Dr. Mike Stevens


Dr. Mike Stevens has been an ORDAINED BAPTIST PREACHER since 1972.  He is, I believe, one of the bright stars in God’s galaxy of preachers.  His hallmark is his passion in the pulpit.  He preaches with great power and conviction.  Mike is a gifted musician and Christian businessman.  His talents include SINGING, playing GUITAR and PIANO, and much more.  Dr. Stevens has recorded five projects in NASHVILLE, TN, including producing the #1 SONG “I Wonder if He Ever Cries” written and sung by his sister, Bonita.

Mike is an effective writer, speaker and former D. J.    He is author of  the best selling book “How to Survive the Storms of Life”.  Along with his many other accomplishments Mike has been voted one of the top ten DJ’s in America 4 times in medium markets.  Putting on his business hat, Mike has served as Vice President of Bobby Stevens Hauling Contractors, the family business,  for over 40 years.

Dr. Mike served for many years as a successful pastor in Columbus, Georgia, and now is making himself available to all the churches through his preaching, evangelistic meetings, in Bible Conferences, his music and as a banquet speaker.  This man has a dynamic testimony, a wonderful style of delivery and a pure heart sold out for God.  Dr. Mike Stevens has a Bible message to share and he will be a blessing to your church.

Mike is married to the lovely Marianne Hinton from Reynolds, Georgia.  They have two children Bobby John, 34 and Shawn (now in Heaven).  This couple, this family, lived a beautiful life with many advantages and rarely a dark cloud in their sky.  When Mike wrote his best selling book, “How to Survive the Storms of Life,” he and Marianne had been through two of the most life-changing, heart rending storms in their young lives.  First cancer attacked their 15-month old grandaughter and for months their precious little one clung to life on not much more than a bed of prayer, tender-loving care and a devoted team of medical professionals.  Then comes the emotional explosion that shocked and shattered this family to the core–the death of their son, Shawn.  Dr. Stevens, with his wife by his side, penned these two events and wove them into a hard-hitting narative that grips the reader by the heart and never lets go until the story is shared.  Mike’s bone-crushing honesty and devoted love for his family and God reveal, I am certain, why the Lord uses this man in so many ways for His glory.   Mike will often sign his letters and emails with these words, “In His Grip.”  I truly believe this man is, indeed, in God’s grip.  By all means, get this book!

Years ago this editor was the pastor of the congregation where Mike and his family served.  They were widely known as the Singing Stevens’ Family.   When they were in town, the family was in our church.  Perhaps I was the first to sense that God had a call on Mike for ministry.   Unknown to me, Mike was uneasy with my presumption that the Lord would most likely call him to preach if only he would listen for that call.  But God has a way of getting one’s attention and Mike did hear Him.

I invited Mike to preach his first sermon in our Grace Baptist Church, Lumpkin, Georgia, on Sunday morning, January 16, 1972.   Thirty-eight years later, Mike is still preaching.  He can say, as the Apostle Paul did, “…I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth…” (Romans 1:16)

We present here one of  his sermons preached recently in Columbus, entitled, Seven Things You Should Take to Church

Visit www.drmikestevens.com for more information

Contact Mike at DrMikeStevens@gmail.com

God is Good

Our God is a good God. When bad things happen to good people we might have a tendency to lash out and blame God. God is not the author of bad…He’s the author of good. When He made a tree…he said it was good. When He made the light…He said it was good. All that God made was good. God is on your side today. He wants to fill your life with goodness and joy and love and peace.

A Psalm Revealing the Goodness of God

                                                       Psalm 100:1-5

A Devotional Study of Psalm 100

1 Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth.
2 Worship the LORD with gladness;
come before him with joyful songs.
3 Know that the LORD is God.
It is he who made us, and we are his;
we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving
and his courts with praise;
give thanks to him and praise his name.
5 For the LORD is good and his love endures forever;
his faithfulness continues through all generations.

