Servanthood Volunteering Apart From Ego

Servanthood – Volunteering Apart From Ego

Jesus gave the supreme example of servanthood when He washed His disciples’ feet, showing an act of serving someone else in something dirty and devoid of honor. Then He said:

“I have given you an example that you may do as I have done to you.”

We do not serve only because there is much work to do, but because servanthood is being conformed to the image of Jesus and His godly character. This is a goal of discipleship, willingness to serve in the dirty details. We can’t be like Him without it.

Most people think of ministry as a combination of service and ego fulfillment but ministry means “service”.  God wants to separate our service from our pride and ego.

The only way this can be done is to serve someone else’s vision. You will never know if your pride is separated from your “ministry” until you serve someone else’s. It is the necessary instrument of separation.

Luke 16:12 If you are not faithful in what belongs to someone else, who will give you what belongs to you?

Most people who come to “help” at a ministry, say, “God has given me this vision or plan. Will you bless it?” However, the language of a true servant’s heart speaks differently. It says simply, with no strings attached, “How may I help you?”

The biblical pattern for fulfilling God’s vision and calling in life is: vision – death of a vision – rebirth of a vision. Joseph spent 13 years in jail before his started to be fulfilled. Moses had a vision of saving Israel but spent 40 years in the desert before it was fulfilled! 


Will We Have a Culture of Accountability?


Pastor Jim has been teaching all year on the qualities and disciplines of a growing believer.  He recently spoke on accountability and servanthood, qualities that are needed for each of us as individuals and all of us as the local Body of Christ. 

In the corporate life of the Body, you can draw a link between the results we are achieving and the level of accountability we see manifested throughout the organization. Knowing how to create and sustain a culture of accountability for most groups is a great challenge. Groups that are operating with a high level of accountability are organizations that have been able to:

  • Clearly define their results
  • Create alignment around those results
  • Instill accountability needed to deliver those results
  • Sustain change

How do successful organizations enable their people to take ownership for delivering on their intended results? Finding practical answers to how to create higher levels of ownership often drives better results and increases the value and growth of the group. To be truly effective in today’s environment, leaders must be able to help find ways to create higher levels of ownership and joint accountability for achieving key results.


Prayer On Three Fronts

Prayer on Three Fronts

Prayer is a supernatural means of dealing with all that is non-conforming to the kingdom of God.  It is a congenial dialogue with the Lord in accord with our relationship to Him as a loving Father but it is also the enforcement of His will by war.  This spiritual warfare brings declaration of His revealed will and establishment of His divine government. 

Regarding the aspect of war, prayer is multidimensional in scope, and contends with the world, the flesh and the devil.  It isn’t only about satan and his diabolical spirits.  It is multidimensional, both personal and public (interior and exterior).  Prayer is necessary because sin is not passive.  It is an active, aggressive force that wars against us.  Therefore, we must declare war against it on three fronts, the world, the flesh and the devil. 

Prayer that is private is for sin which is in us and prayer that is public is for sin which is around us.  This is also why we need the Holy Spirit within and also upon us. 

1 John 1:8-10 8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.

Do not think we should be occupied with sin and the devil.  Rather, we should be:

1) …preoccupied with a loving God and acknowledging His grace and His power: 

2 Corinthians 13:14 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen.

2) We should be preoccupied with His eternal purpose: the growth of the Body of Christ.

3) We should be preoccupied with His eternal love for the lost and His redemption of mankind.


Catalysts for God’s Blessing

Channels and Catalysts for God’s Blessing:
The Biblical Basis for Advocacy

By Dr. Sarah J. Melcher Department of Theology Xavier University

A compelling story about advocacy of one human being for another is the tale of Ruth and Naomi. Naomi finds herself in a precarious position after the death of her husband and her two sons. She herself expresses the hopelessness of her situation. In the days of biblical Israel, a widow without the support of a male kinsman was in a very vulnerable situation indeed. In a society in which men were the common property owners and in an economic system which depended almost exclusively on agriculture on family land, how would a widow provide for herself? Orpah and Ruth were also in a precarious situation, but they had the option of remaining in Moab, with their own blood kin, and making another marriage. Both apparently were still young enough to bear sons and provide for their future security. Clearly Naomi thought that staying in Moab was the best choice for her daughters-in-law. Ruth, however, decides to take an unexpected path. She commits herself to Naomi and throws in her lot with her mother-in-law. Though Ruth’s choice may entail a more risky situation for her, she commits herself to the relationship with Naomi.

The text is not explicit about Ruth’s motivation in returning to Judah with Naomi. The first chapter of the book of Ruth tells us only that she wept at the idea of leaving her and that unlike Orpah she clung to Naomi and refused to leave her.


