Good morning everyone,
For all of you, October is known as pastor appreciation month! If you haven't told your pastor how much you appreciate them, make it a priority to do so this month. Each one of you hopefully is being fed weekly by hearing the Word of God and letting that Word completely immerse your heart! Ephesians 4:10-12 tells us, 'He who descended is the very one who ascended higher than all the heavens, in order to fill the whole universe. So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip His people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up.' Ladies and gentlemen, pastors across this country need to know how much you love them. Everyday they suit up for battle to defend the One and only true God! If they did not go to war for you, just think of the insurmountable bombardments you would receive from the enemy. Spiritual warfare is doing everything possible to keep you from serving your Lord and Savior. To get a more thorough knowledge of that, look around at all the things that are distractions that keep you from serving Him. If you think you have it tough right now, just think what it would be like with no pastors. The book of Ephesians goes into great detail on how to protect yourself from the spiritual warfare you are going to face. If you are not involved in a regular weekly fellowship of believers that are getting fed and led by a pastor, let me encourage you to do so. The more you get involved, the more you will see that pastors are a gift from God because their love for God goes much deeper than you can imagine. They love God and in turn they have been instructed by Him to love you with their whole heart. Spend time daily with the Father and before you know it, your life will be craving to know more. If you give Him your heart, He will reveal to you what He wants you to know. Your pastor does not want to beat you up! He wants to meet you at the cross-roads you are at right now and hold your hand as he is directed by the Master to give you the instructions that have been laid out for you! He loves you more than you will ever know and he goes to battle for you daily. Isn't it time that we love our pastors back to show our appreciation?
Your brother in Christ,