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What about our faith pleases God?

Hebrews 11:6

In my search for this answer, God revealed to me three components to this pleasing faith. The components to a pleasing faith are obedience, sacrifice and belief. Without these three in action, our faith cannot please God.

The second part of God pleasing faith is Sacrifices. I thank God that we do not have to bring bullocks, rams, lambs, doves and other forms of sacrifices of yesteryears. I thank the Lord Jesus Christ for being my one and only sacrifice for my sins. I praise God for his baptism in water and for his Holy Spirit that dwells in me with the evidence of speaking in tongues. Yet, do we not have to sacrifice to God? Yes, we do. He enjoys and is pleased in our sacrifices. What do we sacrifice? So glad you asked. I asked the same question. In Hebrews 13:15-16, God shows me what sacrifices are pleasing to Him.

Hebrews 13:15-16, “By Him (Jesus Christ) therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name. But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.”

I wanted to take some time and meditate on this second part of our God pleasing faith: Sacrifice. From every point of view that I have seen and heard of sacrifice; that is the part that seems to be hard to fulfill in one’s walk with the Lord. Obedience is hard, sometimes, but then to sacrifice makes it even harder. Alternatively, are we making it harder than it really is? In the obedience, we see that by being completely obedient to God’s Word and Spirit, we please God and receive benefits. Therefore, what about this sacrifice? My mind began to wonder. I thought of what sacrifice meant. My thoughts were not becoming any more pleasant. I decided to look up the word sacrifice. According to Webster’s Collegiate and to summarize what I read, a sacrifice is the surrendering of something of value, i.e. human life, animal life, or a thing of value to either a deity, or for the sake of something that possesses a higher purpose or value. One definition was to dispose of goods regardless of profit. What a sad and dismal representation of sacrifice. With that definition, no wonder why the world has such a sad viewpoint and understanding of the sacrifice Christ made for us. Then we turn that inward and find it hard to sacrifice to God. I wonder if Cain thought that when he sacrificed. I wonder if Cain was thinking, “I’m disposing of my goods for nothing. No profit.” Then we read Hebrews 13:15-16 and see the “sacrifice of praise” and when we are going through, do we feel that we are disposing the “goods” of our energy for no profit.

Let us take a real look into sacrifice and what it really means in the life of a Christian and how it pleases God. A great story and lesson in sacrifices can be found in the very beginning. Genesis chapter 4 gives a very accurate and thought provoking account of sacrifice. It also gives a very good definition of what type of sacrifice God is wanting and is pleased with.

Read Genesis 4:1-8

Cain and Abel show us the first example of sacrificing unto God. Now, before I get into this, I want to make clear that I am in no way saying that the scholars, teachers and others before me are wrong, but when the subject of this particular sacrifice comes up, it is always said that a blood sacrifice was needed because God killed an animal for Adam and Eve. I have read Genesis chapters 1-3 at least an hundred times and have not seen that verse of scripture saying that. We can assume that it happened, we can hypothesize that God gave Adam specific instruction on sacrifices and then later told Moses the complete picture. I want to give my hypothesis on this particular sacrifice since it is the first recorded version of a sacrifice in the Word of God. It says that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground as an offering unto God. Then it says Abel brought the firstlings of his flock and the fat there of as an offering unto God. Before this, it says that Cain was a farmer by trade and Abel was a keeper of sheep. Suffice it to say that both Cain and Abel brought the best of their profession to God. Now, and I will accept the touché, it does not say Cain brought the firsts of his fruits. However, this is not their first rodeo. I do not believe Cain brought a substandard sacrifice. Why? When you read further in the scripture, God never once mentions the type of sacrifice. He does, however mention the attitude. In the first four verses of this particular scripture, we see and are given the definition of sacrifice. It’s not that we are disposing of something of value for no profit, or that we are surrendering something of value to a deity or some god. Here we see that a sacrifice is offering up to God the best of who and what we are. Cain, as a farmer, offered up the best of his labor. Likewise, Abel, a keeper of sheep, offered up the best of his labor. God only wants us to offer to him the best of our labor. Hebrews says, let us offer up the sacrifice of praise…which is the fruit of our lips”. We cannot offer God one heck of a discount on a tune up or brake job. We cannot offer up to the Father of wisdom a free tuition or scholarship for learning. We cannot give the Great Deliverer a get out of jail free card. What we can offer up to God is our thanksgiving and praise for who He is and what He has done.