Achieving God’s Purpose and Destiny for Your LIfe

Achieving God’s Purpose and Destiny for Your Life (Vision)

Vision is revelation or mental sight of the revealed will of God for you – a clear mental image of a preferable future, imparted by God – based on accurate understanding of God, self and circumstances.  It is foresight with insight from heaven, not self-determined destiny.  It is living by design instead of default. 

Proverbs 29:18 Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint; But happy is he who keeps the law.

“…cast off restraint” is literally, “are made naked.”  That is, without Divine guidance, people “perish”. They walk contrary to the will of God and lose their covering.

Notice: Jesus saw the future, Abraham saw it, John the Revelator saw it, and you must see it (have vision).  Paul wrote Timothy: “Fulfill your ministry…I’ve fulfilled mine.”

John 8:38 I speak what I have seen with my Father, and you do what you have seen with your father.”

You do have an inner picture of the future and you do act on it!


Developing Godly Character

Developing Godly Character

When the seed of God’s Word is implanted in the heart, faith starts to grow. This is the indis­pensable starting point of the maturation process. Then out of faith there follow seven stages of development until the Christian character of love is fully formed. Peter lists these successive stages:

2 Peter 1:5-7 But also for this very reason, giving all dili­gence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love.

In secular Greek, the word “virtue” was applied to excellence in any area of life. It should not be restricted solely to moral character although it certainly includes that.  A teacher who comes to Christ should become an excellent teacher. A nurse should become an excellent nurse. A Christian businessman or woman should excel in his or her field of business. There is no room for sloppiness or laziness in any area of the Christian life.


Blessed Are the Merciful

Blessed Are the Merciful

Matthew 5:7 Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.

We are exposed through 24/7 news outlets to so much violence and evil that it is easy to become cold-hearted, insensitive, and unsympathetic. To protect ourselves from all of the pain and suffering, we learn to not allow ourselves to dwell too long on what ails the world. In the process however, we can become almost indifferent and merciless.

But to be Christ-like is to be compassionate.  James 1:27 (NIV) says that religion that our Father accepts as pure and faultless is: “to look after orphans and widows in their distress”.  The Greek word for this is “episkeptomai”. Jesus used this word in Matthew 25:

Mat 25:36 (NIV) I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

Mat 25:43 (NIV) I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’

Compassion reflects the heart of God, who, throughout the Bible, cares for orphans, widows, and those in distress and tells us to care for them. And so, although James is talking about orphans and widows specifically, God calls us to care for all those in need.

Deuteronomy 10:17–19 (NKJV) 17 For the Lord your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who shows no partiality nor takes a bribe. 18 He administers justice for the fatherless and the widow, and loves the stranger, giving him food and clothing. 19 Therefore love the stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.


Read the Signs of the Times

Read the Signs of the Times

This article includes some recent sermon material and focuses specifically on the very recent death of Billy Graham. The excerpted pieces of sermons from the last month have some other information inserted because this is a thrilling time you absolutely must not miss and for which you should prepare.

Matt. 16:2-3 2He answered and said to them, “When it is evening you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red’; 3and in the morning, ‘It will be foul weather today, for the sky is red and threatening.’ Hypocrites! You know how to discern the face of the sky, but you cannot discern the signs of the times.

You can miss God even as He moves in your midst… if you have not set your heart on knowing Him…on seeking Him…on loving Him.  True Seekers will understand the outworking of the eternal will of God as it is being worked out in history. They will embrace it in their decisions on the way to their destiny. 

In that light, every thought, every word, every action takes on eternal repercussions.  Every decision is history in the making and eternity in the shaping.  Unsettling times and seasons need to be seen as God bringing all things together for good. (Rom 8:28)


Keepers of the Flame Priestly Declaration


PRIESTLY DEDICATION (Never allowing the flame to go out)

As a keeper of the flame, I dedicate, consecrate and commit myself to:

Building the altar by…

• Choosing a lifestyle of worship     • Abandoning myself totally to God     • Coming before Him wholeheartedly     • Paying the price of true worship

As a keeper of the flame, I dedicate, consecrate and commit myself to:

Offering the sacrifice by…

• Placing my total being on the altar as my sacrifice, dying to self     • Presenting the sacrifice of my hands, my time, my possessions, my work     • Deciding to obey as a doer and not just a hearer of the Word

As a keeper of the flame, I dedicate, consecrate and commit myself to:

Keeping the fire by…

• Being impassioned by a fiery love for God     Desperately pursuing God     • Maintaining the fire as the ultimate priority in my life     • Being consumed by the fire of purity and consecration     • Consecrating myself solely to Christ for His use

As a keeper of the flame, I dedicate, consecrate and commit myself to:

Releasing the fragrance by…

• That the living God will be pleased with all that I am     • That the changes of holiness worked in me by the altar, sacrifice and fire might attract the world to Christ     • That all of my life would manifest God’s love in me and through me to the Church and the world

Be aglow and burning with the Spirit!

