As a minister/preacher/leader of the gospel we must spend time in the presence of the Lord. We can not give people accurate directions and instructions without seeking the Lord concerning what we should do and say to His people. Moses always went up on the mountain to hear from the Lord and what he should tell God’s people, and how he should instruct them (read the book of Exodus). Solomon sought the Lord concerning what he should do (1 Kings 3), and God gave him great wisdom. Jesus always sought the Lord and stayed in the presence of His Father, this is why He was so affective.
When we do not spend time in God’s presence we become a generation of selfish preachers who are not concerned about the soul of the people who are under our care. The word we bring should encourage, strengthen, enlighten, give hope, and break bands of unbelief. Jeremiah 23:4 says, “And I will set up shepherds over them which shall feed them: and they shall fear no more, nor be dismayed, neither shall they be lacking, saith the LORD.” It also says in verse 29, “Is not my word like as a fire? saith the LORD; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces?”
When we deliver our messages, who is the focal point? Is it us? Is it our own accomplishments? Or is it a word to gain control or financial gain? My brothers and sisters the gospel is not a get rich scheme, neither is it a career opportunity we use to exert our weak minded, insecure ideas upon the hearts and minds of those who are sincere in their walk with Christ. God has called us to be servants, and if we cannot serve enough to give people the truth, then we need to get out of the way, because failing to give people the truth by lining up with the word we speak, and allowing it to deliver us, we have placed ourselves in a position of self, and we know that self cannot reign in the presence of the King.
While listening to my pastor R.J.W. Sr. deliver the word on Sunday, he said something very important. He said, “In order to get where you’re going in life, you must first know where you are.” This brings to mind a G.P.S.
On my cellular phone there is an app that will allow you to search particular locations in a certain area. Once you find that location, the app will ask for your location. Normally the app will have all of the previous places you have been, and will suggest you use one of them. Once you have the option of choosing a location, the number one choice for all locations listed is the suggestion, “Current location.”
The scriptures says in Genesis 32:27-28, “And he said unto him, ‘What is thy name? And he said Jacob. And he said, Thy name shall no more be called Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince has thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed.” Jacob (the supplanter one who supercedes another especially by force or treachery) had to come to the place of recognizing where he was (current location) in order to get to the destination God had in store for him.
What are we are wrestling with that is preventing us from recognizing our current location in life? The scripture tells us to examine ourselves to see if we are in the faith, and then it goes on to say, Do you not know who you are? 2 Corinthians 13:5. The Lord wants us to see ourselves the way he sees us, but we cannot look in the mirror of life, and forget/neglect what we have seen once we have stepped away from that evaluating moment (James 1:23-24).
Here is a list of things a GPS device can do for you:
- maps, including streets maps, displayed in human readable format via text or in a graphical format,
- turn-by-turn navigation directions to a human in charge of a vehicle or vessel via text or speech,
- traffic congestion maps (depicting either historical or real time data) and suggested alternative directions,
- information on nearby amenities such as restaurants, fueling stations, and tourist attractions.
These very things the Lord can do for us, for HE is our GPS:
- give us a readable format of the road we must travel by reading the Bible,
- we get turn by turn directions (because we are a vehicle/vessel for the Lord) by the Holy Spirit. Psalm 37:23; John 16:13
- He will deliver us from trouble. Psalm 34:19; 1 Corinthians 10:13: 2 Peter 2:9
- While you are on the journey the Lord will refresh you, so you do not lose heart along the way. 1 Kings 19:4-8; Psalm 23; Isaiah 40:28-31; Galatians 6:9
Let’s be truthful about our “Current Location,” so we can get to the place called “There” in Christ Jesus our Lord. Psalm 133:3