The other part in our God pleasing sacrifice is our attitude in the sacrifice. As we look closer to the scripture, it does say, “Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock.” So it would be safe to assume that Cain brought the best of his crops. So since we know that they brought the best, and since I can safely hypothesize that a blood sacrifice was not the only requirement here, why was Cain’s sacrifice unacceptable? Well, let’s go back to what the world’s authority on the meaning of words says about sacrifices. Disposing of goods for no profit, surrendering something of value to a deity or to something that possesses a higher value or purpose. Now, let us look at what God said to Cain, “Cain, Why is your countenance fallen. (in my momma’s term, what’s wrong with your face) If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door.” Both brothers brought the best of their offerings. God shows his approval for Abel’s offering and disapproval to Cain’s. Cain becomes angry. In fact, Cain was wroth. To be wroth or have wrath is to have an intense anger. I remember a time when I had did something for somebody, and they treated me as if I was a nobody and didn’t accept what I did for them. I was wroth. I mean I was so angry I know why Jesus taught on being angry with your brother is like killing him anyway. If I knew what “raca” meant then I would have said it. Cain was angry. More importantly, he was angry because his sacrifice did not please God. So what made this time any different from the other: attitude. Could, over the course of time, Cain have become worldly in his thinking? Felt that he was working too hard and after sacrificing, felt he wasn’t getting enough of the “good stuff”. Did he feel that he was disposing the goods of his labor for little return? Do we, in our giving, feel that we are getting little in our return? Do we not praise like we should, or give like we should, or study like we should, or pray like we should because we feel that we are sacrificing a lot for little return. Our attitude should not be about what we are getting back. We should think about what we already have. We have salvation through Jesus Christ and that provided by God. We do not have to go to hell. We do not have to suffer spiritual death. We do not have to live in an eternity of damnation. We have life, hope and freedom in Christ Jesus. I’m sure that Adam told his children of the Eden experience. I’m sure Cain and Abel knew of the mistake their parents made and how God had mercy upon them and the rest of mankind. However, like so many of us before we come to know God and some of us before we get to know God, Cain offered from a selfish point of view. Cain’s attitude was not pleasing to God. Thus, his attitude marred his sacrifice. That is why it is written that we should offer up the sacrifice of praise and the sacrifice of thanksgiving.

Psa 107:21 Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men! (22) And let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving, and declare his works with rejoicing.

Psa 116:17 I will offer to thee the sacrifice of thanksgiving, and will call upon the name of the LORD.

Jer 17:26 And they shall come from the cities of Judah, and from the places about Jerusalem, and from the land of Benjamin, and from the plain, and from the mountains, and from the south, bringing burnt offerings, and sacrifices, and meat offerings, and incense, and bringing sacrifices of praise, unto the house of the LORD.

Jer 33:11 The voice of joy, and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom, and the voice of the bride, the voice of them that shall say, Praise the LORD of hosts: for the LORD is good; for his mercy endureth forever: and of them that shall bring the sacrifice of praise into the house of the LORD. For I will cause to return the captivity of the land, as at the first, saith the LORD.

-Min Mike Jones
Lost Passion for Christ? Get it back!

Ministry has drastically changed, the church has drastically changed, Gospel Music has drastically changed, serving Christ has changed, people have drastically changed in so many ways, so many today have lost their passion for Christ. They have lost that fire and desire to serve God wholeheartedly, they have lost the humbleness, their compassion for others, their true purpose. God's people are more divided more now then ever before because they have lost their passion for Christ. They have developed a fearful, self only and prideful mentality and attitude. The world and society has changed you, many have even been hurt by the church itself. Some Gospel Music no longer worships and glorifies our Lord and Savior, nor does it minister to the lost in spirit any more. The church body cannot come together in unity to reach our dying communities especially if it doesn't go according to their agenda. Everyone has their own personal agenda for personal gain. Where is the passion to serve our Lord Christ Jesus in all this? Are you using your God given gifts to minister and reach the lost and win souls? So many in the body of Christ today are lacking that passion for Christ. Passion flows from a heart that is consumed with love for Jesus. That love must find a way to be released in His presence. God's word and instructions are very clear.
Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;
Romans 12:10 KJV

So many of us today pray, read the word, go to church and serve Jesus out of obligation instead of having that passion for Him. Passion does not operate out of obligation. Passion operates as a result of agape love, a sincere true love. A love for our Savior Jesus Christ.

