Tend the Flame

The fire shall ever be burning upon the altar; it shall never go out. —Leviticus 6:13

The flame on the altar upon which the sacrifices were made was to never go out. The flame did not burn untended, but it had to be cared for and fed. The wood had to be replenished continually so that the flame would not be extinguished.

Marriage is the same way. God does not want the flame of love to flicker out. For the sacred union of marriage to be preserved, it must be tended. Many marriages have grown cold because couples have not taken the time to feed the relationship with love and sacrifice.Read more

Preach What I Give Thee

Arise, go unto Nineveh, that great city, and preach unto it the preaching that I bid thee. —Jonah 3:2

God gave the prophet Jonah a commission to go to Nineveh and “preach unto it the preaching that I bid thee.” The other prophets may be displeased, the people may not like it, and you may not get recognition for your sacrifice. You may even be run out of town, but be faithful. Do not preach opinion or your ideas, but preach what the Spirit says with love, judgment and Holy Ghost boldness.Read more

The Fellowship of His Sufferings

I count all things but loss….that I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death. Philippians 3:8-10

The apostle Paul counted everything in life but loss so that he could experience as much as possible the life and power of Christ. Purportedly, Paul was beheaded for his faith. Based on his writings, I am confident that Paul welcomed this as he welcomed many other hardships in life.Read more

Servant of Christ

Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God. —Romans 1:1

True ministers are called and ordained of God. They are chosen to spread the gospel and to speak as the spirit gives utterance. Paul identified himself “as a servant of Jesus Christ.” He was acknowledging Christ as his Master and Lord. He assumed no authority of his own but labored and spoke as a servant doing the will of the master.Read more

Give Them Warning

Son of man, I have made thee a watchman unto the house of Israel: therefore hear the word at my mouth, and give them warning from me. —Ezekiel 3:17

If you are a true minister of the gospel, God has set you as a watchman to His people. You are a sentinel to stand guard over the ministry to which you have been entrusted. Your ministry is not a profession but a calling from God and a commitment to the people. Listen to the Spirit of God and let the Word of God have preeminence in everything you teach and preach.

When the enemy is at work and souls are at stake, give warning from the Lord. Do not be afraid to sound the alarm and expose the enemy. People like to hear those things which comfort and encourage them. Those are necessary and important but not to the neglect of godly warnings. Many families and congregations have compromised truth because ministers neglected their duty to sound the alarm.

You are an ambassador for Christ, a representative of God. You are to feed, teach, admonish, and warn the flock. Love the people and sacrifice for them. Set an example of holiness and purity. When the trial is hot and things are difficult, remember that you are a minister of the Lord. He will stand by His own and help and strengthen you as you stay faithful.
-mws