KEY SCRIPTURE :1 Corinth 9:27 NET” Instead I subdue my body and make it my slave, so that after preaching to others I myself will not be disqualified.”
We look at some of the sins that can befall servants of God, so he can put them away, in order not to be cast away. The first one to consider is the sin of pride. Pride can easily set in when a man is not truly yielded to the Spirit of God. It can take over the heart of a man when he is making a great impact and attracting so much attention. Pride can also set in even if he is not making that much impact. The basic denominator is whether that individual has truly submitted to the Lordship of Jesus.
God resists the proud but gives more grace to the humble (James 4:6). Pride can be put under check by observing your motives as well as instructing yourself to always place the glory of God first. Tell yourself whatever I do or become is for His glory and not mine.
The next error among ministers, is the lustful desire for money or wealth. Having wealth is not evil, if it is seen as a means of expanding the work of God and helping the needy. When the man of God seeks for wealth as a means of having significance on the earth, then he is falling out of God’s way. The Bible says many have pierced themselves with many sorrows because of the crave for wealth or money. 1st Timothy 6:10. The man of God must not seek for money but seek to honour God and bless many lives. In this way his needs would be taken care of by the Lord through the very people he has been blessing.
A number of ministers have been hurt by many close associates or brethren. Many ministers are therefore very bitter about certain individuals. This is rather unfortunate. Please dear child of God, it is God who called you and gave you his terms of reference. He has not been unfaithful to you. Forget about the unfaithfulness of men, for they did not call you, or are they going to reward or judge you. If you do not throw away bitterness you would be rejected at the final hour, when you stand before the judgment seat of Christ.
Father touch the heart of every minister of the word to be focused on you and not on themselves so they may live to please you only and not themselves.
1Timothy 6:10 WEB “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some have been led astray from the faith in their greed, and have pierced themselves through with many sorrows”.
James 4:6 WEB “But he gives more grace. Therefore, it says, “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”