God is proud of you for serving the local Church. He is applauding you for all your hard work, and the angels are rejoicing over your blistered hands and dirty clothes. But at the end of the day, will that alone sustain you?
“Idolatry creep” sneaks up on you because you can easily and quickly justify it by saying that everything you do is for the Lord, believing your motives are pure. Having men in the place of where Jesus should be was ministry idolatry—plain and simple and painful to admit
For some time Saul chased David. David hid out, all alone, which is the setting we find him in during the writings of many of the Psalms. David was God’s choice for king and yet he was placed in incredible adversity. What does this tell us?
Jesus is Lord is the distinguishing article of Christianity and marks the essential confession of faith. Jesus proclaimed it to His disciples, His enemies, and His casual inquirers alike - and He refused to tone down its implications.
The curse of words includes words spoken by others (or even by yourself) that are intended to inflict harm or damage, to belittle you, or to wish you evil. But, in Christ, no curse of words has to control your life any longer.