Light to Live By

"The unfolding of your words gives light ..." (Psalm 119:130a)

Category: Spiritual Disciplines

Weary Pastor. Tired Ministry.


“A preacher had better stop in his tracks if he finds himself moving from the apostolic to the mechanistic stage; he had better do something radical then and there. He had better drop everything and get into the woods with his Bible and read until he has a new Bible and pray until he has a new prayer, and come back a new man with a new message. A lot of churches think they need a new preacher when they simply need the same preacher renewed. Many a preacher thinks he needs a new pastorate when he needs to be renewed in the same pastorate. Robertson of Brighton wanted to resign from the ministry, but God impressed him that what he needed was to have his commissioned re-signed.

Not every preacher loses out because he went into false doctrine or had a moral breakdown. Some leave their first love in a round of church duties. Perhaps more leave it that way than in any other, for it is so deceptive: they are not aware of getting over it. They work at it harder than ever, but the harder they work, the farther they get from the thing they started to do.” (Vance Havner, “You’ll Get Over it!” in Jesus Only, p;.38-39)

The Ready Tongue

“The Lord GOD has given me the tongue of those who are taught, that I may know how to sustain with a word him who is weary. Morning by morning he awakens; he awakens my ear to hear as those who are taught.” (Isaiah 50:4)

“The tongue filled with the appropriate word for ministry is the product of the ear filled with the word of God … The morning by morning appointment is not a special provision or demand related to the perfect Servant but is the standard curriculum for all disciples.” (J. Alec Motyer, The Prophecy of Isaiah, p.399)

Spiritual Disciplines

“Discipline yourself for the purpose of godliness.”

(1 Timothy 4:7)

Prayer — God molding me.

  • NOT getting my way with God.
  • BUT God conforming my heart to His own.

Solitude — God quieting me.

  • NOT simply resting from my activities.
  • BUT God stilling my soul.

Fasting — God focusing me.

  • NOT manipulating God.
  • BUT God removing distractions from my life.

Scripture — God speaking to me.

  • NOT hearing what I want God to say.
  • BUT God sharing His mind with me.

Writing — God clarifying me.

  • NOT writing down my ideas.
  • BUT God revealing what He is doing.

Fellowship — God touching me.

  • NOT expecting others to meet my needs.
  • BUT God channeling His life through me.

Obedience — God delighting in me.

  • NOT doing what I must.
  • BUT joining God in what He is doing.

Suffering — God refining me.

  • NOT simply enduring pain.
  • BUT God forging character in me.


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