Are You A Hurting Pastor?

Are you hurting? Now, I’m not necessarily talking about physical pain, but that can indeed be a side effect of emotional, social, and even spiritual stress factors.  Are you hurting from calloused remarks from one of your parishioners? Are you hurting from insensitive attitudes toward your calling from others in leadership? Are you hurting from a workload that appears to be overwhelming? Are you hurting in your familial relationships? Are you hurting because you have experienced loss — a loss of family, finances, security, position, direction? Are you hurting because you have pushed yourself to the limits and feel there is nothing more you can give?

Too many times we are all involved in situations that may be completely separate from ministry, and yet those situations come in like a flood against us and sweep us away. Then, we are so involved with the situation and other responsibilities that we do not realize how our responses to family and ministry have changed.

God’s Word promises that He will raise up a standard when the enemy comes in like a flood. Invoke God’s Word  on your behalf, for it is God and God alone where your help comes from!

Focus for a moment on the stresses you are experiencing. I challenge you today to take the following 8 steps toward removing the hurt. You will find it to be a remarkable leap forward in ministry, in life, in personal growth, and in finding healing from your hurt.

  1. Ask God to reveal to you the source of your hurt. (Wait and listen for His answer, it may not be the answer you would choose.)
  2. Ask God for forgiveness from any wrongful emotions or imaginings you have had involving your hurt.
  3. Ask God to clear your thoughts and give you His direction. (Remember, He has promised to speak, saying – “This is the way…”)
  4. Make a “Quality Decision” to follow His direction. Do not step out on your own. If you need to speak, then speak. If He says to be quiet, then be silent.
  5. Bring your mind, thoughts, and spirit to focus on His love, Your calling, and the harvest before you.
  6. Give Thanks! Thank your Father God for listening. Thank Him for His love shown in your life. Thank Him for His forgiveness. Thank Him for His direction. Thank Him for removing the hurt. Thank Him for His peace. Thank Him for empowering you for the ministry. In EVERYTHING give thanks!
  7. Go forth, proclaiming the Word. Invoke the scriptural promises in your life today! Call out loud those promises and the power therein that directly relate to removing your hurt. (Some pertinent verses you can refer to are: 1 John 4:4, Ps. 23:4, Ps: 37:1-3, Is. 54:17, Ps. 27:1, Eph. 6:12, Jms. 1:5)
  8. If possible, find another believer to join with you in agreement that the hurtful situation is resolved.

Gary R. Linn

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