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What is keeping you from living up to your fullest potential?

Proverbs 18:16 (KJV)
A man’s gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men.

1 Peter 4:10 (KJV)
10  As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.

God has put a gift or talent in every person that the world will make room for.

It is this gift that will enable you to fulfill your purpose.

It will make a way for you in life. It is in exercising this gift that you will find real fulfillment, purpose, and contentment in your work.

It is interesting to note that the Bible does not say that a man’s education makes room for him, but that his gift does.

Somehow we have swallowed the idea that education is the key to success. Our families and societies have reinforced this idea to us, but we will have to change our perspective if we are to be truly successful.

Education is not the key to success.

Don’t misunderstand me. I believe in education. However, if education were the key to success, then everyone who has a Ph.D. would be financially secure and happy.

 If you’re educated but have not developed your talent, you’re likely going to be depressed, frustrated, and tired.

 It is your gift that is the key to your success.

There are many things in life you can be good at but through your area of giftedness you can become great.

Here is another nugget to learn. You can discover your gift in life and still not be great at it. You will maximize that gift once you ask God to ignite it.

Jeremiah the prophet said 20:9,  
Then I said, I will not make mention of him, nor speak any more in his name. But his word was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I was weary with forbearing, and I could not stay.

You need the fire to exercise your gift(s).

Once your soul is set on fire you don’t need as much assistance or material to be successful.

Pray today that the Lord will send the Fire of the Holy Ghost into your life to motive you to do his will.

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Thought for today

“Keep Moving”

Genesis 12:6-9 (NIV)
6  Abram traveled through the land as far as the site of the great tree of Moreh at Shechem. At that time the Canaanites were in the land.
7  The LORD appeared to Abram and said, “To your offspring I will give this land.” So he built an altar there to the LORD, who had appeared to him.
8  From there he went on toward the hills east of Bethel and pitched his tent, with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east. There he built an altar to the LORD and called on the name of the LORD.
9  Then Abram set out and continued toward the Negev.

  1. The real Blessing is beyond the familiar and comfortable.
  2. The real growth is beyond the Familiar and comfortable.
  3. The familiar is where you are the unfamiliar is where God wants to take you.
  4. Where God wants to take you require trusting Him.
  5. The blessing is your destiny but the journey is what will make you.

What you are going through now is not your destiny but a part of your journey which is here to make your faith in God stronger.

It starts with stop complaining about what you don’t understand and keep Moving!

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Pastoral Burnout can be Prevented

Rev. Jones sat at his desk thinking about what he would eat for dinner. Admittedly, he realized that more and more he was watching the minutes wind down to 6:00 p.m., thinking about sitting with his family around the dinner table. As he contemplated spending time with his family, his train of thought was interrupted as his phone rang.

“This is Pastor Jones,” he answered.

“Hi, Pastor. This is Sallie.”

“Sallie! How are you?”

“Unfortunately, not so good today, Pastor,” she said. “My dad was just put in the hospital, and we are in the waiting room now. We are waiting to see the doctors.  We were wondering, can you come by to read a few Scriptures and help console mother? She is very shaken up about the whole thing, and she specifically asked had anyone called you.” 

Pastor Jones was silent for a moment. The image of him sitting with his family at the dinner table with a juicy steak flashed in his mind, but it was pushed away quickly by a soft, “Pastor? Are you still there?”

“Yes, of course, Sallie. I am so sorry to hear about your father. I will be on my way shortly.”

YOU ARE NOT THE ONLY PASTOR THAT EXPERIENCES MINISTRY BURNOUT

This scenario can seem all too familiar to many pastors. Whether it is your tenth month or tenth year in ministry, the pastoral call can leave you feeling as though the weight of the world is on your shoulders. Maybe you have compared yourself to other pastors and thought, “They have it all together. Why do I seem to be struggling so much?” Or, perhaps you have wondered to yourself, “Does anyone else feel as worn out as I do?”

