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Eyesalve: What Manner of Man

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For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance; as ye know what manner of men we were among you for your sake.” I Thessalonians 1:5

 

It is so important to be in and involved with a church, where you can observe the life of the minister(s). Paul said that the Thessalonians observed just what manner of a man Paul was. What manner of men are those who minister to you?

Eyesalve: Hear and Tell

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And the LORD spake unto Moses, Say unto Aaron, Take thy rod, and stretch out thine hand upon the waters of Egypt, upon their streams, upon their rivers, and upon their ponds, and upon all their pools of water, that they may become blood; and that there may be blood throughout all the land of Egypt, both in vessels of wood, and in vessels of stone.” Exodus 7:19

 

There are times the Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron. Then there are times the Lord spoke to Moses and said, “say unto Aaron.” This is what is expected out of every preacher. He is to hear from God and tell the people what He said.

Eyesalve: It Takes Some Wilderness

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And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, and was in the deserts till the day of his shewing unto Israel.” Luke 1:80

 

John the Baptist didn’t show himself until he grew strong in the desert. Moses never led Israel until after spending forty years in the desert. Even Jesus did not start His ministry until He spent forty days in the wilderness. Can you see that it takes some desert and wilderness to make a minister out of a Christian?

Eyesalve: Receive the Honor?

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But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, but in his own country, and among his own kin, and in his own house.” Mark 6:4

 

Thank God for missionaries. I believe in them and support many of them. However, if you want to be one, just make sure it is not because you want to receive the honor that you would not get back home.

Eyesalve: Leading to Bondage

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And refused to obey, neither were mindful of thy wonders that thou didst among them; but hardened their necks, and in their rebellion appointed a captain to return to their bondage: but thou art a God ready to pardon, gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and forsookest them not.” Nehemiah 9:17

 

Some Christians have returned to their bondage by subtle means. Then there are those looking for someone to lead them back to their bondage. Some of the church has stepped up and said please fill our pews, please give us your money and we promise you we will lead you back to bondage. They give them smooth words or at least pretend that God doesn’t really mean any hard things His word says. They offer entertainment to try to satisfy emptiness and create programs to cater to every situation in life, while all along Jesus is the answer. Then in just a short time the people are back in bondage. Thank God that He is “ready to pardon, gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness.”  If you have come to realize you have appointed someone to lead you back to bondage it is not too late, God is ready to pardon.

Eyesalve: Warn Them

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And what cause soever shall come to you of your brethren that dwell in their cities, between blood and blood, between law and commandment, statutes and judgments, ye shall even warn them that they trespass not against the LORD, and so wrath come upon you, and upon your brethren: this do, and ye shall not trespass.” II Chronicles 19:10

 

One of the reasons the church in America is in the predicament she is in is because her ministers have become more concerned about making the people comfortable than they are willing to “warn them.”

Eyesalve: Prepare Meals

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Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.” Acts 20:28

 

Some men, in preparation to go into the pastorate, they take business classes. Others may take leadership classes. However, men of God are not called to run the church like a business, or lead the flock with leadership principles, they just need to learn how to prepare meals. They need to feed the flock of God well balanced spiritual meals.

Eyesalve: Rest

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Behold, a son shall be born to thee, who shall be a man of rest; and I will give him rest from all his enemies round about: for his name shall be Solomon, and I will give peace and quietness unto Israel in his days. 10He shall build an house for my name; and he shall be my son, and I will be his father; and I will establish the throne of his kingdom over Israel forever.” II Chronicles 22:9-10

 

No one can ever build for the kingdom of God out of panic. It is only when you enter God’s rest that you can be a help to His kingdom.

Eyesalve: Prepare the Next Generation

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And David said, Solomon my son is young and tender, and the house that is to be builded for the LORD must be exceeding magnifical, of fame and of glory throughout all countries: I will therefore now make preparation for it. So David prepared abundantly before his death.” I Chronicles 22:5

 

King David, before his death, ordered stone to be hewn and cedar to be gathered and nails to be made from iron, for the construction of the temple. So too, must the church and ministry today prepare the next generation to lead and minister to the church, the house of the Lord.

Eyesalve: Authority Edifies

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For though I should boast somewhat more of our authority, which the Lord hath given us for edification, and not for your destruction, I should not be ashamed:” II Cor. 10:8

 

Authority is given to ministers to edify the body. If they do not lord over the people they will not be ashamed, but will exercise authority with all confidence.