This was written many, many years ago but has, I feel, broad applications. I was part of a ministry leadership team which was having serious issues. The truths expressed here could apply to any ministry team which is struggling so I am choosing to share it with you. There are many, many scriptures to back up the "word" from the Lord but I think I will let it stand as it is.
Input for Ministry Leadership Team Walking Through Troubled Times Part 1
My Prayer: Lord Jesus, pour out your healing balm upon us. Help us to see Jesus as we look at each other, not SELFISH SELF. Lord, let me NOT become an "enemy victory" sulking to the corner, licking my wounds. Help me to know and recognize the difference between SELF RIGHTEOUSNESS, which I now will to reject, from taking a stand and possible flack in Your name for Your truth. I don't want to be an ostrich nor do I want to be a pig.
Allow me to feel my various sisters' hurts and wounds so I might have empathy. Help us to reach out (to each other) even without words in healing love. Bind us together with Agape.
Lord, please hear my heart's cry. Help us quickly to get our eyes off circumstances/water (Peter's water stirred up by the wind and the waves as he walked towards You) and to get my eyes on You, our source.
Thank you Lord, I believe you will!!! AMEN
Matthew 14:28-30 (New King James Version)
28 And Peter answered Him and said, "Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water." 29 So He said, "Come." And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus.30 But when he saw that the wind was boisterous he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, "Lord, save me!"
What the Lord placed on our hearts after prayer:
I am trying to teach you that I am Lord. When self is lifted up all works of the flesh follow abundantly. When I am lifted up, the Holy Spirit flows and He imparts life, healing and unity abundantly. Lean not to your own understanding. Give me your tenacious wills, offer them as a sacrifice. I will to purge and prune you, each one, to make you most fruitful.
Spring is here already and the harvest comes soon. Be ready in Me, not stumbling amongst yourselves over your half dead flesh. Yield to me so I may bring forth life. I desire to use you all to minister life. Allow Me. My Spirit cannot flow through channels plugged up with self will, self righteousness, selfish self and decaying flesh. I came to give life and that more abundantly.
Before My life in you can be apparent, you must turn loose and let Me get some of the obstructions out of the way. My Children, I LOVE you and my greatest desire is for that love to flow through you to engulf each other. Be healed. Be whole. Be a ready bride, a body coordinated who is life unto those who don't yet know Me. Look up to Me.
Be sure you see Part 2 of this piece.
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Saved by His grace in 1974, from 9 years of professing atheism into His loving arms. RN for 23 years, missionary with YWAM then statistical analyst for Every Home for Christ over 9 years. Living with my husband in the middle of a mountain meadow. GRIN! Wanting to spread the good news
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