Know that you are not alone. You are not the only pastor who has experienced the depth and intensity of pastoral burnout. 

THE PASTORAL BURNOUT EPIDEMIC

Being a pastor is not for the faint of heart. Pastors are often expected to fulfill multiple roles. Most of the time you are the pastor, but at other times, you serve as the church administrator, janitor, bookkeeper, handyman, groundskeeper, and everything in between. 

However, you have been called by the Creator of the universe for such a time as this. Sadly, it has become all too easy to overwork ourselves. This can result in the neglect of our families, friends, downtime, and most importantly, a personal relationship with Christ. Yet, with all of the day’s responsibilities, who has time for anything else?

Although you are called to work as unto the Lord, it is important to remember that you are also called to rest unto Him.

BUILD UP A TEAM OF INDIVIDUALS TO PROTECT YOUR BLIND SIDE

Most, if not all, pastors enter the ministry with a passion for reaching the lost and for seeing lives transformed for eternity. The majority of pastors receive some type of training (whether it be formally or informally) to prepare them for ministry. However, these ministers quickly realize that out of all the training they received, the area of protecting the blind side was missed.

For many ministers, they cannot cover the blind side of life that comes without warning. When they have made the best of plans something goes wrong quickly. It is at that time you need to remember every good athlete team has a bench.

God has pulled me from the starting team and told me to sit on the bench and wait for just such a moment to help my fellow labors.

Take time off with your family

Take all your vacation

A week is 7 days and not just Sunday

Take time off just for the sake of yourself alone

If you need help from someone with 48 years of experience to fill in on Sunday, Wednesday, a funeral, or just a long talk feel free to contact me.

Website: williamthompsonministries.com

Email: revstpeter@gmail.com

Phone: 980-329-1166

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Rev. William Thompson

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Moving Beyond the Familiar to a New Place

Move away from the Familiar

Genesis 12
1Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will show thee:
2And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:
3And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.
4So Abram departed, as the LORD had spoken unto him; and Lot went with him: and Abram was seventy and five years old when he departed out of Haran.
5And Abram took Sarai his wife, and Lot his brother’s son, and all their substance that they had gathered, and the souls that they had gotten in Haran; and they went forth to go into the land of Canaan; and into the land of Canaan they came.
6And Abram passed through the land unto the place of Sichem, unto the plain of Moreh. And the Canaanite was then in the land.
7And the LORD appeared unto Abram, and said, Unto thy seed will I give this land: and there builded he an altar unto the LORD, who appeared unto him.
8And he removed from thence unto a mountain on the east of Bethel, and pitched his tent, having Bethel on the west, and Hai on the east: and there he builded an altar unto the LORD, and called upon the name of the LORD.
9And Abram journeyed, going on still toward the south.

The real Blessing is beyond the familiar and comfortable.

Real growth is beyond the Familiar and comfortable.

The familiar is where you are the unfamiliar is where God wants to take you.

Where God wants to take you require trusting Him.

As the Egyptian army approached, the people of Israel saw them far in the distance, speeding after them, and they were terribly frightened and cried out to the Lord to help them. And they turned against Moses, whining, “Have you brought us out here to die in the desert because there were not enough graves for us in Egypt? Why did you make us leave Egypt?”

(Exodus 14:10-11, tlb)

Trust often requires courage. Trapped against the sea, the Israelites faced the Egyptian army sweeping in for the kill. The Israelites thought they were doomed. After watching God’s powerful hand deliver them from Egypt, their only response was fear, whining, and despair. Where was their trust in God? Israel had to learn from repeated experience that God was able to provide for them. God has preserved these examples in the Bible so that we can learn to trust him the first time. By focusing on God’s faithfulness in the past, we can face crises with confidence rather than with fear and complaining.

The blessing is your destiny but the journey is what will make you.

When Israel saw the Egyptians approaching it was not their destiny coming but the journey which was coming to make them.

God needed to see how well their faith would hold up.

What you are going through now is not your destiny but a part of your journey which is here to make your faith in God stronger.