Passion loves and serves because it wants to, not because it has to or obligated to. Passion is serving God wholeheartedly because there is nothing else that we would rather be doing, I rather be serving our community with the love of Christ sharing JESUS then be at a sports game or shopping at the mall. Passion is energized by a person or thing with a desire in the heart. You can’t love a person that you don’t know that is why knowing Jesus is essential to a passionate relationship with Him.

God wants us to serve him with a whole heart, reaching all those in need of a Savior, who are lost, hurting, in need of love and joy. Ministering, Teaching, Preaching of the Gospel of Jesus Christ in any way possible, in any form or fashion for the Glory of God and not of man. Today ministry has changed so much within the body of Christ, the passion seems to not be there anymore, that fire and desire to unify in love to serve has disappeared. Passion is what energizes life. It turns the impossible into possible. In fact if you don’t have any passion in your life, ministry will become boring, dull, routine, just another day of the week or a day on the job. Then there are some that all your serving turns out to be by obligation or a show.

Now referring to Gospel music, all styles of Gospel Music alone has changed drastically over the years, it has become more Entertainment then Ministering, it has become more of an industry then Ministry. Especially in the Gospel Rap genre and I love my gospel rap, being I grew up on hip hop, but it saddens me dearly because our youth need to hear the gospel of Jesus Christ desperately yet So many youth are going down the wrong road and Gospel rap has lost its passion for Christ. So much of the newer music I hear today compared to 5 to 10 years ago has lost that passion and seems to no longer minister to the individual, nor Glorifies God. Where did the Heart and passion for Christ go? Unlike traditional gospel music or Rythem and Praise even that has become more geared towards entertainment then ministering. Don't get me wrong because I am in the music ministry and I do love an awesome concert with God gifted talented artists that definitely worships and glorifies our father but I've seen some that is no different than just being a show. I have seen a lot of "lost passion" for Christ even in music ministry and it's time to start putting more worship back into God's music and start Glorifying him as well as ministering to the lost who needs to receive Christ.
And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ. But he that doeth wrong shall receive for the wrong which he hath done: and there is no respect of persons.
Colossians 3:23-25 KJV

God wants us to be passionate for him. To desire to seek and serve him to the fullest.
One of the key things in a Christian’s life is passion. Not passion for worldly things, but a true heartfelt passion for Jesus Christ. A passion that burns on the inside and consumes our thought processes, consumes our decision making, consumes our worship, consumes our emotions and will. Consumes our heart and desires. That constant urge to seek more of him and serve him.

God made you to live a passionate life and to serve Him and His people with vitality. With vibrancy. With energy. With enthusiasm. With love, peace and joy. He wants you to have purpose in your life, God created you for a purpose, to serve him and win souls. He gave you gifts and talents to do so, he has fully equipped you. Did you know your inner passion can be renewed as you personally share your faith, love and desires in Jesus with others, and almost nothing re-ignites passion more quickly than a conversation that leads to talking about Jesus. Sharing and spreading the Gospel and ministering to those souls that long to hear about Jesus, when you share your passion for Christ, your planting a seed and Igniting the same passion in another. God's word tells us to love God with all our heart but to also share the love and spread the gospel of Jesus Christ to all the nations glorifying our King.

And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.
Deuteronomy 6:5-7 KJV

Whether it be in music, dance, preaching from the pulpit, teaching in a Bible study, fellowship, an Outreach or block party, conference, workshop or Gospel music concert, we are to minister and honor our King Jesus giving him all the glory. Surely we can speak Glory to God with our mouth but are we truly giving him all the glory from our hearts?

God promises us that if we pursue Him wholeheartedly, He will not only provide for our needs "(Matthew 6:33)But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you." but will give us the desires of our heart as well "(Psalm 37:4-5)Delight thyself also in the Lord ; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the Lord ; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass."

Remember Winning souls is essential and it is also a part of our purpose, the process of evangelizing or witnessing no matter what form, which is simply communicating the message of salvation to unbelievers. Jesus Christ told His followers they would be His witnesses "(Acts 1:8)But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth." and to “go and teach all the nations, "(Matthew 28:19) Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:" which is the essence of winning souls, those were his instructions. As our Father in heaven does not want anyone to perish and souls to be saved"(2 Peter 3:9)The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. “all Christians should be eager to heed this call and have a passion for winning souls with the passion for Christ.

This is why having a "passion for Christ" is so imparitive in daily living, in your ministry, in our churches, in your home, in the Gospel music and so forth. We are living in a dying world, people are hurting, but they are also hungry for love, peace and salvation and the only person they can receive that is through Jesus Christ. When there is no unity in the body as well there in no passion for Christ and the world can see that.

