KEY SCRIPTURE:1Timothy 3:2 KJV” A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach;
The minister must be blameless. There should be no immoral accusations against the minister of the gospel. In our last study I put forth a number of questions that one has to consider in the light of the influence he may be receiving. The questions are as follows
1. Who do you associate with? The Bible says Iron sharpens Iron (Prov 27:17). A bad nut would destroy other good ones. If your close friends are the kind who see nothing wrong with having a girlfriend, and doing all that God’s word forbid unmarried people to do, then you would practice them. Stay away from men of God with unscriptural lifestyle. The title man of God does not make a person one, it is only God who knows those who are His servants.
2. What do you watch often? The eye is a very powerful gate to your inner being. If you watch pornographic films then you have seriously corrupted yourself. On YouTube, there are great anointed men of God, who have made eternal impact on humanity. How on earth can you leave such materials to watch the game of devils. Stop that from this moment.
3. What do you read? There are certain materials that come from motivational speakers who are deeply imbedded in the occult. These people are not Christians but from the new age persuasions. Reading their materials allow wicked evil spirits to possess you without knowing you have been possessed. Any man of God who is mainly controlled by common sense has lost the influence of the Spirit.
4.What do you think or meditate on? The ultimate influence of a man’s actions is what he thinks or meditates about. Your actions are simply an outward manifestation of the things that occupy your mind. Decide to think and meditate about that which honors God. Note: Your thoughts are influenced by what enters the mind. What enters the mind are also from your associations, what you watch and what you read. Put these things right and your actions would be influenced positively.
If you check these things you would not be cast away after you have preached to others.
Father in the name of Jesus I pray that I would be alert to always choose right friends and associates, as well as reading and watching that which honors you. May I be counted worthy of entering your kingdom.
Philippians 4:8 KJV” Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things”.
Proverbs 27:17 KJV “Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.”