Verse 3 speaks of blessing and cursing that you will experience but neither will defined you but the journey will.

Verse 4 says, Abram departed. He began a journey to a New Place.

The American Indians once said, May you stay in the same Place. They were not just talking about geography. They used these words to curse their enemies.

They meant stagnant personal journey, family would not grow, your future would be less than prosperous. They wish you to stay in the same place, same condition, without moving, without growing and without changing.

The enemy to the church is stagnation. Doing the same thing and getting the same results.

The old farmers knew that planting the same crop in the same place year after year affected the soil by robbing something from it that would affect the crop so they would rotate the crop or allow the soil to rest in order to restore that which was taken from the soil.

This is called change. Look at your neighbor and say change is good! Change is necessary!

A leader needs a clear vision to bring true change. The word said the Lord said to Abram. A true anointing will move the Leader who will then move the people.

It is so easy to get in a better place and get stuck. Abram had moved from Ur with his father, Lot and wife Sara. They were in Haran Genesis 11:31 say that Abram’s father Terah, Lot and Sara moved from Ur going to Canaan. They stopped in Haran and at 205 years of age Terah died.

His death was a sign that it was time to get moving again. When we see things dying it is a sign to move.

Dead relations, Dead end jobs, you know death don’t you. There is a time to resurrect and their time to just have a Christian burial and move on. Death has an odor. Joshua 1 the Lord said Moses is death!

Moses being dead was a reality.

Verse 4 says Abram was 75 when they left Haran. I see in this text it is never too late for God. Your life just begins when you obey God.

Verse 5 Tells that Abram takes his wife, his nephew and the souls he had gather with his substance and moved.

You can’t take everybody with you. When Terah left Ur he only took those he knew he could count on. Now as Abram leaves Haran he is only taking those he can count on. He neither his father tried to take the crowd.

To be honest God told him to move away from the familiar.

You must always keep your jour journey separated from your destiny. If Abram didn’t have a clear voice from God Abram would have settle in Haran. Too many of us have settled in a place that God never intended. Your Best is Still ahead of you. There is no excuse for not moving ahead. Age does not matter. Length of stay doesn’t matter just what did God say.

Verse 6 Abram passed through Sichem. There will be some places along life’s journey you will be tempted to settle but keep it moving for it is not your destiny.

Verse 7 This is the right verse because 7 means complete. When Abram got to Canaan the Lord appeared again. This is what I call confirmation. God will confirm Himself.

When God confirmed that this was the place for Abram it was Abram who built an Altar. God didn’t instruct him to build but Abram understood the will.

David understood the will: David said I will bless the Lord at all time for His praise shall continually be in my mouth.

If the Lord is going to bless you with a home, a car, a house, food, clothes, money, job, health, a spouse, shouldn’t it just be your second nature to bless the Lord with the fruit of your lips.

Verse 8 tells that Abram didn’t just settle for entering the Land but he keep moving through out the land because Abram wanted ALL that God had for him. How many you want all that God has for you in this life. You cannot have all as long as you keep settling for good when God wants you to have Great! Moving from Good to Great is where my life is heading.

When Abram got to the other side he again built an Altar and worship God. Our problem is not that we don’t have but we don’t worship. The power of release is in our worship. When your worship gets real and sincere then God will get real and sincere with you.

But if you act complaced with God you will get little for the size of your faith will determine the size of your miracle.

Praise the Lord. Praise the Lord, O my soul. I will praise the Lord all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live. (Psalm 146:1-2, niv)

Praise is focusing our heart on God. The last five psalms (146-150) are filled with praise. Each begins and ends with “Praise the Lord!” They show us where, why, and how to praise God. What does praise do?

(1) Praise takes our minds off our problems and shortcomings and focuses them on God.

(2) Praise leads us from individual meditation to corporate worship.

(3) Praise causes us to consider and appreciate God’s character.

(4) Praise lifts our perspective from the earthly to the heavenly.

