Pastor's Partner for July, 2017

There is Always a Payday!



To pastors this word of caution!  The title may not be what you think.


I want to share some helps for overcoming temptation in our lives, not only for pastors, but our people.  We all are subjected to these and need the strong Word of God to resist temptation.


Resist and Submit . . . “Submit yourselves, then to God, resist the devil and he will flee from you.”  (James 4:7)


There are times when you have to have enough godly boldness to stand up to the devil and say, “I’m not going to take this anymore!”  “I’m not going to let you destroy my reputation!”  “I’m not going to let you destroy my marriage.”  “I’m not going to let you destroy my family!”  Etc.


Read the Word daily. . . “I have hidden Your Word in my heart that I might not sin against You.”  (Psalm 119:11)


The Word of God is the truth.  And when you know the truth, it sets you free from Satan’s lies that blind and bind.


Remove Your Source of Temptation. . . “If your right eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away.  It is better for you to lose one part of your body then for your whole body to be thrown into hell.”  (Matthew 5:29)


Do not hang out with friends who lead you down a sinful path.  If you do, get some new friends.  Bad company corrupts good morals.  (I Corinthians 15:33)  Do you need to get rid of something in your cabinet, between your mattress and box springs?  Do you need to cancel your internet, your satellite or cable subscription?  Think and remove!  “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”  (Romans 6:23)


There is always a payday. . . for sin!  Be sure your sin will find you out!  Payday may not come immediately, but it always will come!


Reckon Yourself Dead to Sin. . . “In the same way count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus.”  (Romans 6:11)


Victory over sin comes when you realize your position as a child of God and a joint heir with Jesus Christ!


Recruit a Trusted Accountability Partner . . . Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves.  “A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.””  (Ecclesiastes 4:12)


One of the most common reasons we struggle with sin is because we are ashamed and embarrassed to admit our weaknesses  to anyone.  We don’t want anyone to think of us as a weak Christian.  So, instead of asking for help, we suffer alone.  Sometimes having a trusted Christian friend we can confide in complete confidence helps us through our struggles.


PASTOR. . . Remember you have a power greater than Satan living within you!  “The one who is in you is greater than the one who is within in world.”  (James 4:4)


God has not left us alone in our struggles against temptation and sin.  God’s Holy Spirit lives within us to empower us, strengthen us and lead us through Satan’s landmines of temptations!  Be strong in the Lord and of good courage. . . WE WIN!!!


Jack Slade, OPBA Pastoral Ministries Director

Pastor, Cornerstone