There are a growing number of individuals who have been susceptible to pride and have masked it as a “call,” to leave the institution of the church entirely. Some of these situations are a direct result of abusive church leader-member relations. Also, many people have decided to move ahead of God to do “their own ministry”.
Notice the emphasis on “their own ministry”. Saints, be careful of self-promotion in the house of God. It is a diluted form of idol worship that God will deal with. Do not take the presence of God as approval of your actions. God is omnipresent and He can choose to manifest His presence when He feels like it, because He is sovereign. He is a God who reigns over the just, as well as the unjust (Matthew 5:45) – keep that in mind.
“For He makes His sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust,” Mathew 5:45b.
The answer to your spiritual frustration is not in separation and self- promotion. Popularity is unstable – ask Jesus about that. Separation will cause you to be like Elijah who drove himself in the wilderness. This word is for everyone who is struggling with staying committed to the local church. The assembly of the saints is very important to the Lord your God. Power does not come from division. Does the Holy Spirit act without the knowledge of the Father? The answer is no. Just as there is unity with the Godhead, there must be unity among the sons and daughters of God.
Do not act hastily. Do not isolate yourself. Surrender your will to God. Let go of your pride, sometimes your idea of ministry can be contrary to God’s plan for you. Choose God’s plan for you, he knows what’s best.
There are many spiritual immature Pastors parading around as Apostles and Bishops whom God did not confirm not ordain. If this is you, and you are reading this, surrender yourself to God. He is still a God who forgives. Do not allow pride to take you deeper in sin, surrender and allow God to set your feet on the right path.
For those of you are struggling with being committed to the local church, search your heart. If God did not tell you to move, you need to stand still. If he doesn’t answer, be persistent. Find a place of contentment and serve God even when you don’t understand.
This spiritual frustration will only last for a moment. Trust God’s plan even though you don’t understand.
~ Dee Evans
Dr. Dee Evans is the founder of Dee Evans Ministries International and Koinonia Training and Consulting. She currently mentors ministers and leaders throughout the USA, Africa, and Pakistan. With a passion for training prophets and leaders for the 21st century church. Her ministry emphasizes the importance of worship, prayer, intercession, and deliverance. Chesapeake, VA.