• Shouting in Verse 1
• Gladness in Verse 2
• Knowledge in Verse 3
• Thanksgiving and Prayer in Verse 4
• Goodness and Love in Verse 5

I.  “Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth.”

 We may not have the chemical and biological makeup to be a person who enjoys shouting. We may be timid about shouting. That is, not at all comfortable shouting. There is, without a doubt, times when nothing else will express what we have in our mind and in our heart. We must shout!
Here, the Psalmist is urging us to Shout for Joy…to the LORD.
American’s have a lot to shout about and many times, do shout, but rarely do we shout to the Lord.
a.) We shout at the stadium when our football team is in a close contest about to make a critical play. Our team makes the play and scores the point. The crowd erupts into a great, ear shattering shout! Yes, we shout in our ballgames.
b.) We shout at the racetrack when our favorite driver finally inches forward and takes the lead all the way to the finish line. Again the supporting fans erupt into a deafening and collective shout.
c.) We shout when there is danger and we attempt to get the attention of a loved one who is in imminent risk of dying or serious injury.
But here the writer of sacred Scripture strongly urges us to shout for Joy! Joy to the Lord. Your heart is so filled with goodness, joy and love for God that nothing else will express that Joy, but a great, heart rendering SHOUT!!!

Here’s a little song from my youth that will bring a little shout out of you.  It’s a fun song and has more verses than Carter has little Liver Pills…well, almost!  Remember this?  “I’ve Got the Joy.”

I’ve got the joy, joy, joy, joy down in my heart.
Where?  Down in my heart!
Where?  Down in my heart!
I’ve got the joy, joy, joy, joy down in my heart,
down in my heart
down in my heart to stay.

The song leader used to cup his ear and shout out to his singers…”WHERE?”  And the reply could be deafening.  WHERE?  Down in my heart! 

Here are more verses…

And if the Devil doesn’t like it he can sit on a tack.
OUCH!
Sit on a tack!
OUCH!
Sit on a tack.
And if the Devil doesn’t like it he can sit on a tack
Sit on a tack today.
The kids sit on the floor and shout “OUCH” 
and repeat this until the song is over.

I’ve got the peace that passes understanding,
Down in my heart,
Where? Down in my heart!
Where? Down in my heart!
I’ve got the peace that passes understanding,
down in my heart
down in my heart to stay.
I’ve the got love of Jesus, love of Jesus
Down in my heart,
Where? Down in my heart!
Where? Down in my heart!
I’ve the got love of Jesus, love of Jesus
down in my heart,
down in my heart to stay.
 

“this next verse must be sung very quickly to cram all the extra words in. But it works!”

 
I’ve got the wonderful love of my precious redeemer way down in the depths of my heart, 
Where?  Down in the depths of my heart, 
Where?  Down in the depths of my heart. 
I’ve got the wonderful love of my precious redeemer way down in the depths of my heart; 
down in the depths of my heart to stay!

 I’ve got the love for all people down in my heart 
Where? Down in my heart 
Where? Down in my heart 
I’ve got the love for all people down in my heart 
Down in my heart to stay. 

And I’m so happy. So very happy !
I’ve got the love of Jesus in my heart. 
And I’m so happy so very happy 
I’ve got the love of Jesus in my heart!

You can’t sing that little song and not get happy.  It’s a happy song, a joyful song and it makes you SHOUT!

 

YOU SHOULD TAKE THIS SONG HOME WITH YOU AND SING IT AGAIN AND AGAIN WITH YOUR KIDS AND GRANDKIDS.   WHEN YOU ARE DRIVING DOWN THE ROAD BREAK OUT THIS SONG AND SING IT AS LOUD AS YOU CAN.  LET THE FOLKS PASSING YOU WONDER WHAT YOU HAVE BEEN DRINKING.  PUT SOME JOY BACK IN YOUR LIFE AND SHARE IT WITH THE WORLD. 

Verse 2, Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.

II. This verse injects Gladness into the Worship experience. We, of all people, should be Glad. Let me ask you a question, “Are you glad?”

Are you glad you are here? Are you glad you are not in some bar, drinking; Or, in your wrecked car, drunk? Are you glad you are not in the morgue, dead?
Tell me what you are glad about and I can tell a lot about your life and position in life.

The Bible says, “This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm118:24. The writer is saying, this day, today, the very day we are living right now…this day right here in the sweet now and now—this day God has made for us…We should rejoice (joy) and be GLAD in it. Are you Glad?

Turn to two or three people and grab their hand, smile at them say, “I am glad!!!” Tomorrow the first people you meet…smile, shake their hand and say, “I am glad!.” Get in the habit of expressing your gladness in the Lord.

“But…” you say, “won’t people think I am a little fanatical?” What do you care what they think. You apparently don’t care what they are thinking when you snap at them, or grumble about things.

You want to shake someone up and cause them to ponder your attitude when you walk down the street? Do this tomorrow. The first two or three strangers you see on the street, walk up to them, extend your hand in greeting…introduce yourself and then say, God made this day and I am glad.” Then walk off. Hello!!!

