Four new Lessons on Christian Ministry – February 2021

I have made available four new lessons on “Christian Ministry.” You can find them by clicking the “Free Resources” and going to “Ministry Skills and Practices” (the link on this post) They will be the four .pfd files at the top of the list. 



Degrees of Power

Degrees of Power: Be honest with yourself. At this time, how much power do you have to make a difference. Power always seems to be reflected in words. I have concluded that there are only three levels of power, and they manifest in words, whether you speak them to someone else or silently say them to yourself.

[1] You could have “no power.” When words are spoken from a hard or ignorant heart – or an unbelieving one, or one in deliberate sin, they have no power. The Holy Spirit will not respond to and anoint these words. You will only limit yourself and in some cases, keep yourself chained to emotions or habits that get you nowhere.
[2] You could have a life of “low power.” Without a close relationship with God, or when you are filled with doubt, or soaked in pride, or habitually feel sorry for yourself, your words carry very low power and not much anointing. Anointing is never your choice. It’s always the choice of the Holy Spirit. He responds to faith, hope and love. Think about that and look at what it is He may not be responding to.
[3] You could, and should have “all power.” This power is already resident in your heart, waiting to manifest itself in the words you speak to others, or perhaps most importantly, you say to yourself. “All power” comes with committed, unrelenting surrender to Christ, and is spoken in the mighty name of Jesus – to whoever will listen and especially to yourself. The Holy Spirit hears and miracle-working power comes. It is the gate to grace. Wise leaders know God only responds with all His power to our surrender, obedience and faith… Then, mountains will be cast into the sea, devils flee, dead men walk, and those you lead will be changed forever.  Mark 11:23-24 (NKJV) says, “For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. {24} Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.”

 

Dr. Bob




It’s Time for a Heart Change.

My friend Pastor Bryan Rosenbarger, preaching on Pentecost, said this: “No matter what laws are passed in this land, only the Holy Spirit can change hearts.”

My thoughts: It’s time for hearts to change! Make room in your heart for the grace, love, unity and compassion that the Holy Spirit will bring.  Only the grace of God will make the difference. Take time to reflect on Romans 12:2 in the Passion Translation. It says, “Stop imitating the ideals and opinions of the culture around you, but be inwardly transformed by the Holy Spirit through a total reformation of how you think. This will empower you to discern God’s will as you live a beautiful life, satisfying and perfect in his eyes.”


No Control? What Now?

“When you find yourself in a situation of no control, you just have to determine to be still, accepting that God is God and you are not. It sounds easy, but it would be very helpful to have a plan or formula for this to happen. Below, I’ve provided a three-part formula for bringing the noise of confusion into subjection so you can get your thoughts under control and begin to listen for the Holy Spirit’s voice. You will find the premise of this formula is perhaps not normally how you would attack the problem. It will seem illogical to quiet the noise in your soul by drowning it out. Nevertheless, here’s how you do it:
1. Begin with a steady stream of vocal praise. This becomes your go-to weapon to fight the noise in your soul whenever it pops up…
2. Offer thanksgiving as an integrated, ever-present part of your daily routine, inserting it into whatever you find yourself doing. This is a habit of overcomers…
3. Simultaneous with your praise and worship, find good, even sacrificial works to occupy a significant portion of your time. It’s always helpful to major on someone else’s needs, in order to drown out the noise of your own needs. You can be sure that when you have quieted your soul, and are listening to the Holy Spirit, He will tell you the next step. Most often, it’s this: “Don’t just stand there, do something to help someone else go beyond their own emotional needs. It will help you go beyond yours.”

Taken from my book, “No Control? What Now?


Gifts from Heaven -Pastor Nancy Abramson 12-2019

This is a wonderful study about the “Gifts from Heaven” we receive when we invite Christ into our hearts.