Therefore how do we gain a passion for spreading the gospel and winning souls to Christ in these difficult days when there are so many who oppose our work every step of the way? When there is so much hatred and deception? It starts by having Jesus Christ front and center in our own lives. Our passion for winning souls will increase as our passion for Christ Himself and our walk with Him become stronger. Continue to fellowship, study his word, pray and serve wholeheartedly. When we consume our hearts and minds with Christ, we can’t help but to have a passion for sharing Him with others.

The most passionate laborers are those who have a heart that is on fire for Christ, and it should be easy when we think about the magnitude of what our Savior Jesus Christ did for us at Calvary on the cross. Yet we know what happens to those who die apart from Christ. And this hopeless eternity that many face apart from God, we should be more than motivated to win as many souls to Christ now more then ever before. Keep in mind, not only is the harvest great and the workers are very few, on top of this, our time is very limited and running out fast. We must work harder together in unity with our full passion for Christ serving wholeheartedly giving God all the Glory.

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
Romans 8:28 KJV

There can be no better calling than working on the behalf of our father Jesus Christ the One who died so that we may live. Jesus said, “(John 15:14)
Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you." His command was that we obey Him and that we love each other as He loved us. Our love for Him is best displayed when we passionately and tirelessly work together to share His gospel with others. We have been chosen and ordained to minister and preach the Gospel.
Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.
John 15:16 KJV

Serve, minister, love with the PASSION FOR CHRIST.
Be Blessed in JESUS mighty name.
Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.
Philippians 2:4 KJV

First off let us understand what selfishness is and how it reflects in people.
All selfish people display a very uncaring attitude and a strong “Me first” trait. They are only concerned about "self".

A very common trait which all selfish and prideful people possess is that they always put themselves, wants and their needs on the forefront and in some instances can care less about anyone else or even pretend or appear that they care about another person which in fact is just a lie. They only give heed to their own priorities, their own goals and in the process would not think of anyone else, not even about those who might be really in much more need than them.

When it comes to getting their needs and wants met and their work done, they would turn a deaf ear to the necessities of others or take advantage of situations for personal gain that would only benefit themselves.

But whoso hath this world's good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?
1 John 3:17 KJV

A selfish person would view others only as a means to get what they want. They have a "gotta have" tunnel vision which starts from and leads to themselves and their personal needs alone.

For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, high-minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
2 Timothy 3:2-4 KJV

• Another trait which selfish people show is being manipulative, hustling, scheming and plotting most of the times.
Selfish people have a great desire to control situations and people and are unwilling to reach compromises with others. To get their own way they would down cast others and put down anybody’s reputation to benefit their own reputation. Go behind another person's back for selfish gain.

For all seek their own, not the things which are Jesus Christ's.
Philippians 2:21 KJV

We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Let every one of us please his neighbour for his good to edification. For even Christ pleased not himself; but, as it is written, The reproaches of them that reproached thee fell on me.
Romans 15:1-3 KJV

They would never think of sacrificing anything for anybody and in some cases they do do it sometimes they would expect a lot in return. They feel it is their right to receive from others but never feel obliged to return anything. Selfish people behave in this manner because they don’t know how to balance giving with taking. Jesus always said it is better to give then to receive. When you give with a giving heart did you know Jesus will bless you with far more?

I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.
Acts 20:35 KJV

He that giveth unto the poor shall not lack: but he that hideth his eyes shall have many a curse.
Proverbs 28:27 KJV

But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.
Hebrews 13:16 KJV

Negative traits towards everything makes them bad team players as they always try to pull down others with their remarks, actions or suggestions. Their word or comments boast on themselves only.

They find it hard to motivate and inspire other people because they themselves lack motivation and the drive to look ahead in their own life. This characteristic makes them unpopular in a team and a misfit. They try to fit in but they're more of an outcast. They try to draw attention by using certain situations and in some situations will even work a hustle to get what they want at the expense of others.
For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.
James 3:16 KJV

Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy; That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate; Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.
1 Timothy 6:17-19 KJV

• A selfish person is highly self centered and self obsessed.
This makes them see or hear no one else. They become bad listeners and give little or no consideration to what others have to say. They may act like they are listening but in all actuality they are not. They are inconsiderate and have little or no room for compassion. They would cut off conversations and bring the focus on themselves.
But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath,
Romans 2:8 KJV

It becomes their earnest desire to be seen and heard more than anyone else making them oblivious to the opinions, suggestions and advices of others. All the conversations they indulge in pertain and turn back to themselves. They want all the focus and attention.
Looking at these traits and characteristics of selfish people possess, one thing becomes obvious that selfish people do not need your contempt. You surely have to keep yourself shielded from their negativist traits because it can harm you but you don’t need to run from them. One thing is you must Pray for them. You can love them even from a distance and pray they seek help.

