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272nd -- The Minister


There are many people in this world that want to serve the Lord and feel
called to be in His service, but hesitate in their commitment because they
didn't receive the encouragement they needed to move forward. We need to
keep in mind that we have a common enemy called the devil and he tries 
everything he knows to keep us from being successful in God's service. We
are to encourage ourselves in times of adversity and discouragement and 
remember that we are more than conquerors through Christ. Be encouraged
and strong in the Lord and trust that He is with you and will guide your
every step. Move forward with confidence and know that success is surely
ahead of you. (John 8:42-44) (Romans 8:37-39) (Psalm 31:2-5)

I hope you are blessed and strengthened by this great story.


One of the toughest tasks a church faces is choosing a good minister. 

A member of an official board undergoing this painful process finally lost
patience. He'd just witnessed the Pastoral Relations Committee reject 
applicant after applicant for some minor fault - real or imagined. It was
time for a bit of soul-searching on the part of the committee. So he stood
up and read this letter purporting to be from another applicant.

Gentlemen: Understanding your pulpit is vacant, I should like to 
apply for the position. I have many qualifications. I've been a 
preacher with much success and also had some success as a writer. 
Some say I'm a good organizer. I've been a leader most places I've 

I'm over 50 years of age and have never preached in one place for more
than three years. In some places, I have left town after my work
caused riots and disturbances. I must admit I have been in jail three
or four times, but not because of any real wrongdoing.

My health is not too good, though I still accomplish a great deal. The
churches I have preached in have been small, though located in several
large cities. I've not gotten along well with religious leaders in 
the towns where I have preached. In fact, some have threatened me, and
even attacked me physically. I am not too good at keeping records. I
have been known to forget whom I have baptized. However, if you can
use me, I promise to do my best for you.

The board member turned to the committee and said, "Well, what do you 
think? Shall we call him?"

The good church folks were appalled! Consider a sickly, trouble-making, 
absent-minded ex-jailbird? Was the board member crazy? Who signed the 
application? Who had such colossal nerve?

The board member eyed them all keenly before he replied, "It's signed, 
'The Apostle Paul.'"

Author unknown

Be encouraged and never allow your past to hinder your service unto the
Lord. God is the one who qualifies those He has called and so never allow
people's pessimistic comments to keep you from moving forward and 
accomplishing all that God has placed on your heart. (2 Samuel 22:31-33)

Do God's work to the best of your ability and leave the results up to the
Lord. God promises to bring great results when we simply obey His voice 
and follow His leading. (Luke 6:35) (Isaiah 55:8-9)

Read and meditate on these scriptures:

Proverbs 3:5-6 "Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto
thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall 
direct thy paths."

Hebrews 10:23-25 "Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without 
wavering; (for He is faithful that promised;) And let us consider one 
another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the
assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting
one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching."

1 Corinthians 1:27-29 "But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world
to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to 
confound the things which are mighty; And base things of the world, and 
things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not,
to bring to nought things that are: That no flesh should glory in His presence."

2 Corinthians 5:17-18 "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new
creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. 
And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to Himself by Jesus
Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation."

All scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.

Today's Selected Poem: IT'S NOTHING BUT GRACE
Click here to read --- http://www.Godswork.org/enpoem147.htm

Today's Selected Testimony: I ALMOST DIED IN SIN
Click here to read --- http://www.Godswork.org/testimony185.htm

In Christ's Service, 

Dwayne Savaya 
Gods Work Ministry 


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