What have you got to be glad about? You might ask:
I am glad for God. I am glad He loves me. I am glad He saved me. I am glad I am going to Heaven when I die. I am glad to have Christian friends and loved ones. I am glad to have a good church. I am glad for my family. I am glad for my job. I have a lot to be glad about. Say that with me…”I am glad”.

III. Know that the LORD is God.

a.) It is he who made us,
b.) and we are his; we are his people.
c.) (we are) the sheep of his pasture.
Verse 3 Promotes Knowledge. Christians should know a few things. The first thing a Christian should be certain about…The LORD is God. When you know that…When you know that the LORD is God…you already know more than 60 percent of all the professing Christians in America. Think about that…The LORD is God!

The Lord is not just a good man…He is GOD! He is the God-man. If he is not God…He is not good. If He is good, He is God. The LORD is God.
a.) The LORD is God
b.) The LORD made us. We didn’t just happen. I don’t care what the educational institutions declare…If at the root of their understanding is not this great fact, “It is He…God…The LORD who made us” then everything they attempt to force feed into your mind is wrong. It is in error. It is anti God. He made us. We are His by virtue of that fact. We have no right to say no to Him.
c.) We are His people. Let your mind wrap around that thought. We, you, me and everyone who names the Name of Christ…We are the people of God. We are in His family. We have rights; we have privileges; we have joys; we have peace. We are His and He is ours.
d.) We are the sheep of His pasture. That means He cares for us. We can cast all of our cares upon His strong shoulders…because He cares for us. First Peter 5:7 says those very words, “Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.” That’s a deep thought. God knows where you are…He knows what you are doing…He cares for you. He’s looking out for you. Place your heavy load of cares over on the Lord.

IV. “Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; Give thanks to him and praise his name”.

These are the out years…before the Christian is Raptured Home. We shall make an application from this statement. We will, today, enter His presence with “Thanksgiving.” When you pray…you are entering into His presence. Never forget this wonderful truth. Want to be near to God? Pray. When you pray…you are drawing near to the heart of God. How much do you pray? We are instructed to pray all the time.
Long before America had Billy Graham, London had Charles H. Spurgeon, He was London’s greatest of all pastors and preachers. Mr. Spurgeon addressed this matter of praying often and always by saying,
“It is a very simple matter to ask; but how gracious it is, on the part of God, to add to such a simple thing as asking (Get this) His promise of giving! He did not say, “Desire the blessing,” but “Ask for it.” He does not say, “Purchase it,” but “Ask for it;” nor “Labor until you finally obtain it by your own efforts,” but “Ask for it.” Brothers and Sisters, if heaven is to be had for the asking, and if all that is needed to bring us to heaven is to be had for the asking, who would not ask? Whatever else a believer may fail to do, he must never fail to ask.
“If we have never asked God for anything at all, we may be quite sure that we were never converted.”
“A prayerless soul must be a Christless soul; but if we are really in Christ, we must have practiced the sacred art of asking, and we ought to continually ask. If there is any difficulty in our minds, let us ask, for the Holy Spirit can solve it. If there is any needs in our homes, let us ask, for our Heavenly Father can supply it. If there is any weakness in our spiritual nature, let us ask, for God can strengthen us. If there is any longing desire of our soul, which even leads to great sorrow of spirit, let us ask, for our desire can be granted if it is a right one, and our sorrow can be removed. To ask my brethren, is very simple; and let the Lord’s name be praised that, usually, the best asking is that which is the most simple.”
These wonderful thoughts on prayer flowed from Spurgeon’s pulpit through his sermon, “Pray, Always Pray, delivered November 3, 1878. Mr. Spurgeon died 1892 at the young age of 58.
My friends, God is never more pleased with you, as one of his Children, as He is when you pray to Him. We humans love to hear from our children, our parents, our loved ones. Nothing warms our hearts as a letter from home, or phone call.
Years ago just before Mother’s Day. The telephone company was using celebrities to promote calling mother on Mother’s Day. I still remember The University of Alabama college football great…Coach Bear Bryant suggesting folks call their mothers on Mother’s Day. While I don’t remember all he said, I do remember his passionate statement, “I wish I could call my mother…” Oh, Coach Bryant wanted to hear his mother’s voice one more time.
Do you think Coach Bryant loved his mother more than God loved her? Do you believe Coach Bryant wanted more to hear his mother’s voice than God wants to hear your voice?
God loves your prayers. He loves for you to step into His presence with “thanksgiving.” He loves your “praise.” That’s why the Psalmist said, “Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.”

