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Eyesalve: Who Back it Up

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Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation.” Hebrews 13:7

 

Don’t be so quick to follow just any minister who talks spiritual. The NKJV says it this way. “…considering the outcome of their conduct.” Those who don’t just teach and preach it, but display a life that backs up what they say are those who you are to imitate.

Eyesalve: Something To Say

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And I will make thy tongue cleave to the roof of thy mouth, that thou shalt be dumb, and shalt not be to them a reprover: for they are a rebellious house. 27But when I speak with thee, I will open thy mouth, and thou shalt say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; He that heareth, let him hear; and he that forbeareth, let him forbear: for they are a rebellious house.” Ezekiel 3:26-27

 

It may be at times you may need the Lord to make your tongue cling to the roof of your mouth so you don’t say anything before He gives you something to say.

Eyesalve: As A Prophet

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And they, whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear, (for they are a rebellious house,) yet shall know that there hath been a prophet among them.” Ezekiel 2:5

 

Whenever anyone would go and speak a “Thus Saith the Lord” to a rebellious people, it better be that they go as a prophet who really has a message from God, not as an arrogant, finger pointing, self-righteous individual.

Eyesalve: A Terror To Thyself

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For thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will make thee a terror to thyself, and to all thy friends: and they shall fall by the sword of their enemies, and thine eyes shall behold it: and I will give all Judah into the hand of the king of Babylon, and he shall carry them captive into Babylon, and shall slay them with the sword.” Jeremiah 20:4

 

If our present day ministers don’t knock it off with all their strategies, techniques and programs to build the church instead of depending on the leading and the power of the Holy Spirit, they will become “a terror to thyself.” They will see the church they have built and gloried in, fall apart right before their eyes. The only thing that will remain is that which was founded on the Rock.

Eyesalve: All Men Counted John a Prophet

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But if we shall say, Of men; they feared the people: for all men counted John, that he was a prophet indeed.” Mark 11:32

 

Quite often, the common everyday Christian has more discernment than some of our ministers when it comes to recognizing the men and women who are called of God. The Pharisees quietly rejected John the Baptist while all men counted John as a prophet.

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.