Apostle Grace Lubega
1 Thessalonians 2:13 (AMP); And we also thank God continually for this, that when you received the word of God [concerning salvation] which you heard from us, you welcomed it not as the word of [mere] men, but as it truly is, the word of God, which is effectually at work in you who believe [exercising its inherent, supernatural power in those of faith].
If you wish to receive from a minister of God, then you must treat instructions and the message on the altar as the message of God. This was the attitude of the Church at Thessalonica. Paul was pleased with them because when they received the Word, they welcomed it, not as the word of mere men but the Word of God.
Some Christians only treat what is in the Bible as the Word of God. Any instruction from anyone else is not worth a second thought. You must understand that God speaks through His ministers too. In 2 Chronicles 20:20, the Bible says, “Believe in the Lord your God, so shall ye be established; believe his prophets, so shall ye prosper.”
If you do not trust the man of God you are listening to, then ask God to lead you to another you can trust. The important thing is to find a minister of the gospel whose instructions you will accord enough respect to treat as the instruction of God. If he speaks out of line, let God judge him for it.
Some Christians are struggling with issues that have tortured them relentlessly for decades. They have prayed, fasted and spent nights on every mountain in search of a reprieve. The answer may be in the fact that when you listened to the Word, it was just another sermon; another preacher with a smart mouth looking to fleece you of your hard-earned money or another feel-good message.
For the church at Thessalonica, the Word exercised its supernatural and inherent power because to them, it was God Himself speaking. This is one of the principles of how to get the Word to work for you.
FURTHER STUDY: 2 Chronicles 20:20, Matthew 10:41
GOLDEN NUGGET: If you wish to receive from a minister of God, then you must treat instructions and the message on the altar as the message of God. This is one of the principles of how to get the Word to work for you.
PRAYER: Loving Father, I thank You for this knowledge. I receive every instruction from the altar and from spiritual authority, not just as the Word of mere men but as the Word of God. I stand in the wisdom of one who is deeply instructed in the ways of the Spirit because I know how to receive from Your ministers. In Jesus’ name, Amen.