V. And finally, I bring you the last verse in this great Psalm. Look at Verse 5. “For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; His faithfulness continues through all generations.”

I heard a pastor say recently, “One of the main reasons we have a time for greeting folks each Lord’s day is this: There are folks in this church who have not touched another human this entire week. They are lonely. When you shake that person’s hand today you are blessing them with a gentle touch as from the Lord. They will treasure that hand shake.”
Dr. George W. Truett, long-time pastor of First Baptist Church, Dallas, said, “Be kind to everyone you meet, because everyone is having a hard time.”
This last verse imparts a simple, but profound thought to our spirit. This thought was so powerful that it shook the planet when Jesus was born and shook it again when He died and shook it one more time when He resurrected. He shook the earth with His goodness.
a.) The Lord is good. Don Moen and Paul Overstreet couldn’t pass up this thought without writing a song that blesses thousands of Christians each Lord’s day. Here’s their chorus, “God is good all the Time.”

GOD IS GOOD ALL THE TIME
HE PUT A SONG OF PRAISE, IN THIS HEART OF MINE
GOD IS GOOD ALL THE TIME
THROUGH THE DARKEST NIGHT, HIS LIGHT WILL SHINE
GOD IS GOOD, GOD IS GOOD ALL THE TIME

They were saying in other words what God said best, “The Lord is good and his love endures forever:”
Not only is the Lord good and that good extends out to the very end of the age…His FAITHFULNESS continues right along with His goodness. You might say His faithfulness is a companion to His goodness.
I close these thoughts with one of the sweetest and most meaningful verses in all the Bible:
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
May God complete this message in the heart of each of you as you let the Holy Spirit do His perfect work.

The Preacher as the KEY!

Preachers should keep their Teaching, Simple; Their messages, Scriptural; Their Sermons Short. Simplicity is one of the key ingredients of a successful message. If you go back and retrace all of the messages Jesus delivered you will not find a long, boring, sophisticated, blowhard message in the bunch. They are all simple, honest and straight on. He didn’t put on the dog. God knows He could have.

Have you ever mused on the question, “Why does one minister have more visible success than another?”  Like it or lump it, some do have more visible results.  I am not referring, necessarily, to those larger denominational congregations that mostly grow because of their particular affiliation.  That’s not always spiritual growth. 

Let’s lay out the obvious things we notice about successful preachers.
1. He is handsome. Ok, rule that one out. I have seen some plain looking preachers who do very well in the success field. Looks have little to do with it. However, you should look as good as you can.
2. He has more money. Money? Are you talking about personally? I have seen some successful preachers who have few material goods to their name, but when they preach God blesses and souls are stirred, men and women flood the altar.
3. They have more wealthy church members, their members give more in the offerings. Now you know better than that. We are not here speaking of facade.  We are looking for distinctive differences that will make a big difference.
4. Successful preachers are more articulate, better educated, have more earned degrees. Nope, not that. If that were the case Simon Peter would still be fishing for a living and you would have never heard of him. Matthew would still be collecting taxes and never mentioned in the Bible.
5. Successful preachers have better manners, better personality and are more friendly.
I think we can agree that we have known some pastors and evangelist that are so plain spoken that folks don’t cater to them at the first.  Some murder the King’s English.  How do you account for those you have heard and even seen on TV who have significant speech impediments? Yet they attract great crowds and see many converts added to the church.
6. I think we can come to an agreement that some ministers, some Gospel preachers are more successful than others and we have not touched on the reasons. Oh, some of the above can have a small effect on the overall ministry, but little.

Let’s look at three (3) reasons why some preachers have a greater degree of success than others.  These may not be the only reasons, but are the three I have selected.  It might be an interesting exercise if you think of others that might be just as effective, or more so.  A good sermon makes you think.  So think.  But while you are thinking…

We will use the three letters of the word KEY to form an acrostic for our outline.

I. “K.” stands for “Keep it simple.”  Here I am referring to your message.

We could say, Keep it Simple; Keep it Scriptural; Keep it Short.

