A Pastor's Heart
1. I am way weaker than I thought I was
When this first came down upon us…the dreaded Corona Virus known as COVID 19…I was shaken by the thought of not being able to see, pastor, and care for our church body in person. So much of our identity is wrapped up in what we do. I’ve realized Jesus is a perfect shepherd and that He cares for His sheep. We did not hold public service for 8 weeks. We are back meeting in person, missing many of our church family who for this season are gathering with us online. May our weakness make room for GOD’s STRENGTH in this and every season to come!
2. God is way more involved than I ever once thought
In the Bible we see Satan going before God and God asking Satan if he’d considered His servant Job. The testing of Job by Satan was God’s idea. I truly believe this current crisis is God’s idea, even though it is being carried out by Satan Himself. What does this mean for us? It means God is way more involved in every detail…even in setting the parameters for our testing and trials. This is good news. God has a plan to do a unique work, one that could have been done no other way, than through this COVID 19 season. Believe me, Satan has a plan too. The good news is that as we focus on God, His Plan, His Word, His Spirit, His Power, and His People—we will overcome. Our faith will come forth as gold through this crazy season.
3. There’s a battle for control, for the church, for the future
Many are panicked today that we are being controlled by the government. I truly believe there is a conspiracy… but it’s a demonic conspiracy to control, weaken, deceive, distract, and divide the church. I’m personally not worried about masks. I am worried that the church has been mandated in some states across America not to meet in person (or to limit the numbers gathering). I believe our constitution gives us the right to meet. More than that, I believe the Word of God commands us to meet together. I believe Jesus and His apostles who wrote the Bible, inspired by the Holy Spirit, meant for us to meet together in person. My great concern is for the local church to thrive during this season, for saints not to get picked off, for fellowship, discipleship, serving, caring, praying, and evangelizing to continue and to grow in influence and power. These are not dependent upon any season…They transcend times and seasons.
4. This is a time of shaking and a time of establishing
Hebrews 12 says there is a time coming when everything that can be shaken will be shaken. This is happening now world-wide. I believe things will get both worse and better as we move ahead in these last days. Trials, secularism, hatred of God, godless behavior, and persecution against the church will get worse. But, revival, awakening, empowerment, joy, unity, and gospel advancement around the world will increase and, in that sense, things will “get better.” We are heading into the best of times (as the church awakens) and the worst of times (as lawlessness increases and the love of many grows cold). As I was praying one day, I sensed God saying that this is not only a season of shaking, but a season of establishing. I’ve seen brothers fall away in the last 21 weeks. I’ve seen things happen I wouldn’t have dreamt. Yet, I have equally witnessed the power of God establishing His people in new ministries, new grace, new rhythms in his Word, and in a new lifestyle of prayer. Why not ask God to establish a new work in you today?
5. The praying, fiery, evangelizing and discipling church is key for this world
I’ve long believed in the essential nature of the church, but since mid-March I have been schooled in the best way to know and see that America and the world is doomed without the awakening, evangelizing, pure, loving, Jesus-filled, gospel preaching body of Christ! In Texas our great Governor Abbott has declared the church essential. But more powerful than any man’s declaration—is Jesus Himself who declared “I will build my church and the gates of hell will not prevail against it.” Jesus declared the church essential in His plan and will not allow any enemy, force, or power to defeat His true church. Why? Because our victory is rooted, founded, and grounded in Jesus’ victory evidenced by His death, burial, resurrection, and outpouring of the Holy Spirit. We win because He won. We are left here in these end-times to proclaim the pure and simple good news that Jesus saves…anyone…anytime…any place. Now is the time. When He returns it will be too late.
What have you learned during this season?
Trey, You are a wonderful faithful brother and pastor with a fire for evangelism. You are keeping it real and God blesses your faithfulness. As we used to say back in the day, "Keep on keeping on!"
I have attended as a guest several weeks ago and I plan on coming this Sunday.Do you folks have a working phone number to call about information and events? I would appreciate this and would appreciate hearing from you. Thank you. My phone number is 512-903-7074. Gods blessings to you.