Verse 9 teaches that Abram journey goes farther.

No amount of wishing, dreaming and or visioning is ever going to get where we want to go. Reaching our destination requires us to disengage from places and people who are familiar to engage with new people and new places. 

Abram disengaged from Ur

David had to disengage from the sheep to engage to the kingship.

Daniel had to disengage from the high level of government to engage to stand for righteousness.

Peter had to disengage from fishing for fish to engage for fishing for men.

Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior had to disengage from heaven with the Father and the angels to engage with his earthly mother Mary and the 12 disciples. He had to engage the cross. He had to engage death and the grave. Because His destiny was to died for the sins of the world and redeem mankind back to the Father.

I am glad he didn’t allow the journey of rejection to define him but he finished his assignment.

Are you glad if so let us worship him in spirit and truth.

Jesus left the familiar and the comfortable and went to his destiny and so can you.

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Doing Ministry the Hard way nearly Burned Me Out..

I have been blessed by God to serve as a senior pastor of three churches for 47 years. I approached my calling with every part of my earthly being. Yet, 47 years later I discovered that I had taken the hard road. With much of my honest effort to change the lives and could have been more effective and I had approached ministry with balance and support.

I did not understand the role of family and personal health.

I worked diligently to build the church body with the tools at my disposal. I went to conferences, workshops, conventions, and seminary for equipping to do the work. I read books by many different authors on Kingdom work. There was something missing and I had to discover it late in my ministry. That which was missing was a mentor.

Mentoring is important, not only because of the knowledge and skills students can learn from mentors, but also because mentoring provides professional socialization and personal support to facilitate success in graduate school and beyond. Quality mentoring greatly enhances students’ chances for success.

Elijah’s burnout: What can you learn from Elijah?

Let’s look at the life of one of the most beloved and frequently cited figures from the Old Testament:  The prophet Elijah. If we follow the events that occurred in his life, 1 Kings, 18:4 to 19:18, we could summarize the highlights as follows:

  • First, he faced the wrath and threats of death by Ahab, king of Israel.
  • Elijah challenges Ahab face-to-face and accuses him of being responsible for the loss of the spiritual people of God.
  • Then, he asks for 850 priests of Baal and Astarte to gather against him.  He mocks their failure to obtain a response from their gods.
  • He built an altar to see the fire of the Lord descend from heaven to consume his offering in answer to his prayer.
  • This leads immediately after to a spiritual awakening of all the people of Israel who returned to their Creator.
  • He then destroyed the 850 idolatrous priests.
  • He is reconciled with the king and prophesied that the rain missing for three years will come very soon.
  • He began a marathon of prayer before God at the top of a mountain to advocate for the rain, and once again his prayer is fulfilled.
  • He runs down the mountain supernaturally carried by the power of the Holy Spirit, faster than the king and his chariot at full gallop.

All this happens, in a time period that seems to go from just a day, or at most a few days.  What a report! Who is the servant of God who is not interested in such an account of mission?  What service, what effectiveness for the kingdom of God.  Who would question the fact that Elijah was really, at that time, sent by God?

Yet, our Lord does not just show us the glorious life of his servant’s face, He also introduces us to the other side of the mask and reveals the drama that played at the same time in the heart of the prophet.

Some time later, when Elijah learns of death threats from the queen, his reaction is somewhat surprising.  While he seemed to be at the height of his ministry, confirmed by many miracles, he collapses psychologically and flees at the words of Jezebel.

He becomes unable to control his emotions, becomes depressed, feels sorry for himself, rejects his friends, and is isolated.  He sinks into despair, fear, and eventually wishes for death as a solution to his problems.

What has happened?  Is this the same man?  Elijah acts as if he had lost confidence in his God and the miracles he had seen accomplished had no value.

In my own life I too hit the wall and at that time a mentor could have made a difference in the work. I ask you to search this website for ways that I might come along side your work and help you not hit the wall. God does not require you to do the work alone.