PERSEVERANCE FOR THE JOURNEY
BY EDUARDO BOGÉA
senior pastor of Iglesia El Calvario in Rancho Cucamonga, California
1 Kings 19:4,7 NKJV
There are times when great success is followed by a time of profound disappointment and loneliness. For Elijah, this time came immediately after having boldly and publicly stood up against the prophets of Baal. First Kings 19 says he longed for death under the broom tree (v. 4). Perhaps Elijah had unrealistic expectations after his victorious confrontation on Mount Carmel. Instead, he went into hiding with a heart full of fear and frustration. When God allows the “train” of our prayers and ministry to finally “come in,” often the train stops. Sometimes the momentum does, too. Getting the train back out of the station can take an overwhelming amount of energy. Christian leaders may struggle with exhaustion as they try to redirect and rebuild momentum for their next major challenge. Elijah went through a dark period in his assignment, but in every moment of despair, God was present to care for his needs and keep him on course (vv. 5-7). Along our journey as ministers, we will experience times of loss, fear and frustration. But God will be with us to care for us and give us the strength we need to carry on. Let us always be aware of His presence and keep moving forward in His grace.
PRAYER + REFLECTION
Pray for the Holy Spirit to strengthen and revitalize every minister of the Foursquare family.
Pray for the Holy Spirit to make us sensitive to the Father’s voice.
Pray for the protection of all pastors and their families.
PEOPLE-FOCUSED IN THE CHURCH
WE STRIVE TO BE A CHURCH THAT VALUES AND LOVES EACH PERSON THE WAY GOD INTENDS.
This is my commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you. There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. This is my command: Love each other.
John 15:12-13, 17
Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.
PRAYER + REFLECTION
Ask God if your life is People-focused within the church?
In 2019, how can you keep your life People-focused within the church?
In 2019, how can you partner with theBridge to keep our church People-focused and unified?