with pride. We must walk in the deepest humility as God’s Servants.
© 2014 Dr. John Polis
When we hear disheartening news of our neighbor, do we respond with love or with judgment? Many times it is hard for even the unsaved to approach the saved because they fear being judged. Yes, he that is spiritual judges all things but that word judge means to examine, discern, and comprehend through the eyes of God. If people are afraid to come to you for counsel, advice, or wisdom in an area of their life, it may be because they need someone to listen to their soul cry and offer them counsel that is Godly, loving, wholesome, and life giving without shredding them to pieces in the process. They are not looking to be slaughtered. Show others the same mercy you would want someone to show to you. Being strong in the Word does not mean you have to become a drill sergeant. Remember this, with lovingkindness has He drawn us. May we learn to reciprocate the same.
As a former educator, we instructed our students to read for at least 45 minutes each evening. Most time they could choose any type of literature they wanted to just as long as they read. Why did we assign that type of homework? Because we were teaching the students how to build stamina. Why does a child need stamina in reading? To increases their chances of doing well on end of year standardized testings. They test well because their brains have been trained over the course of 6 months or so to steadily read for extended amounts of time. They don’t get sleepy, bored, or wander off into la-la land. Now what does this have to do with Jesus and the fishes and loaves?
The people had to understand that in order to receive from the Lord they had to be still. (Be still and know that I am God.) They had to be in a designated place. Your seat is your present assignment. It is where you are. It is your place. Too many are fighting with themselves trying to find out who they are and where they are in God that they are not focused on hearing from the God who can make that determination for them. Still your spirit so that you can hear. Leave the worries and concerns about bills, family, and health on your prayer altar so that when the Word is going forth, you can hear what the Spirit of the Lord is saying. Too many folk in church are tuned out, minds all over the place, and then wonder why they can’t hear God. I will tell you why? You are not seated in His presence. Take a seat. Sit down.