Too many preachers try to create a sermon that is designed to impress other preachers. The words they speak have a preacher sound to them.  Preachers are usually your worst audience.  They wish you would come down and let them up there and preach.   Another distressing thing is the length of too many sermons.  You should try never to preach longer than the weakest kidney in the room.  Our generation is a TV audience.  People are used to having a commercial break.  A time where they can get up and roam around for a minute or two and take care of issues.   When you preach over 30 minutes you run the risk of losing 90 percent of your audience.  The other 10 percent need to go use the restroom or get a drink of water.   I realize you have to study harder to be brief than you do to run long.  Study harder!  Keep your sermons short.  Keep your people wishing you had more time.   If you preach long and your people are looking at their watches–they are not wishing you had more time.  They are hoping you will bring that thing in for a landing.   Accomodate them.

Don’t use complex illustrations that tend to detract from your theme and stay away from those that are chosen to impress other ministers–preachers that usually are not present when you preach anyway.   Make sure your illustrations create word pictures in the minds of the regular people in the pew.  Make them ring true, because they are true!   When Jesus used the illustration of the fig tree it was an actual tree.  He was longing for fruit.  Listening to Him teach in Scripture do you have any difficulty visualizing those fig leaves and seeing Him searching for figs.  No figs.  No fruit.  We get the picture.  We understand His emotion.  That is a “Wow” type illustration.  According to the leaves it was  time for figs and He had every right to expect them, but there were no figs.   Even though it was not the proper season for figs, the leaves promised fruit.   That illustration lives.

An illustration should be a window that lets the true light of the Gospel into the souls of men and women. Choose your illustrations wisely. Project them precisely. Select them with the skill of a surgeon in an operating room choosing his instruments. Apply them with the creative touch of a painter’s brush on the canvas of man’s heart. Let your hearers leave saying in their heart, “The preacher was speaking directly to me today. I felt every word.”

Simplicity is one of the key ingredients of a successful message. If you go back and retrace all of the messages Jesus delivered you will not find a long, boring, sophisticated, blowhard message in the bunch. They are all simple, honest and straight on. He didn’t put on the dog. God knows He could have.

Here was a Man who could raise the dead, make the blind to see, He could walk on water and heal every soul brought to Him. He could turn water to wine; He could feed five thousand hungry men with a few fish and biscuits.

He could get the job done. But that didn’t enter into His preaching by way of bragging. Look at His work. Read His sermons. Listen to His words. Those unlearned fishermen could understand every utterance. Those simple villagers heard him gladly. In fact they followed Him everywhere he went just to hear more of His Word. The multitudes followed Him. Again and again the people and His disciples were impressed with the words He spoke. No one ever spoke like this Man.   The Bible says, “The officers answered, “Never man spake like this man.” John 7:46

Never…Never…Never…did any man speak like Jesus!

Just how did Jesus speak? He spoke with honest simplicity. He spoke TRUTH. Some of His words, though simple for us to understand today, were hidden truths from his disciples prior to Him being put to death on the cross.  Much of His teaching had parts hidden from those who followed him. When God wanted to hide truth from people He wrapped that truth in simplicity.

Look at His parables. They were very simple, pointed teaching from the mouth of that “carpenter’s son”.  But His words were deeper than the ocean and packed with more meaning than all the books in Yale and Harvard combined. His sermons were simple, Scriptural and short. No man spoke like Jesus.

II. The second letter of our KEY is the letter “E” and it should stand for EMPATHY.

Empathy not Sympathy, Empathy not Sarcasm, Empathy not  Sanctimonious.

There can be a great deal of difference between the word Sympathy,  and the word Empathy. When you have sympathy for another person you are stimulating certain feelings in your mind that are similar in kind to those that affect another person. Those feelings may trouble you and probably do, but they won’t necessarily move you to help.  It might cause you to feel pity for the poor soul. 

But if you have Empathy for that person you are mentally taking on the feelings and problems of the other person like their situation has become yours. It can weigh you down.  Empathy drives you to participate vicariously in another’s trouble.   Another word that is closely associated with empathy is compassion. Jesus saw the multitudes as sheep without a shepherd and He had compassion on them (Mark 6:34). Compassion moved Him. How long has it been since you were moved by the challenges some other person is wrestling with? How long has it been since one of your sermons moved you?  Mark this down and remember it well: Good, sound preaching always hits the preacher first!

President Clinton was famous for him saying, “I feel your pain.” There is a great difference in saying that and actually “feeling that pain.” Sympathy can honestly look at a bad situation and say, “I am so sorry you are going through that.” But do nothing to remedy the matter.

Empathy steps into the other man’s shoes and feels every pang of hurt, every stab of guilt or whatever that person is going through and does what he can to alleviate the problem, or help the person, but always careful never to participate in his sin or folly.  Empathy will give the very shirt off your back to cloth a naked person. Sympathy will look at the same naked man and say, “Well bless your heart.  You need to put on some clothes.” What does that mean? What does that do to help?  He goes on his way without doing anything.