All of us are selfish to some extent, but when the traits and characteristics go beyond control they make us selfish down to the core and some continue in that nature because unfortunately that is who their character is, the type of person the are.
We have to understand the characteristic of selfishness in people, recognize those individuals, know what Gods word says regarding selfishness. And if you are one who has an issue with selfishness know how to overcome the Characteristic trait according to God's word and apply it to your life.

And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.
Luke 9:23 KJV
But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:19 KJV

Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me.
Matthew 19:21 KJV

Remember Jesus died so we can live for HIM and not for ourselves so we will have eternal life with him.

And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.
2 Corinthians 5:15 KJV
May you be blessed and continue in God's great word for knowledge and understanding.
Spiritual Abuse....recognizing it and knowing what to do biblically….
Yes, a pastor can be controlling and also can be spiritual abusive towards his members it's similar to being in a abusive marriage, it is a trend that is rapidly growing around us. Ungodly, controlling pastors are committing "spiritual abuse" and have hurt many people in the church, this is one reason many suffer from "church hurt". The phrase "ungodly pastors" is very common and it's very real and they are out there. It's the sad truth that there are pastors and leaders who are only in the position for their own desires or personal gain. What is worse that it is also causing church members to fall away and mistrust the church. Some like the position of being in power and being in control of others. This is very UnGodly and can be considered as a cult. Ask yourself, is the Pastor truly serving God or himself? Because serving God does not mean "controlling" his people. A pastor’s position is to "teach" his people the word of God as it is written by GOD. To "build up" God's Kingdom not control it nor tear it down.

All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 KJV

So church attendance is vital to our spiritual growth, but if we find ourselves attending church so we can win favor with the pastor, or to make him look good or to earn his trust, then we have missed the point and we are not definitely benefiting our spiritual growth and attending for the wrong purpose.

Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.
Galatians 2:16 KJV

These dictating leaders of the church can be described by many words - controllers, manipulators, cult leaders, false pastors, and dictators, these are just a few names. I have seen and experienced the negative effects that these types of leaders can have on people. God has shown me so much on this very subject through my many years in ministry.

Here are some signs of a controlling, unGodly leader.....

* He is proud, carnal, demanding, overbearing, impatient, uncompassionate, "loving" only toward those who submit to him, mean-spirited toward those who do not agree with him or follow him.

*He develops doctrines from verses that only appear to support his view or accommodate his needs.
*He makes people feel that they cannot make important decisions without him. He lets people know God has to go through him first.
*He exalts himself before the people. He praises himself. All eyes and focus on him.
*He ridicules his members, making them look small in the eyes of the church, making his members feel unworthy thus increasing his own prestige and authority and decreasing theirs.
*He treats men who leave as fools and evil men and mocks them within his church body. All kindness and friendship is withdrawn. People are only treated kindly when they submit to his doctrines and "authority."
*He contradicts himself a lot. He is accountable to no one.
*He provokes and intimidates people to get what he wants.
*He demands respect instead of trying to earn respect. He threatens people.
*He wears a phony grin and acts like everything is all right even when things are falling apart in his church.
*He acts as if he knows everything, but he really doesn't know how to handle problems that he has caused.
*He has the capacity to destroy his members verbally and disarm them emotionally.
*He does not recognize the individuality or rights of others. He takes away their rights.
*He has tremendous feelings of entitlement. He believes everything is owed to him as a right. He is the boss.
*He presents himself as a know it all. He is smarter then everyone and makes everyone feel below him.
*He gives the perception that he lives a grand life, but paranoia rules him. He creates an us vs. them mentality because of his perceived hostile environment.
*He lies coolly and easily, even when it is obvious he is being untruthful. It is almost impossible for him to be consistently be truthful about issues.
* He never gives credit to the true originators of ideas.
*He doesn't not have feelings of remorse, shame, or guilt. He feels justified in all his actions. Nothing gets in his way.
*He is unmoved by things that would unset the normal person, while outraged by insignificant matters.
*He can witness or order acts of utter brutality without experiencing a shred of emotion. He is abusive verbally and emotionally.
*He despises community and emotional intimacy towards others, won't reach out.
*He constantly tests the beliefs of his followers, often with bizarre behaviors. He fails to listen to others.
*He readily takes advantage of others, and can care less for anyone else's feelings. Someone in distress is not important to him. Although intelligent, perceptive, and quite good at sizing people up, he makes no real connections with others. He uses his "people skills" to exploit and abuse.
* He rages against a person who is a threat to his church and/or who refuses to cooperate with his underhanded schemes. He loves being in control.

