The Spirit of God. Ephesians ,7, Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart. But foolish and unlearned questions avoid, knowing that they do gender strifes. And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.
We are to love every brother and not create imaginary divisions. None can say Jesus is Lord except by the Spirit. In loving them, you also show love to the Lord. They those outside will know you are my disciples by your love agape for one another. Am a pastor in Kampala Uganda. My ministry is only a month old. I found this website while making some research about church leadership.
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GOD Bless you! Lord keep this man, his family and his church family safe! Thank You Lord! Great article, Carey. I appreciate the balanced perspective. Another tactic we see a lot of is comfortableness. When the enemy can get the church to feel like everything is good. We are living the American dream, nice house, nice neighborhood, nice family life, nice cars, nice life… go to church on Sunday, or every other or so… just keep the status quo.
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Maybe read a verse or two of scripture a day, and pray before dinner, on holidays, anyway. Closely related is: family first. Thank you for this! The simple reminder that there is an enemy using these tactics against us is encouraging. For me, those two strategies seem to be two sides of the same coin.
Division: Do you see a division in church between clergy and laity that ought not be there? Thanks for this. At our church, everyone works together to move the mission forward. In terms of the leadership podcast…appreciate the comments. Laity gives finances and passive listening attention. Clergy consumes finances and empty auditory space.
In my company, management and employees are working towards a common goal. Management actually hinders progress to the degree they keep distracting with talking about the work rather than facilitating the work happening. In the church it seems like there is a top-heavy scenario where leaders receive compensation, attention and honor at the expense of those they are leading. For me, it seems like there is a correlation with pastors and managers.
Pastors ought to be shepherding the work, meaning facilitating the Body work, going unnoticed because each member is edifying each other. That does not seem the case in the church today where the pastor is front and center. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.
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Talking about the work of the enemy is not an easy task. The greatest mistake you can make with evil is to overestimate or underestimate its influence. Self-pity chisels in stone what discouragement whispers. Posted in Leadership , Life , Mission , Spiritual Growth , Strategy and tagged arrogance , battle against evil , church leaders , discouragement , division , evil , grace , humility , Leadership , moral lines , pride , satan , self-pity. David Truong on September 5, at pm. Carey Nieuwhof on September 6, at am. Stephen Oliver on October 5, at am.
Karene on September 4, at pm. Where did you find that God promised that He will never let HIs children to suffer? James on August 4, at am. Julian on May 18, at pm. Mirella on June 7, at pm. He has already given you every weapon to fight. Wield the sword! Emily on June 19, at pm. Lisa Cabezas on June 26, at pm. Julian on June 29, at am. Charles on July 8, at am. Where did you find that God propimed that He will never let HIs children to suffer?
Kathy Ellerbe on October 15, at am. Lapsteel Washboard on September 17, at am. Micheal on September 29, at am. DeeMoney on November 6, at pm. Julian on November 7, at am. Ronnie Tabor on April 23, at am. Sojouner truth on May 7, at pm. Bro on May 8, at am. Do you read the new testament regularly? Have you repented of your wrongs, and asked God for forgiveness?
Believed Jesus rose from the dead and has been given the power over all. Have you received the Holy Spirit? Luke Have you dedicated your life to God through baptism? Have you sought out believers? We need to be careful what we believe. Satan has no power unless you give it by Faith.
All who call on the name of the Lord will be saved. Carla Charles on June 2, at am. I realized, I to was discouraged due to backsliding.
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Overcome evil with Good! IUnderstand on July 26, at pm. Scott on April 22, at am. No kidding. To cry out to Him for deliverance. To get counsel. And then—to believe and to act on that belief! This is how you will conquer. Consider a few of the laws of war God gave Israel that show who was to do the fighting. God wanted the Israelites to believe not in themselves, their weapons, or their allies, but in Him.
He commanded them not to trust in amassing weapons or technology to outmatch their enemies e. Joshua ; Psalm He commanded them not to trust in the size of the army for victory. In fact, He did not want them even to number their army! God knew that if Israel kept a small army with insignificant weapons, it would increase the incentive for the people to trust in Him! And it would show who was really winning the victories!
Read Deuteronomy God commanded Joshua to attack cities and nations. When God then delivered the victory, Israel suddenly had scores of horses, chariots, weapons and supplies at its disposal.