Prayer for the Firstborn

Lord, bring times of refreshment on us. Loose a fresh breath of Your Spirit that we might be revived under that anointing that breaks every yoke – the anointing of Your Holy Son, that He might exercise, in us and through us, His ministry as Prophet, Priest and King, and His inheritance of the Double Portion and Overcomer’s Position.  Grant wisdom and understanding to us as the Church of the Firstborn.    

Judge of all the earth, loose the mantle of the prophet. Let us be crying with Jeremiah for the sins of the people; thundering with Elijah over the apathy and duplicity of faltering between two opinions and agonizing over the presence of Jezebel and Ahab; longing with Zechariah for the Spirit of “grace and supplication”; standing with John in the wilderness calling for repentance and making straight the way of the Lord.

Most Holy God, loose the anointing of the priest that we might offer the acceptable sacrifice, pronounce the blessing, and cleanse the leper. Take us past the outer court into Your Holy Presence – past the brazen altar and the washing of the waters. Take us through the divine illumination of Holy Spirit and the table of showbread to the golden altar of incense where our prayers might rise as sweet smelling incense. Rend the veil, Lord, that we might see You in all Your transcendent glory. Let us stand boldly before Your throne because of Christ until we find the fullness of mercy and help, and send us, Lord, back to the people to carry that grace and help to all.

As in the anointing of the priest, Lord, touch us first with the blood and then with the oil. Touch our ear that we might hear what the Spirit is saying. Touch our thumb that we, the priests, would be consecrated and the work we undertake approved in Your sight. Touch our big toe, the guiding member of our walk that it too would be cleansed and anointed.

God of Heaven and Earth, loose the anointing of the King, the authority of heaven in the ambassadorship of men. Raise us up first as a holy priesthood but also as a royal priesthood destined to reign with Christ our Faithful High Priest. Put a bold word of truth in our mouth, a proclamation of the King’s dominion and a demonstration of His will done now in the earth.

Fill us with Your generous Spirit that we should never fear again unto bondage but, instead, walk in power and love and a sound mind. Lord, rise up as a spirit of power, for the enemy comes in like a flood. Rise up as a Spirit of love, for the people of our land are sin-sick, dying, and in great need of help and grace. Rise up as a spirit of sound mind that in all this we might not sin against You but overcome every work of darkness.

Help us Holy Spirit to be about Father’s business. With a heart of compassion and a will of steel let us be about Father’s plan, purpose and design for the church, that through it, by the power at work in us which is able to do exceedingly abundantly beyond all that we could ask or think, we might make known to the principalities and powers the manifold wisdom of God.  Push out our tent pegs to enfold the double portion and direct the abundant distribution to the advance of the King’s dominion.

We agree with Your word, Father, that Your church is the pillar and bulwark of truth.  We confess that we have not always walked in this light. We repent. We turn from man’s plan, purpose and design and seek only Yours. We are Your people, called by Your name. We do humble ourselves and pray and seek Your Face and turn from our own wicked ways. Now, therefore, God of all Comfort, hear us, forgive our sin, and heal our land.

In the Name of Jesus, exalted above every principality and power, above every throne and dominion, above every name that is named, and above all authority in heaven, on earth and beneath the earth… Yes, in the mighty name of Jesus, Firstborn of God, we pray. Amen and Amen!

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Establishing a Biblical Worldview

Are You Established in a Biblical Worldview in Your Life?

Worldview is one’s perspective on life. It is a comprehensive “Big picture” of the world via presuppose-tions, convictions, and values by which you try to understand and make sense of the world and life. It is the organization of your rationale in all you believe, interpret, and judge real. It is a lens which colors your vision and determines how you perceive the world around us.

Your world view is formed by: education; upbringing; culture; and the media you absorb. 

Every worldview deals with at least these 3 questions: 1) Where did we come from and why are we here?  2) What is wrong with the world?  3) How can we fix it?

The Bible poses radically different answers from all others. 1) We are God’s creation, made to govern the world and fellowship with Him. 2) We sinned against God and subjected the whole world to a curse. 3) God has redeemed the world by the sacrifice of His Son and will restore creation…