Skip to main content

21 Days Fast & Pray : Day 8 - The Diocese, Bishop and Clergies


21 Days Fast & Pray : Day 8 - The Diocese, Bishop and Clergies

A. Devotion - 1 Thessalonians 5:12-13

The child of God needs the church family if he is to grow, develop his gifts and to serve God. The church is a family, each member born by the spirit of God and possesses God's nature (1 Peter 1:22-25). God has ordained leadership for the church - just as the flock needs a shepherd so the family needs a leader (1 Peter 5:1-5). Christ as Head of church has given gifts to people and given these people to church to exercise His will (Eph 4:7-16)

What responsibilities have the believers towards their spiritual leaders?

Accept them. As they follow the Lord, we must follow them and we should accept them in the Lord.

Appreciate them. Know then who labour among you (1 Thess 5:12). Spiritual leadership is a given responsibility and a difficult task for which church family should not take leaders for granted but pray for them, work with them and encourage them. The burdens are many but the encouragements are few.

Love them. For a pastor to be among and over is in the Lord demands grace and power of the Spirit.

Obey them. Obey them that have authority over you and submit yourself (Heb 13:17). In spite of their limitations, God's spiritual leaders should be respected and obeyed as they plan, pray and seek to follow God's will. We may be sure God will rule and overrule in the decisions they make. Be at peace among yourselves (1 Thess 5:13). The result of church family following the spiritual leaders, will be peace and harmony in the church. It is only as we submit to one another in the Lord that we can enjoy His blessings and peace ( James 4:1-3, 7-8).

B. Application / Self-reflection

  1. What are the essentials for a happy, thriving church family?
  2. How can we makeover local churches more spiritual to the glory of God?


Popular posts from this blog

The Danger of Spiritual Infancy (Hebrews 5:11 - 6:12)

Have you met people who refuse to grow up? There are some adults who prefer to remain as children because they do not want to take on adult responsibilities. Not only is immature behaviour unpleasant to observe or deal with, the consequences are often destructive. In Hebrews 5:11-14, the writer expresses his frustration that some members of the church were refusing to grow into spiritual maturity. They were no longer trying to understand God’s word (v 11). Instead of taking on the responsibility of teaching others as they themselves had been taught, they needed to be taught the basics all over again (v12). Therefore, they were unable to take on “solid food” which is for mature Christians, and they were not able to distinguish good from evil (v14) or to understand teaching about righteousness (v13). Spiritual maturity is a necessary part of our walk with God. Remaining as a spiritual infant means that you are not good at discerning right from wrong and you will have a hard time maintain

A prophet prophesies and the church fully obeys (Acts 11:27- 12:4)

During this time some prophets came down from Jerusalem to Antioch. 28 One of them, named Agabus, stood up and through the Spirit predicted that a severe famine would spread over the entire Roman world. (This happened during the reign of Claudius.) 29 The disciples, as each one was able, decided to provide help for the brothers and sisters living in Judea. 30 This they did, sending their gift to the elders by Barnabas and Saul. 12 It was about this time that King Herod arrested some who belonged to the church, intending to persecute them. 2 He had James, the brother of John, put to death with the sword. 3 When he saw that this met with approval among the Jews, he proceeded to seize Peter also. This happened during the Festival of Unleavened Bread. 4 After arresting him, he put him in prison, handing him over to be guarded by four squads of four soldiers each. Herod intended to bring him out for public trial after the Passover. When Jewish believers from Cyprus (Europe) and Cyrene (Liby

THE BLESSINGS OF HIS NAME (Numbers 6:22 - 27

I find this interesting because I remember listening to Pastor Betty’s message for 2021, and it was on the same Benediction Blessing verses. And today’s Scripture reading is exactly the same, and I am sure the Holy Spirit wants to remind us of “The Blessings of His Name” for 2022. Today, our mobile phones are loaded with New Year wishes, TV and radio personalities wish into microphones and cameras – we hear them from so many different sources. Carefully note what God tells us: “Tell Aaron and his sons, ‘This is how you are to bless the Israelites. Say to them, The LORD bless you and keep you; The LORD make His face shine upon you and be gracious unto you; The LORD turn His face toward you and give you peace.’ So, they will put My name on the Israelites, and I will bless them.” (Numbers 6:23-27) In this way, God places His all-important NAME on us, His people. A comparison would be that of signing on a cheque. An unsigned check is void and worthless until the owner ‘s “name” has been pl