In a controlling pastor, fear is a form of manipulation. Instead of motivating people through love and servant hood, a controlling pastor tries to motivate through manipulation. Motivating people through fear is a direct contradiction to 1 John 4:18, which says, “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear.” It is a controlling Spirit.

Let us keep in mind what Gods word says,
Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings, As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby: If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious. To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious, Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.
1 Peter 2:1-5 KJV

Now, if you’re dealing with this type of situation, how should you respond if your Pastor displays one or more of these UnGodly traits? What should you do? First off ask yourself these questions, are you happy or comfortable at this church? Are you happy or comfortable with your Pastor? Are you growing spiritually? What keeps you there?
A controlling church leader will discourage you from speaking with anyone else about your concerns if you try to confront them. However, the Bible says that “in the multitude of counselors there is safety” (Prov. 11:14). Seek counsel from a mature, objective leader in another church or another mature Christian. It is possible that what you have perceived as a controlling attitude may be genuine concern and God may be telling you something – so pray for discernment. Pray that God will guide and direct you on the right path.

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
Proverbs 3:5-6 KJV

After you receive Godly counsel and you are convinced in your spirit that your Pastor is in the grip of a unGodly controlling spirit, you are free to leave at any time, you have always been free but you have to make that choice. You have to do what is best for you spiritually. Your Spiritual growth and happiness is very important to God. You have the right to seek spiritual Godly growth where it is properly given. Don't let no one hold you back from that, that’s the enemy keeping you in bondage. It is no different then a wife being in an abusive marriage unable to escape but God always gives a way to be free.
Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
Matthew 5:6 KJV

Once you break free from that bondage from that controlling Spirit You
first you may feel that you can’t trust another pastor again, but resist those thoughts and pray and find a healthy church where the life of God is flowing, where the Bible is preached without compromise and where love is evident and where you can freely feel God's love and his presence. A good Shepherd is hard to find but they are out there. God said seek and you shall find. God wants you to be free to solely worship him in spirit and in truth being able to have joy, peace and love.

May this be a blessing to someone and May God Bless you.... I pray that you grow deeply spiritual and intimately with the Lord
LET THE RIVERS FLOW ...Your gifts, talents, resources. Reading and studing Scripture, there is a very interesting fact about the Jordan River that flows through the nation of Israel. The Jordan River is actually connected to two bodies of water; on the northern end there is the Sea of Galilee and on the southern end there is the Dead Sea.
Since thirty-five percent of the water in the Dead Sea is comprised of dissolved salt minerals, there are no fish or any other normal marine life in or near this body of water because it is deadly to most living things; therefore, this body of water is only suitable to certain forms of bacteria and algae that have adapted to this harsh environment.

The shores of the Dead Sea are characterized and coated with layers of salt crystals. And even though salt has qualities that are beneficial to us, the primary point to remember here is that life is not sustainable in this environment because there is no outlet that allows water (or life) to also flow out.
An amazing thought is our lives as believers, and how each one of us would characterize ourselves based on the above mentioned bodies of water. Do we receive God’s Word and then allow the life-giving power of God given through the Holy Spirit to flow through us, or are we like the Dead Sea, holding everything in but never releasing anything out.
As believers in Christ, we are to be dispensers of the Blessing that we have freely received” (MAT.10.8)!

In other words, the gifts, talents, and resources that God blesses us with are not designed to be heaped and just stored up for ourselves; but are to be used, shared, and released to bless others so that they too will become beneficiaries of this new flowing life. Releasing and giving is key.

Jesus said, “He who believes in Me <who cleaves to and trusts in and relies on Me> as the Scripture has instructed, From his innermost being shall flow <continuously> springs and rivers of living water” (JHN.7.38, Amplified Bible).

When we release what we have, God continues to supply more (LUK. 6.38).
Remember, our faith must be moving, alive, and active; otherwise it is dead and of no use to anyone (JAS.2.26). So, don’t become stagnate; as you receive, let God’s life-giving power flow from you each day.He has called us for a purpose. We are called to be of service to him to help others and he truly rewards us.

He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his b
elly shall flow rivers of living water. (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)
John 7:38-39 KJV

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