Concern over my Pastor Teacher’s health and well being recently led me to consider what doctrines were really in my soul about that subject. Would I know when I should need a new Pastor Teacher? Was perseverance the right course of action at the present time?
Thankfully these questions were answered shortly after I wrote this but I wanted to share it anyway.
What is Bible Doctrine all about? Where in the scale of importance does the “right” Pastor Teacher fall? Is it the main issue in Bible Doctrine? My understanding is that positive volition is the main issue in Bible Doctrine. My “right” Pastor Teacher is not really MY issue at all. The Pastor Teacher is a grace gift from God and as such it doesn’t really have anything to do with me, or my personal choice. It can seem in the current situation as if there is a list of voices and I should maybe pick from those voices the one that I might “think” is my “right” Pastor Teacher. It sounds reasonable but I think it’s a deception, I think it’s a tool of confusion in the hands of the kingdom of darkness. Nothing gets me more confused than too many choices. God is not in a hurry, no, God is NEVER in a hurry. He isn’t worried or concerned about anything. He has a perfect plan. My issue is Positive volition so I’m going to go forward with my positive volition and have absolute confidence that when I need a different “right” Pastor Teacher, which I may or may not, He will make it certain and clear and I won’t have had to do a thing except be positive to the word of God.
I have seen people reject the right Pastor Teacher doctrine and I have seen the shipwreck of their spiritual lives. I believe it to be a very important doctrine and right up at the top of the scale of importance. I also believe that one needs to have confidence in the timing and faithfulness of God, confidence in waiting on Him and not rushing out to do it all right. I may go in the wrong direction at times, I may feel disturbed and uncertain but I am never ever to be in doubt of who holds me in the palm of His hand. He can turn every curse into a blessing every wrong direction into a scenic route on the way to maturity. I am NOT lost though I may feel it at times.The way is narrow but I don’t have to find it by myself. There is only one man to follow and that makes it easy. Be positive towards The Lord Jesus Christ. Love the brethren. Endure. Believe what you can’t see. Be very strong and courageous…
Sometimes we have thought the spiritual battle was only something the Kingdom of Darkness was playing at. Sometimes we haven’t believed they are really trying to destroy us. On the battle field the fallen soldier is never left behind, never scorned or derided for getting wounded or killed. No matter his condition his fellow soldiers go into the fire and get him even if it’s only the body left. Those on the front lines take the greatest risk and the highest casualties. Those who have poured out their lives for us deserve honor and respect. It’s only those who wouldn’t go to the front, who ran from the battle before it began that get the scorn and punishment they deserve. We may be proud of those who have fought and served and were wounded in battle. We must also continue in the battle ourselves and fight on without dwelling on our fallen. If we fall to despair we are not useful. And a good soldier is mindful of the purpose of the war and whom they fight for. Don’t be afraid to hold your ground and don’t ever forget that the enemy is not trying to annoy you; he’s trying to destroy you. Stand firm.
New orders will be handed down at the proper time. Until then we must always tune out the shouts and taunts of the enemy. Their shadows and illusions must be ignored.
Psalm 7:8 “Do not rejoice over me, O my enemy. Though I fall I will rise, though I dwell in darkness, the Lord is a light for me.”
2 Cor. 11:3 “But I am afraid, lest as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds should be led astray from simplicity and devotion to Christ”
“Life is not a bowl of cherries. Sometimes the spiritual life is the pits. Just keep listening.” Pastor Joe
These are exciting times,