When you, the preacher, have genuine spiritual empathy for your congregation your words will communicate truth to their souls. You will telegraph “I care” and the person hears those words in his spirit. He knows you care. He feels it, he believes it. Your words massage his troubled soul and lifts his spirit to new highs. It makes him able to leave that service with hope. God’s people need fresh hope; fresh oil; fresh encouragement.

The preacher does not learn spiritual empathy in Bible school or the seminary. He doesn’t pick it up from the latest sermon outline book or Sunday school quarterly. He learns it by internalizing the Word of God in a personal way.

The Word become more necessary to him than the food he eats and the pillow upon which he rests. God’s Word is acted out in the very fiber of his being through the words he speaks, the actions he takes and the kindness he reflects where needed; and the firmness he projects when that is required.

Spiritual empathy is never harsh, but it can be firm; straight shooting. It is never rude. It is never hurtful, but always prayerfully administered. That is not to say others might not view the preachers actions as being rude, or hurtful, but the recipient, God’s people, or the convicted sinner will receive your words as given. Though the preacher’s words might at first sting, they find a resting place in the hearer’s heart and work there to perfection.

Empathy can be like that two edged sword—cutting away the cancerous sin or obstructions that hinders the sinner from hearing the truth or doing the right thing. Empathy better be bathed in your prayers and supported with Holy Spirit power, or it will likely morph into something very different and become at best, ineffective.

III. The third and final letter of our acrostic is the letter “Y.” This letter stands for YOU.

You, sir, are God’s key for reaching lost people. You are God’s instrument to teach His people. You are God’s “watchman” to protect them from evil. His people can not hear without a preacher (Romans 10:14). You are necessary. You are important. Why? Because God called you to be important; you are His workmanship (Ephesians 2:10) . Preach the Word! The Apostle Paul wrote, ” Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exort with all longsuffering and doctrine.” — 2 Timothy 4:2. Again Paul said, “For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect.” Mister, that is a mouthful!  Are you a “watchman” or a watch man?
“O son of man, I HAVE SET THEE A WATCHMAN unto the house of Israel; therefore thou shalt hear the word at my mouth, and warn them from me… IF THOU DOST NOT SPEAK TO WARN THE WICKED from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but HIS BLOOD WILL I REQUIRE AT THINE HAND… IF THOU WARN THE WICKED of his way to turn from it; if he do not turn from his way, he shall die in his iniquity; but THOU HAST DELIVERED THY SOUL…” – Ezekiel 33:7-15
“…Be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers. FOR THERE ARE MANY unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, specially they of the circumcision (the religious crowd): WHOSE MOUTHS MUST BE STOPPED… TEACHING THINGS WHICH THEY OUGHT NOT… This witness is true. WHEREFORE REBUKE THEM SHARPLY, that they may be sound in the faith…” -Titus 1:9-13
You are part of His plan. You are somebody. Whether, or not others see you as that, you have to recognize that you are an integral part of God’s plan for this time on earth. You have an important job to do. You have to feed the sheep. You have to win the lost. You have to make disciples. You have to watch for the souls of your congregation and keep them sound in the faith. You have to lead the congregation.

You are the KEY! The Holy Spirit takes that KEY in His capable hands and opens doors that seem impossible to open. He uses that KEY to melt hearts that seem colder than ice. He uses that KEY like a hammer to break open a heart that is harder than any rock. He uses that KEY to speak peace to the troubled souls of God’s people. Your sheep should feel better when you are near.

Some times all the man of God has to do is be there. Hold that dear old saint’s hand. No words need to be spoken because your empathy radiates an unspoken message from your spirit to theirs. That message is as real as if you have spoken and written your words down on a card and given it to them. The current of God’s spiritual electricity is flowing through your veins to them. Dear man of God, you are The Lord’s special KEY for this generation.

If you are the spiritual KEY for your church, your mission, your revivals it matters little that your church or mission is small in number or very large.  There are no small works for God.  Each is important and provides an avenue for the Lord to work.  When you are living out the ideals expressed in this message you will find even a small work begins to reflect the spiritual light of your preaching.  Christians become revived.  Souls are saved.  People are added to the church.  May this message sink deep into your heart and spirit and stir your mind with a new vision and give you fresh  ideas about reaching the lost and teaching the saints.