MAY 22, 2016   Jane’s Heart to Heart   … Pastor’s Help Mate

Some time back when we first began Jane’s Heart to Heart I shared 12 lessons on the 23rd Psalm.

Today I want to share this Question which I was reminded of in a daily devotional which I received from The Pocket Testament League this past week.

Who is in Your Flock?

Acts 20:28  “Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Spirit hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.”

Paul instructed us to “keep watch” over ourselves; now he adds to this “and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers.” In secular terms the word “overseer” would mean superintendent or supervisor, in church terms it is typically translated as “bishop” or “elder.” Therefore, we could interpret the word  to include both those people who we are responsible for physically as well as spiritually.

The authority to be an overseer is given by the Holy Spirit and is not based on bloodline, order of birth, financial condition or work relationship. Some of us might have difficulty with this concept. After all, why would my boss at work or co-workers listen to me about my faith — what authority do I have?

The point is, the only authority you need is the Holy Spirit’s.

Ask yourself who the Lord has placed in your care? Yet never without prayer and obedience.

Certainly, children come immediately to mind, but who else?

  • your co-worker
  • fellow student
  • your boss
  • bus driver
  • stewardess
  • baby-sitter
  • customers
  • waitress
  • relatives
  • parents
  • husband

Pray and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal who He — based upon His own sovereignty — has placed within your domain as spiritual overseer. It might surprise you. How does it change your attitude toward this relationship? Can you guide another’s spiritual development with humility? What needs to change within you to do so?

Our favorite passages about evangelism is the Great Commission in Matthew 28:18-10

18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.

19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

JAN. 18, 2015   JANE’S HEART TO HEART  ….PASTOR’S HELP-MATE

When I think of Charles Gordon I think of a man of God who had a great desire to influence his children to give their lives to the Lord to serve him faithfully and that is what Charles wanted to do himself.  In our prayer services he often expressed his desire as many of us do that he had been a better Christian example before his own family.  Sometime we wonder why the Lord allows us to tarry before we go home to be with him.

From a message The Mantle of Elijah, By David Wilkerson,    January 17, 2000 from “The World Challenge Pulpit Series.

“Second Kings 2, contains one of the most spectacular passages in all of the Old Testament. This chapter tells the miraculous story of the aging prophet Elijah and his servant Elisha. When we pick up the story, God has informed Elijah that his ministry on earth is over. Now he is to cross the Jordan River and go to a certain place, where a heavenly chariot will pick him up and translate him to glory. My First Question in Rereading This Story Was, 

Why Did Elijah Take Elisha On This Whirlwind Trip? Why did the older prophet want his servant to accompany him to Bethel and Jericho? Surely it wasn’t just a sentimental journey for Elijah, one last trip down memory lane. No – this wise, old man wanted to teach Elisha – as well as us today – our need for more of God’s power and anointing.  We Know This Trip Is Not for Elisha’s Sake Alone, But to Instruct Every Succeeding Generation”

There is a song I love to sing by: Floyd W. Hawkins (1962 by the Lillenas Publishing Company).

LET THY MANTLE FALL ON ME

1) Elijah was God’s prophet Elisha stood close by,

And ere the prophet left him,  He heard his servant cry:

Then Elijah made the promise that if faithful he would be,

His petition would be granted, And God’s glory he would see

3) As Elijah rose to heaven In a chariot of fire,

He did not forget his servant, Who expressed one strong desire.

4) In the Upper Room they waited — “Twas the faithful Christian band –

And their pray’r was heard and answered Over in the gloryland.

5) That pray’r of early Christians Long ago and far away

Is the cry of all God’s children; And He’s just the same today.

CHORUS:  Let thy mantle fall on me! Let thy mantle fall on me! (on me!)

A double portion of Thy spirit,  Lord, Let thy mantle fall on me!

Let’s all work together and pick up that Mantle ….and serve our Saviour as many faithful saints  have before us.

Mantle = a loose fitting cloak or shawl….  Old English word for   a role, responsibility or burden that one person passes on to another.