Stick with your work

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  1. PastorSBC1303

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    A friend shared with me the following....and I thought it might encourage some of you:

    "Stick with your work. Do not flinch because the lion roars; do not stop to stone the devil's dogs; do not fool away your time chasing the devil's rabbits. Do your work. Let liars lie, let sectarians quarrel, let critics malign, let enemies accuse, let the devil do his worst; but see it nothing hinders you from fulfilling with joy the work God has given you.
    He has not commanded you to be admired or esteemed. He has never bidden you defend your character. He has not set you at work to contradict falsehood (about yourself) which Satan's or God's servants may start to peddle, or to track down every rumor that threatens your reputation. If you do these things, you will do nothing else; you will be at work for yourself and not for the Lord.
    Keep at your work. Let your aim be steady as a star. You may be assaulted, wronged, insulted, slandered, wounded and rejected, misunderstood, or assigned impure motives; you may be abused by foes, forsaken by friends, and despised and rejected of men. But see to it with steadfast determination, with unfaltering zeal, that you pursue the great purpose of your life and object of your being until at last you can say, "I have finished the work which Thou gavest me to do.""

    - John MacArthur Rediscovering Pastoral Ministry
     
  2. Scarlett O.

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    Ooooh, that's very good! And not just for pastors, either. I am making a copy of it for myself.

    It kinda reminds me of Galatians 6:9, which has always been meaningful to me.

    Peace-
    Scarlett O.
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  3. PamelaK

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    Oh, thanks for sharing that, PastorSBC!!
     
  4. NaasPreacher (C4K)

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    Wow! Thats one I surely need.
     
  5. Bro Tony

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    Very good pastor----thanks for sharing. I am sure there are times in everyones ministry that they need to be reminded of the truths in what you shared. Thank God for His faithfulness in all things and at all times.

    Bro Tony
     
  6. Debby in Philly

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    Amen! To do this would put us in the company of none other than our Lord Himself. He is the best example of this kind of faithfulness.
     
  7. Plain Old Bill

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    I had to print that one to save. Thankyou very much.
     
  8. OCC

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    Yes, thank you very much for sharing that. Everytime I consider becoming a minister certain kinds of people come along to remind me that it probably is not the will of God for my life. haha

    But the advice here IS good for everybody so thank you again.
     
  9. dh1948

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    I printed this and taped a copy to the inside of the front cover of my Bible. It is an incredible statement...not to mention encouraging. Thanks for sharing it.
     

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